National Gallery of Art - EXHIBITIONS
John Cage: Rocks, Paper, Fire
August 24–September 16, 2012

This exhibition is no longer on view at the National Gallery. Please follow the links below for related online resources or visit our current exhibitions schedule.

Related Resources

Attend a Lecture"PASSAGE 7: John Cage"—incidents, texts, conversations, and music

Attend a Concert
National Gallery of Art New Music Ensemble
Music by John Cage

Works by
John Cage
in the Gallery's Collection

image: John Cage, 10 Stones 2, 1989An influential composer, writer, and artist, John Cage (1912–1992) devised complicated creative strategies that were dependent on chance outcomes dictated by the I Ching, an ancient Chinese book of divination. Featuring six prints from the Gallery's collection, John Cage: Rocks, Paper, Fire explores his experimental approach to creating visual art. The selection of prints highlights Cage's unconventional utilization of fire as a printmaking medium and his systematic employment of stones as templates for tracing. By ceding key formal decisions to chance, Cage sought to avoid expressing personal taste and intention. His commitment to indeterminacy as a creative strategy proved to be a wellspring of beauty.

Organization: Organized by the National Gallery of Art, Washington, to coincide with the John Cage Centennial Festival Washington, DC

Schedule: National Gallery of Art, August 24–September 16, 2012