Original Poster: University in Motion. Matrix for the Arts. Centennial Symposium November 15-19, 1967. Sponsored by the Graduate Committee for the Centennial Year and the Center for Advanced Study. 13.5" x 22”. Heavy stock, overall VG+, one bumped corner, sunning to extremities, not affecting image. The poster breaks down the events for the symposium, including an address by Saul Bellow entitled “Matrix for the Arts;” a theatre event with the Merce Cunningham Dance Company with John Cage; panels on “Art and the University: Symbolism, Censorship, and the Environment” (Leo Lionni, Harold Rosenberg, Harry Weese, Champan Kelley), “Theatre and the University: Amusement or Art?” (Dore Schary, June Havoc, Merce Cunningham, Wilford Leach, Joseph Chaikin, Claude Kipnis), “Music and the University: What Kind, What Aim?” (Gilbert Chase, John Cage, Gunther Schuller, Charles Wuorinen), and “Matrix for the Arts: Patronage and Purpose” (S. Leonard Pas Jr., June Havoc); a closing lecture, “Intuition,” by Buckminster Fuller; and a Music Circus, John Cage, director.
John Cage, the avant-garde composer and a founder of the New York School, arrived in 1967 for a three-year appointment as Associate of the Center for Advanced Studies and Visiting Professor of Music, where he created numerous “happenings,” performance art where visitors, performers, objects, and environments interacted. The first happening Cage directed at Illinois (complete with large weather balloons) occurred on this November weekend: Music Circus (otherwise known as Musicircus) at the University of Illinois Stock Pavillion, which began at 8pm and lasted for nearly eight hours.
A scarce poster for an important weekend of events featuring some of the most influential artists/writers/experimental musicians/composers of the day. Item #239