Classical KUSC Blog

March 4, 2011

John Cage: Not Wanting to Say Anything About Marcel

Filed under: Programming — classicalkusc @ 1:12 pm

John Cage, American artist and composer, is the subject of a new exhibition at the Norton Simon Museum.  On Saturday, March 5, Arts Alive caught up with the exhibit’s curator, Norton Simon Curatorial Assistant Tom Norris and Columbia University’s Jeffrey Saletnik to talk Cage.


From the Norton Simon:

In 1969, while he was the composer-in-residence at the University of Cincinnati, Cage was prompted by art patron Alice Weston to create his first visual artwork, Not Wanting to Say Anything About Marcel. The year before, the art world lost one of the founding fathers of conceptual art, Marcel Duchamp, who was both a friend to and an influence on Cage. At that same time, an uncited art publication solicited several artists, Cage among them, to do something to honor Duchamp. He and Jasper Johns, a fellow artist and friend, were discussing the publication’s request, and it was Johns who said, “I don’t want to say anything about Marcel.” Cage took this statement and used it for the title of his first venture into the visual art world. The Museum is pleased to spotlight this seminal work, Not Wanting to Say Anything About Marcel (1969), from September 24, 2010, to March 28, 2011.




John Cage, American, 1912-1992
Not Wanting to Say Anything About Marcel
, 1969
Silkscreens on Plexiglas in wooden bases and a lithograph
Norton Simon Museum, Gift of Mrs. Judith Thomas, 1970
© John Cage Trust

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