Cage at UCLA

Sunday, December 2, 2012
10:00 am - 7:30 pm, UCLA Hammer Museum - Billy Wilder Theater

Hammer Presents

See below for additional information.


Free and open to the public.

Assigned seating is available in the Billy Wilder Theater. Free tickets are required and available at the Box Office, one ticket per person on a first come, first served basis.

Members enjoy priority seating and seat selection, subject to availability. Membership does not guarantee seating. Arrival at least one half hour prior to program time is recommended.

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Parking is available under the museum for $3 for 3 hours, $1.50 per hour after.


UCLA Hammer Museum
(310) 443-7000


Additional Information

A Celebration of the100th Anniversary of John Cage’s Birth.

Co-presented by The UCLA Herb Alpert School of Music.

John Cage taught and composed at UCLA in the 1930s. On Sunday, December 2, 2012, current faculty, UCLA students, and a few guests from the Los Angeles area, will gather to perform a selection of his works, remember his life and work at UCLA and in Los Angeles, and reflect on his legacy in the fields of music, dance, theater, literature, and media arts.

Full Program

  • 10:00 am - 10:30 am: John Cage’s String Quartet in Four Parts performed by the LaMi String Quartet, a graduate-student group from the UCLA Herb Alpert School of Music
  • 10:30 am - 11:30 am: Thomas Hines, UCLA Professor of History and Architecture, “Becoming Cage: The Los Angeles Years, 1912-1938”
  • 11:30 am - 12:15 pm: Sue Ellen Case, UCLA Professor of Theater, “Cage, Cunningham, and the Closet”
  • 12:15 pm - 1:00 pm: Susan Leigh Foster, UCLA Professor of Dance, “John Cage’s Dance Legacy”
  • 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm: Performance of John Cage’s Song Books by Nina Eidsheim, UCLA musicology professor, and CalArts faculty members Jacqueline Bobak and Paul Berkolds in the courtyard of the Hammer Museum.
  • 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm: Marjorie Perloff, Stanford and USC Professor, “Cage, the Conceptual Poet”
  • 3:00 pm - 4:14 pm: Erkki Huhtamo, UCLA Professor of Design | Media Arts, “Random Access? John Cage and Media Arts”
  • 4:15 pm - 5:30 pm “John Cage’s Legacy in Music,” a panel discussion with UCLA musicologists Robert Fink, Tamara Levitz, Mitchell Morris, and Timothy D. Taylor.
  • 5:30 pm - 6:00 pm: Reception
  • 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm: "Two Sides of the Coin," a performance in the Hammer Annex by UCLA professor Gloria Cheng of Cage’s “UCLA, December 2, 2012” (1952) and his complete “Sonatas and Interludes for Prepared Piano” (1946-1948); Q & A with Gloria and Nancy Perloff, Getty Research Institute curator, between the first work and the piano pieces.
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