Wednesday, January 30, 2013
John Cage: The Sight of Silence
The Taubman Museum of Art “Rolled the Dice” Tuesday to determine where five paintings would be hung for the John Cage major exhibition. First deciding the gallery, then the wall and finally where on the wall the piece would hang.
The event included members of the Roanoke Arts Commission, who funded the show, and the adjunct curator of Southeastern American art, Ray Kass, Professor Emeritus of Art at Virginia Tech. The exhibition is hung according to a system of “chance operations” so that the show is never presented in the same way. Rolling the dice will determine where five paintings will be hung for this major exhibition – first deciding which gallery, then which wall, and finally where on the wall the piece will be hung.
John Cage: The Sight of Silence features more than 60 watercolors and works on paper created at the Mountain Lake Workshop in Blacksburg. Best known as a groundbreaking composer, musician, and avant-garde thinker, Cage (1912-1992) was also a prolific visual artist who wove Eastern philosophy with elements of chance as a way to free up the creative process. The exhibition opens Friday, Feb. 15 and will be on display through Saturday, May 18. Four additional shows open in conjunction with Cage, including 50 Great American Artists; Jean Hélion: A Painter’s Journey in Life and Art; Pilgrimage: Alison Hall; and Time and Indeterminacy in John Cage’s Legacy: Tyler Adams and Sabine Groschup.