What a fascinating idea to tie-in a performance of John Cage’s 1944 “The Perilous Night” for prepared piano, the piece that inspired Jasper John’s four “Perilous Nights” works—one of which is owned by the Art Institute—to the current “Jasper Johns: Grey” exhibition. Pianist Margaret Leng Tan, who will perform the work, worked with Cage during the last decade of his life and will also perform Cage’s “score-painting” called “Chess Pieces and Dance to the West” and Larry List, curator of the 2005 Imagery of the “Chess Revisited” exhibition at the Noguchi Museum, and Cage scholar David Patterson will also share insights about one of the twentieth-century’s most original and visionary art personalities. (Dennis Polkow)
Sunday, November 18 at Art Institute of Chicago’s Fullerton Hall, 111 S. Michigan, (312)443-3600. 2pm. $10-$15.