Catch a Rare View of Merce Cunningham in Minneapolis

Merce Cunningham Dance Company performing TV Rerun at Westbeth in 1975. Photos by Jack Mitchell, courtesy of Walker Art Center

“Merce Cunningham: Common Time," an eight-gallery collection of stage sets, costumes, music, film and a series of live performances at the Walker Art Center in Minneapolis, continues through July 30. The exhibition highlights the prolific postmodern choreographer's many collaborations with artists such as John Cage, Jasper Johns, Robert Rauschenberg and Robert Morris.


Robert Rauschenberg's Trophy II (for Teeny and Marcel Duchamp) (1960). Photo by the Robert Rauschenberg Foundation, courtesy of Walker Art Center

Cunningham revolutionized the idea that different artistic components could be created separately and then come together for the performance. More than 60 works of art in “Common Time" give viewers insight into that creative process. Additionally, former Cunningham dancers will perform excerpts of his choreography inside the Walker galleries. walkerart.org

Merce Cunningham Dance Company performing Variations V in 1966. Photo by Hervé Gloaguen/Rapho, courtesy of Walker Art Center

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