Andrea Weber, Daniel Roberts, and Jonah Bokaer in Merce Cunningham’s “Interscape” (2000), décor by Robert Rauschenberg.
Photo: Tony Dougherty.

In March 2011, the Walker Art Center announced the single largest visual arts acquisition in its history: more than 1,000 artist-made decors, props, costumes, and painted drops created for the Merce Cunningham Dance Company (MCDC). The acquisition, with works by Robert Rauschenberg, Andy Warhol, Jasper Johns, and other leading visual artists, was a key moment in a relationship between the Walker and Cunningham that has spanned more than four decades, stretching back to 1963 when the Walker first presented the acclaimed choreographer’s work.

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