John Cage mushrooms go on showmain
Fascinating exhibition coming up at the Horticultural Society of New York on the great mycologist and musical time-bomb. Announcement below.
By leaves or play of sunlight
John Cage: Artist and Naturalist
April 2 – May 16, 2014
Wednesday, April 2nd, 6:00pm to 8:00pm
Curated by Chris Murtha
Presented with the John Cage Trust and the
Nature was central to the visual art practice of pioneering composer John Cage (1912-1992). His materials included river rocks, smoke, and medicinal plants, and he found particular inspiration in the study of mushrooms and the writings of Henry David Thoreau. The centerpiece of this exhibition, which showcases Cage’s plant-inspired artworks, is Mushroom Book (1972), a portfolio of lithographs created with mycologist Alexander H. Smith and artist Lois Long. The show will also include prints that incorporate Thoreau’s journal sketches and selections from Edible Drawings(1990), a series of handmade papers made with ingredients from the artist’s macrobiotic diet.
Download the press release (PDF), which is written as a mesostic poem, a form that Cage used throughout his career, including in Mushroom Book.