Bang on a Can Big Benefit Bash & Concert
Honoring PAULA COOPER and
ART’S GIFT TO MUSIC:
THE BIRTH OF A MUSICAL REVOLUTION

Monday, September 17, 2018
The Lepercq Space at BAM
30 Lafayette Street, Brooklyn, NYC

  • 6pm Cocktails

  • 7pm Dinner & Concert

  • 8pm Awards & More Music

Jeffrey Bishop, Paula Cooper, Hal Foster, Philip Glass, Joan Jonas, Christian Marclay, Steve Reich, Richard Serra, Sandy Tait, Michael Gordon, David Lang and Julia Wolfe and the entire Board of Bang on a Can cordially invite you to an evening of food, music and celebration, featuring performances by the Bang on a Can All-Stars and Special Guests.


50 years ago, things were really hopping DOWNTOWN. And PAULA COOPER was always near the center of it all. First at Park Place Gallery, then opening her own edgy DIY space South of Houston, she nurtured a scene of artists and musicians from Philip Glass to Sol LeWitt and Richard Serra to Steve Reich and Merce Cunningham to Dan Flavin to Mabou Mines, supporting dozens of artists that shook the world. She did this by opening her doors to all forms and genres, allowing for the free-flow of inspiration, a community of budding visionaries, a place to mix politics and parties and big new ideas. A Paula Cooper “happening” could be ANYthing, and that invitation to innovation was groundbreaking.

So much has been written about the NYC Art World in the ‘60s and ‘70s. And essays have been penned about the birth of Minimalism in music and the “downtown” scene that brought us Reich. Glass. Yoko Ono. Mabou Mines. David Tudor. LaMonte Young. And then Laurie Anderson, Rhys Chatham, Glenn Branca, Charlemagne Palestine, S.E.M. Ensemble, Christian Marclay...

Through it all, there was Paula Cooper, and of course her colleagues to whom she tips her hat, from Steve Pepper, Ellen Stewart, Holly Solomon, Robert Stearns, Virginia Dwan and many more. To this day, Paula continues to host performances by some of the most idiosyncratic and interesting composers, and she does so with her famous wit and humility. The art world knows Paula Cooper’s importance. Tonight, we celebrate her undeniable gifts to the world of music, and honor the moment that she and others embraced the emerging weird and wonderful music coming out of “Downtown” NYC.

— Michael Gordon, David Lang, Julia Wolfe
Co-founders & Co-artistic Directors

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