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Interview with Charlotte Moorman from 1970

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Item Type: Sound Recording Duration: 33 min
Event Type: Interview Program Origin: KPFA

Harvey Matusow interviews cellist and performance artist, Charlotte Moorman in New York City in which she talks about the history of her Festival of Avant-Garde Arts. This talk was recorded in 1970.

Charlotte Moorman became famous in New York City in the 1960's for playing avant-garde music, occasionally in the nude. She was also closely associated with Nam June Paik, who created many works for her, including the famous one where she wears a bra made up of two mini-TVs. She had a wonderful Southern accent and made quite a presence on stage. She also performed at many Fluxus events in NYC in the 1960's.

Harvey Matusow, on the other hand, was a charlatan, superb con man, sometimes art dealer, and new music producer. He is perhaps more famous for his dealings with the McCarthy era, House Commitee on Un-American Activities hearings in the 1950's (see his book “False Witness”) for which he spent some time in jail. As you could expect, this interview is very, very interesting, and gives one an excellent sense of the avant-garde scene in NYC in the late 1960's.

Both Charlotte and Harvey are now deceased. This interview is the sound track from Matusow's film "Charlotte"

Genres:  Performance Art; Electro-Acoustic / Electronic
Subject:  Moorman, Charlotte; Avant Garde Festival of New York; Performance art; Mixed media (Music); Motion picture soundtracks; Motion picture music; Avant-garde (Art); Cello music
People:  Moorman, Charlotte; Matusow, Harvey, 1926-
First Broadcast Date:  2/15/1973
 
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