Merce Cunningham: Common Time
Exhibition, MCA, Chicago, USA.
Over his prolific 60-year career, Merce Cunningham’s many innovations in the field of dance were fuelled by his philosophy that movement did not need to be tied to telling a story or even set to music.
This exhibition explores Cunningham’s influence on the arts through the notion of ‘common time’. His non-hierarchical attitude had compos- ers, musicians, designers, and visual artists working together as equals.
The presentation emphasises the cross-disciplinary relationships between Cunningham’s Merce Cunningham Dance Company and the leading post-World War II figures with whom he worked. Décor, costumes, and music are augmented with photomurals and video documentation of the dances that demonstrate his independent and interdependent way of working.