From: sgarfink (Susan Garfinkel)
Subject: rolywholyover a circus
To: filreis88
Date: Sat, 29 Apr 1995 11:07:07 -0400 (EDT)

i picked up a flier last night about city-wide events associated with the 
upcoming exhibit at the philadelphia museum of art on john cage. 
unfortunately, it's during the summer and those of you who are going home 
will miss it (we know joshua is a cage fan...). the dates are june 4 - 
july 30. here's a blurb about the exhibit:

"rolywholyover a circus is a composition for museum created by the 
composer, writer, philospher and visual artist jon cage (1912-1992). one 
of the large-scale projects that cage conceived prior to his death, 
rolywholyover a circus transforms the philadelphia museum of art into the 
setting for a constantly changing array of art, performances, film and 
video screenings, readings, and special programs. with many activities in 
the museum occurring simultaneously, as in a circus, and the location of 
many objects in a constant flux guided by a computerized process of 
random distribution, the project breaks with traditional approaches to 
museum exhibition programming.

"the exhibition features a selection of works by artists important to 
cage, interactive computer installations, and relevant ephemera, all 
rearranged daily according to a chance-derived 'score.' cage said of the 
project, 'the basic idea is that the exhibition would change so much that 
if you came back a second time, you wouldn't recognize it.' also on view 
are objects from fifty philadelphia-area museums and special collections, 
chosen by chance procedures, as well as cage's own graphic works.

"in the galleris is a media space offering live and prerecorded events 
throughout the run of rolywholyover a circus. cage encouraged his 
audience to be open to unexpected experiences, and, in keeping with this 
philosophy, these events at the museum will only be announced on the day 
of their presentation. for a daily schedule, please call the cage hotline 
at 215.236.cage"

this sounds really exciting to me! i have a background in museum stuff,
and one of the reasons i'm not actually working in the museum field at
this point is the static, conservative approach to exhibition. also, i
just found out last night that i'll get to do my own (small, but solo)
exhibit of photography next year at the place where i've been taking photo
classes. so, the timing of this with 88, my computer work for the class,
my need to think about putting up an exhibit, etc., is great! 

therefore, a suggestion: if anyone is around this summer and interested, 
i'd be glad to arrange a field trip over to the museum, perhaps with a 
guided tour or if we're lucky, a chance to talk to someone who was 
involved in mounting the exhibit, or organizing the city-wide events (i 
can post more about those if people are interested -- there's something 
at easter state penitentiary that you've gotta see if you've never been 
there). let me know.



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