Merce Cunningham: Common Time
This 456-page volume, published in conjunction with the Walker Art Center and MCA Chicago’s exhibition Merce Cunningham: Common Time (February 8–September 10, 2017), reconsiders the choreographer and his collaborators as an extraordinarily generative interdisciplinary network that preceded and predicted dramatic shifts in performance, including the development of site-specific dance, the use of technology as a choreographic tool, and the radical separation of sound and movement in dance. Merce Cunningham: Common Time features ten new essays by curators and historians, as well as interviews with contemporary choreographers — Beth Gill, Maria Hassabi, Rashaun Mitchell, and Silas Riener — who address Cunningham’s continued influence. These are supplemented by rarely published archival photographs, reprints of texts by Cunningham, Cage, and other key dancers, artists and scholars, several appendices, and an extensive illustrated chronology placing Cunningham’s activities and those of his collaborators in the context of the 20th century, particularly the expanded arts scene of the 1960s and 1970s. This book is an essential volume for anyone interested in contemporary art, music, and dance.