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The first floor brings 12 compositions into a spatialized and randomized remix: Cheap Imitation, Chorals, Etcetera, Extended Lullaby, Four3, Furniture Music Etcetera, Socrate, Sports (Perpetual Tango and Swinging), Song Books (Solos for Voice 3-92), Sonnekus2, Two6, and Letter(s) to Erik Satie. This audio collage for the ears is complemented by associated materials for the eyes: rare video footage of works from collaborative projects with the legendary American choreographer Merce Cunningham and manipulated scanned images drawn from associated scores and manuscripts from C.F. Peters/Peters Edition and the New York Public Library for the Performing Arts.

The second floor showcases two additional Satie inspirations: James Joyce, Marcel Duchamp, Erik Satie: An Alphabet (1982), Cage’s whimsical radio play cast here into a new interactive sound installation, and The First Meeting of the Satie Society (1985-1992), Cage’s stunning late-life collaborative merger of poetry, performance, visual art, sculpture, and music. This work was conceived as a collection of “presents” for Erik Satie, an invitation by John Cage to his esteemed artist friends to fill a Marcel Duchamp-inspired cracked glass valise with words and images bound into eight hand made books. Contributors in the visual aspects include Jasper Johns, Robert Rauschenberg, Sol LeWitt, Robert Ryman, and Cage himself. Also on view is Cage’s “Satie Memorabilia,” an eclectic collection that includes his rarely seen facsimile of Vexations.

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