A Brief History Of # 1955

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)…

1955


HERBERT MARCUSE, Triebstruktur und Gesellschaft




CLAUDE LÉVI-STRAUSS, Tristes Tropiques



VLADIMIR NABOKOV, Lolita




FRANÇOISE SAGAN, Bonjour Tristesse




TENNESSEE WILLIAMS, Cat on a Hot Tin Roof




PATRICIA HIGHSMITH, The Talented Mr. Ripley




HANNS EISLER, Lieder und Balladen (Bd. 1 (6) Lieder und Kantaten 1955-66)


CHARLIE PARKER dies




PIERRE BOULEZ, Le Marteau sans maitre




IANNIS XENAKIS, Pithoprakta, für Orchester (61 Instr.; 1955-56)




HUGH LE CAINE, Dripsody (single sound source for this concrete piece is a drip of water)




FRANK SINATRA, In The Wee Small Hours (first concept album)




PETE SEEGER, Bantu Choral Folk Songs (the first album of African music by a white musician)


LENNIE TRISTANO, Tristano (experiments with overdubbing and altered tape-speed)




ELMER BERNSTEIN, The Man With the Golden Arm (1st Jazz soundtrack)




HANNS EISLER, Nuit et Brouillard (soundtrack)




CLEMENT GREENBERG, „American-Type Painting“ Essay promoted Abstract Expressionism (Pollock, de Kooning, Hans Hofmann, Barnett Newman, Clyfford Still)




HENRI CARTIER-BRESSON, Les Européens




PAUL STRAND, Un paese




JAMES WHITNEY, Yantra (produced entirely by hand, 1950-57)




OTTO PREMINGER, The Man With The Golden Arm




ELIA KAZAN, East of Eden


NICOLAS RAY, Rebel Without A Cause


CARL THEODOR DREYER, Ordet




SATYAJIT RAY, Pather Panchali (1st of Apu-Trilogy)




ALAIN RESNAIS, Nuit et Brouillard




CHARLES LAUGHTON, The Night of The Hunter




HERBERT VESELY, Nicht mehr fliehen


DISNEYLAND, Opening Day in Anaheim, California



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