Don't Throw Anything Out Because Trash Could be Art
25 Years ago I helped this amazing writer and historian (Barbra Moore) of the Avant Garde and Fluxus Movement. While she archived and sorted out one of the most challenging hoarding situations that the art world has never seen before until now— well the clean and uncluttered version. I LOL mainly took out the trash of the Charlotte Moorman estate which to this day I'm very grateful to have witnessed, touched, and been a small & young part of such a great artistic moment. Charlotte and her husband Frank Pileggi (who was like a father to me) used to have bags and bags of cans which I had to often ask if they were art or not. As it turned out one of those bags was art from John Cage's third construction performance. I can't be more happy that the world now can see what I saw when I was twenty years old all because of Barbra's and Northwestern University's dedication to preserve that moment in time.
Charlotte was an American cellist, performance artist, and advocate for avant-garde music. She was the founder of the Annual Avant Garde Festival of New York (#Freeze & #ArtBasel she started it first) and a frequent collaborator with Korean artist Nam June Paik. Without Barbra Moore's dedication to preserving her work as well as all the artist who left great works of art behind at her loft like; Joseph Beuys, Yoko Ono, George Maciunas, Ben Vautier, Alison Knowles, and many many more artist works would not be shown today.
I highly recommended viewing and learning more about Charlotte at: A Feast of Astonishments:Charlotte Moorman and the Avant-Garde, 1960s–1980s - Grey Gallery http://buff.ly/2c0K4ej
Published by: Michael Redding in Art
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