A Brief History Of # 1961

Part of my longtime project A Brief History Of which wants to explore the 20th century culture. As an open curatorial project it grows rhizomatically in various directions. Since late 2009 I am assembling a list of influential works by composers, musicians, writers, philosophers, artists, filmmakers, choreographers and photographers. Next to popular stuff with high artistic impact you´ll find more unknown pieces of avantgarde origin, high next to so called low culture. Gradually the works should be described, interviews should be held and correlations should be researched. Although this project actually must be a work in progress it shall merge into a book and a film sometime.

This is (so far)…

1961


MICHEL FOUCAULT, Histoire de la folie à l´age classique – Folie et déraison



BENJAMIN BRITTEN, War Requiem
Wilfred Owen




IGOR STRAVINSKY, A Sermon, a Narrative, and a Prayer




JOHN CAGE, Music for Carillon 4




LUCIANO BERIO, Visage (extended vocal techniques and electronics)




HENRI POUSSEUR, Votre Faust (opera in collaboration with Michel Butor)




PAULINE OLIVEROS, Sound Patterns (extended vocal techniques)



ALBERTO GINASTERA, Piano Concerto No.1




GIL EVANS, Out Of The Cool (Impulse)





BILL EVANS, The Village Vanguard Sessions/Move from the Vanguard (Milestone)




OLIVER NELSON, Blues and the Abstract Truth (Impulse)



JIMMY GIUFFRE, Fusion (chamber free jazz)



HOWLIN WOLF, Rockin Chair




THE TOKENS, The Lion Sleeps Tonight (uses operatic singing, Neapolitan choir, yodel, proto-electronics)




ROGER REYNOLDS, ROBERT ASHLEY & GORDON MUMMA, Organization of the first ONCE festival of avantgarde music at Ann Arbor (Michigan)



BÜLENT AREL, EL-DABH, USSACHEVSKY ET AL, Columbia-Princeton Electronic Music Center




LA MONTE YOUNG, Creation of the „dream house“, where the environment is part of the music



CECIL TAYLOR, New York City R&B



LEE KONITZ, Motion (Verve)





ROBERT MORRIS, Box With The Sound Of Its Own Making




THE ART OF ASSEMBLAGE, Exhibition MoMA, NY (Braque, Dubuffet, Duchamp, Picasso, Rauschenberg, Schwitters, Joseph Cornell, Man Ray)

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CLEMENT GREENBERG, Art and Culture




CLAES OLDENBURG, The Store




PIERO MANZONI, Merda d´Artista (30 grams/90 cans; some exploded)




PIERO MANZONI, Socle du Monde




BILL BRANDT, Perspectives of Nudes




MASAYA NAKAMURA, Young Nudes




WILLIAM CLAXTON, Jazz Life




SHOMEI TOMATSU, KEN DOMON, Hiroshima – Nagasaki Document 1961




EIKOH HOSOE, Man and Woman






ROBERT BREER, Blazes (4000 pictures in a fast lane)




ALAIN RESNAIS, L´Année dernière à Marienbad (1960)




FRANCOIS TRUFFAUT, Jules et Jim



LUIS BUNUEL, Viridiana




BILLY WILDER, One, Two, Three (THE Cold War comedy)




ROBERT WISE, West Side Story



BASIL DEARDEN, Victim (first important British film with a non-judgmental homosexual theme)




JOHN HUSTON, The Misfits (Anti-Western/last appearances of Monroe and Gable)



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