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June 14 - March 8
Minneapolis, MN
Art Expanded 1958 - 1978
This exhibition explores the many facets of the so-called “expanded arts” scene of the 1960s and ’70s, charting a transformational phase in the history of 20th-century art when artists around the world collectively began to challenge, critique, and upend traditional media and disciplines. The teachings of John Cage, the emergence of event scores and Happenings, the dissemina­tion of Fluxus material and editions, and the embrace of conceptualism, performance, video, television, avant-garde film, and experimental music—all of these factors in the context of a rapidly changing world influenced artists and thinkers as they tested art’s evolving status as object, information, and experience. The exhibition assembles works by more than 100 artists, filmmakers, and choreographers. Among the artists featured are Yoko Ono, Jasper Johns, John Cage, Allan Kaprow, Nam June Paik, Trisha Brown, Merce Cunningham, George Brecht, Yayoi Kusama, Yvonne Rainer, Dieter Roth, and Tony Conrad. info

June 18 - April 12
Florence, IT
This new Museo Salvatore Ferragamo exhibition will focused on the concept of Equilibrium, the bond between physical and mental balance in art, architecture, dance and more. As part of this exhibition excerpts from Merce Cunningham's films "BIPED" (1999) and "Pond Way" (1999) will be shown. info

September 13 - January 3
New York, NY
Dance & Fashion
The Museum at FIT (The Fashion Institute of Technology NY) will present an exhibition "Dance & Fashion." from September 13 - January 3, 2015. The exhibition will feature the Cunningham dance "Scenario" (1997). "Dance & Fashion" explores the relationship between dance and fashion. Traditionally, dance costumes were created by dancers (such as Martha Graham), artists (such as Léon Bakst), and costume designers (such as Karinska). But in recent years, fashion designers have increasingly been invited to create dance costumes. For example, Yves Saint Laurent and Valentino designed for the ballet and Rei Kawakubo of Comme des Garçons provided costumes for Merce Cunningham. The focus of this exhibition, organized by Dr. Valerie Steele, is on ballet and modern dance. In addition to the exhibition symposium, lectures and guided tours will be presented. info

October 9 - December 20
New York, NY
Robert Rauschenberg: A Visual Lexicon
The Leo Castelli Gallery will present an exhibition entitled "Robert Rauschenberg: A Visual Lexicon" from October 9 - December 20, 2014. The exhibition will display photos from Cunningham's dance "Antic Meet" (1958) which had costumes and decor designed by then company artistic director Robert Rauschenberg. info

November 1 - February 15
Brisbane, AU
Future Beauty: 30 Years of Japanese Fashion
The exhibition "Future Beauty: 30 Years of Japanese Fashion", was first exhibited at the Barbican Art Gallery (2010), and toured to Haus der Kunst, Museum of Contemporary Art Tokyo, Seattle Art Museum and Peabody Essex Museum. The 7th and the last venue for this exhibition will be from November 1, - February 15, 2015 at the Gallery of Modern Art, Brisbane, Australia. Featured in the exhibit is an interview film of Rei Kawakubo, edited by the Barbican, including film excerpts of "Scenario" (1997), Music: Takehisa Kosugi, Wave Code A-Z, Costumes and Space and Lighting Concept: Rei Kawakubo, Lighting: Masao Nihei and David Covey, Space: Takao Kawasaki, First Performance: Brooklyn Academy of Music, New York NY, 14 October 1997. info

November 25
Rouen, FR
BIPED (1999)
The Bayerische Staatsballett will perform BIPED as part of the Normandy Festival on November 25, 2014 in Rouen, France. BIPED was staged on in the spring of 2013 by Robert Swinston (MCDC 1980 - 2011) and Jennifer Goggans (MCDC 2000 - 2011). info

November 27 - 28
Strasbourg, FR
Jerome Bel
Cédric Andrieux in Cédric Andrieux – Solo dance, Thursday & Friday, November 27 - 28, 2014, at the Pole Sud. Cédric Andrieux is the solo piece set by noted French choreographer Jérôme Bel on dancer Cédric Andrieux features excerpts from BIPED(1997) and Suite for Five(1956). In this piece, Andrieux looks back over his career – at his early apprenticeship as a contemporary dancer in Brest, then at the Paris National Conservatory of Music and Dance, subsequently as a dancer with the Merce Cunningham Dance Company in New York (1999 - 2007), and most recently at the Lyon Opera Ballet. info

December 3 - 7
Miami Beach, FL
Assemblage (1968)
The recently rediscovered and newly digitized Merce Cunningham film "Assemblage" will be screened as part of an exhibition titled "Screen Play: Moving Image Art." at the Sagamore Hotel in Miami Beach as part of the Art Basel Miami Beach, December 3-7. This exhibition will bring together film, video and digital artworks from the 1960s to the present. "Assemblage" will be projected in a dedicated screening room (with seating) within the hotel. Cutting edge for its time "Assemblage" features Cunningham and his dance company: Carolyn Brown, Sandra Neels, Valda Setterfield, Meg Harper, Susana Hayman-Chaffey, Jeff Slayton, Chase Robinson, and Mel Wong. Made in the fall of 1968 Cunningham created this work in collaboration with the filmmaker Richard Moore. Done for the KQED television station in San Francisco, "Assemblage" was made on location in Ghirardelli Square. Composers John Cage, David Tudor, and Gordon Mumma created the sound score that accompanies the 59-minute film. . info

February 18 - 21
New York, NY
Cross Currents (1964)
New York Theatre Ballet will premiere "Cross Currents" (1964) on their New York season at New York Live Arts on February 18, 19, 20 and 21, 2015. "Cross Currents" will be staged by former MCDC dancer Jennifer Goggans (2000 - 2011). First performed in London on July 31, 1964 as part of the 1964 World Tour, the title comes from the way the dancer’s paths frequently intersected. The music was by Conlon Nancarrow, arranged by John Cage. info

February 26 - March 1
Winston-Salem, NC
Sounddance (1975)
The University of North Carolina School of the Arts will premiere their license of Merce Cunningham's "Sounddance" (1975) on February 26, 2015 at the Stevens Center at 7:30pm. "Sounddance" will be staged by MCDC dancers Meg Harper (1968 - 1977) and Andrea Weber (2004 - 2011). Additional works on the program include "Birthday Offering", a one-act ballet choreographed by Sir Fredrick Ashton and two world premieres, by alumna and School of Dance faculty member Trish Casey, and by Dean of Dance Susan Jaffe. info

March 10 - 15
New York, NY
The CNDC - Angers under the direction of Robert Swinston, former MCDC dancer (1980 - 2011) will perform a Cunningham "Event" as part of their 1st New York City, performances March 10 - 15, 2015 at the Joyce Theater. info

March 10 - Febryary 11
Quebec, CA
Corps rebelles/Rebel Bodies
The Musee de la civilisation of Quebec City, Canada will present an exhibition on contemporary dance its works, creators, inspirations and universal language. Entitled "Corp rebelles/Rebel Bodies" The exhibition will feature excerpts from Merce Cunningyham's BIPED (1999) as well as excerpts from the webisode "Mondays with Merce" No. 1. info

March 25 - 29
New York, NY
BIPED (1999)
In the spring semester, Juilliard Dances Repertory will present BIPED (1999) by Merce Cunningham. The performance at Juilliard will be accompanied by live music. Merce Cunningham’s BIPED was premiered by the Gavin Bryars Ensemble with the Merce Cunningham Dance Company on April 23, 1999 at Zellerbach Hall in Berkeley, CA. A shimmering dance to a mesmeric score by Gavin Bryars, BIPED is a technically intricate work involving projected artwork by Paul Kaiser and Shelley Eshkar derived from a unique motion capture process devised in collaboration with the choreographer. Of the movement itself, Merce Cunningham has written: “The dance gives me the feeling of switching channels on the TV…The action varies from slow formal sections to rapid broken-up sequences where it is difficult to see all the complexity.” Juilliard Dances Repertory performances take place on Wednesday, March 25 at 8 PM; Thursday, March 26 at 8 PM; Friday, March 27 at 8 PM; and Saturday, March 28 at 2 PM and 8 PM in Juilliard’s Peter Jay Sharp Theater. BIPED will be staged by Jean Freebury (MCDC 1992 - 2003) and Jennifer Goggans (MCDC 2000 - 2011). info

March 27 - 28
Bloomington, IN
Duets (1980)
The Jacobs School of Music, dance program, Indiana University will premiere the Cunningham work "Duets" (1980) on March 28 & 28, 2015. "Duets" will be staged by former MCDC dancer Banu Ogan (1993 - 2000).

April 7 - 12
New York, NY
RainForest (1968)
The Stephen Petronio Company will perform Cunningham's masterwork "RainForest" as part of their New York City season on April 7 - 12, 2015. "RainForest" will be staged by former MCDC dancers Meg Harper (1968 - 1977), Andrea Weber (2004 - 2011) and Raushan Mitchell (2004 - 2011). In addition former MCDC dancer melissa Toogood (2008 - 2011) will perform this dance as a guest artist reprising her role in the MCDC Legacy Tour of 2010 - 2011. about the dance: the title for "RainForest" came from Cunningham’s childhood memories of the Northwest, and the rainforest in the Olympic Peninsula. Visual artist Andy Warhol agreed to let Cunningham use his installation "Silver Clouds"--a number of Mylar pillows filled with helium, so that they floated freely in the air. The dancers wore flesh-colored leotards and tights, which Jasper Johns (uncredited) cut with a razor blade, to give the costumes a roughened appearance. The music was by David Tudor, and evoked the chirping and chattering of birds and animals.

May 15
New York, NY
Doubles (1984)
The 92nd Street Y Fridays At Noon will present a program about the merce Cunningham dance "Doubles (1984) on May 15, 2015. Staged by MCT trustee and former MCDC dancer Patricia Lent (1984 - 1993) with assistance from MCDC dancer Dylan Crossman (2009 - 2011). The program will feature commentary by NYTimes chief dance critic Alastair Macaulay. info