Presidential Lecture Series
Merce Cunningham
John Rockwell
Stanford Humanities Center
header: Bibliography
Selected Writings by and about Merce Cunningham


Alloway, Lawrence.  Robert Rauschenberg.  Washington: National Collection of Fine Arts, Smithsonian Institution, 1976.

Banes, Sally.  Writing Dance in the Age of Postmodernism.  Hanover and London: Wesleyan University Press, 1994.

Baril, Jacques.  La danse moderne d'Isadora Duncan à Twyla Tharp.  Paris: Editions Vigot, 1977.

Bell-Kanner, Karen.  Frontiers: The Life and Times of Bonnie Bird.  Amsterdam: Harwood Academic Publishers, 1998.

Buckle, Richard.  Buckle at the Ballet: Selected Criticism. New York: Atheneum, 1980. 

Cage, John.  Silence: Lectures and Writings.  Middletown: Wesleyan University Press, 1961.

———. A Year from Monday: New Lectures and Writings by John Cage. Middletown: Wesleyan University Press, 1967.

———. M: Writings '67-'72. Middletown: Wesleyan University Press, 1973.

———. Empty Words: Writings '73-'78.  Middletown: Wesleyan University Press, 1980.

———. For the Birds: Conversations with Daniel Charles. Boston and London: Marion Boyars, 1981.

———. I-VI: John Cage.  Cambridge: Harvard University Press, 1990.

———. John Cage, Writer: Previously Uncollected Pieces.  New York: Limelight Editions, 1993.

Celant, Germano, ed.  Merce Cunningham.  Milan: Edizioni Charta, 1999.

Copeland, Roger.  Merce Cunningham: The Modernizing of Modern Dance.  New York: Routledge, 2004. 

Copeland, Roger and Marshall Cohen, eds.  What is Dance?  New York: Oxford University Press, 1983.

Crichton, Michael.  Jasper Johns.  New York: Harry N. Abrams, 1977.

Croce, Arlene.  Afterimages.  New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 1977.

———. Going to the Dance.  New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 1982.

———. Sight Lines.  New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 1987.

Cunningham, Merce and Frances Starr, ed.  Changes: Notes on Choreography.  New York: Something Else Press, 1968.

Cunningham, Merce.  The Dancer and the Dance: Conversations with Jacqueline Lesschaeve.  New York and London: Marion Boyars, 1985.

———. Other Animals: Drawings and Journals by Merce Cunningham.
New York: Aperture, 2002.

Denby, Edwin, Robert Cornfield, and William Mackay, eds. Collected Dance Writings.  New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 1986.

Duberman, Martin.  Black Mountain: An Exploration in Community.
New York: Dutton, 1972.

Dunn, Robert.  John Cage: A Catalogue of Compositions.  New York: C. F.  Peters, 1962.

Foster, Susan Leigh.  Reading Dancing: Bodies and Subjects in Contemporary American Dance.  Berkeley: University of California Press, 1986.

Francis, Richard, et al.  Dancers on a Plane: Cage, Cunningham, Johns. New York: Alfred A Knopf; London: Thames & Hudson; in association with Anthony d'Offay Gallery, 1990.

Goldberg, Roselee.  Performance Art: From Futurism to the Present.
 New York: Thames & Hudson, 2001. 

Goldberg, Roselee.  Performance: Live Art Since 1960. New York: Harry N. Abrams, 1998. 

de Gubernatis, Raphael.  Cunningham.  Arles and Paris: Editions Bernard Coutaz, 1990.

Harris, Mary Emma.  The Arts at Black Mountain.  Cambridge: MIT Press, 1987.

Haskell, Barbara.  BLAM!: The Explosion of Pop, Minimalism, and Performance 19581964. New York: Whitney Museum of American Art/W. W. Norton, 1984.

Hodgson, Moira.  Quintet: Five American Dance Companies.  New York: William Morrow, 1976.

Hopps, Walter and Susan Davidson.  Robert Rauschenberg: A Retrospective.  
New York: Guggenheim Museum, 1997.

Howell, John, ed. Breakthroughs: Avant-Garde Artists in Europe and America, 1950–1990. New York: Rizzoli, in association with Wexner Center for the Arts, the Ohio State University, Columbus, Ohio, 1991.

Johnston, Jill.  Marmalade Me.  Hanover: University Press of New England, 1998. 

Jowitt, Deborah.  Dance Beat: Selected Views and Reviews, 1967–1976.  New York: Marcel Dekker, 1977.

———. The Dance in Mind. Boston: David R. Godine, 1985.

———. Time and the Dancing Image.  New York: William Morrow, 1988.

Kirby, Michael.  Happenings: An Illustrated Anthology.  New York: Dutton, 1965.

Klosty, James, ed. Merce Cunningham. New York: Proscenium Publishers, 1987.

Kostelanetz, Richard, ed.  The New American Arts.  New York: Horizon Press, 1965.

———. The Theatre of Mixed-Means.  New York: Dial Press, 1968. 

———. John Cage: Documentary Monographs in Modern Art. New York: Praeger Publishers, 1970.

———. Conversing with Cage.  New York: Limelight Editions, 1988.

———. Dictionary of the Avant-Gardes. Chicago: Chicago Review Press, 1993.

———. Writings about John Cage.  Ann Arbor: University of Michigan Press, 1993.

———. Merce Cunningham: Dancing in Space and Time.  New York: Da Capo Press, 1998.

Kotz, Mary Lynn.  Rauschenberg: Art and Life.  New York: Harry N. Abrams, 1990.

Kriegsman, Sali Ann.  Modern Dance in America: The Bennington Years.  Boston: G. K. Hall, 1981.

Livet, Anne, ed.  Contemporary Dance.  New York: Abberville Press, 1978.

Mazo, Joseph.  Prime Movers: The Makers of Modern Dance in America.  New York: William Morrow, 1977.

McDonagh, Don.  The Rise and Fall and Rise of Modern Dance.  New York: Outerbridge and Dienstfrey/Dutton, 1970.

———.  Martha Graham: A Biography.  New York: Praeger Publishers, 1973.

———. The Complete Guide to Modern Dance.  New York: Doubleday, 1976.

Retallack, Joan.  Musicage: Cage Muses on Words, Art, Music. Hanover and London: Wesleyan University Press, 1996.

Revill, David.  The Roaring Silence, John Cage: A Life.  New York: Arcade Publishing, 1992.

Reynolds, Nancy.  Repertory in Review: Forty Years of the New York City Ballet.  New York: Dial Press, 1977.

Robertson, Allen and Donald Hutera.  The Dance Handbook.  Boston: G. K. Hall & Co, 1990.

Sarabhai, Mrinalini.  Creations.  New York and Ahmedabad: Mapin, 1986.

Schöning, Klaus, ed.  John Cage, Roaratorio: ein irischer Circus über Finnegan’s Wake.  Königstein: Athenäum, 1982.

Siegel, Marcia B.  At the Vanishing Point.  New York: Saturday Review Press, 1972.

———. Watching the Dance Go By.  Boston: Houghton Mifflin, 1977.

———. The Shapes of Change: Images of American Dance.  Boston: Houghton Mifflin, 1979.

———. The Tail of the Dragon: New Dance, 1976–1982.  Durham and London: Duke University Press, 1991.

Terry, Walter.  I Was There.  New York: Marcel Dekker, 1978.

Tomkins, Calvin.  The Bride and the Bachelors: Five Masters of the Avant-Garde: Duchamp, Tinguely, Cage, Rauschenberg, Cunningham.  New York: Viking Compass Books, 1968.

———. Off the Wall: Robert Rauschenberg and the Art World of Our Time.  New York: Doubleday, 1980.

Varnedoe, Kirk.  Jasper Johns: A Retrospective.  New York: Museum of Modern Art, 1996.

———.  Jasper Johns: Writings, Sketchbook Notes, Interviews. Compiled by Christel Hollevoet.  New York: Museum of Modern Art, 1996.

Vaughan, David.  Diaghilev/Cunningham.  Hempstead: Hofstra University, 1974.

———.  Merce Cunningham, Fifty Years: Chronicle and Commentary.  New York: Aperture, 1997.

Vergne, Philippe.  Art Performs Life: Merce Cunningham, Meredith Monk, Bill T.
  Minneapolis: Walker Art Center, 1998.

Volta, Ornella.  Satie et la Danse. Paris: Editions Plume, 1992.

Wolinski, Georges.  Arles, Croquis, Danse!  Paris: Aubier, 1990.


“Four Key Discoveries: Merce Cunningham Dance Company at Fifty: A Discussion with Carolyn Brown, Merce Cunningham, Laura Kuhn, Joseph V. Melillo, Thecla Schiphorst, and David Vaughan.” Theater 34 (Summer 2004): 104–111.

Banes, Sally, and Noël Carroll.  “Cunningham and Duchamp.” Ballet Review 11 (Summer 1983): 73–79.

Brown, Carolyn.  “McLuhan and the Dance.”  Ballet Review 1 (1966).

———. On ChanceBallet Review 2 (1968). 

Brubach, Holly.  “Cunningham Now.” Ballet Review 6 (1977–1978): 79–85. 

Cage, John. “Conversation with Joan Retallack.”  Aerial 6/7 (1991): 97–130.

Charlip, Remy.  “Composing by Chance.”  Dance Magazine (January 1954):  17–19.

Cohen, Selma Jeanne, ed.  “Time to Walk in Space.” Dance Perspectives 34 (Summer 1968).  

Copeland, Roger. “Merce Cunningham and the Aesthetic of Collage.” TDR: The Drama Review 46 (Spring 2002): 11–28.

Croce, Arlene.  “An Interview with Merce Cunningham.”   Ballet Review 1 (1966).

Cunningham, Merce.  “The Function of a Technique for Dance.” In The Dance Has Many Faces, edited by Walter Sorell.  New York and Cleveland: World Publishing Company, 1951.

———. “Space, Time and Dance.” Trans/Formation I (1952): 151. 

———. “The Impermanent Art.” 7 Arts 3 (1955): 69–77.

———. “Merce Cunningham.” Dance Magazine 31 (November 1957): 22–23. 

———. “Summerspace Story: How a Dance Came to Be.”  Dance Magazine 40 (June 1966): 52–54. 

———. “Choreography and the Dance.” In The Creative Experience, edited by Stanley Rosner and Lawrence E. Abt.  New York: Grossman, 1970.

———. “Diary of a Cunningham Dance.” New York Times, 15 March 1981, Arts and Leisure, sec. 2, p. D1.

———.  “A Collaborative Process Between Music and Dance.”  TriQuarterly 54 (Spring 1982).

———. “Zeit/Raum und Bewegung.” In Zeit/Räume, edited by Martin Bergelt and Hortensia Völckers.  Munich/Vienna: Carl Hanser Verlag, 1991.  

Dils, Ann.  “The Ghost in the Machine: Merce Cunningham and Bill T. Jones.”  PAJ: A Journal of Performance and Art 24 (2002): 94–104. 

Feldman, Elyn.  “Banjo—Cunningham’s ‘American’ Piece.” In Dance: Current Selected Research, edited by Lynette Y. Overby and James H. Humphrey. New York: AMS Press, 1989.

Gray, D'Arcy.  “David Tudor in the Late 1980s: Understanding a Secret Voice.”
Leonardo Music Journal 14 (2004): 41–47.

Greskovic, Robert.  “Merce Cunningham As Sculptor.”  Ballet Review 11  (Winter 1984): 88–95. 

Grossman, Peter Z.  “Talking with Merce Cunningham About Video.”   Dance Scope 13 (1979): 56–58. 

Jacobs, Laura A.  “Cunningham and Kandinsky.”  New Leader, 8 April 1985.

Jordan, Stephanie.  “Freedom from the Music: Cunningham, Cage and Collaborators.” Contact 20 (Autumn 1979).

Kostelanetz, Richard.  “Metamorphosis in Modern Dance.” Dance Scope 5 (Fall 1970): 6–21.

Lartigue, Pierre.   “Merce Cunningham/John Cage.” L'Avant-Scène/Ballet/Danse 10 (September–November 1982).  

Lorber, Richard.  “Experiments in Videodance.”  Dance Scope 12  (Fall/Winter 1977–1978): 7–16.    

Macaulay, Alastair.  “On the Clouds.”  Dancing Times (July 1985).

———. “The Merce Experience.” The New Yorker 64, 4 April 1988, p. 92.

———. “Anno Domini/The Merce Cunningham Season.” Dancing Times (January 1990).

———. “Merce Cunningham Dance Company.”  The New Yorker 68, 27 April 1992, p. 90. 

Perloff, Marjorie.  “Watchman, Spy, and Dead Man: Jasper Johns, Frank O'Hara, John Cage and the ‘Aesthetic of Indifference.’” Modernism/Modernity 8 (April 2001): 197–223. 

Potter, Michelle.  “A License to Do Anything: Robert Rauschenberg and the Merce Cunningham Dance Company.” Dance Chronicle 16 (1993): 1–43.  

Reynolds, D. “The Possibility of Variety: An Interview with Merce Cunningham.” Dance Theatre Journal 20 (2004): 38–43. 

Roth, Moira.  “The Aesthetic of Indifference.”  Artforum 16 (November 1977): 46–53. 

Ryman, Rhonda.  “Cunningham, Brook and Grotowski: New Concepts of Theatre.”  York Dance Review 1 (Spring 1973).

Sontag, Susan.  “The Blow of the Sublime.” Art and Design 8 (1993): 40–41.

Vaughan, David.  “Merce Cunningham: Retrospect and Prospect.”  Performing Arts Journal 3 (Winter 1979): 3–14. 

———. “From Diaghilev to Cunningham/Contemporary Artists Work with Dance.” In Das Ballett und die Künste. Cologne: Ballett-Bühnen-Verlag 1981.

Video clip from Westbeth. (Caution: large file!)

———.  “Locale: The Collaboration of Merce Cunningham and Charles Atlas.”  Millennium Film Journal 10–11 (Fall/Winter 1981–1982): 18–22. 

———. “Channels/Inserts: Cunningham and Atlas (continued).”
 Millennium Film Journal 12 (Fall/Winter 1982–1983):  126–130.

———.  “’Then I Thought About Marcel’: Merce Cunningham's Walkaround Time.”  In Art and Dance.  Boston: Institute of Contemporary Art, 1982.

Video clip from Walkaround Time. (Caution: large file!)

———.  “Merce Cunningham: Origins and Influences.” Dance Theatre Journal I (Spring 1983). 

———. “The Forming of an Aesthetic: Merce Cunningham and John Cage.”  Ballet Review 13 (Fall 1985):  23–40. 

———. “Merce Cunningham and the New Dance: The Modernist Dance Impulse.” Ballet Review 15 (Fall 1987): 19–40.  

———.  “Merce Cunningham and the Northwest.” In Proceedings of the Twelfth Annual Conference of the Society of Dance History Scholars. Riverside: Society of Dance History Scholars, 1989.

———. “’The Real Shock’: The Merce Cunningham Dance Company's World Tour, 1964.”  In Proceedings of the Fifteenth Annual Conference of the Society of Dance History Scholars.  Riverside: Society of Dance History Scholars, 1992.

———.  “Merce Cunningham Dance Company’s 50th Anniversary.”  Dancing Times 92 (August 2002): 10–11. 

Yokobosky, Matthew.  “The Real Charles Atlas: An Interview.” PAJ: A Journal of Performance and Art 19 (September 1997): 21–33. 

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