Dance Works III: Merce Cunningham/Rei Kawakubo
Choreographer Merce Cunningham's infamous and revelatory collaborations usually included having the dancers' costumes imagined by pals (and visual artists) like Robert Rauschenberg. During "Dance Works I" (the series explores aspects of the Merce Cunningham Dance Collection, which the Walker Art Center acquired in 2011), Rauschenberg's headgear, parachute dresses, and painted leotards were cleverly exhibited. In 1997, however, Cunningham asked couture designer Rei Kawakubo (of Comme des Garcons) to make costumes for his new work, "Scenario." The checkered bottoms and striped tops notoriously clad the dancers in "lumps and bumps," which was also what fashion critics dubbed Kawakubo's runway show that year. To recapture the piece's stage setting, the gallery will be ultra-white and filled with fluorescent light, with Takehisa Kosugi's score for the work piped in. Costumes, photographs, Comme des Garcons runway footage, and interviews with the dancers will be on view. There will be an opening reception from 5 to 9 p.m. Thursday, October 4, featuring a talk at 6:30 p.m. (Photo by Jacques Moatti)
Oct. 4-March 24, 2012
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