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Merce Cunningham

Walker Art Center, Minneapolis

8 Feb - 30 Jul 2017

Common Time

Cunningham’s dynamic artistic collaborations are the subject of a major interdisciplinary survey organised by the Walker, home to the complete scenic and costume archive of the Merce Cunningham Dance Company (MCDC). Renowned as both choreographer and dancer, Cunningham revolutionised dance through his partnerships with leading artists who created costumes, lighting, films, music, and décor. Presentations include a series of in-gallery events, site-responsive collages of Cunningham repertory performed by dancers from the final company as well as new commissions from leading figures in contemporary choreography and composition. ‘Merce Cunningham: Common Time’ is organised by the Walker Art Center, and co-presented with the Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago. Find out more about the ‘Merce Cunningham’ exhibition from the Walker Art Center’s website.

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Merce Cunningham Dance Company performing 'Event for the Garden' at Minneapolis Sculpture Garden, 12 September 1998. Walker Art Center Archives

1998cunningham-dance-co-1024×670 Merce Cunningham Dance Company performing ‘Event for the Garden’ at Minneapolis Sculpture Garden, 12 September 1998. Walker Art Center Archives

Merce Cunningham and Rei Kawakubo during a costume fitting at Westbeth, New York in 2000. Photo: Timothy Greenfield-Sanders

Merce Cunningham and Rei Kawakubo during a costume fitting at Westbeth, New York in 2000. Photo: Timothy Greenfield-Sanders

Merce Cunningham Dance Company in 'Canfield' at the Brooklyn Academy of Music, New York in 1970. Photo: James Klosty

Merce Cunningham Dance Company in ‘Canfield’ at the Brooklyn Academy of Music, New York in 1970. Photo: James Klosty

Installation view with décor for Views on Stage (2004) in 'Dance Works II: Merce Cunningham/ Ernesto Neto' at Walker Art Center, 2012. Photo: Gene Pittman

Installation view with décor for Views on Stage (2004) in ‘Dance Works II: Merce Cunningham/ Ernesto Neto’ at Walker Art Center, 2012. Photo: Gene Pittman

Fractions I (still) (1978), Charles Atlas and Merce Cunningham. © Charles Atlas, courtesy of the artist and Luhring Augustine, New York

Fractions I (still) (1978), Charles Atlas and Merce Cunningham. © Charles Atlas, courtesy of the artist and Luhring Augustine, New York

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