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NYC (P) Private Tour of Border Crossings: Exile and American Modern Dance (11:30 am ET)

Monday, February 05, 2024, 11:30 AM -12:45 PM

Join TTNers for a private tour of Border Crossings: Exile and American Modern Dance 1900-1950, a multimedia exhibition at the NYPL Library for Performing Arts at Lincoln Center, led by Dance Division staff member Kathleen Leary.

The exhibition highlights the myriad ways in which dance is documented and showcases rare films, photographs, costumes, designs, and archival objects to tell both biographical and generational stories.

Border Crossings challenges previous histories of modern dance to consider how war, inequality, and injustice shaped 20th century performance art. The exhibition demonstrates how exiled or marginalized artists shaped modern dance – particularly Katherine Dunham, Jose Limon, and Carmen Amaya, and details the contributions of influential Asian, African American, and Indigenous dancers who are not well-known today.

Crossing borders—physical, geographic, racial, artistic, spiritual—either by choice or by force became a historical circumstance woven into early 20th-century modern dance. Through movement and choreography, dance artists responded to local and global traumas: the Russian and Mexican Revolutions, the Spanish Civil War, two World Wars, the Great Depression, and, in the United States, legalized segregation and exclusionary immigrant quotas. Dancers did not react passively to the traumas induced by war, injustice, and migration, but actively sought to affect change through their dance-making.

Attendees can join fellow TTNers for (pay-your-own) lunch at a nearby restaurant after the tour.

Our Presenter: Kathleen Leary

She is Coordinator of Education for the Jerome Robbins Dance Division at the NYPL Library for Performing Arts. Before joining the Dance Division in 2016 she was an educator at the Phillips Collection and other Washington, DC museums, and a costume designer and theater manager. Kathleen received her Master’s in Museum Education from George Washington University, and MFA in Costume Design from Temple.

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Monday, February 5, 2024, 11:30 AM until 12:45 PM Eastern Time (US & Canada) (UTC-05:00)
Library Entrance- 111 Amsterdam Avenue
New York, NY  10023
Additional Info:
Event Contact(s):
Joan Freilich
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Barbara Stahura
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Registration is required before Sunday, February 4, 2024 at 9:00 PM
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