Merce Cunningham; [Andy Warhol]: Merce Cunningham performs with his dance company in Rainforest which airs on “Dance in America”, 1978

75,00
photograph / slide
New York, United States
Public Broadcasting Service
1978

[New York]: Public Broadcasting Service, [1978], 25×20,5 cm (full sheet). Photographic portrait – publicity shot of Merce Cunningham on stage, in front of Andy Warhol’s installation “Silver Clouds”. Uncredited photographic print used for promotion of a televised broadcast of the Rainforest performance. Verso, date-stamped ‘Jan 28 1978’. The title for “RainForest” came from Cunningham’s childhood…

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[New York]: Public Broadcasting Service, [1978], 25×20,5 cm (full sheet). Photographic portrait – publicity shot of Merce Cunningham on stage, in front of Andy Warhol’s installation “Silver Clouds”. Uncredited photographic print used for promotion of a televised broadcast of the Rainforest performance. Verso, date-stamped ‘Jan 28 1978’.

The title for “RainForest” came from Cunningham’s childhood memories of the Northwest, and the rainforest in the Olympic Peninsula. “RainForest” differed from Cunningham’s other pieces in that, with the exception of Cunningham, each of the six dancers performed his or her role, then left the stage and never returned. Andy Warhol agreed to let Cunningham use his installation “Silver Clouds”–a number of Mylar pillows filled with helium, so that they floated freely in the air. The dancers wore flesh- colored leotards and tights, which Jasper Johns (uncredited) cut with a razor blade, to give the costumes a roughened appearance. The music was by David Tudor, and evoked the chirping and chattering of birds and animals. [Merce Cunningham Trust]


condition: In VG+ / Near Fine condition