The contributions by immigrant and indigenous artists and artists of color are being recognized in a new exhibit at the New York Library for Performing Arts. Border Crossings: Exile and American Modern Dance uses costumes, photography, video, and other archival materials to show a more complete narrative of the birth of modern dance. On October 26th, you can join the curator and director of the Jerome Robbins Dance Division, Linda Murray, for an exclusive tour of this new exhibit!

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Curato-Led Tour of Border Crossings

Border Crossings at Library

Border Crossings spans the first half of the 20th century, looking at the evolution of modern dance from 1900 to 1955. Curated by Drs. Ninotchka Bennahum and Bruce Robertson, the exhibit explores dance history through the lenses of war, exile, inequality, and injustice. Artists from traditionally marginalized communities who may not have been part of the story before have the spotlight here. The exhibit doesn’t shy away from examining crucial issues of geopolitical events and structural racism within the world of American modern dance.

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On our exclusive curator-led tour, guests will get up close to costume items worn by Ted Shawn, José Limón, and Carmalita Maracci, among others. You’ll admire drawings by Miguel Covarrubias, Jerome Robbins, and Janet Collins, see rare photographs of Michio Ito, Si-Lan Chen, and Yeichi Nimura, and watch rare dance footage depicting dance forms from the Lindy-Hop to Bharatnatyam.

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Border Crossings will be on display through March 16, 2024. Check out the exhibition’s webpage here for suggested readings, related events, and more photos.

Curato-Led Tour of Border Crossings

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