Dancing through the streets
Clockwise from top left: Kraig Patterson modeling Travelogue (1977) at the "Marathon of Costumes"; Joe Simeone, Melissa Toogood, Tara Lorenzen; "Antic Meet" (1958) costumes by Robert Rauschenberg; Emily Stone modeling Hands Birds (1960) ; Satoshi Takao modeling Travelogue (1977). All Costumes by Robert Rauschenberg.

Last Monday, a week, the Cunningham Dance Foundation (CDF) held a Gala Celebration in honor of artist Robert Rauschenberg and his 25th collaborations with Merce Cunningham and the Merce Cunningham Dance Company at the Industria Superstudio, 775 Washington Street (at West 12th).

The current issue of 2wice celebrating the work of Merce Cunningham and Robert Rauschenberg

The Gala was co-chaired by Mikhail Baryshnikov, Judith R. and Alan H. Fishman, Arne and Milly Glimcher, Agnes Gund, The Honorable William and Wendy Luers, and Patsy and Jeff Tarr.

The evening began with viewing of Rauschenberg’s décor designs, followed by a fashion show of costumes that he has designed for Cunningham dancers over the years. It also included the premiere of a new composition, entitled “For Bob,” by company Music Director Takehisa Kosugi and Christian Wolff. After dessert at the Baryshnikov studios, the party continued with dancing at the Cunningham Dance studios at 55 Bethune Street (across the street from the Industria Studios).

Merce Cunningham has choreographed video and filmdances in collaboration with Charles Atlas and Elliot Caplan, and most recently collaborated with Atlas on Views on Camera and Views on Video. The stage version, Views on Stage, was performed for the first time in Edinburgh in 2004. In addition to his many honors world-wide, he most recently was made an Officer of the Legion d’Honneur by France, and in October 2005 received the Praemium Imperiale in Tokyo.

From his early collaborations with artists Jasper Johns, Frank Stella and Andy Warhol, to his work in the late 2000’s with Radiohead and Sigur Ros, Cunningham has remained one of the most contemporary and progressive creative artists of our day, consistently expanding audience perception of dance and its relationship to music and the visual arts. The Wall Street Journal called him “The world’s greatest living choreographer.”

Currently under the Musical Direction of Takehisa Kosugi, unlike most other dance companies, the Cunningham Company performs to live music at each performance, and travels with their own musicians. In addition, the Company commissions more new music by American composers than any other dance company.

L. to r.: Barbara Pine, Robert Rauschenberg, John Russell, Rosamund Bernier, and Merce Cunningham; Patsy Tarr and Candace Beinecke.

Alan Kriegsman, Carolyn Brown, and Sali Ann Kriegsman

David Holbrook, Ferne Goldberg Sperling, and Allan Sperling

Donna Vassar, Sharon Siebert, and Enrique Cubillas

Jasper Johns and Maxine Groffsky

Lisa Boudreau and Mikel Rouse

Merce Cunningham Dance Company members: Jennifer Goggins, Holley Farmer, Emma Desjardins, Marcie Munnerlyn, Brandon Collwes (hidden in back), Julie Cunningham, and Rashaun Mitchell

Jamie Bennett and Larissa Goldston

Mary and Anthony Creamer with Jill and Sheldon Bonovitz

Trevor Carlson and Barbara Pine

Wally Cordona, MCDC dancer Jonah Boaker, and Ain Gordon

Dancers model Rauschenberg's Parachute costumes

The Centerpieces for "To Bob, With Love, Merce" created by Sara Jones and Jeff Styles

Buddy Fletcher, Tylder Ladner, and friends at the Foot-in-the-Door party

Co-Chair Arnie Glimcher

Lou Reed, Laurie Anderson, and Harvey Lichtenstein

Model Natsuki Arai wearing Rauschenberg-designed costume from ANTIC MEET (1958) and Dorothy Lichtenstein

Sutton Stracke, Rashaun Mitchell, and Cedric Andrieux

Bénédicte Pesle (right) and friend

Publicolor, a dynamic not-for-profit organization that uses the power of color, collaboration, and completion to make change happen in struggling inner-city public schools and neglected community facilities, honored New York City Police Commissioner Raymond W. Kelly, at their 6th annual fundraiser Stir, Splatter + Roll last Monday night, at the Louis D. Brandeis High School, 145 West 84th Street.

Ruth Lande Shuman, Founder and President of Publicolor, said about the honoree: “A major difference between good schools and bad schools is the issue of safety. Publicolor is proud to honor Commissioner Kelly for all he’s done to affect and improve safety in and around our city’s public schools.”

Commissioner Kelly has said about the organization: "Publicolor combines creativity, good will, and plain hard work to revitalize the city and inspire its youth. It's an outstanding program with results for all the world to see,”

Shon Gables painting

Publicolor honored the Commissioner for his commitment to reducing crime in and around New York City’s public schools. Along with Mayor Bloomberg and Schools Chancellor Joel I. Klein, Commissioner Kelly helped establish the School Safety Initiative, a program that aims to provide a safe atmosphere, free of fear and intimidation to every student who wants to learn.

In a recent statement Mayor Bloomberg stated “students cannot learn in a violent atmosphere;” studies have shown that violence has gone down in Publicolor schools.

Early studies in Publicolor schools have shown that teachers and students overwhelmingly feel safer in their newly painted schools.

Three Impact Schools (considered the most disorderly and with the highest crime rate by the School Safety Initiative) that have seen a decline in crime and disorderly conditions, are Publicolor schools including Franklin K. Lane which saw a 82% decline (cafeteria project), Adlai Stevenson which saw a 26% decline (cafeteria project) and Thomas Jefferson saw a 67% decline (full school transformation). Abraham Lincoln High School in Brooklyn, a school currently part of the initiative, will be painted by Publicolor this fall.

Publicolor targets high schools in the most dangerous and violent neighborhoods in New York City including Bushwick, Soundview, Hunts Point and Mott Haven.

Stir, Splatter + Roll was emceed by WCBS host Shon Gables. The evening included colorful cocktails, an unsilent auction, painting and special performances by the cast of the Broadway hit Jersey Boys, doo wop sensation Kenny Vance and the Planotones (formerly of Jay & The Americans) and a special appearance by WNYW-FOX5anchor Rick Folbaumwho emceed the auction. Publicolor’s Dinner and The Top Coat after-party presented by Sparring Partners and Barefoot Wine followed.

Some of New York City’s most illustrious designers donated their time as Team Leaders. They worked with party guests including Lorraine Bracco, Aida Turturro, “Sopranos” Executive Producer Ilene Landress, Deputy Mayor Patti Harris, and WNYW-FOX5 anchor Rick Folbaum to execute large-scale collaborative painting projects.

All guests were given white zip up painting suits to put over their party clothes! Team Leaders included: Michele Oka Doner, Tom Krizmanic, Jeannie and Tom Phifer, Lella and Massimo Vignelli, Vicente Wolf and many more. Honorary Team Leaders included: Mark di Suvero, Phillip Glass, renowned architect A. Eugene Kohn, Sol Lewitt, Meredith Monk, and noted restaurant designers David Rockwell and Adam Tihany.

At 9 PM the Top Coat after party kicked off for Publicolor’s group of young professionals to paint, party, mingle and groove with live music and an auction.


The mission of Publicolor is to use color, collaboration, design and the painting process to empower students to transform themselves, their schools, and their communities. To date, Publicolor has transformed over 73 huge New York City public schools and over 85 community sites, including police precincts, and has impacted the daily lives of some 135,000 students while mobilizing the efforts of some 20,000 volunteers.

Aida Turturro with Donna and Yvan Dupuy

Anne Waterman and Beth DeWoody make pledges toward scholarship support

Denis and Cathy Abrams with Rona and Richard Roob

Elizabeth Miller, Ruth Lande Shuman, Julia Leach, and Jane Sadaka

Chancellor Joel Klein, Mildred Lande, Alex Shuman, Ruth Shuman, and Michael Shuman

Mark Di Suvero and Beth DeWoody

Architect Gene Kohn

Jeff Wilpon, COO of the New York Mets

Commissioner Kate Levin and Mark Di Suvero

Jeff Osborne and Gael Towey

Mark Lebow, Alli Jaffin, and Seth Unger

Milton Dresner

Michele Oka Doner and Veronica Kelly

Marlene Deppe, Tom Krizmanic, and Cindy Allen

Monika and Deven Parekh

Murray Moss, Sabine Steinmair, and Franklin Getchell

Rick Folbaum of Fox 5 NY and wife Kelcey Kintner introduce the Live Auction

Ruth Lande Shuman, Commissioner Ray Kelly, Lorraine Bracco, and Shon Gables

First Deputy Mayor Patti Harris, Ruth Lande Shuman, and Mark Lebow

Laurie Beckelman and Randy Jones
Marnie and Adam Tihany

Sue and Gene Mercy

Stephen Doyle and Gael Towey
L. to r.: Monica and Richard Segal; The Jersey Boys perform.

Sunday April 9th, 2066, was a gorgeous sunny day. Nearly 7000 people turned out to participate in the 4th annual Thomas G Labrecque Classic, a 4-mile run and 1.7 mile health walk in Central Park. After the race, the festivities included face painting, carnival games, and Z100 Radio station broadcasting.

Tom Labrecque, for whom the event is named, was a life-long non-smoker. He died in 2002 only 8 weeks after his diagnosis. Since its foundation a little over 3 years ago, the Labrecque Foundation has raised over $2.3 million for lung cancer research and awareness programs.

Many Lung Cancer organizations were there spreading the word about lung cancer, which is the #1 cancer killer in the US of men and women. It kills more people each year than breast, prostate, ovarian and colorectal cancer combined. Perhaps the biggest fact overlooked, is that it is not simply a smokers disease. Over 60% of those diagnosed have either never smoked, or quit. In 2006, more 175,000 Americans will be diagnosed with Lung Cancer, and 80% will die within 12 months of the diagnosis. Another way to look at it would be, in 2006, over 36,000 "never-smokers" will be diagnosed with lung cancer, and over 30,000 will die. Funding in the US for Lung Cancer is a small percentage of the other "big three" cancers.

In 2005, the Inaugural Thomas G Labrecque Classic was held in Washington DC. In 2007, they hope to add Boston and Philadelphia. Their mission is to spread awareness that anyone, any age can suffer from Lung Cancer, support lung cancer research by raising funding for new treatments and better screening, focus media attention at the grass roots level, since it is the # 1 cancer killer in the US, and continue the fight!

-- EHF

Regina Peruggi, Sheila Labrecque, Judith Churchill, and Polly Devlin

Promoting a healthy diet on her head

Mark Kris, Chief of Thoracic Oncology at MSKCC, and Thomas G. Labrecque Jr.

Elizabeth Jennings, Denis Cardone, Sheila Labrecque, and Nancy Missett

The Miniter family

Suzie and Tom Swayne

Bonnie and Tom Strauss

New York Road Runner Staff and Labrecque grandchildren

Photographs by Tony Doughtery (Merce) & Eric Weiss (Publicolor).


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