How Merce Cunningham Danced Art History in a New Direction

artnet News | Ben Davis:

The influence of the dancer and choreographer Merce Cunningham (1919–2009) looms so large that the current tribute to him spans not just multiple departments of one museum, but two entire museums in two different cities: the Walker Art Center in Minneapolis and the Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago. In February, these two institutions simultaneously opened retrospectives honoring Cunningham, both entitled “Common Time.”

I only saw the Walker show, not the MCA’s, but even in that one exhibition I encountered so much that summing it all up is a challenge: costumes, props, and posters; recordings of scores; photos and videos of Cunningham’s most celebrated dance pieces… Read more

Image: Thomas Caley, Lisa Boudreau and Glen Rumsey in Merce Cunningham’s Scenario, Palais Garnier, January 1998. Photo courtesy of Jacques Moatti

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