Monk, Meredith

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Meredith Monk (born New York, NY, November 20, 1942) is a composer, singer, director/choreographer and creator of new opera, music theater works, films, and installations.

She pioneered what is now called "extended vocal technique" and "interdisciplinary performance." During a career that spans more than forty years she has been acclaimed by audiences and critics as a major creative force in the performing arts. In 1968, Monk founded the House Foundation for the Arts, a company dedicated to an interdisciplinary approach to performance. In 1978, she formed Meredith Monk and Vocal Ensemble to expand her musical textures and forms. Monk is a pioneer in site-specific performance, creating works such as Juice: A Theater Cantata In 3 Installments (1969) and American Archeology #1: Roosevelt Island (1994). She is also an accomplished filmmaker who has made a series of award-winning films including Ellis Island (1981) and her first feature, Book Of Days (1988). A retrospective art exhibition, Meredith Monk: Archeology of an Artist, was held at The New York Public Library for the Performing Arts at Lincoln Center in 1996. A monograph, Meredith Monk, edited by Deborah Jowitt was published by Johns Hopkins Press in 1997. Monk continues to compose music and create new works for the theater.

From the description of Meredith Monk archive, 1959-2006. (New York Public Library). WorldCat record id: 123237594

Archival Resources
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referencedIn Atkins, Irene Kahn, 1922-. Major figures in American music [M-R] : [oral history]. Yale University Library
referencedIn Schönberg, Bessie,. Interview with Bessie Schoenberg. New York Public Libraries for the Performing Arts, Dance Collection
creatorOf Halprin, Anna. Papers, 1932-1994. Museum of Performance & Design
creatorOf Monk, Meredith. Meredith Monk archive, 1959-2006. New York Public Library System, NYPL
referencedIn House Foundation for the Arts [clippings] New York Public Library System, NYPL
referencedIn Life Performs Art (Exhibition : 1998 : Minneapolis, Minn.) [clippings]. New York Public Libraries for the Performing Arts, Dance Collection
creatorOf Monk, Meredith. Double fiesta / by Meredith Monk. SUNY at Buffalo, University at Buffalo
creatorOf Monk, Meredith. Miscellaneous manuscripts. New York Public Libraries for the Performing Arts, Dance Collection
creatorOf MONK, MEREDITH. Franklin Furnace artist file : miscellaneous uncataloged material. Museum of Modern Art (MOMA)
referencedIn Alexander, Robert, d. 1989. Robert Alexander papers, 1962-1987. Churchill County Museum
referencedIn Life Performs Art (Exhibition : 1998 : Minneapolis, Minn.) [clippings]. New York Public Library System, NYPL
creatorOf Monk, Meredith. [Seminar/demonstration], 1976 February 16 [sound recording] Harvard University, Archives
creatorOf 99 Cent Floating Theatre. Records, 1973-1982. University of Pittsburgh
creatorOf Monk, Meredith. [Performance, lecture, demonstration], 1999 April 24. Harvard University, Archives
creatorOf Monk, Meredith. [Programs] New York Public Libraries for the Performing Arts, Dance Collection
creatorOf Monk, Meredith. Three heavens and hells : for four female voices : January 1992 / poem, Tennessee Reed ; music, Meredith Monk. Library of Congress
creatorOf Chong, Ping. Ping Chong archive, 1971-2007 (bulk 1980-2007). New York Public Library System, NYPL
referencedIn American archeology (Monk) [clippings] New York Public Libraries for the Performing Arts, Dance Collection
creatorOf MONK, MEREDITH. Artist file : miscellaneous uncataloged material. Museum of Modern Art (MOMA)
creatorOf Marsh, Audrey. Audrey Marsh papers, 1871-1927. New York Public Library System, NYPL
referencedIn Bogdan, Thomas [programs]. New York Public Library System, NYPL
creatorOf Monk, Meredith. Turtle dreams (waltz) [videorecording] / conceived and directed by Meredith Monk ; video directed by Ping Chong ; produced by Susan Dowling. Getty Research Institute
referencedIn American archeology (Monk) [clippings] New York Public Library System, NYPL
creatorOf Monk, Meredith. Ellis Island [videorecording] / conceived and directed by Meredith Monk ; produced and co-directed by Robert Rosen. Getty Research Institute
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associatedWith 99 Cent Floating Theatre. corporateBody
associatedWith Alexander, Robert, d. 1989. person
correspondedWith Björk person
correspondedWith Byrne, David, 1952- person
associatedWith Chong, Ping. person
associatedWith Halprin, Anna. person
associatedWith House Foundation for the Arts. corporateBody
correspondedWith King, Kenneth, 1948- person
associatedWith Marsh, Audrey. person
correspondedWith McBrien, Rob person
associatedWith Meredith Monk/The House (Company) corporateBody
associatedWith Meredith Monk & Vocal Ensemble. corporateBody
associatedWith Office for the Arts at Harvard & Radcliffe. corporateBody
associatedWith Reed, Tennessee, 1977- person
associatedWith Schönberg, Bessie, person
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United States
Subject
Experimental theater
Songs with pianos (2)--Scores
Avant-garde (Music)
Women singers--20th century
Performance art
Experimental films
Composers--20th century
Site-specific installations (Art)
Vocal quartets, Unaccompanied
Music--Manuscripts--Facsimiles
Independent filmmakers
Choreographers--20th century
Women artists--20th century
Theatrical producers and directors--20th century
Occupation
Motion picture producers and directors
Singers
Composers
Choreographer
Artists
Independent filmmakers
Theatrical producers and directors
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Birth 1943

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