PETER MOORE: Photographer of the New York Avant-Garde 1960s-1970s  

 

Carl Solway Gallery presents an archive of Fluxus performances by American photographer Peter Moore for Cincinnati’s 2018 Open Archive FotoFocus Biennial. Opening on Friday, October 12 from 5 - 8 pm and continuing through December 22. It will include vintage gelatin silver print photographs by Peter Moore and a selection of original Fluxus works by artists including: Yoko Ono, Charlotte Moorman, Ben Patterson, Emmett Williams, Larry Miller, Al Hansen, Alison Knowles, John Cage, Daniel Spoerri, Jiri Kolar, Robert Watts, and Shigeko Kubota. Peter Moore’s extensive photo documentation included Fluxus events and the landmark 1960s Judson Dance Theater performances that are now being re-visited and exhibited at the Museum of Modern Art in NYC. Fluxus artists did not agree with the authority of museums to determine the value of art, nor did they believe that one must be educated to view and understand a piece of art. Fluxus not only wanted art to be available to the masses, they also wanted everyone to produce art all the time. This exhibition of photographs focuses on the radical performances of Korean American artist Nam June Paik and his collaborator, musician Charlotte Moorman. Paik, regarded as the father of video art, created a bra and a cello made of TV sets for Charlotte to wear during her performances. Charlotte Moorman was also the organizer of the New York Avant-Garde festivals that occurred between the years 1963 to 1980.

Peter Moore (1932-1993), who was born in London, attended Haverford College and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology for engineering, psychology, and art in the 1950's. He worked in the darkrooms of Life magazine and at the U.N. as an assistant to O. Winston Link documenting industry and art. His first published picture was in The New York Times. Beginning in the early 1960's, Mr. Moore assembled an archive of over half a million pictures of performances by George Maciunas, Allan Kaprow, Nam June Paik, Joan Jonas, Yvonne Rainer and many others. He later taught photography and wrote widely on the medium, and worked from 1978 to 1989 as a technical editor and columnist for Modern Photography magazine.

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Charlotte Moorman and Nam June Paik performing his "TV Cello," 1971, gelatin silver print, image: 8 7/8 x 5 7/8 in., paper: 10 x 8 in., frame: 14 1/2 x 12 5/8 in. Charlotte Moorman wearing Nam June Paik's "TV Bra for Living Sculpture" 1969, gelatin silver print, image: 9 1/2 x 9 1/4 in., paper: 14 x 11 in., frame: 18 7/8 x 15 1/2 in., stamped and dated on reverse Untitled (Nam June Paik and Charlotte Moorman) 2016, gelatin silver print, image: 9 1/2 x 6 5/8 inches, paper: 10 x 8 inches, frame: 14 1/2 x 12 5/8 inches, stamped and dated on reverse Untitled (Nam June Paik and Charlotte Moorman) , 2016, gelatin silver print, image: 9 1/2 x 6 5/8 inches, paper: 10 x 8 inches, frame: 14 1/2 x 12 5/8 inches, stamped and dated on reverse

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"Box Soccer" by Takako Saito, Flux Game Fest, 80 Wooster Street, NY (foreground, left to right: George Maciunas, Nam June Paik; background, left to right: Takako Saito, Ewa Pietkiewicz, Tony Ramos), May 19, 1973, gelatin silver print, image: 8 7/8 x 5 7/8 in., paper: 10 x 8 in., frame: 14 1/2 x 12 5/8 in., stamped and dated on reverse Untitled (Nam June Paik with his "Demagnetizer" or "Life Ring"), October 15, 1965, gelatin silver print, image: 6 x 8 7/8 in., paper: 8 x 10 in., frame: 12 5/8 x 14 1/2 in., stamped and dated on reverse Nam June Paik, 1967, gelatin silver print, image: 6 x 9 in., paper: 8 x 10 in., frame: 12 5/8 x 14 1/2 in., stamped and dated on reverse Nam June Paik, 1967, gelatin silver print, image: 6 x 9 in., paper: 8 x 10 in., frame: 12 5/8 x 14 1/2 in., stamped and dated on reverse
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George Maciunas performing Nam June Paik's "One for Violin Solo", Fluxhall, 359 Canal Street, NY, April 11, 1964, set of four gelatin silver prints, each image: 8 3/4 x 6 in., paper: 10 x 8 in., frame: 14 1/2 x 12 5/8 in., stamped and dated on reverse  
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Untitled (on-screen portrait of Nam June Paik) October 6, 1971, gelatin silver print, image: 10 1/8 x 13 3/4 in., paper: 11 x 14 in., frame: 15 1/2 x 18 7/8 in., stamped and dated on reverse World Premiere: Nam June Paik's Zen for Film, Fluxhall, 359 Canal Street, NY 1964, gelatin silver print, image: 7 3/4 x 11 3/4 in., paper: 11 x 14 in., frame: 15 1/2 x 18 7/8 in., 5/8/64 Nam June Paik performing his "Violin with String" at the Twelfth Annual Avant Garde Festival of New York 1975, gelatin silver print, image: 8 7/8 x 5 7/8 in., paper: 10 x 8 in., frame: 14 1/2 x 12 5/8 in. Untitled (Nam June Paik performing his "Zen for Film", New Cinema Festival I, Filmmakers' Cinematheque, NYC) November 2, 1965, gelatin silver print, image: 6 x 8 7/8 in., paper: 8 x 10 in., frame: 12 5/8 x 14 1/2 in. stamped and dated on reverse