National Museum of Dance Collection
National Museum of Dance Collection
National Museum of Dance Collection

Tommy Tune

For the occasion of his 2009 Hall of Fame induction, National Medal of Arts, Drama Desk, and ten-time Tony award winner Tommy Tune offered the Museum, on temporary loan, an exceptional collection of twenty pairs of shoes and a large group of paintings and lithographs created by his own hand. This collection comprised an installation that season which honored Tune’s remarkable career in theater and film as a performer, director, and choreographer, spanning some fifty-two years and continuing to this day. This collection has remained a mainstay of the permanent Hall of Fame exhibition. Worn by Tune himself on both stage and screen, the shoes reflect the great expanse of his career from the 1971 film The Boy Friend to Broadway’s My One and Only (1983) to his popular 2002 revue at the Little Shubert Theater, White Tie and Tails. The collection also in part reflects the singular history of the Museum including shoes given to Tune by 2016 Hall of Fame inductee Gregory Hines and those worn by Tune in Kenn Duncan’s series, Red Shoes, exhibited at the Museum in 2009.