Performed by pianist Adam Tendler, the works in this program reflect Japan’s influence on John Cage and Jasper Johns, and include compositions and Fluxus performance pieces that were taking place in Japan when Johns visited the country. Japanese culture and philosophy is a significant influence on Johns’ work. Usuyuki is the Japanese word for “light snow.” It also suggests the idea that something disappears as it is made visible, just as a snowflake melts when it hits the ground. The fleeting nature of existence is a recurring theme in Johns’ paintings, and one that Johns explored during his time in Japan.
- 0’00” (1962), John Cage
- Haiku (1950–51), John Cage
- Haiku I, for my dear friend, Who
- Haiku II, (What stillness!)
- Haiku III, The Green Frog’s Voice
- Haiku IV, The River Plurabelle
- Haiku V
- Haiku (not numbered)
- Haiku I–second version [rejected?]
- Music for Piano 3 (1960), Music for Piano 4 (1960), Toshi Ichiyanagi
- Piano Distance (1961), Toru Takemitsu
- Corona (1962), Toru Takemitsu
- Study for Vibration
- Study for Intonation
- Study for Articulation
- Study for Expression
- Study for Conversation
- Fluxus Performance Pieces
- Lighting Piece (1955), Yoko Ono
- Distance for Piano (1965), Takehisa Kosugi
- Dragging Suite (date unknown), Nam June Paik
- Wall Piece for Orchestra to Yoko Oko (1962), Yoko Ono
- Portrait Piece (1963), Mieko Shiomi
- Electronic Music for Piano (1964), John Cage
- Cheap Imitation (1969), John Cage
- Accompanied by a video of Second Hand by Merce Cunningham Dance Company. Costumes by Jasper Johns.
This program runs approximately 90 minutes with no intermission. In consideration of the musician and patrons, late seating and re-entry will take place during the first appropriate pause in the program at the discretion of management. If you need to exit during the performance, please wait for an appropriate pause to leave your seat.
Tickets to this program include timed entry tickets for one visit to Jasper Johns: 'Something Resembling Truth' at an alternate date and time of your choosing, subject to availability. Please note that the museum and exhibition close at 5 p.m. on Wednesdays, with the last entry at 4 p.m.