Dance Works II
The Dance Works exhibitions explore the legendary collaborations between choreographer Merce Cunningham and leading visual artists, drawing from the 2011 acquisition of more than 150 works from the Merce Cunningham Dance Company collection—the single largest acquisition of visual art in the Walker’s history. Rio de Janeiro-based Ernesto Neto is a leading figure in the international contemporary art scene, known for large-scale, abstract sculptural environments that are influenced by the human body and other living organisms. For Cunningham’s Views on Stage, which premiered at the Edinburgh Festival Theatre in 2004, Neto created Otheranimal, a massive installation of suspended biomorphic forms above the dancers on stage; made of translucent white fabric, its elements were intended as a kind of blank canvas to be illuminated by colored lights. Visitors experience the installation in the Perlman Gallery, whose dramatically high ceilings approximate the fly space of a theater stage.