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Musicology Distinguished Lecture Series: Prof. Benjamin Piekut, Cornell University

“Continuous Projects, Altered Daily”

  1. Friday March 29 5:00pm
Earl V. Moore Building, Glenn E. Watkins Lecture Hall

The title of this talk alludes to process-based works of the late 1960s by sculptor Robert Morris and choreographer Yvonne Rainer. They were among a wave of artists in different disciplines who explored alternatives to stable, unified, and repeatable artworks and performances. I intend to survey this shared impulse and its relationship with improvisational modes of creative practice, and to develop the notion of a “fetter of improvisation” that emerges in these years, seemingly to compensate for the loss of repeatable works. In addition to the uncertainties of ever-changing artworks, I will show, artists of the late 1960s faced novel problematics of shared authorship.

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