9 Evenings + 50
September 16-24, 2016
Co-produced by Julie Martin and Fridman Gallery.
Curators: Julie Martin, Regine Basha and Daniel Neumann
Fridman Gallery will present a concert series, 9 Evenings + 50, by three generations of composers and performers. The series recognizes and celebrates the 50th anniversary of 9 Evenings: Theatre & Engineering – the music, dance and theater performances held in October 1966 at the 69th Regiment Armory on Lexington Avenue and 25th Street in New York City.
For the original 9 Evenings, 10 New York artists – John Cage, Lucinda Childs, Öyvind Fahlström, Alex Hay, Deborah Hay, Steve Paxton, Yvonne Rainer, Robert Rauschenberg, David Tudor, and Robert Whitman – worked for 10 months in collaboration with 30 engineers and scientists from Bell Laboratories, to develop technical equipment for their performances.
9 Evenings is now recognized as a major event of the 1960s, representing both the culmination of a decade of extraordinary activity and innovation in art, dance and music, and the beginning of a new era in which artists explored the use of technology in their work.
Our program features 24 groundbreaking artists – those who were active in 1960s and the younger generations working in the same tradition, continuing to use new technologies to create new instruments, new scores, and new collaborations.
The series is presented in association with ISSUE Project Room and Wave Farm.