The World of Charlotte Moorman collection

Inclusive Dates: 
1957–2000

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

.7 linear foot (2 boxes), 1 oversize portfolio, and flatfile material consisting of papers relating to avant-garde cellist and performance artist Charlotte Moorman. The collection originated as a publication in conjunction with the archival exhibition "The World of Charlotte Moorman" at Bound & Unbound, a gallery in New York, March 28-June 30, 2000, and is one of a limited edition of 100 copies. It includes recital announcements and programs from Moorman’s college years in the 1950s; programs, posters, catalogs, and ephemera from her 30-year career collaborations with Nam June Paik, Joseph Beuys, Yoko Ono, and other vanguardists; posters and programs from each of the fifteen Annual Avant Garde Festivals in New York; and bibliographical and biographical material.

Biographical Historical Note

A classically trained cellist, Madeline Charlotte Moorman is best known for her performance pieces and for the avant-garde festivals she organized and participated in from the 1960s to the 1980s. She toured the world with visual artist Nam June Paik, a collaboration that brought her international renown.

Additional Notes

Related collection: Charlotte Moorman Archive, Northwestern University Special Collections