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Mercier (Merce) Philip Cunningham

April 16, 1919 – July 26, 2009

 

— 55 Bethune Street, Manhattan —

 
Mercier (Merce) Philip Cunningham Marker image. Click for full size.
By Larry Gertner, May 1, 2019
1. Mercier (Merce) Philip Cunningham Marker
Inscription.  Merce Cunningham, the acclaimed dancer and visionary choreographer, was among the first tenants of Westbeth, moving in shortly after it opened as a living and working space for artists in 1970. From then, until his death in 2009, Cunningham taught, choreographed, and directed the Merce Cunningham Dance Company from the eleventh-floor space then known as the Merce Cunningham Studio. Of the 190 dances Cunningham choreographed during his seven-decade career, more than 80 were created at Westbeth, including Sounddance (1975), Beachbirds (1991) and BIPED (1999). Cunningham was known for his groundbreaking ideas about dance and choreography, his work in film and technology, and his collaborations with celebrated artists including John Cage, Robert Rauschenberg, Jasper Johns, and Andy Warhol. His legacy continues to influence choreographers and artists today.

Historic Landmarks Preservation Center

Medallion program created by Barbaralee Diamonstein-Spielvogel
 
Erected by Historic Landmarks Preservation Center.
 
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these
Westbeth image. Click for full size.
By Larry Gertner, July 1, 2009
2. Westbeth
The living spaces courtyard
topic lists: Arts, Letters, MusicEntertainment. In addition, it is included in the New York, New York City Historic Landmarks Preservation Center Cultural Medallions series list.
 
Location. 40° 44.215′ N, 74° 0.514′ W. Marker is in New York, New York, in New York County. Marker is on Bethune Street near Washington Street, on the left when traveling west. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 55 Bethune St, New York NY 10014, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Westbeth Artists’ Housing (a few steps from this marker); The Davisson-Germer Experiment (a few steps from this marker); 82 Jane Street (about 500 feet away, measured in a direct line); James Baldwin (about 800 feet away); Abingdon Square Doughboy (approx. 0.2 miles away); Greenwich Village Historic District (approx. 0.2 miles away); 134 Charles Street (approx. 0.2 miles away); The Beatrice Inn (approx. ¼ mile away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in New York.
 
More about this marker. The building is listed in the "AIA (American Institute of Architects) Guide to New York City, Fifth Edition".
 
Mercier (Merce) Philip Cunningham Marker image. Click for full size.
By Larry Gertner, May 1, 2019
3. Mercier (Merce) Philip Cunningham Marker
and companion markers
Mercier (Merce) Philip Cunningham Marker image. Click for full size.
By Larry Gertner, May 1, 2019
4. Mercier (Merce) Philip Cunningham Marker
At the 55 Bethune Street entrance. The tracks of the High Line used to run through the building to the left.
The Westbeth complex and High Line remnant image. Click for full size.
By Larry Gertner, June 2009
5. The Westbeth complex and High Line remnant
Merce Cunningham, 1961 image. Click for full size.
from Wikipedia, May 1, 2019
6. Merce Cunningham, 1961
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on May 3, 2019. It was originally submitted on May 1, 2019, by Larry Gertner of New York, New York. This page has been viewed 111 times since then and 66 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6. submitted on May 1, 2019, by Larry Gertner of New York, New York. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.
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Nov. 26, 2020