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Charlotte Moorman and Her 15 Avant-Garde Festivals


December 21, 2010

Charlotte Moorman (1933-1991) is usually remembered as the "topless cellist" who was arrested for performing Nam June Paik's "Opera Sextronique" in 1967. But she is more important as an extraordinary performer, producer and proselytizer for avant-garde music, having organized 15 ground-breaking Annual New York Avant Garde Festivals from 1963 to 1980. Twelve of these were in public spaces that had never before been used for cultural events, such as Central Park, the World Trade Center plaza, Shea Stadium, Grand Central Station, and Wards Island.  Selected photographs of all fifteen events will be taken from the archive of photographer Peter Moore.