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Merce Cunningham

Merce CunninghamAKA Mercier Philip Cunningham

Born: 16-Apr-1919
Birthplace: Centralia, WA
Died: 26-Jul-2009
Location of death: New York City
Cause of death: unspecified

Gender: Male
Race or Ethnicity: White
Sexual orientation: Gay [1]
Occupation: Dancer, Choreographer

Nationality: United States
Executive summary: Merce Cunningham Dance Company

[1] Timothy F. Murphy, Reader's Guide to Lesbian and Gay Studies (2000), "Merce Cunningham, whose liaison with composer John Cage ran as an open secret in the dance world, also escaped censure from a more phobic general public by strictly avoiding choreography that demanded supported duets from two men."

Father: Clifford D. Cunningham
Mother: Mayme
Brother: Jack
Boyfriend: John Cage (experimental composer, together 1943-92, d. 1992)

    University: George Washington University (one year)
    University: Cornish College of the Arts
    Administrator: Merce Cunningham Dance Company, Black Mountain College (1953-2009)

    Guggenheim Fellowship 1954
    Guggenheim Fellowship 1959
    Commandeur de l'Ordre des Arts et des Lettres 1982
    Kennedy Center Honor 1985
    MacArthur Fellowship 1985
    French Legion of Honor 1989
    National Medal of Arts 1990
    Library of Congress Living Legend 2000
    Irish Ancestry Paternal

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