Dance Theatre of HarlemOpening April 8, 2014 through August 2014
Highlighting Dance Theatre of Harlem's 40-plus year history, this magnificent exhibition celebrates the history and art of dance with 22 costumes, set pieces, videos, photographs and tour posters from four staged ballets including: A Streetcar Named Desire, Creole Giselle, Dougla and Firebird. Dispelling the belief that ballet could not be performed by those of African decent, Arthur Mitchell and Karel Shook founded the Dance Theatre of Harlem in 1969. This multi-media exhibition captures the majesty of the choreography, the beauty of the costuming, and the dancers who defied gravity and stereotyping. With a modest beginning, holding classes in a warehouse on 152nd Street, the school has greatly expanded and since grown into a multi-cultural dance institution.
Art in the FoyerRuns through April 2014
Art in the Foyer, the museum's annually rotating fine art series, will feature photography from Jordan Matter's new book Dancers Among Us. The book, a photography collection that shows dancers using their talents in all walks of life, is a New York Times Best Seller, Oprah Magazine Favorite Read 2012, and Barnes & Noble Best Books of 2012. For more information, visit the artist's website.
Tradition in MovementMarch, 2014 through April 2015
Guatemalan dances convey spectacular historical accounts and have been captivating audiences of all ages for centuries. Guatemalan traditional dances reflect ancient Mayan, Spanish and even African cultures and each weaves an elaborate story as dancers prance about in vibrant costumes and ceremonial masks. Join us for an exhibition that celebrates this rich history and tells the story of how Guatemala embodies the spirit of dance in all of its culture.
Anna Pavlova, perhaps history's most famous ballerina was honored as an inductee of the Hall of Fame in 2013. Pavlova was instrumental in bringing ballet across the globe during the earliest decades of the twentieth century. She also spurred significant developments of the modern pointe shoe and dance photography. On display is one of Pavlova's cocktail dresses, a timeline of Pavlova's career, as well as several photographs, programs and performance promotional materials.
Judith JamisonThe 50th Inductee to the Hall of Fame, Judith Jamison is a world famous dancer and choreographer, most notably for her work with Alvin Ailey Dance Theater. On display are a number of memorabilia from her personal collection and the Ailey Archives, including her costumes from Cry and Revelations, two of her most exceptional performances. This interactive exhibit also features costumes designed by Jamison, original artwork, photographs and awards.
Hall of FameThe Mr. & Mrs. Cornelius Vanderbilt Whitney Hall of Fame honors dance professionals who have made a major impact in the world of dance. Now home to over forty inductees, the Hall of Fame is the only of its kind and is one of two permanent exhibits at the National Museum of Dance. View a list of our 50 inductees.
Hall of Fame Inductees are selected by the museum's Nomination Committee. Learn more about the members of the committee.