Performing Arts Events archive

Inclusive Dates: 
1967–1980
Survey Repository: 

This record forms part of the Chicago’s Art-Related Archival Materials: A Terra Foundation Resource project funded by the Terra Foundation for American Art. For this project, the Archives surveyed archival repositories throughout the Chicago region to identify art-related materials contained in their holdings. While the Archives of American Art does not own any of the materials described herein, information about those materials and links to the original repositories have been included when available.

Descriptive Summary

3 linear feet (4 boxes) of material consisting of documents produced during the planning and execution of non-exhibition programming, such as concerts, time-arts performances, dances, films, lectures, and special events, including correspondence, press releases, curricula vitae, and ephemera. Artists include John Cage, Philip Glass, AACM, Maryanne Amacher, Steve Reich, Anthony Braxton, Mabou Mines, Julia Heyward, Laurie Anderson, and Meredith Monk.

Biographical Historical Note

The Museum of Contemporary Art opened in 1967 as a showcase for both established and emerging contemporary artists. In addition to fine visual arts exhibitions, several performing arts "events" were produced by the Museum during the years 1967-1980. These events included concerts, dance programs, film series, lectures, poetry readings, theater, performance art, and children's programs. Philip Glass, Laurie Anderson, John Cage, and Nam June Paik are among the many notable artist-performers who entertained audiences at the MCA. Special events that celebrated the Museum's opening, its anniversaries, and the 1978 expansion are also documented in this archive.

Additional Notes

Related collections: Museum of Contemporary Art Exhibition Records, David Katzive Papers, Jan van der Marck Papers, Video Archive, Joseph Randall Shapiro Papers, Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago.