Bard Faculty

Laura Kuhn

John Cage Professor of Performance Art


Ph.D., University of California, Los Angeles. Arts administrator, writer, director, and performer. Worked with Nicolas Slonimsky, succeeding him as editor of his music dictionaries, Baker’s Biographical Dictionary of Musicians and Music Since 1900. Designed costumes, created stage actions, and assisted John Cage on a variety of large-scale projects, including his Europeras 1 & 2 for the Frankfurt Opera. Director and cofounder, John Cage Trust; projects under her direction include a CD-ROM of sampled piano preparations from Cage’s Sonatas & Interludes (1946–48) for use by MIDI keyboard musicians and the development of online realization capabilities for Cage’s late “number” pieces. Created and directed James Joyce, Marcel Duchamp, Erik Satie: An Alphabet, a theatrical realization of Cage’s radio play (2001). At Bard since 2007.


Phone: 845-835-8022
Department: John Cage Trust