Brigid Cohen of New York University presents the second lecture in the University of New Orleans Distinguished Lectures in Musicology series on Friday, March 4, 2016. Cohen’s lecture will explore questions of migration and diaspora, the avant garde, and the intersections of music, the visual arts, and literature in a talk entitled, “Charles Mingus and Edgard Varese at Greenwich House, 1957.” The lecture, which is free and open to the public, begins at 2 p.m. in the Performing Arts Center’s recital hall. Attendees may find Cohen’s research to be particularly compelling when presented in the context of New Orleans’ musical evolution and population displacements.
Brigid Cohen holds degrees from Harvard University (Ph.D.), Kings College London (M.Mus.) and Wellesley College (B.A.). Before coming to NYU, she was an assistant professor at UNC Chapel Hill and taught at Wesleyan University, where she was an Andrew W. Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow at the Center for Humanities. Her research and teaching center on 20th century musical avant-gardes, postcolonial studies, cultural theory, migration and diaspora, cosmopolitanism, jazz and intersections of music, the visual arts, and literature. Her book Stefan Wolpe and the Avant-Garde Diaspora turns to the case of one German-Jewish émigré composer to explore how dilemmas of migration and cultural plurality shaped modernist movements from the Bauhaus to bebop to Black Mountain College. She is currently in the early stages of writing her second book, Musical Migration and the Global City: New York, 1947-1965, which explores questions of displacement and citizenship in the early Cold War through a study of New York concert avant-gardes, electronic music, jazz, and performance art.