Merce Cunningham Dance Company: Beacon Events: Fifth Performance
The fifth Beacon Event was held in the gallery devoted to the work of John Chamberlain.
Saturday, December 6, 2008, 2pm
Sunday, December 7, 2008, 2pm
3 Beekman Street
John Cage Reading Room: John Cage at Mountain Lake: Watercolors, Rocks, and Smoke.
December 5-15, 2008, 11am-4pm in the Dia:Beacon bookshop library. Free with museum
admission. The John Cage Trust presentation, John Cage at Mountain Lake: Watercolors, Rocks,
and Smoke, will be a display of archive materials from the John Cage Trust and the Mountain
Lake Workshop, a collaborative, community-based art project drawing on the customs, and the
environmental and technological resources of the New River Valley and the Appalachian region.
Specifically, the presentation will address Cage’s participation in the Mountain Lake Workshop
where he created New River Watercolors in 1983, 1988, 1989 & 1990.
This presentation is co-curated by Laura Kuhn, the director of the John Cage Trust, and Ray Kass, founder and director of the Mountain Lake Workshop. Mr. Kass is also Professor Emeritus of Art at Virginia Tech, and author of John Cage: New River Watercolors, published by the Virginia Museum of Fine Art, Richmond, VA.
Family Day: Dia and MCDC educators present Family Day during which families are led on a
movement-based tour of various artworks in the museum. Participants will create dance “Events”
based on their own observations. Children age 6 and above are encouraged to attend and must
be accompanied by an adult. Sunday, December 7, 2008, 12pm. Free with museum admission;
reservations are suggested, 845 440 0100 x33.
Costume Design Class. Monday, December 1, 2008, 1pm. Anna Finke, Wardrobe Supervisor for Merce Cunningham Dance Company, will lead a costume design class, exploring the connections she has made between her recent designs and the galleries the company has performed in. Participants will visit galleries in the museum and subsequently create sample designs in the Dia:Beacon Learning Lab, incorporating influences from Dia artists’ work and the architectural space. The program is limited to 20 adult participants. Free with museum admission. For reservations contact Sarah Bachelier at 845 440 0100 x33 or firstname.lastname@example.org.