Happy Birthday: A Celebration of Chance and Listening

September 5, 2012 - November 17, 2012

This exhibit will marks the centennial of John Cage’s birth and the influences of his ideas on the visual arts on September 5, 2012. John Cage was arguably one of the most influential artists of the post-war period. He was an American composer, music theorist, writer, philosopher and visual artist. His influence ranges from his legendary teachings and performances at The Black Mountain College in the late 40’s to his infamous composition classes at the New School. Through the work of seven artists spanning several generations, the exhibit explores the ways in which Cage’s teachings and ideas live on today, with a particular focus on embracing chance and silence as a method in working process.

Featured artists include Alison Knowles, a Cage pupil from the late 50’s, who with several others created one of the grandest blending of art and life groups Fluxus; Paul Kos’s The Sound of Ice Melting, which illustrates the Cageian notion of careful listing to hear the music of the world; and Walead Beshty’s Fedex Kraft Boxes, in which tempered glass cubes are fit into standard FedEx boxes with no packing materials. The resulting cracks and chips become the marks on the otherwise minimal cube, echoing the chance operations systems of Cage’s music. Happy Birthday also features works from Ray Johnson, Brad Brown, Molly Dilworth, Luke Murphy, Stephanie Simek, and a piece by Cage himself.

This exhibition is sponsored by The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts and the Regional Arts & Culture Council.

Unattributed Album

Critical Art Ensemble: Keep Hope Alive Block Party + Acceptable Losses

Day Job

Xylor Jane and B. Wurtz

Binary Lore

An Exhibition That Might Exist

Luc Tuymans: Graphic Works - Kristallnacht to Technicolor

Feldman Gallery: Untraceable

Feldman Gallery: The Searchers

Regina Silveira: Outgrown (Tracks and Shadows)

Artist Talk: Amy Bessone

Crisis Image Archives

Artist Talk: Xylor Jane and B. Wurtz

Learn to Read Art: A History of Printed Matter

Quantum Shirley

Between my head and my hand, there is always the face of death.

PNCA Feldman Gallery: Behind the Star


“This Just In … Endless War”—Justseeds/Combat Paper Workshop

Jungjin Lee: Wind

An Appearance from Quantum Shirley





Abigail Anne Newbold: Living Through Making

Eva and Franco Mattes, (a.k.a. 0100101110101101.ORG)

Walkthrough: Learn to Read Art

Between my head and my hand, there is always the face of death.

Artist Talk: Mack McFarland and Marieke Verbiesen

Gathering Thoughts: A People’s Art History

Artist Reception: Xylor Jane and B. Wurtz

Happy Birthday: A Celebration of Chance and Listening

Curator Walkthrough: Kristan Kennedy

Gathering Resistance: Black Lives Matter - The Artists' Call

Thomas Zummer: a partial retrospective of works I should have done

The Shape of the Problem

Curator Walkthrough: It's All A Blur

Web of Trails

Telephone Game

Nina Katchadourian: Sorted Books

It's All A Blur

Day Job Curator Walk Through

Critical Art Ensemble: Acceptable Losses Opening Reception

Feelings and How to Destroy Them

Nina Katchadourian: Sorted Books

Conspiracy Theory: Robert Boyd 2009

Learn to Read Art: A History of Printed Matter

Artist Talk | Bean Gilsdorf