Quote of the day: “From the very beginning of her career, Paula [Cooper] recognized the ways that all the visual and performing arts were becoming intertwined, speaking to one another. And when she started hosting happenings and performances in her gallery, she helped elevate some of the most visionary composers to the world of cutting-edge contemporary art.”
“Speaking to one another.” This is a quote from Bang on a Can’s press release for their upcoming benefit that will honor gallery owner Paula Cooper for her support of new music:
Paula broke down barriers that had long existed between the musical and visual worlds. Steve Reich, Philip Glass, John Cage, Earle Brown, S.E.M. Ensemble, Pauline Oliveros, Alvin Lucier, La Monte Young all received a boost from Paula’s generous programming. And then through her work at The Kitchen, we heard Meredith Monk and Laurie Anderson and David Byrne and Glenn Branca and Christian Marclay and dozens more…
This is one reason we talk about visual art on Twittering Machines—the arts do not exist in isolation and often times they inform one another.
Of course there are many examples throughout history and you would be hard-pressed to imagine Stravinsky and Satie without Dada and Surrealism. Paris in the early 1900’s was ripe with artists from different disciplines speaking to one another. When we learn of these connections, we can have a deeper understanding of the work which can lead to a richer experience.
I’ll let artist Richard Serra have the last words:
There emerge, at various times and places, manifestations of art which transform the realm of possibilities. New York in the late ’60s was such a place. To invent — to originate something new — was the pressing need of the moment. The group of young artists that would bring about the change came from different practices. They were musicians, dancers, sculptors, painters, filmmakers. I’ll mention a few amongst others who were insistent on bringing about such a rupture, such a break: Michael Snow, La Monte Young, Philip Glass, Yvonne Rainer and the Grand Union, Trisha Brown, Bruce Nauman, Robert Smithson, Bob Ryman, and I have to include Steve and myself on the list.”