CANCELLED - Carrie Noland - "Merce Cunningham" - Haun Saussy

Thursday, March 19, 2020 - 6:00pm - 7:00pm
Event Presenter/Author: 
Carrie Noland

**This event has been cancelled. We hope to reschedule in the coming months.**

“In this groundbreaking study of the work of Cunningham, Noland redefines the very terms with which it came to prominence in the 1960s and has continued to be discussed. Her revisionist gesture is not only timely: it heightens the significance of his work for us today.” — Mark Franko, author of Martha Graham in Love and War: The Life in the Work

Carrie Noland discusses Merce Cunningham: After the Arbitrary. She will be in conversation with Haun Saussy. A Q&A and signing will follow the discussion.

At the Co-op

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About the book: One of the most influential choreographers of the twentieth century, Merce Cunningham is known for introducing chance to dance. Far too often, however, accounts of Cunningham’s work have neglected its full scope, focusing on his collaborations with the visionary composer John Cage or insisting that randomness was the singular goal of his choreography. In this book, the first dedicated to the complete arc of Cunningham’s career, Carrie Noland brings new insight to this transformative artist’s philosophy and work, providing a fresh perspective on his artistic process while exploring aspects of his practice never studied before. Tapping into a rich and previously unseen archive of photographs, film footage, and unpublished writing by Cunningham, Noland counters understandings of Cunningham’s influential embrace of the unintended to demonstrate that he in fact set limits on the role chance played in his dances. The book explores his relation not only to Cage, but also to Marcel Duchamp, Robert Rauschenberg, James Joyce, and Bill T. Jones. Ultimately, Noland shows that Cunningham approached movement as more than “movement in itself,” and that his work enacted archetypal human dramas. 

About the author: Carrie Noland is professor of French and comparative literature at the University of California, Irvine. She is the author of many books, including Agency and Embodiment: Performing Gestures/Producing Culture.

About the interlocutor: Haun Saussy is University Professor at the University of Chicago, in Comparative Literature, East Asian Languages & Civilizations, and the Committee on Social Thought. His previous books include The Problem of a Chinese Aesthetic (1993), Great Walls of Discourse and Other Adventures in Cultural China (2001), The Ethnography of Rhythm: Orality and its Technologies (2016), and, as editor or co-editor, Chinese Women Poets: An Anthology of Poetry and Criticism (2000), Comparative Literature in an Age of Globalization (2006), Sinographies: Writing China (2007), Fenollosa/Pound, The Chinese Written Character as a Medium for Poetry: A Critical Edition (2009), Partner to the Poor: A Paul Farmer Reader (2010), and A Book to Burn and a Book to Keep Hidden: Selected Writings of Li Zhi (2016). He contributes to the collective blog Printculture. His next project is tentatively entitled The Nine Relays: Laying the Ground for a Comparative History of East Asian Literatures.

Event Location: 
The Seminary Co-op Bookstore
5751 S Woodlawn Avenue
Chicago, IL 60637