Merce Cunningham Trust

The John Cage and Merce Cunningham Studio at the Baryshnikov Arts Center. Photo Richard Beenen

Inaugural Cage Cunningham Fellow and The John Cage and Merce Cunningham Studio announced at Baryshnikov Arts Center

December 18, 2015

On Monday, the Baryshnikov Arts Center (BAC) announced the naming its largest rehearsal space, Studio 6A, The John Cage and Merce Cunningham Studio in recognition of the artists' iconic partnership and the vital role of their creative explorations and artistic leadership in shaping the cultural landscape of New York City. Located on the sunny top floor of the BAC's building on West 37th Street with James Klosty’s distinctive photographs of Cage and Cunningham permanently installed, The John Cage and Merce Cunningham Studio evokes the Cunningham Dance Company's former studio at Westbeth overlooking the Hudson which fostered groundbreaking collaborations across the disciplines of music, dance and visual art. Upon visiting the space with the BAC’s founder Mikhail Baryshnikov in 2007, Cunningham observed the parallels between the two spaces. The John Cage and Merce Cunningham Studio will similarly serve an an incubator for creative exploration.

The BAC also announced the first Cage Cunningham Fellow, awarding $50,000 to pianist Alexei Lubimov. The two-year fellowship, established to commemorate John Cage and Merce Cunningham’s contributions to 20th century art and culture, will henceforth be awarded annually to artists whose work reflects the commitment to collaboration, experimentation and rigor which characterized Cage and Cunningham's oeuvres.

The Merce Cunningham Trust congratulates BAC on the success of their campaign and its vision of extending Cunningham and Cage's legacy.

Read more about the BAC’s Cage Cunningham Campaign and Fellowship.

Read the New York Times article on the Merce Cunningham Trust's leadership gift to the Cage Cunningham Campaign.

Listen as Cunningham describes the Westbeth studio's influence on his practice.

Watch videos on Cunningham and Cage's collaborations and excerpts of their performances.