Cunningham Through Choreographers' Eyes
MCA "MERCE CUNNINGHAM - Common Time" February 11 - April 30
On February 11, 2017, Chicago’s Museum of Contemporary Art, in conjunction with Milwaukee’s Walker Art Center, will open their exhibit “MERCE CUNNINGHAM – Common Time”.
Thanks to the MCA, we will be able to experience Merce’s world through the exhibit’s artifacts--decors, backdrops, costumes, films and music— and savor Cunningham’s artistic genius expressed over his one-decade-short-of-a-century lifetime.
An Ongoing Conversation about Dance, Art and Expression
Cunningham’s imprint on dance and the arts in general had significance beyond his long years. Many think of him as the progenitor of the cross-media artistic expressions that modern audiences may now take for granted.
Long as Merce Cunningham’s life was, and as powerful as his impact, his imprimatur on dance, art and culture was—like all art—merely a moment in an ongoing conversation. He carried a torch lit by Martha Graham. If it weren’t for fascism’s rise in Germany, Josef and Anni Albers might not have migrated to the United States and founded their legendary arts incubator prototype at Black Mountain College where Cunningham’s mind and creativity reportedly exploded. And then later, his personal and artistic partnership with John Cage allowed the world to listen in on greats moving their respective art forms forward.
Meet Today's Choreographers Meeting Merce
This artistic conversation—the very same one that Merce Cunningham was part of— continues today. That’s why Picture this Post has partnered with the Museum of Contemporary Art to bring choreographers on early tours of the “MERCE CUNNINGHAM – Common Time” exhibit. Picture this Post will report on their reactions to the exhibit – how it touches their soul, their art, their reflections about their own artistic efforts and more.
Stay tuned to these pages and listen in as Picture this Post brings an ear to this ongoing conversation.. We all can Meet Merce!! and SEE CUNNINGHAM THROUGH CHOREOGRAPHERS’ EYES….
Who are these choreographers?
Most are from Chicago. One is flying in from Florida, another from New York. More are expected to chime into the discussion in the months after the opening.
- Have been nominated by their choreographer peers, or some by dancers and former dancers, for inclusion in these CHOREOGRAPHER SPOTLIGHTS;
- think about dance 24/7, or very close to that;
- have made expression through movement and dance a center of their life.
While all choreographers, they are also diverse—
- representing the full gamut of dance genres from ballet, to experimental modern, to tap, to butoh, to wheelchair and disability dance, to aerial, to hip hop, to jazz, to flamenco, to East Indian, to African and more…
- some are young and looking for their first high-profile break, others are relative elder statesmen who devote much of their energies to cultivating the next generations of talent, and everything in between…
- some have toured the world, and some have moved here recently just to be part of the dance scene…
- some are teachers and professors, and some are students..
And of course, each has a unique and special story of how they came to dance and how they envision their art going forward.
Look to these Picture this Post pages in the coming year/s for CHOREOGRAPHER SPOTLIGHTS.
Let’s learn what moves them…because they move us.
(Choreographers/Dancers, in alphabetical order. Click their picture to find an article about them or by them. If none found, please return soon.)
Read the first article in Picture this Post's coverage of "MERCE CUNNINGHAM: Common Time" -- "...Media Meet Merce!"
And find more Picture This Post coverage of dance and music related to Merce Cunningham. See also--
About the Author:
Amy Munice is Editor-in-Chief and Co-Publisher of Picture This Post. She covers books, dance, film, theater, music, museums and travel. Prior to founding Picture This Post, Amy was a freelance writer and global PR specialist for decades—writing and ghostwriting thousands of articles and promotional communications on a wide range of technical and not-so-technical topics.
Amy hopes the magazine’s click-a-picture-to-read-a-vivid-account format will nourish those ever hunting for under-discovered cultural treasures. She especially loves writing articles about travel finds, showcasing works by cultural warriors of a progressive bent, and shining a light on bold, creative strokes by fledgling artists in all genres.