“The extraordinary application for the iPad, Merce Cunningham: 65 Years, new in August and pictorially sensational, is a breakthrough achievement of combining visual and written history.” --Alastair Macaulay New York Times, December 14, 2012
Upgraded to render more beautifully and quickly than ever—not only on the iPad, but on the iPad Mini as well—Merce Cunningham: 65 Years is now available at the more accessible price of $4.99.
First introduced in 2012, this dynamic multimedia app celebrates Merce Cunningham’s unique legacy. An innovative primary resource, Merce Cunningham: 65 Years offers a vibrant and experiential account of the late choreographer, dancer, and artist’s life and work, while reflecting Cunningham’s own interest in engaging with technology—a principal motivation for creating the interactive app.
Marking its first major venture into the world of digital publishing, Aperture Foundation, in collaboration with the Merce Cunningham Trust, has created an engaging project with over forty excerpts from Cunningham’s dances (most including sound), interviews with Merce Cunningham Dance Company archivist David Vaughan, and passages from the riveting web series Mondays with Merce, as well as additional images from the last fifteen years of Cunningham’s life, and from the Legacy Tour which ended December 31, 2011. Merce Cunningham: 65 Years is more of Merce Cunningham and his extraordinary work, than simply about him.
This multimedia app combines set and costume designs, musical scores, choreographic notes, selected drawings and journal entries by Cunningham, over 200 photographs, all the essays he is known to have written, and more!
The app evolved out of the original print publication, Merce Cunningham: Fifty Years (Aperture, 1997), with writing by David Vaughan, who worked for the company for over fifty years. Merce Cunningham: 65 Years, an expanded, multimedia, digital edition, picks up in 1995 and continues the chronicling of his life and work until his death in 2009, and then through the subsequent two-year Legacy Tour.
Merce Cunningham: 65 Years was made possible with major support from the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, and additional support from the Robert Rauschenberg Foundation.
Artists whose work represented in Merce Cunningham: 65 Years include:
William Anastasi, Daniel Arsham, Charles Atlas, Oscar Bailey, Howard Bay, Stephanie Berger, Michael Blackwood, Dove Bradshaw, Tom Brazil, Merrill Brockway, Sergei Bugaev Rudy Burckhardt, John Cage, Elliot Caplan, Imogen Cunningham, Merce Cunningham, Arnold Eagle, Johan Elbers, Anna Finke, Allen Ginsberg, Hervé Gloaguen, Martha Graham, Morris Graves, Timothy Greenfield-Sanders, Lois Greenfield, Farrell Grehan, Robert Hill, Peter Hujar, Douglas H. Jeffery, Jasper Johns, Clemens Kalischer, James Klosty, Takehisa Kosugi, Mark Lancaster, Hazel Larsen Archer, Eleanor Lauer, Arch Lauterer, Annie Leibovitz, Saul Leiter, Gary Lichtenstein, Roy Lichtenstein, John Lindquist, Fred W. McDarrah, Barbara Morgan, Bruce Nauman, Isamu Noguchi, Dorothy Norman, Michael O’Neill, OpenEndedGroup (Marc Downie, Shelley Eshkar, and Paul Kaiser), Nam June Paik, Robert Rauschenberg, John G. Ross, Richard Rutledge, Beatriz Schiller, Marvin Silver, Marsha Skinner, Frank Stella, Nathaniel Tileston, David Tudor, Max Waldman, Andy Warhol, Robert Whitman
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