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The MCA strikes gold again with a new retrospective on Merce Cunningham, one of the forefront modern dance artists of our generation. Cunningham is as known for his contemporary dance choreographic innovations as well as for his collaborations with artists from different art forms such as Andy Warhol and Frank Gehry.
Born in Washington state in 1919, Cunningham followed his heart to NYC and went on to be a soloist for the Martha Graham Dance company for six years. Afterwards, spending time teaching at Black Mountain College, Cunningham became exposed to different art forms such as theater and visual arts. It was here that he came up with the idea of choreographing to include other disciplines.
Merce Cunningham Dance Company frequently collaborated with visual artists, architects, designers, and musicians; back then, it was rather pioneering! Over the course of his career, Cunningham choreographed more than 200 dances and over 800 “events,” (site specific) choreographic works. Working to disengage his pieces from being set to music; and in such, springing the music onto the dancers at rehearsal for the first time, Cunningham was able to tell a complete story. So ahead of his time, it's great to see Cunningham's work honored today when people might begin to forget who he was!
We were so touched by the MCA’s very special tribute to Marianne Deson. The personal stories from friends, photographs in celebration of her life, and the special cheers in her name felt warm, familial, and was very much in her spirit. Suzanne had a special moment with David Klamen when she learned that the piece she purchased of his through Marianne, her first ever, was the first in his career that launched him into a 10 year exploration in that subject matter, a darker palette and heavy varnish. Ms. Deson certainly was a force to be reckoned with, it’s hard to believe that at the first show of Gerhard Richter in the country, hosted by Marianne, that not one piece sold! She certainly did know better!!
The Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago presents the first retrospective of the work of renowned sculptor Doris Salcedo (Colombian, b. 1958). Salcedo—who lives and works in Bogotá—gained prominence in the 1990s for her fusion of postminimalist forms with sociopolitical concerns (you may recall her work "Shibboleth", a 160 meter crack in the foundation of the Tate Modern's Turbine Hall in London, 2008). Viewers should note that her recent major work Plegaria Muda (2008–10) is making its U.S. debut at this exhibition venue. Also of note, the artist received the Hiroshima Art Prize for Peace in 2014. This exhibition is a must-see!!
Make sure to check out the MCA’s exhibition microsite as a wonderful complement to the exhibition: http://www3.mcachicago.org/2015/salcedo/
Known for his building "cuts", Gordon Matta-Clark adopted "anarchitecture" as a term to describe his process of opening up a space as a critique of dehumanized urban renewal and international style architecture. In fact, most of his pieces were abandoned sites that he illegally defaced. Art historian Irving Sandler calls these works "exercises in entropy and futility that trade abandoned buildings for demolished artworks, both equally destined for the rubble".
In February 1978, Matta-Clark was invited by the Museum of Contemporary Art, Chiacgo to cut through an adjacent brownstone as a temporary installation prior to its conversion into additional museum space. The project, Circus, was actually "three rings", and toured by museum guests as a collective performance space. This project turned out to be the artist's last, as he passed away from pancreatic cancer in August 1978.
The artist did produce artworks to commemorate his final project, Circus. He collaged and arranged his photographs as an expression of the viewer's experience of the actual spaces he created. The media as film is left apparent as if to acknowledge his violation of traditional photographic space, providing a "behind the scenes" view, and the consideration of space is confusing to mimic the disorienting affect that was felt by the viewer in the real space. Of course this aspect is fascinating to our office!!
Visit the Rhona Hoffman Gallery now through April 18, 2015 to learn more about this important Chicago project, and to even collect a piece of great Chicago history.