MCA, Minneapolis museum to host dual-city exhibit/tribute to Merce Cunningham

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The MCA today announced a dual-city exhibition/celebration of the late choreographer Merce Cunningham between the Chicago museum and the Walker Art Center in Minneapolis. The multi-disciplinary exhibit, titled “Merce Cunningham: Common Time,” will also feature commissioned performances in both cities celebrating Cunningham’s choreography with the modern dance company he founded 50 years ago.

The exhibit opens Feb. 8, 2017 in Minneapolis and Feb. 11, 2017 in Chicago.

According to the official statement released today:

The core of the exhibition will be drawn from the Walker’s Merce Cunningham Dance Company (MCDC) collection, acquired in 2011, featuring sets, sculptural props, and costumes by Jasper Johns, Rei Kawakubo, Robert Morris, Bruce Nauman, Ernesto Neto, Robert Rauschenberg, Frank Stella, Andy Warhol, and many others. The MCDC Collection will be accompanied by the presentation of significant artworks that illuminate the contemporaneous practice of these artists and the concentric impact of Merce Cunningham’s collaborative engagement with pivotal art movements and transformational moments of artistic reinvention across more than six decades of creation.

“Merce Cunningham is one of the most influential innovators of the 20th century,” said Fionn Meade, the Walker’s Artistic Director and the lead exhibition curator in a statement. “His vision of a ‘common time’ shared across disciplines significantly altered and continues to shape our contemporary understanding

of the relationships between choreography, music, and visual art. The Walker and MCA Chicago partnership brings together two institutions known for their commitment to multidisciplinary programing.”

The iconic choreographer/dancer passed away in 2009 at the age of 90.

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