Artists on Artists Lecture Series, Sharon Hayes on Merce Cunningham

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Date/Time: 02/03/2009 12:00 am

Artists on Artists Lecture Series, Sharon Hayes on Merce Cunningham
Monday, March 2, 2009, 6:30pm
Dia Art Foundation
535 West 22nd Street, 5th Floor
New York, NY 10011
212 989 5566 www.diaart.org
Admission for the lecture is $6 general; $3 for students, seniors,
and Dia members. For reservations call 212 293 5583 or artistsonartists@diaart.org
Born in 1970, Sharon Hayes lives and works in New York. Her recent
solo exhibitions include shows at the Warsaw Museum of Art,
Warsaw, Poland (2008); a collaborative project at the Tate Modern,
London (2008); The New Museum for Contemporary Art, New York
(2007); Art in General, New York (2005); and P.S.1 Center for
Contemporary Art, New York (2001).
Merce Cunningham, one of the most influential figures in modern
dance, presented his first New York solo concert with composer
John Cage in April 1944. He established the Merce Cunningham Dance
Company at Black Mountain College, in North Carolina in 1953, and
has since choreographed nearly 200 works for MCDC. Many of these
were created in collaboration with visual artists including Robert
Rauschenberg, Jasper Johns, Bruce Nauman, and Andy Warhol. MCDC
always performs with live music, and since 1991 Mr. Cunningham has
used the computer program DanceForms in all of his choreography.
Made possible by a grant from Art for Art’s Sake, New York, and by
public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural
Affairs, this series, established in 2001, highlights the work of
contemporary artists from the perspective of their colleagues and
peers, and focuses on artists in Dia’s collection and exhibition
Images: (left) Sharon Hayes, “Everything Else Has Failed! Don’t
You Think It’s Time for Love,” 2007, documentation of performance,
photo by Andrea Geyer. (right) Beacon Events, 2008. Performance at
Dia:Beacon, Beacon, NY. Choreography: Merce Cunningham. Photo:
Anna Finke.

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