DMH Spotlight - Charlotte Moorman at MOMA 1977; Bob Watts and Avant Garde, photographed by Diana Mara Henry Back

Madeline Charlotte Moorman (November 18, 1933 –November 8, 1991) was an American cellist, performance artist, and advocate for avant-garde music.[1] Referred to as the "Jeanne d'Arc of new music," she was the founder of the Annual Avant Garde Festival of New York. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.

In recent correspondence, Joseph/Jody Burns, founder of the Museum of Holography and leading practitioner of Hologram Research, writes that "The cylindrical hologram in your photo of Charlotte performing the Kosugi bag piece at MoMA in 1977 is actually also Charlotte performing the same piece." He writes further about the perfomrance documented here: "I believe Takehisa Kosugi created that bag piece specifically for Charlotte. I was there also that evening at MoMA. Could that photographer lurking by the dais be Steve Borns? [Yes, that is he, photographing.]The cylindrical hologram in your top photo is a 360 degree hologram I made of Charlotte in 1975 performing that piece at my gallery space on west 20th St.... and see also:"

Thank you, Jody! See more photographs of the Holography scene commented by Jody, below.

Note: Nudity in image below.


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Organized by the cellist and performance artist Charlotte Moorman, the Annual Avant Garde Festivals of New York began in 1963 as open forums for the experimental music scene that was emerging out of Fluxus. One of the Fluxus founders was Bob Watts, seen here behind John Wilkes, during a visit to Watts Farm and swimming at the quarry.


Diana Mara Henry photographed these Avant-Garde festivals:


More Holography, from the exhibit at the International Center of Photography, NYC:

"The lesbian cylindrical hologram .... was done by Lloyd Cross in 1975 in San Francisco and is titled Pam & Helen and is of Pam Brazier and Helen (?). Pam is also the model in The Kiss, also by Lloyd, and probably the best known hologram of that type. Both were part of that 1975 ICP exhibition. Lloyd was the inventor of that type of hologram (Multiplex holograms)" - Thank you again, Joseph Burns for these specifics.


More of Bob Watts at his farm:



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More of Charlotte Moorman:







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More of the Avant-garde art festival at the World Trade Center:

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