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  • Charlotte Moorman performing Jim McWilliams’s Sky Kiss, 1968, 6th Annual New York Avant-Garde Festival, Central Park West, New York, September 14, 1968. Photo: Peter Moore. © Barbara Moore/Licensed by VAGA, NY.

    “A Feast of Astonishments: Charlotte Moorman and the Avant-Garde, 1960s–1980s”

    Block Museum of Art at Northwestern University

    LONG MARGINALIZED in histories of both postwar art and experimental music, Charlotte Moorman has finally begun to receive the scholarly attention she deserves. In musicologist Benjamin Piekut’s Experimentalism Otherwise: The New York Avant-Garde and Its Limits (2011), Moorman figures alongside John Cage, Henry Flynt, and members of the Jazz Composers Guild as a prominent figure in the city’s flourishing mid-1960s music scene. Moorman moved from ensemble player to leading lady in former Walker Art Center curator Joan Rothfuss’s meticulously researched and engagingly narrated 2014 biography Topless

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