PERSPECTIVES: Jade Dellinger
December 15th, 2021 at 1PM EST
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Jade Dellinger is Director of the Bob Rauschenberg Gallery at FSW and curator of our current exhibition Don’t Blame It on ZEN: The Way of John Cage & Friends. He has served for eight years now as Director of Exhibitions & Collections at Florida SouthWestern State College.

Dellinger brought Maurizio Cattelan to Florida for his first U.S. museum project in 1995 and has organized major solo and two-person shows for such artists as Yoko Ono, Ann Hamilton, James Franco, Wayne White, Allan McCollum, Robert Rauschenberg, Keith Haring, and Jack Kerouac.

He has written for international publications including Sculpture, Flash Art, Art Papers, and Guitar Aficionado; and co-authored the book Are We Not Men? We are DEVO! (SAF Publishing Ltd., UK 2003/2008), which traces the history of the foundational 1980s New Wave band and 2021 Rock n’ Roll Hall of Fame nominees.


September 3, 2021 – January 22, 2022 {120 College Street}

Curated by Jade Dellinger, Director of the Bob Rauschenberg Gallery at FSW

Widely revered as an innovator in the non-standard use and “preparation” of musical instruments, indeterminacy, chance-based and electroacoustic music, John Cage (1912-1992) was perhaps both the most provocative and the most influential American composer of the 20th century. Cage taught at Black Mountain College in the summers of 1948 and 1952 and was in residence during the summer of 1953. While at BMC, Cage lectured on the Huang-Po Doctrine of Universal Mind and organized what has been credited as the first-ever “Happening.” As the exhibition title and John Cage’s own words make clear, Cage wished only “to free Zen of any responsibility for [his] actions,” yet his profound influence continues to be seen, heard, and experienced through his work and the work of friends and countless followers. Don’t Blame it on ZEN: The Way of John Cage and Friends presents works by Cage and his contemporaries including Nam June Paik, Yoko Ono, Laurie Anderson, David Byrne, Robert Rauschenberg, and M.C. Richards as well as those deeply influenced by his work and teachings such as composer Matana Roberts, artist and performer Aki Onda, interdisciplinary artist Andrew Deutsch, and abstract turntablist Maria Chavez.

Installation photos: Michael Oppenheim