Drawing mainly from the Museum’s extensive collection of square dance artifacts from the Square Dance Foundation of New England, Square Dance! will explore this uniquely American dance form through costumes, memorabilia, and more. The influence of square dance on other dance forms, including ballet, will also be examined. Square Dance! opens 2021.
ART IN THE FOYER
Ageless Dancers – Photographs by Betti Franceschi is the next exhibition in the Museum’s Art in the Foyer series. Franceschi’s compelling photographs document iconic senior dancers, exploring physicality, expressive energy, and line in these inspiring, ageless artists. Ageless Dancers opens 2021.
In 2006 Mikhail Baryshnikov, one of the world’s most influential dancers and a seasoned photographer, turned his lens on the Merce Cunningham Dance Company. The result is a stunning collection of images that distinctly capture the vision and emotion behind the great choreographer’s work. Last exhibited in St. Petersburg, Russia in 2009, Merce My Way will open 2021.
Photographer and writer Carl Van Vechten captured intellectuals and artists in New York City from the 1930s to the 1960s with dozens of influential dancers and choreographers counted among his compelling subjects. Carl Van Vechten On Dance, a selection of Van Vechten’s portraits of the dance community on loan from the Tang Museum, opens 2021.