Merce Cunningham, Clouds and Screens

28 October 2018–31 March 2019

Exhibition Overview


Charles Atlas, MC⁹, 2012.

During his prolific 60-year career, choreographer Merce Cunningham (1919–2009) revolutionized dance by challenging every aspect of the form. Perhaps most radical was his idea that all the elements of a dance—movement, music, costumes, and decor—could be created independently of one another, coming together only during the “common time” of a performance. Along with his life partner, composer John Cage (1912–1992), Cunningham explored this freeing notion by initiating cross-disciplinary collaborations with dozens of artists.This exhibition presents immersive installations by Charles Atlas and Andy Warhol, along with two video projections of early dances by Cunningham: Changeling and Night Wandering, with principal dancer Carolyn Brown.

(Photo by Gene Pittman, courtesy of Walker Art Center, Minneapolis.)

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