A Feast of Astonishments: Charlotte Moorman and the Avant-Garde, 1960s1980s,
opens on Saturday
Moorman, who died of cancer in 1991 at the age of 58, had another nickname besides topless cellist. The composer Edgard Varèse called her the Jeanne dArc of New Music. It reflected her devotion to exploring the limits of performance. She had deep connections to John Cage and David Tudor; Joseph Beuys and Wolf Vostell; Carolee Schneeman and Yoko Ono (who with John Lennon helped support her financially); Otto Piene and Jim McWilliams, and to a host of Fluxus artists and others who had as much influence on late 20th-century performance art as the Dadaists had on their era: Christo, Emmett Williams, Ay-O, Meredith Monk, La Monte Young, Allan Kaprow, Philip Corner, Geoffrey Hendricks, Alison Knowles, and Dick Higgins.
This is a nice overview.