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Music For Moderns at Town Hall, 1957

Anahid Ajemian and George Avakian put on an ambitious and eclectic concert series that blended the music and musicians of different worlds.Read More ›

The Florence Foster Jenkins Scrapbook

With the release of the latest film starring Meryl Streep, many people are discovering Florence Foster Jenkins. Long known to many of those involved with music, Jenkins is generally viewed as a society lady who was unable to realize the defective quality of her attempts at singing. Although her biography as outlined in the film is generally correct, I feel there is more to see in this woman than just a deluded society lady.Read More ›

#CamerasAndDancers Visits the Library for the Performing Arts

With the social media initiative #CamerasAndDancers, Jacob Jonas seeks to encourage collaboration and exploration through the mediums of dance and photography, to help shine a new light on the world of dance.Read More ›

Olive Wong and a Guide to the NYPL Costume Collections

Professional television, film, and theatrical costume designer Aileen Abercrombie designed, wrote, and edited an e-book guide to the library’s costume collections inspired by Olive’s work. The guide is freely downloadable in PDF form.Read More ›

George Avakian and Louis Armstrong

The working and personal friendship of George Avakian and Louis Armstrong.Read More ›

Ep. 38 "It's Not Just For Kids" | Library Stories

For hip hop dancer Maria Fraguas Jover, researching at the New York Public Library for the Performing Arts is a transformative experience.Read More ›

Boris Anisfeld Costume Designs

The Dance Division has over forty-five original costume designs by artist and designer Boris Anisfeld. We are thrilled to now include them in our Digital Collections.Read More ›

Photography Permitted: Opening Up the Dance Oral History Project Transcripts

We deposit into our archives a transcript of every interview conducted as part of the Oral History Project. These are nearly all available for use on-site at the library.Read More ›

Ted Shawn Papers, Additions Now Open for Research

The plot thickened in 2012, when I began an inventory of the Dance Division's unprocessed materials. A separate section of unprocessed material turned out to be a treasure trove of photographs and albums that had been separated from the collection upon acquisition. Read More ›

Are You Spoken For? An Ad Campaign and A Cultural Stereotype

The Billy Rose Theatre Division at the Library for the Performing Arts has an extensive collection that documents the development of television, including many examples of pitches made by networks to specific companies, like AT&T or Coty Cosmetics, outlining how each network’s programming would be a match for the company’s ideal consumer. Read More ›

Anahid Ajemian: In Memoriam

The violinist Anahid Ajemian, who dedicated her artistic life to performing and fostering new music, died on June 13, 2016. Read More ›

The Other Secret Garden

The success of the Library's Anti-Prom, based on Frances Hodgson Burnett’s novel, The Secret Garden.Read More ›

Keeping #TonysSoDiverse Beyond the 2015-2016 Season

It is too soon to tell if the next Broadway season will boast the same number of projects that star Asian-Americans, Latinos, African-Americans, deaf and disabled artists that it did this year, but it looks promising. Here’s a look at upcoming projects that are scheduled to open soon.Read More ›

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

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.Read More ›

Garden Fashion at Anti-Prom

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 reveal to each other and the staff volunteers their prom wear. Read More ›

The Many Characters of Lupino Lane

Photos of Lupino Lane in Only Me, now on display on the third floor of the Library for the Performing Arts.Read More ›

George Avakian and Anahid Ajemian: An Introduction

Music For Moderns: The Partnership of George Avakian and Anahid Ajemian will explore the careers of these unique figures and their work with of some of the most important artists of the twentieth century. Read More ›

Searching for Irina Baronova in the Jerome Robbins Dance Division

Irina Baronova—Tennant's mother—and what it means to have your collection be acquired by the Library.Read More ›

Everybody’s Guide to Gus Solomons jr’s Dances for Alternative Spaces

The intersection of dance and architecture and his own site-specific work.Read More ›

Treasure Hunting at the Library for Performing Arts

Representations of Asian dance forms in the visual arts as researched from reading Gods Who Dance, written by American dancer Ted Shawn (1891-1972).Read More ›
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