Merce Cunningham Dance Company (MCDC) performs the third in a series of eight performances at Dia:Beacon titled Beacon Events. The site-specific performance, along with new installations by Imi Knoebel and Tacita Dean, will celebrate Dia:Beacon’s fifth anniversary. As with past Beacon Events, the May 18 presentation directly engages artworks on view. For this special occasion, MCDC’s Beacon Event will take place on two stages, one outside and one inside the museum, in spaces adjacent to the galleries devoted to Nauman’s work, including his monumental video installation Mapping the Studio, 2001, and Double Poke in the Eye II, 1985. To view the dynamic presentation, visitors may walk around the performance area, and sit on Bruce Nauman’s Indoor Outdoor Seating Arrangement, 1999.
Sunday, May 18, 2008; 2:00pm and 4:30pm.
Dia:Beacon, Riggio Galleries
3 Beekman Street, Beacon, NY
MCDC’s Hudson Valley Project, in partnership with Dia Art Foundation, Bard College, and The John Cage Trust at Bard College, has been made possible, in part, through major support from The New York State Music Fund, established by the New York State Attorney General at Rockefeller Philanthropic Advisors. Additional support has been provided by Melissa and Robert Soros, The Gladys Krieble Delmas Foundation, The Harkness Foundation for Dance, and through public support from the National Endowment for the Arts, which believes that a great nation deserves great art.
John Cage Reading Room, Work With Words: A presentation consisting of various items that relate to Cage’s work with words, including publications (books, essays, magazine articles), selected art works that make use of language (such as Not Wanting to Say Anything About Marcel, and pages from the John Cage/Lois Long Mushroom Book) and archival materials (original manuscripts and sketches) relating to the exhibited works. Selected by Laura Kuhn, Director of the John Cage Trust at Bard College. In conjunction with the exhibition, an array of materials (audio, video, and print) will be available for sale in the Dia:Beacon Bookshop. Sunday, May 18 through Monday, May 26, 2008. Dia:Beacon Bookshop Library. Open during regular museum hours, 11am-6pm, Thursday-Monday. Free with museum admission.
Family Day: MCDC and Dia’s education program present Family Day, a movement-based tour of various artworks in the museum. Participants will create their own dance “Events” based on their observations. Children age 6 and above are encouraged to attend and must be accompanied by an adult. Free with museum admission, reservations are suggested, 845.440.0100 x33.
Merce Cunningham, one of the most influential figures in modern dance presented his first New York solo concert with John Cage in April 1944. He has choreographed nearly 200 works for the company, which he established at Black Mountain College, in North Carolina, in 1953. Many of these were created in collaboration with visual artists, including Robert Rauschenberg. Beginning with Trackers, of 1991, Mr. Cunningham has used the computer program DanceForms in all of his choreography. MCDC celebrated its 50th anniversary in its 2002—03 season, beginning with performances at the 2002 Lincoln Center Festival, in New York City, and ending in the Brooklyn Academy of Music’s Next Wave Festival in October 2003, when Split Sides, a new work with music by two rock bands, Radiohead and Sigur Rós, was presented.
Dia Art Foundation celebrates the fifth anniversary of Dia:Beacon, Riggio Galleries in May 2008. Dia:Beacon presents Dia Art Foundation’s distinguished collection of art from the 1960s to the present, including Bernd and Hilla Becher, Joseph Beuys, Louise Bourgeois, John Chamberlain, Walter De Maria, Dan Flavin, Michael Heizer, Robert Irwin, Donald Judd, On Kawara, Imi Knoebel, Sol LeWitt, Agnes Martin, Bruce Nauman, Blinky Palermo, Gerhard Richter, Robert Ryman, Fred Sandback, Richard Serra, Robert Smithson, Andy Warhol, and Lawrence Weiner.
Situated on the banks of the Hudson River in Beacon, New York, and easily accessible by train or car, the museum occupies a former Nabisco box-printing facility, which was renovated by Dia with artist Robert Irwin and architect OpenOffice. Dia:Beacon’s expansive galleries comprise 240,000 square feet of exhibition space illuminated by natural light. The museum houses works by a focused group of some of the most significant artists of the last half century. The museum also presents temporary exhibitions, as well as diverse public programs designed to complement the collection and exhibitions.
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