A collection of 58 original posters, flyers, programmes, press releases and other documentation and ephemera relating to the New York Avant Garde Festival, dating from its inception in 1963 through to the final event held in 1980.
A collection of 58 original posters, flyers, programmes, press releases and other documentation and ephemera relating to the New York Avant Garde Festival, dating from its inception in 1963 through to the final event held in 1980.
A collection of 58 original posters, flyers, programmes, press releases and other documentation and ephemera relating to the New York Avant Garde Festival, dating from its inception in 1963 through to the final event held in 1980.
A collection of 58 original posters, flyers, programmes, press releases and other documentation and ephemera relating to the New York Avant Garde Festival, dating from its inception in 1963 through to the final event held in 1980.
A collection of 58 original posters, flyers, programmes, press releases and other documentation and ephemera relating to the New York Avant Garde Festival, dating from its inception in 1963 through to the final event held in 1980.
A collection of 58 original posters, flyers, programmes, press releases and other documentation and ephemera relating to the New York Avant Garde Festival, dating from its inception in 1963 through to the final event held in 1980.
A collection of 58 original posters, flyers, programmes, press releases and other documentation and ephemera relating to the New York Avant Garde Festival, dating from its inception in 1963 through to the final event held in 1980.
A collection of 58 original posters, flyers, programmes, press releases and other documentation and ephemera relating to the New York Avant Garde Festival, dating from its inception in 1963 through to the final event held in 1980.
A collection of 58 original posters, flyers, programmes, press releases and other documentation and ephemera relating to the New York Avant Garde Festival, dating from its inception in 1963 through to the final event held in 1980.
A collection of 58 original posters, flyers, programmes, press releases and other documentation and ephemera relating to the New York Avant Garde Festival, dating from its inception in 1963 through to the final event held in 1980.
A collection of 58 original posters, flyers, programmes, press releases and other documentation and ephemera relating to the New York Avant Garde Festival, dating from its inception in 1963 through to the final event held in 1980.
A collection of 58 original posters, flyers, programmes, press releases and other documentation and ephemera relating to the New York Avant Garde Festival, dating from its inception in 1963 through to the final event held in 1980.
A collection of 58 original posters, flyers, programmes, press releases and other documentation and ephemera relating to the New York Avant Garde Festival, dating from its inception in 1963 through to the final event held in 1980.
A collection of 58 original posters, flyers, programmes, press releases and other documentation and ephemera relating to the New York Avant Garde Festival, dating from its inception in 1963 through to the final event held in 1980.
A collection of 58 original posters, flyers, programmes, press releases and other documentation and ephemera relating to the New York Avant Garde Festival, dating from its inception in 1963 through to the final event held in 1980.
A collection of 58 original posters, flyers, programmes, press releases and other documentation and ephemera relating to the New York Avant Garde Festival, dating from its inception in 1963 through to the final event held in 1980.
A collection of 58 original posters, flyers, programmes, press releases and other documentation and ephemera relating to the New York Avant Garde Festival, dating from its inception in 1963 through to the final event held in 1980.
A collection of 58 original posters, flyers, programmes, press releases and other documentation and ephemera relating to the New York Avant Garde Festival, dating from its inception in 1963 through to the final event held in 1980.
A collection of 58 original posters, flyers, programmes, press releases and other documentation and ephemera relating to the New York Avant Garde Festival, dating from its inception in 1963 through to the final event held in 1980.
A collection of 58 original posters, flyers, programmes, press releases and other documentation and ephemera relating to the New York Avant Garde Festival, dating from its inception in 1963 through to the final event held in 1980.
A collection of 58 original posters, flyers, programmes, press releases and other documentation and ephemera relating to the New York Avant Garde Festival, dating from its inception in 1963 through to the final event held in 1980.
A collection of 58 original posters, flyers, programmes, press releases and other documentation and ephemera relating to the New York Avant Garde Festival, dating from its inception in 1963 through to the final event held in 1980.
A collection of 58 original posters, flyers, programmes, press releases and other documentation and ephemera relating to the New York Avant Garde Festival, dating from its inception in 1963 through to the final event held in 1980.
A collection of 58 original posters, flyers, programmes, press releases and other documentation and ephemera relating to the New York Avant Garde Festival, dating from its inception in 1963 through to the final event held in 1980.
A collection of 58 original posters, flyers, programmes, press releases and other documentation and ephemera relating to the New York Avant Garde Festival, dating from its inception in 1963 through to the final event held in 1980.
A collection of 58 original posters, flyers, programmes, press releases and other documentation and ephemera relating to the New York Avant Garde Festival, dating from its inception in 1963 through to the final event held in 1980.
A collection of 58 original posters, flyers, programmes, press releases and other documentation and ephemera relating to the New York Avant Garde Festival, dating from its inception in 1963 through to the final event held in 1980.
A collection of 58 original posters, flyers, programmes, press releases and other documentation and ephemera relating to the New York Avant Garde Festival, dating from its inception in 1963 through to the final event held in 1980.
A collection of 58 original posters, flyers, programmes, press releases and other documentation and ephemera relating to the New York Avant Garde Festival, dating from its inception in 1963 through to the final event held in 1980.
A collection of 58 original posters, flyers, programmes, press releases and other documentation and ephemera relating to the New York Avant Garde Festival, dating from its inception in 1963 through to the final event held in 1980.
A collection of 58 original posters, flyers, programmes, press releases and other documentation and ephemera relating to the New York Avant Garde Festival, dating from its inception in 1963 through to the final event held in 1980.
A collection of 58 original posters, flyers, programmes, press releases and other documentation and ephemera relating to the New York Avant Garde Festival, dating from its inception in 1963 through to the final event held in 1980.
A collection of 58 original posters, flyers, programmes, press releases and other documentation and ephemera relating to the New York Avant Garde Festival, dating from its inception in 1963 through to the final event held in 1980.
A collection of 58 original posters, flyers, programmes, press releases and other documentation and ephemera relating to the New York Avant Garde Festival, dating from its inception in 1963 through to the final event held in 1980.
A collection of 58 original posters, flyers, programmes, press releases and other documentation and ephemera relating to the New York Avant Garde Festival, dating from its inception in 1963 through to the final event held in 1980.
A collection of 58 original posters, flyers, programmes, press releases and other documentation and ephemera relating to the New York Avant Garde Festival, dating from its inception in 1963 through to the final event held in 1980.
A collection of 58 original posters, flyers, programmes, press releases and other documentation and ephemera relating to the New York Avant Garde Festival, dating from its inception in 1963 through to the final event held in 1980.
A collection of 58 original posters, flyers, programmes, press releases and other documentation and ephemera relating to the New York Avant Garde Festival, dating from its inception in 1963 through to the final event held in 1980.
A collection of 58 original posters, flyers, programmes, press releases and other documentation and ephemera relating to the New York Avant Garde Festival, dating from its inception in 1963 through to the final event held in 1980.

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A collection of 58 original posters, flyers, programmes, press releases and other documentation and ephemera relating to the New York Avant Garde Festival, dating from its inception in 1963 through to the final event held in 1980.

The Festival was conceived in the summer of 1963 by Charlotte Moorman with John Cage, Earle Brown, Edgard Varèse, David Behrman, Morton Feldman and Frederic Rzewski. The first three events were held at the Judson Hall and dedicated to the presentation of new and experimental music, with the fourth in 1966, the first to be held in a public space, expanded to encompass the full range of avant-garde activity. The festivals brought together Fluxus artists with experimental poets, artists, dancers and musicians of all kinds, and except for 1970, 1976 and 1979, played annually in various locations, including Shea Stadium, two islands in the East River, the World Trade Centre, Grand Central Station, and the decks of the Staten Island Ferry.


The festival was heterogenous in its scope and non-hierarchical in its billing, and featured unprecedented diversity, including Sun Ra appearing with his Arkestra on a flatbed truck; Dick Higgins bellowing loudly while having his head shaved; Alison Knowles interviewing people about their shoes; Al Hansen adorning trees in Central Park with toilet paper; and Yoko Ono inviting audience members to cut away the black bags and clothing worn by the performers in 'Cut Piece'.


Charlotte Moorman's accomplishments have been more widely recognised in recent years and her pioneering, influential and long-running festival and the array of work it showcased has since inspired the written, video and performance works of Conceptual, body and process artists, and contemporary music by Claudia Molitor, Jennifer Walshe, Jürg Frey and Kajsa Magnarsson, among others. This extensive collection constitutes a comprehensive record of the festival and documents its wide-ranging diversity in every aspect of the avant-garde.


i) 6 CONCERTS '63. Two original flyers announcing 'Six Concerts of the Avant-Garde', held at the Judson Hall, August 20/21/27/28 and September 3/4, 1963, the first in an annual series of what became known as the New York Avant Garde Festival. Printed offset in black on off-white paper. 21.5x28cm. + 21.5x14cm. (printed on rectos only). Designed by Charlotte Moorman. Lists Earle Brown, John Cage, Morton Feldman, Charlotte Moorman, Max Neuhaus, Frederic Rzewski, David Tudor and Nicholas Zumbro performing works (as well as their own) by: David Behrman, Joseph Byrd, Philip Corner, Toshi Ichiyanagi, Karlheinz Stockhausen, James Tenney, Edgard Varèse, Christian Wolff, Yannis Xenakis, La Monte Young, and others. The series of concerts included seven world premieres, 10 American premieres, and three New York premieres. Trivial edge-wear only. Near Fine. Also: two variant printings. In addition, other composers listed on these flyers include Alvin Lucier, Mauricio Kagel, Luciano Berio, Henri Pousseur, Gordon Mumma and Richard Maxfield. The smaller flyer prints 'tentative programs' for each night on the verso; the larger flyer prints more information for the concerts on August 27/28. Very faint central vertical crease to the smaller flyer, o/w Near Fine. (4 items).


ii) FESTIVAL OF THE AVANT GARDE '64. Poster, together with a flyer, announcing the second Festival, held over ten evenings at the Judson Hall during September 1964. Designed by Charlotte Moorman. Printed offset in black on off-white paper, recto only (56x30.5cm.); flyer, printed on recto and verso (35.5x12.5cm.). The highlight of this second year was the American premiere of Stockhausen's play, 'Originale', directed by Allan Kaprow and performed by David Behrman, Robert Breer, Lette Eisenhauer, Allan Kaprow, Alga Kluver, Allen Ginsberg, Alvin Lucier, Charlotte Moorman, Max Neuhaus, Nam June Paik and James Tenney (George Maciunas and Henry Flynt famously picketed the performance in protest at the stranglehold they felt Stockhausen exercised over modern music and his perceived patronising attitude toward ethnic music). Poster folded twice, centrally horizontally and vertically; two small spots, o/w Fine. Three horizontal folds to flyer, o/w Near Fine. (2 items).


iii) FESTIVAL OF THE AVANT GARDE '65. Original schedule and large flyer announcing the third Festival, held over thirteen evenings at the Judson Hall during September 1965. Designed by Charlotte Moorman. Tall narrow schedule printed offset on two sides in black on white paper (63x19cm., concertina-folded seven times); large flyer printed offset on recto only in black on off-white paper (35.5x21.5cm.). Special evenings of jazz, film, poetry and dance were added for the third year, with hundreds being turned away from the Judson Hall due to its limited capacity. The performers listed include Dick Higgins, Meredith Monk, Jackson Mac Low, Alison Knowles, Brion Gysin, Yoko Ono, La Monte Young, Benjamin Patterson, Robert Filliou, George Brecht and numerous others. The Festival's highlights included John Cage's 'Theater Piece', with Charlotte Moorman, Nam June Paik, Al Hansen, Allan Kaprow, Philip Corner, James Tenney and Takehisa Kosugi (as well as a roasted chicken hanging over the audience), and Allan Kaprow's happening 'Push Pull' (realised by Carolee Schneemann and Ay-O, among others) in which the audience were instructed to collect debris from the surrounding streets and re-enter the concert hall with each item they had collected. Fine. (2 items).


iv) 4th ANNUAL NEW YORK AVANT GARDE FESTIVAL. Poster together with large flyer announcing the fourth Festival, held over an entire day in the open air at Conservatory Pond in Central Park on September 9, 1966. Poster, designed by Jim McWilliams (who designed all the posters from this point on), printed offset on recto only in black on off-white paper (57x22.4cm.), single central horizontal fold. Large flyer, designed by Charlotte Moorman, printed offset on recto only in black on off-white paper (72.5x18cm.), concertina-folded seven times. An audience of 15,000 witnessed a happening by Allan Kaprow ('Towers'), concerts on a floating stage, and an inflatable dome transformed at night by an USCO multiple-projection show. Other participants included Yoko Ono, Al Hansen, Carolee Schneemann, Robert Watts, Emmett Williams and Dick Higgins. Also included is a small flyer announcing the event, with the date corrected in green ink (8.3x21.5cm.). Fine.
(3 items).


v) 5th ANNUAL NEW YORK AVANT GARDE FESTIVAL. Poster, together with the programme, announcing the fifth Festival, held on board the Staten Island Ferry Boat, John F. Kennedy, during a 24-hour period, September 29-30, 1967. Poster printed offset in aquamarine blue, black and white on cream stock (70.4x18.5cm.), single central horizontal fold. Programme, single sheet printed offset on recto only in black on off-white paper (35.5x21.7cm.). The audience doubled to 30,000 for the fifth event, which featured, among much else, Ray Johnson burying a precious object in the sea in his 'Bruce Conner Piece', Allan Kaprow creating 'Noise for Ferry Boat' for cars, motor boat horns, ferry boat horn, and passengers, and Al Hansen and Ralph Ortiz drawing the Statue of Liberty in blood. Other participants included Christo, Ken Dewey, Sun Ra, Ken Jacobs, Jean Toche, Cecil Taylor, Robert Watts, Jud Yalkut, Carolee Schneemann, and Jimmy Giuffre. Flyer slightly creased; poster Fine. (2 items).


vi) 6th ANNUAL NEW YORK AVANT GARDE FESTIVAL. A PARADE. Poster, together with a press release and an artist's pass, announcing the sixth Festival, held as a parade down Central Park West on September 14, 1968 ("the first exhibition of art ever to be held as a Parade"). Poster printed offset in pink, black and white on cream stock (78.5x18cm.), three horizontal folds. Press release, 4 quarto sheets, printed on rectos only, stapled at top corner. The parade was led by Joe Jones's 'Music Bike' and Allan Kaprow's 'Barreling', and floats included Les Levine's 'Photon Two', Geoff Hendricks's 'Sky Slide Bus Event', a felt-covered grand piano by Joseph Beuys, Carolee Schneemann's 'Monolith Intervals' environment, and Sun Ra and his Astro Infinity Music. Other participants included John Giorno, Willoughby Sharp, Jean Toche, Joyce Weiland, Al Hansen, Dick Preston, and Charlotte Moorman. Poster Fine; press release and artist's pass Near Fine. (3 items).


vii) 7th ANNUAL NEW YORK AVANT GARDE FESTIVAL ON TWO ISLANDS. Poster announcing the seventh Festival, presented on two islands in the East River - Wards Island and Mill Rock Island - September 28-October 4, 1969. Printed offset in green and black on cream stock (78x18cm.), three horizontal folds. For this event over 150 artists' works were displayed in structures designed and donated by Buckminster Fuller (geodesic domes) and a Yale Professor (polyuruthane structure), in open air exhibits, hung from trees, floating on the water, and flying in the sky. Many of the festival-goers participated in Wolf Vostell's 'Handle Cleaning Event' and George Brecht's 'Questionnaire-Moving the Island of Wight, England' (this was a pilot project for the larger translocation of England closer to the equator), and Geoff Hendricks got permission to cut down several trees as an event by demonstrating that they had Elm Disease. Other participants included Billy Apple, Jackie Cassen, Piero Heliczer, Ray Johnson, Lil Picard, Michael Snow, Rudi Stern, Aldo Tambellini, and Gary Zeller. Fine.


viii) 8th ANNUAL NEW YORK AVANT GARDE FESTIVAL. (ARMORY SHOW). Poster, together with the press release and programme, announcing the eighth Festival, held at the 69th Regiment Infantry Armory, Lexington Ave. at 25th St., on November 19, 1971. Poster printed offset in silver, black and white on cream stock (85.5x55.3cm.), one central vertical and three horizontal folds. Programme, 3 quarto sheets, printed on rectos only, stapled at top corner. Press release, single tall foolscap sheet, printed on recto only. The event comprised over 100 pieces (poetry, happenings, electronic music, computer art, environments, a continual film show), and featured, among much else, Yoko Ono's 16-foot plexiglass 'Human Maze' and other sculptures; 'Wind Piece' and 'Instant Guru' by John Lennon; Geoff Hendricks's 12-hour meditation, 'Ring Piece', and Otto Piene's 35-foot 'Inflated Flowers Sculpture'. Fine. (3 items).


ix) 9th ANNUAL NEW YORK AVANT GARDE FESTIVAL. Poster and programme announcement for the ninth Festival, held aboard the Alexander Hamilton Hudson Riverboat on October 28, 1972. Poster printed offset in blue and green on thin pale brown paper (86.5x54.3cm.), one central vertical and three horizontal folds. Programme, 2 oblong quarto sheets, printed on two sides, stapled at top corner, printing a schematic map of the boat. The event included the work of over 200 artists, including 'A Video Fortune Teller Booth' by Shirley Clarke and Don Snyder, an audience participation work by Yoko Ono, Hermann Nitsch's 'OM Theater' documentation, and Fred Stern's 'Free Store'. Fine. (2 items).


x) 10th ANNUAL NEW YORK AVANT GARDE FESTIVAL. Poster, together with the programme and an artists' pass, announcing the tenth Festival, held in Grand Central Station on 20 Penn Central baggage cars on December 9, 1973. Poster printed offset in pink, red and black on thin white paper (77.5x50.4cm.), one central vertical and three horizontal folds. Programme, 2 quarto sheets, printed on rectos only, stapled at top corner. Artists' pass, stating 'Artists Letter of Admission to Grand Central', thin card (6x12cm.). Among the works presented were 'Work in Progress' by John Cage, Yoko Ono's 'F Art' sculptures, 'Train Cello' by Nam June Paik, Carolee Schneemann's 'Toehold' kinetic environment, and 'Earth Horn Chants' by Yoshimasa Wada and Barbara Stewart. Fine. (3 items).


xi) 11th ANNUAL NEW YORK AVANT GARDE FESTIVAL. Poster, together with a press release, a sheet of artists' information and an Artists' invitation to participate, announcing the eleventh Festival, held at Shea Stadium, Queens, on November 16, 1974. Full-colour poster printed offset (71.5x56cm.), one central vertical and three horizontal folds. Press release, 2 quarto sheets, printed on rectos only, stapled at top corner. Artists' Information sheets, one quarto, one tall foolscap (three folds), printed on rectos only. The event included works by Anna Lockwood and Ruth Heller Coron, Yoko Ono, Ay-O, Arman, John Cage, Robert Filliou, the Guerrilla Art Action Group, Nam June Paik, and many others. Fine. (4 items).


xii) 12th ANNUAL NEW YORK AVANT GARDE FESTIVAL. Poster, together with a press release and the programme, announcing the twelfth Festival, held at the Gateway National Recreation Area/Floyd Bennett Field, Brooklyn, on September 27, 1975. Full-colour poster printed offset (91x61cm.), one central vertical and three horizontal folds. Press release, 3 oblong quarto sheets, printed on rectos only, stapled at top corner. Programme, 7 quarto sheets, printed on rectos only, stapled at top corner. The event included the works of over 500 artists displayed in, on, and above the runways and hangars, among them Robert Filliou's 'Love+UFO', Dick Higgins riding a horse backwards in 'How I Move', and John Lennon's 'Windsock'. Near Fine. (3 items).


xiii) 13th ANNUAL NEW YORK AVANT GARDE FESTIVAL. Poster, together with the programme, announcing the thirteenth Festival, held at the World Trade Centre Twin Towers on June 19, 1977. Full-colour poster printed offset (72.5x58.3cm.), one central vertical and three horizontal folds. Programme, 4 quarto sheets, printed on rectos only, stapled at top corner. The huge number of works presented included Ay-O's 'Rainbow Environment No. Eleven', which stretched between the Twin Towers, Alison Knowles's audience participation 'Shoes of Your Choice Variation' (later performed for Barack and Michelle Obama in 'A Celebration of American Poetry at the White House' in 2011), and a skywriting 'Wish Poem' by Yoko Ono and John Lennon. Edges of poster slightly nicked and creased; programme Fine. (2 items).


xiv) 14th ANNUAL NEW YORK AVANT GARDE FESTIVAL AND THE 2nd ANNUAL CAMBRIDGE RIVER FESTIVAL. Poster, together with a press release and a Cambridge River Festival poster/banner, announcing the fourteenth Festival, held on May 20, 1978 in and on the banks of the Charles River "with inflatables, water pieces, air art, dance, laser imagery, computer art, films, performances, projections, video, and music." Full-colour poster printed offset on two sides (70x55.7cm.), one central vertical and three horizontal folds. Press release, 3 foolscap sheets, printed on rectos only, stapled at top corner. Banner, printed in glossy blue and white, on recto only (90x15cm.). The numerous participants included George Maciunas, Yoko Ono, Anna Lockwood, Robert Filliou, Robert Watts, Philip Corner, and Marilyn Wood and the Celebrations Group. Poster and banner Fine; press release Near Fine. (3 items).


xv) 15th ANNUAL NEW YORK AVANT GARDE FESTIVAL. Poster, together with the programme, a press release and artists' information, announcing the fifteenth, and final, Festival, held at the Passenger Ship Terminal at 55th Street and 12th Avenue on July 20, 1980. Full-colour poster printed offset on two sides (89x58.4cm.), one central vertical and three horizontal folds. Press release, 3 foolscap sheets, printed on rectos only, stapled. Artists' Information, 2 foolscap sheets, printed on rectos only, stapled. Programme, 8 oblong quarto sheets, printed on two sides, side-stapled. The Festival featured the work of 650 artists, including Pauline Oliveros, Ben Patterson, Ray Johnson, Wolf Vostell, Ken Jacobs, Alvin Lucier, Les Levine, Carolee Schneemann, Stan VanDerBeek, Nam June Paik, Opal L. Nations, Peter Frank, Jackson Mac Low, Emmett Williams, Robert Ashley, and many others. Fine. (4 items).


Also included in the collection are seven newspaper and magazine offprints reproducing contemporary reviews of the Festival, most of them New York Times from the 1960s; two unused sheets of Festival stationery; five flyers and press releases relating to various benefits for the perennially underfunded Festival; Jud Yalkut's 'Evolution of the New York Avant Garde Festival' (4pp., stapled); 'History of the Annual Avant Garde Festival of New York' by Charlotte Moorman (7pp., stapled); and a bibliography of the festivals (8pp., stapled).


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