A Brief History Of # 1951

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.

This is (so far)…

1951


THEODOR W. ADORNO, Minima Moralia. Reflexionen aus dem beschädigten Leben (1944-49)


HANNAH ARENDT, The Origins of Totalitarianism (1948-49)

2nd. Edition 1958

 


J.D. SALINGER,The Catcher in the Rye


GOTTFRIED BENN, Essays / Probleme der Lyrik


SAMUEL BECKETT, Molloy


TORU TAKEMITSU ET AL, Foundation of Jikken Kōbō (実験工房 „experimental workshop“/ anti-academic)



HERBERT EIMERT, WERNER MEYER-EPPLER ET AL, Foundation of Studio für elektronische Musik (Köln)


PIERRE HENRY, Groupe de Recherches de (la) Musique Concrète (former club d´essai)


PIERRE BOULEZ, Polyphonie X


ARNOLD SCHÖNBERG dies


JOHN CAGE, Lecture on Something


JOHN CAGE, Imaginary Landscape No. 4 for 12 radios


JOHN CAGE, Music of Changes (first systematic use of chance)


LOU HARRISON, Suite for Violin, Piano and small Orchestra


MORTON FELDMAN, Projections 1-2, Intersection 1 (First indeterminant scores)


ELLIOTT CARTER, String Quartet No.1


IGOR STRAVINSKY, The Rake’s Progress (Opera)


BOHUSLAV MARTINU, 3 Klaviertrios


IKE TURNER, Rocket 88 (first R´n`R)


BERNARD HERRMANN, The Day the Earth Stood Still (Soundtrack with theremin)


THE SOUL STIRRERS (featuring Sam Cooke), Jesus Gave Me Water


ROBERT RAUSCHENBERG, White, Black and Red Paintings


WILLEM DE KOONING, Woman I
1950-52


LEO CASTELLI, 9th St. Show (groundbreaking New York School exhib)


LOLA ALVAREZ BRAVO, Acapulco en el sueno


ANDRÉ BAZIN, established Cahiers du Cinema


ROBERT E. WISE, The Day the Earth Stood Still


ELIA KAZAN, A Streetcar Named Desire


JOHN HUSTON, The African Queen


WALT DISNEY, Alice in Wonderland



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