Tuesday, June 28, 2016

Ted Shawn Papers, Additions Now Open for Research by Danielle Castronovo, New York Public Library For The Performing Arts, Dorothy and Lewis B. Cullman Center, Jerome Robbins Dance Division

The Jerome Robbins Dance Division is pleased to announce that the Ted Shawn papers, Additions is now open for research.  This material was donated to the Library in 1992 by the John Ch…

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Monday, June 27, 2016

Anahid Ajemian: In Memoriam by Matthew Snyder, Archivist, Special Collections

A flyer advertising Anahid Ajemian’s debut recital at Town Hall on November 19th, 1946. The violinist Anahid Ajemian, who dedicated her artistic life to performing and fostering new music…

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Friday, June 24, 2016

Are You Spoken For? An Ad Campaign and A Cultural Stereotype by Barbara Cohen-Stratyner, Curator Of Exhibitions, New York Public Library For The Performing Arts, Dorothy and Lewis B. Cullman Center

A guest blog by volunteer and former intern Emma Winter Zeig  Photograph taken by the author. Before a television ad sells a product to the consumer, the company behind the product has …

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Monday, June 20, 2016

The Other Secret Garden by Barbara Cohen-Stratyner, Curator Of Exhibitions, New York Public Library For The Performing Arts, Dorothy and Lewis B. Cullman Center

Advertisement for Burnett's adult and juvenile fiction Anti-Prom 2016 was a great success. The outfits designed by the High School of Fashion Industries were beautiful interpretations of t…

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Thursday, June 9, 2016

Keeping #TonysSoDiverse Beyond the 2015-2016 Season by A.j. Muhammad, Librarian, Schomburg Center For Research In Black Culture, Jean Blackwell Hutson Research and Reference

Much has been written about the diversity reflected in the 2015-2016 Broadway season.  A recent Playbill.com article states “Of the 40 acting nominations in eight categories, 14 went to a…

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Wednesday, June 8, 2016

Ep. 33 "A Little Glimpse Behind the Scenes" | Library Stories by The Library Stories Project

Ben West, founder and director of UnsungMusicalsCo., is on a mission to give new life to the lesser-known authors and works of American musical theater. With the help of the unparalleled col…

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Monday, June 6, 2016

Garden Fashion at Anti-Prom by Barbara Cohen-Stratyner, Curator Of Exhibitions, New York Public Library For The Performing Arts, Dorothy and Lewis B. Cullman Center

Rose dancer, 1914. Image ID: 5208659 It is almost time for the Library’s fabulous Anti-Prom.  On Friday, June 17, New York teens will assemble on the steps of the Schwarzman Building and…

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Friday, May 20, 2016

The Many Characters of Lupino Lane by Stephen Massa

On the third floor of the Library for the Performing Arts, one of the exhibit cases has recently been devoted to unique film related materials found in the Billy Rose Theatre Collection. Cur…

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Tuesday, May 10, 2016

George Avakian and Anahid Ajemian: An Introduction by Matthew Snyder, Archivist, Special Collections

Music For Moderns: The Partnership of George Avakian and Anahid Ajemian, a forthcoming exhibition at The New York Public Library for the Performing Arts, tells the story of two remarkable fi…

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Wednesday, May 4, 2016

The Jerome Robbins Dance Division Fellows Project by Tanisha Jones, New York Public Library For The Performing Arts, Dorothy and Lewis B. Cullman Center, Jerome Robbins Dance Division

The New York Public Library for the Performing Arts has launched a new Fellows of the Jerome Robbins Dance Division program. This class of six fellows was chosen by the Committee for the Jer…

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Edwin Denby: Memory, History and Documentation by Yoshiko Chuma, Jerome Robbins Dance Division Fellow

I have been a member of the Burckhardt family since 1979, through my relationship with Jacob Burckhardt, filmmaker and photographer. Edwin Denby was also a member of this family. By way of a…

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Black American Dance Narratives: A Survey of the Jerome Robbins Dance Division by Malaika Adero, Jerome Robbins Dance Division Fellow

All art is cultural expression, but none is more integrative than dance, which is made of our bodies—how we move, where we move, what we wear—to tell every story there is to tell of how …

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The Same Joy: A Tale of Two Ballet Masters, Balanchine and Bournonville by Silas M. Farley, Jerome Robbins Dance Division Fellow

A Second Home Upon moving to New York City at age fourteen to complete my dance training at the School of American Ballet (SAB), I made a very important discovery. My new address, 70 Lincol…

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Treasure Hunting at the Library for Performing Arts by Joseph Houseal, Jerome Robbins Dance Division Fellow

Years ago I read a book called Gods Who Dance, written by American dancer Ted Shawn (1891-1972). It tells the tale of his exploratory dance travels. Shawn was one half of Denishawn, a semin…

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Everybody’s Guide to Gus Solomons jr’s Dances for Alternative Spaces by Gus Solomons Jr, Jerome Robbins Dance Division Fellow

I was flattered and intrigued when asked by the Jerome Robbins Dance Division of the New York Public Library for the Performing Arts to participate in their scholar's program to explore thei…

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Searching for Irina Baronova in the Jerome Robbins Dance Division by Victoria Tennant, Jerome Robbins Dance Division Fellow

I was in The New York Public Library for the Performing Arts, Jerome Robbins Dance Division research room looking through a box of photographs when I found it, a postcard of my mother, Irina…

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Tuesday, April 26, 2016

The Music Division's Clipping File: Performers and Performances by Bob Kosovsky, Curator, Rare Books and Manuscripts, New York Public Library For The Performing Arts, Dorothy and Lewis B. Cullman Center, Music Division

The Music Division is celebrating the completion of its Clipping File inventory (done entirely by volunteers) with a blog series. Melissa is one of the volunteers who contributed so much to …

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Monday, April 25, 2016

Hamlet Turns Left: Handwritten Shakespeare Promptbooks at LPA by Suzanne Lipkin, Lta Iii, New York Public Library For The Performing Arts, Dorothy and Lewis B. Cullman Center, Special Collections

As the world commemorates the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare’s death this year, The New York Library for the Performing Arts is doing its part by sharing with the world some of our uniqu…

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Thursday, April 21, 2016

British Soldiers' Theatre During the Revolutionary War by Barbara Cohen-Stratyner, Curator Of Exhibitions, New York Public Library For The Performing Arts, Dorothy and Lewis B. Cullman Center

John Street Theatre, NYC, c. 1791. Image ID: 1650651 A guest post on the research that informed the earliest material in Shakespeare's Star Turn in America, by volunteer (and former intern)…

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"Archives of Sound" at the Library for the Performing Arts by Danielle Cordovez, Librarian Ii, New York Public Library For The Performing Arts, Dorothy and Lewis B. Cullman Center, Rodgers and Hammerstein Archives Of Recorded Sound

On March 21, 2016, the Library for the Performing Arts (LPA) debuted Archives of Sound, an interactive audio installation inspired by collections in the Rodgers and Hammerstein Archives of R…

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Wednesday, April 20, 2016

Ep. 26 "It Has Enriched My Life" | Library Stories by The Library Stories Project

Sara Banleigh is a folk singer, music historian, and avid user of NYPL’s Library for the Performing Arts at Lincoln Center. During her songwriting process, Sara comes to the Library to dis…

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Monday, April 11, 2016

A Mystery Plot: Guest Shakespeare Post by Emma Winter Zeig by Barbara Cohen-Stratyner, Curator Of Exhibitions, New York Public Library For The Performing Arts, Dorothy and Lewis B. Cullman Center

Henry V. Stage-plot. Directions for scenery, curtains, drops, etc. with drawings and diagrams. *NDB [RBS] 97-1287 (Shakespeare, W. Henry V) This post is a report by volunteer/former intern …

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Monday, April 4, 2016

Falstaff On the Road: Or, Why Dickens Was Right About America by Barbara Cohen-Stratyner, Curator Of Exhibitions, New York Public Library For The Performing Arts, Dorothy and Lewis B. Cullman Center

James H. Hackett as Falstaff. Image ID: TH-26477 Shakespeare’s Star Turn in America focuses on production of Shakespeare’s works in North American theaters and why certain plays were po…

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The Music Division's Clipping File: The Scandals by Bob Kosovsky, Curator, Rare Books and Manuscripts, New York Public Library For The Performing Arts, Dorothy and Lewis B. Cullman Center, Music Division

Last week I introduced Melissa, a volunteer with the Music Division, who began a series of three blog posts on the newly available inventory of the Music Division's Clipping file.  Here is…

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Thursday, March 31, 2016

Finding a Life at The New York Public Library: Remembering Shannon Bolin 1917-2016 by George Boziwick, Chief, New York Public Library For The Performing Arts, Dorothy and Lewis B. Cullman Center, Music Division

To whom it may concern: Today I spoke with a reference librarian about donating my copy of Marc Blitzstein’s original working score of Regina. I worked with Marc for two years singing his …

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The Music Division's Clipping File: Musicians and Politics by Bob Kosovsky, Curator, Rare Books and Manuscripts, New York Public Library For The Performing Arts, Dorothy and Lewis B. Cullman Center, Music Division

I'm happy to announce that the "Names" portion of the Music Division's Clipping File has been inventoried. This inventory contains over 46,000 names and is a list of folders in our Clipping …

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Monday, March 28, 2016

100 Years (Or So) Ago in Dance: La Marseillaise by Arlene Yu

Isadora Duncan dancing La Marseillaise, 1917. Photo by Arnold Genthe. Image ID: isadora_0060va It's April 9 in Paris in the spring of 1916. The Battle of Verdun, one of the largest battles…

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Wednesday, March 9, 2016

Ep. 20 "Those Endless Possibilities" | Library Stories by The Library Stories Project

Silas Farley first visited NYPL's Library for the Performing Arts at Lincoln Center when he was just 14 years old. Now, as a dancer for the New York City Ballet and a self-described "nerd" f…

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Tuesday, March 1, 2016

The Black Rock Coalition: Empowering Artists Who Break the Mold by Danielle Cordovez, Librarian Ii, New York Public Library For The Performing Arts, Dorothy and Lewis B. Cullman Center, Rodgers and Hammerstein Archives Of Recorded Sound

In 1985, a group of musicians fed up with industry-imposed limitations that pigeonholed Black artists into either R&B singers or rappers, formed the Black Rock Coalition (BRC). Founders …

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Monday, February 29, 2016

O Romeo, Romeo by Barbara Cohen-Stratyner, Curator Of Exhibitions, New York Public Library For The Performing Arts, Dorothy and Lewis B. Cullman Center

  Promotional Brochure, "Thoughts of Prominent Men Regarding Margaret Mather," for her Romeo and Juliet tour, back cover, 1880s.  Shakespeare's Star Turn in America, the new exhibition a…

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Monday, February 22, 2016

100 Years (Or So) Ago in Dance: Florence Mills by Arlene Yu

Florence Mills. Image ID: 5105186 In 1916, five years before her big break in Noble Sissle and Eubie Blake's musical Shuffle Along, Florence Mills performed in Chicago’s Panama Cafe as pa…

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