A Celebration of the Centenary of the Composer’s Birth
January 28 – May 6, 2012

One of the most influential artists of the 20th century, John Cage (1912- 1992) created sound and performance works that broke through boundary after boundary. In celebration of his enduring legacy and the 2012 centenary of his birth, the Museum is pleased to present John Cage’s 33-1/3 – Performed by Audience – an interactive installation guest curated by Jade Dellinger.

Conceived in 1969 as an “audience participation” work, John Cage’s original “score” simply stipulated that the gallery be filled with about a dozen record players and two- to three-hundred vinyl records. Museum visitors were encouraged to act as DJs and create a musical mix by playing records freely and thus performing the work.

According to guest curator Jade Dellinger, “when the work was first installed at the University of California in Davis, a local record store graciously volunteered the hundreds of necessary records. However, as Cage never discussed condition or specified titles, the store promptly sent over the most common and undesirable, damaged and utterly unsalable records in their inventory.” Dellinger was inspired by a line from a letter he received in the 1980’s from Cage in which the composer noted that “I am not interested in the names of movements but rather in seeing and making things not seen before.”

As “a tribute and in celebration of Cage’s centennial, the exhibition’s goal is both to honor and reinterpret Cage’s score with the assistance of a few rather special friends. The show aimed to create a broad spectrum of vinyl recordings as source material for visitor-participants to access at the Museum, and a prominent group of visual artists and performers (even a few Rock n’ Roll Hall of Famers) have been invited to submit Top 10 picks or album playlists to fill record bins. The participating visual and performing artists include:

  • Yoko Ono
  • Iggy Pop
  • Graham Nash
  • David Byrne (Talking Heads)
  • Bryan Ferry (Roxy Music)
  • Jack White (The White Stripes)
  • Lee Ranaldo (Sonic Youth)
  • Richie Ramone (The Ramones)
  • Jad Fair (Half-Japanese)
  • Alex James (Blur)
  • Meredith Monk
  • Terry Allen
  • Irwin Chusid
  • Arto Lindsay (DNA & Lounge Lizards)
  • Blixa Bargeld (Einsturzende Neubauten)
  • Mike Kelley (Destroy All Monsters)
  • S.A. Martinez (311)
  • David Harrington (Kronos Quartet)
  • Emil Schult (Kraftwerk)
  • Pauline Oliveros
  • The Residents
  • Vito Acconci
  • The Art Guys
  • Martin Atkins (Public Image Ltd.)
  • John Baldessari
  • Matthew Barney
  • Christian Marclay
  • Joan LaBarbara
  • Jim Rosenquist
  • Ed Ruscha
  • William Wegman

John Cage 33-1/3 – Performed by Audience is ©1969 by Henmar Press Inc. Used by permission of C.F. Peters Corporation. All Rights Reserved. Support for the exhibition has been provided by Amoeba Music. Media support has been provided by Creative Loafing and WMNF 88.5.

The Museum is grateful to Ms. Laura Kuhn, executive director of The John Cage Trust at Bard College, for her enthusiastic support of this project. For more about the 2012 John Cage Centennial celebrations worldwide, please visit

Our colleagues in the District of Columbia will present a six-day festival in conjunction with Cage’s centennary in September 2012.
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