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The Collaborative Legacy of Merce Cunningham

On View: February 14 – March 22, 2011

Special Pre-performance Hours: 5-8pm, March 12th!

The University of Arizona will host an exhibition—the Collaborative Legacy of Merce Cunninghamdocumenting seven multi-disciplinary works from the Merce Cunningham Dance Company (MCDC) as well as selected works resulting from collaborations between other choreographers and architects. This exhibition will feature reproductions of music and dance notations, drawings, sketches, and photographs documenting the collaborative process and the performed works. The exhibition will be held in the Sundt Gallery of the University of Arizona’s College of Architecture and Landscape Architecture between February 14th and March 22nd, 2011. This and related programming is designed to complement the MCDC Legacy Tour performance presented by UApresents at UA’s Centennial Hall on March 12, 2011.

The Merce Cunningham Dance Company (MCDC), created in 1953, is one of the most influential contemporary dance companies in the world, and is currently in its final two years of touring.  Since Cunningham’s death in 2009, the Company has embarked on a final, two-year celebratory world tour after which the Company will permanently disband.

Merce Cunningham left behind a legacy of cross-disciplinary collaborations in all of the arts as well as a culture of creative research informed by such diverse interests as zen philosophy, environmental aesthetics, chance and indeterminacy, and digital technology. His collaborators included composer and poet John Cage, visual artists Robert Rauschenberg, Jasper Johns, and Andy Warhol, film makers Charles Atlas and Elliot Caplan and architect Benedetta Tagliabue.

This exhibition and related programming, which will include film screenings, curator talks and performances, will give scholars, students and the general public opportunities to discuss, debate and celebrate Cunningham’s legacy during the month leading up to the MCDC’s performance on the UA campus.