(Sept. 5-Oct. 21) His Steps
American avant-garde composer and visual artist John Cage would have turned 100 today and the anniversary of his birth isn’t going unnoticed: American University’s Katzen Arts Center marks the occasion Friday and Saturday with a Centennial Celebration featuring lectures, performances, and art installations. Katzen also has STEPS — an exhibit of sculpture, watercolors, video, and music by Cage and his collaborators — through late October.
(Sept. 5) His Friend
Korean-American multimedia artist Nam June Paik was close with Cage-drawing inspiration from his work and eventually making a documentary film about him. A previously unscreened version of A Tribute to John Cage featuring performances, stories, and interviews is showing tonight at the Smithsonian American Art Museum. An in-the-know curator leads a discussion afterwards.
(Sept. 5) His Music
If you’re all about the music, St. Mary’s College of Maryland in St. Mary’s City celebrates the musical pioneer with a concert tonight. Cage’s piano masterpiece Sonatas and Interludes is performed in the Auerbach Auditorium at 8.
Music: “In A Landscape” by John Cage