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Robert Rauschenberg, Express, 1963. Oil and silkscreen ink on canvas.
The Bride and the Bachelors: Duchamp with Cage, Cunningham, Rauschenberg and Johns is on view today through June 9 at the Barbican Centre in London.
Organized by the Philadelphia Museum of Art, The Bride and the Bachelors traces Marcel Duchamp’s influence in the work of John Cage, Merce Cunningham, Robert Rauschenberg and Jasper Johns. Encountering Duchamp and his work in New York during the early stages of their own careers, each of the younger American artists embraced key elements of his ideas and practice, creating a seismic shift in the direction of art in the late 1950s and 1960s, which still resonates today. Often cited as being the father of conceptual art, Duchamp radically altered what we think of as art – employing chance and humour, questioning the tastemakers and perhaps most radically of all, creating works of art from everyday objects.
If in Princeton, be sure to see Spheres of Influence, a commemorative showcase of the artistic collaborations of Robert Rauschenberg and Merce Cunningham presented by theLewis Center for the Arts' Program in Dance and the Princeton University Art Museum. On Thursday, February 14th, from 6:30-9:30 p.m. there will be an exhibition, performance and panel discussion at the Princeton University Art Museum that is free and open to the public.
Costume designed by Robert Rauschenberg for Merce Cunningham Dance Company’s Travelogue, 1977. Photo by Gene Pittman, Walker Art Center
This week is your last chance to see it in person at the Walker Art Center’s exhibition Dance Works I: Merce Cunningham / Robert Rauschenberg
Screenshot from from Merce Cunningham: 65 Years, a dynamic new multimedia app from Aperture. This innovative, primary resource offers a vibrant and experiential account of Merce Cunningham’s life and work, while reflecting Cunningham’s own interest in engaging with technology. Supported in part by our Responsive Grant Program.
Read more about the app in this piece from the New York Times.
This weekend is a great time to see Cunningham-Rauschenberg collaborations on display in Dance Works I. Admission to Walker Art Center is free on the first Saturday of each month.
Part of our Merce Cunningham acquisition, these costumes [by Robert Rauschenberg] are now on view in Dance Works I.
As the Merce Cunningham Dance Company wraps up its final tour, the artist Daniel Arsham recalls working with its founder.
Source: The New York Times
Above is an interview with David Vaughan, part of WNYC’s Saying Goodbye to the Merce Cunningham Dance Company
A review of the Merce Cunningham Dance Company’s final performance.
Next week, BAM hosts Merce Cunningham Dance Company’s final American proscenium-stage appearances.