Members’ Preview: Merce Cunningham




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Images of four active dancers are superimposed over each other.
  1. Long This composite photograph features the silhouettes of four dancers superimposed over each other against a plain light background. The topmost figure is the outline of a short-haired fair skinned female dancer whose body arches backward. While the dancer's head and outline is photo-realistic, the interior of her body is filled with another dancer's voluminous yellow dress. This figure is superimposed over another outline of a female dancer with a hair bun, arm raised in a classic ballet pose. The rearmost dancer is a photo-realistic male dancer with light skin and dark, receding hair. This male dancer is gesturing with his arms to the side while his lower body is obscured by the layered images of the other three dancers.
Composite image: (interior) Andrea Weber, Emma Desjardins, Jamie Scott, and Rashaun Mitchell performing Antic Meet (1958), Joyce Theatre, New York, 2011. Photo © Stephanie Berger, 2016; (exterior) Merce Cunningham performing Antic Meet. Photo: Richard Rutledge, courtesy of Merce Cunningham Trust

Exclusively for Members

Enjoy complimentary snacks and a cash bar while being among the first to view the MCA’s newest exhibition. MCA Members, RSVP before Feb 3 for you and a guest by contacting 312-397-4040 or Additional guest tickets are available for $20 at the door.

As a member, you play an important role in supporting living artists, new art, and new ideas. Members’ Previews are one of the ways we can show how much we appreciate your support—offering you opportunities to experience the work of cutting-edge artists before our exhibitions open to the public. Members’ Previews also provide a more intimate setting for you to connect with other MCA Members who are just as passionate and curious about contemporary art as you are.

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Exclusively for Circle Donors and Above

Be the very first to view the exhibition while enjoying cocktails and hors d’oeuvres.

5:30–7 pm, Circle Preview
5:45 pm, Welcome remarks

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About the Exhibition

Merce Cunningham: Common Time is a major retrospective exhibition organized by the Walker Art Center that appears simultaneously at the Walker and the MCA. Merce Cunningham was a seminal figure in modern dance, revolutionizing performance through his choreography and world-renowned dance company and through partnerships with leading artists. The exhibition immerses viewers in Cunningham’s creative activities with a selection of performance backdrops, documentary video and video installations, sets, costumes, artworks, photographs, and ephemera.