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This exhibition traces the fruitful and decades-long interse ction of the celebrated avant-garde composer and artist John Cage (1 912-92) with the MCA. Cage was "there at the beginning\," performing in a w ork with fellow-Fluxus collaborators Dick Higgins and Allison Knowles as pa rt of the October 1967 opening celebration of MCA's inaugural exhibition\, Pictures to be Read/Poetry to be Seen. Over the years he returned numerous times to Chicago\, where he had lived in the early 1940s\, often stopping a t the MCA to execute various projects or see friends. Perhaps his best-know n project with the MCA was part of the 1982 "New Music America" festival\, where he created "A Dip in the Lake: Ten Quicksteps\, Sixty-two Waltzes\, a nd Fifty-six Marches for Chicago and Vicinity" (1978)\, a score created on a map of Chicago. Also on view are scores and books drawn from the over 80 items that represent Cage in the MCA Artists' Books Collection\, and epheme ral materials such as letters written to MCA staff and other historical doc uments that trace Cage's legacy at the MCA.

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Perhaps his b est-known project associated with the MCA was part of the 1982 New Music Am erica festival. For this pioneering music festival\, administered by the MC A\, Cage realized A Dip in the Lake: Ten Quicksteps\, Sixty-two Waltzes\, and Fifty-six Marches for Chicago and Vic inity (1978)\, a score created on a map of Chicago. Materials demonstr ating how to interpret the score of this important work\, which later enter ed the MCA Collection\, are on view along with scores and books drawn from the more than eighty items associated with Cage in the MCA Artists’ Books C ollection. Ephemeral materials\, such as letters written to MCA staff and o ther historical documents that trace Cage’s legacy at the MCA\, are also di splayed.

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This exhibition is organized by Lynne W arren\, Curator at the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago.

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In conju nction with the exhibition\, The MCA Stage presents a concert on Oct ober 6 by ICE (International Contemporary Ensemble) titled Joh n Cage: Correspondences to Correspondence: Cage and Boulez. This pr ogram explores the music and relationship of John Cage and Pierre Boulez\, two very influential and innovative 20th-century composers.

DTEND:20130303 DTSTAMP:20141030T170347 DTSTART:20120901 GEO:41.897166;-87.621288 LOCATION:Museum of Contemporary Art (MCA)\,220 East Chicago Ave \nChicago\, IL 60611 SEQUENCE:0 SUMMARY:MCA DNA\, John Cage UID:230133 END:VEVENT BEGIN:VEVENT DTEND:20120901T200000 DTSTAMP:20141030T170347 DTSTART:20120901T180000 GEO:41.897166;-87.621288 LOCATION:Museum of Contemporary Art (MCA)\,220 East Chicago Ave \nChicago\, IL 60611 SEQUENCE:0 SUMMARY:MCA DNA\, John Cage UID:230134 END:VEVENT END:VCALENDAR