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Topless Cellist
The Improbable Life of Charlotte Moorman

By Joan Rothfuss

Foreword by Yoko Ono

Offered by The MIT Presse

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The Juilliard-trained cellist Charlotte Moorman sat nude behind a cello of carved ice, performed while dangling from helium-filled balloons, and deployed an array of instruments on The Mike Douglas Show that included her cello, a whistle, a cap gun, a gong, and a belch. She did a striptease while playing Bach in Nam June Paik’s Sonata for Adults Only. In the 1960s, Moorman (1933–1991) became famous for her madcap (and often unclothed) performance antics; less famous but more significant is Moorman’s transformative influence on contemporary performance practice--and her dedication to the idea that avant-garde art should reach the widest possible audience. In Topless Cellist, the first book to explore Moorman’s life and work, Joan Rothfuss rediscovers, and recovers, the legacy of an extraordinary American artist.

Hardcover
Price: $35.95 Trade £29.95
464 pp.
7 x 9 in
100 b&w photos
September 2014
ISBN: 9780262027502

Paperback
 Price: $25.95 Trade £20.95
464 pp.
7 x 9 in
100 b&w photos
March 2017
ISBN: 9780262533584