Conversations: Ruth Erickson, Curator @ ICA Boston, Part Four
By Max Eternity
Cunningham was born in 1919: the same year that World War One ended and the same year that the Bauhaus school was opened. Years later, in the summer of 1953 while teaching at BMC, Cunningham would form the Merce Cunningham Dance Company.
From the Merce Cunningham Trust:
MERCE CUNNINGHAM (1919-2009) was a leader of the American avant-garde throughout his seventy year career and is considered one of the most important choreographers of our time. Through much of his life, he was also one of the greatest American dancers. With an artistic career distinguished by constant innovation, Cunningham expanded the frontiers not only of dance, but also of contemporary visual and performing arts. His collaborations with artistic innovators from every creative discipline have yielded an unparalleled body of American dance, music, and visual art.
What follows now is my discussion with Erickson, as we talk about Cunningham and some of the other important, though lesser known, choreographers and dancers at BMC: