“Country Happening” Merce Cunningham Performance, 1967

Archival footage of an event held at the Glass House in 1967 to benefit the Merce Cunningham Dance Company. Described as a “Country Happening” in Vogue Magazine, August 1967. Merce Cunningham dancers performed to music by John Cage, later the Velvet Underground took the stage. The soundtrack to the footage includes guests clinking glasses, neighbors complaining, and police arriving to break up the party. Forty years later, the Merce Cunningham Dance Company returned to perform at the opening Gala for the Glass House in 2007.

Courtesy of Merce Cunningham.

Film, no audio, also on view at The Philip Johnson Glass House Visitor Center in New Canaan, CT, USA.

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