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Abigail Sebaly

post Contributor Walker Art Center

Abigail Sebaly has spent the past three years cataloging and researching the Walker Art Center's Merce Cunningham Dance Company Collection. In addition to processing more than 3500 set and costume pieces, she has completed extensive archival research on the collection and conducted more than 55 oral history interviews throughout the United States, Europe, and Japan. Prior to this, she was the director of special projects for the Cunningham Dance Foundation, and an administrative assistant to Merce Cunningham. She holds an M.A. from the University of Chicago, a graduate certificate from Wesleyan University's Institute for Curatorial Practice in Performance, and a B.F.A. in Dance and B.A. in English from the University of Michigan. She also completed a one-year Fulbright postgraduate grant in Melbourne, Australia. In November 2014 she will begin undertaking a major independent research project on the Merce Cunningham Dance Company's 1964 world tour, initially supported in part by the Getty Research Institute, the John Cage Research Grant from the Northwestern University Library, and the Mabel Dodge Luhan House's writers residency in Taos, New Mexico.