Mari-Claire Charba: ART – THEATER – PERFORMANCE ART or (How it Happened)
Sunday, October 2, 2PM
Admission: $8/$5 WAAM Members
Obie award winner Mari-Claire Charba is an actress, painter, mixed-media artist, and a founding member of the internationally acclaimed La Mama Repertory Troupe with Director, Tom O’Horgan. She will discuss the overlapping, intersecting and merging of Art, Theater and Performance Art, especially in the 1960’s New York City with its American roots at Black Mountain College in the 1950s with John Cage and his innovative creation: “Work in Theater No.1.” Comprised of sound, text, film, painting, poetry, dance, silence, and objects this work has come to be regarded by many as the first Happening in America.
In the opening section of her lecture, Charba will present a brief history of European precedessors to Cage’s event. This will be followed by a section on the influence of Cage’s work on seminal artists Alan Kaprow, Claus Oldenberg, Robert Rauchenberg, Bob Morris, Yvonne Rainer, Carolee Schneeman, and Laurie Anderson.