Highlights from the collection include Isamu Noguchi’s set drawings for Seraphic Dialogue and an extensive photograph collection of Graham’s canon.
The Batsheva Dance Company’s Last Work features a dancer running on a treadmill for the entire length of the performance, while the ensemble physically enacts a series of non-narrative scenes.
The Metropolitan Museum of Art examines the emergence of 19th-century Shaker minimalism, and its influence on American Modernism.
For over three decades, Martha Graham danced her most compelling choreography on and around the abstract sculpture of Isamu Noguchi.
Following up on Merel van Beeren’s investigation into the future of Merce Cunningham’s Studio after its founder’s death, we bring you a graphic history of the intersection of visual art and modern dance. From Cunningham collaborating with John Cage, his life partner, and Robert Rauschenberg, to sculptor Isamu Noguchi’s work with Martha Graham, it’s all here.
A small group of dance students recently gathered on the floor of the Cunningham Studio to try to save their dance program from an early death. “There’s no way the studio won’t make it,” Suzanne Thomas, a French student, said. She is passionate about preserving it for a reason: “Pure Cunningham doesn’t really exist anywhere else.” The community revolving around choreographer Merce Cunningham, a giant of modern dance, has been in a state of flux since his passing in 2009. Although the choreographer himself and the Cunningham Trust meticulously outlined a plan for both the Merce Cunningham Dance Company, which would come to an end after a final farewell tour, and the Cunningham Foundation for after Cunningham was gone, the fate of the Cunningham Studio’s educational program was not so clear cut.