BLONDELL CUMMINGS: DANCE AS MOVING PICTURES

Here’s how this week’s arts and culture column begins:

Blondell Cummings (1944-2015), an American modern dancer known for her experimental choreography, was a prominent figure in the New York and Harlem dance worlds for several decades.

Born in South Carolina, where her parents picked cotton, she was raised in New York City. With a BA in dance and education from New York University and a master’s from Lehman College, she was an original member of the avant-garde dance company “The House,” founded in 1968 by Meredith Monk. She went on to teach at several prestigious NYC-area universities and establish her own ensemble.

In 1978, she founded the Cycle Arts Foundation, a discussion/performance workshop. Her goal, she said, was to “create a new ritual of empowerment to uplift the family.”

“Blondell Cummings: Dance as Moving Pictures,” a collaboration between Art + Practice and the Getty Research Institute’s African American Art History Initiative, opened September 18 at A + P’s exhibition space runs through February 19, 2022.

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4 Replies to “BLONDELL CUMMINGS: DANCE AS MOVING PICTURES”

  1. I am unable to connect to read the rest of the article.

    1. HEATHER KING says: Reply

      So sorry, Anita: the links are fixed and here’s the full piece as well HERE.

  2. Thank you for bringing her work to our attention as well as exhibition.

    1. HEATHER KING says: Reply

      I just fell in love with her, Anita…glad you appreciated her work, too.

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