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The John Cage Trust: An Accidental Archive

Tuesday, February 24, 2015
12:00 AM
Institute for the Humanities, 202 S. Thayer, #1022

The John Cage Trust was founded in 1993 as the legal heir to the estate of John Cage.  Formed one year after Cage's death, its primary mandate was to take the lead in gathering, cataloguing, and formally placing Cage's various manuscript collections in repositories around the country and to assist scholars, performers, curators, musicians, and others in their successful completion of projects related to John Cage's work.  This talk looks back at the modest beginnings of the John Cage Trust, and, now in its 22nd year, reflects upon how and in what ways it's grown.  

Laura Kuhn is the founding executive director of the John Cage Trust, now situated at Bard College in Annandale-on-Hudson, New York, where in 2007 she became the first John Cage Professor of Performance Arts. She is presently at work on The Selected Letters of John Cage for publication by Wesleyan University Press (2015).