Walker Art Center

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Come in from the cold and see some art: Free gallery admission January 10–February 7.

Maria Hassabi

STAGING , World Premiere/Walker Commission

Part of Merce Cunningham: Common Time Performances, Merce Cunningham: Common Time

“[Hassabi’s work] endlessly rewards attention, creating a sort of spectacle of intimacy both generous and radical.” —Artforum

Occupying a space between live performance and visual art, choreographer Maria Hassabi’s work explores stillness and sustained motion. Her sculptural movement installations examine the tension between the human form and the artistic object.

These magnetic performances of looped, long-form choreography will be presented by eight dancers directed by the artist. Visitors encounter STAGING (2017), which runs 6 hours per day (10 hours on Thursdays), in the Walker’s Cargill Lounge and Common Time exhibition galleries throughout the day.


Merce Cunningham: Common Time is organized by the Walker Art Center. Lead support for the project is provided by the Barnett and Annalee Newman Foundation and the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts. Generous support is also provided by Agnes Gund and the Roy Lichtenstein Foundation.

Major support for the Walker’s commissions and presentation is provided by the William and Nadine McGuire Commissioning Fund, the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, and the National Endowment for the Arts. This activity is made possible by the voters of Minnesota through a grant from the Minnesota State Arts Board, thanks to a legislative appropriation from the arts and cultural heritage fund.

Additional support is generously provided by Molly Davies, the Goodale Family Foundation, the HRK Foundation, Pamela and C. Richard Kramlich, Leni and David Moore, Jr./The David and Leni Moore Family Foundation, Linda and Larry Perlman, Barbara Pine, the Robert Rauschenberg Foundation, and the Unity Avenue Foundation in memory of Sage and John Cowles. Media partner Mpls.St. Paul Magazine.