National Museum of Dance Collection
National Museum of Dance Collection

Karole Armitage

Representing the Museum’s most recent accession, the Karole Armitage collection comprises nine costumes from the dancer-choreographer’s groundbreaking, forty-year career as an innovator and influencer in the genres of ballet and modern dance. The collection spans dance works from 1986 to 2013 and features designs by longtime collaborators David Salle, Alba Clemente, and Christian Lacroix. Included are two garments created by fashion and costume designer Peter Speliopoulos for Fables on Global Warming, a piece choreographed by Armitage in 2013 for her company, Armitage Gone! Dance. Fables on Global Warming was first introduced to an audience at the Skidmore College Dance Theater in Saratoga Springs as a work-in-progress. In 2015, the Museum presented Making Art Dance, a major exhibition from Mana Contemporary that explored Armitage’s dynamic collaborations with visual artists. Costumes, performance video, and set pieces, such as Jeff Koons’s giant inflatable pig for Contempt (1989), illustrated Armitage’s intrinsic relationship with contemporary art.