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Lincoln Center: Celebrating 50 Years


Lincoln Center: Celebrating 50 Years, the first exhibition to focus exclusively on the evolution and influence of America's first performing arts center, features an extensive collection of historic and contemporary objects including photographs, ephemera, correspondence, costumes, set pieces, props, and video recordings. Curated by Thomas Mellins, co-author of the book New York 1960, the free exhibition is presented at the Donald and Mary Oenslager Gallery of The New York Public Library for the Performing Arts Dorothy and Lewis B. Cullman Center in collaboration with Lincoln Center, October 15, 2009-January 16, 2010.

From its inception in the mid-1950s, Lincoln Center has been a powerful symbol of New York's core substance and style. Its scale, its architecture and urbanism, its concentration of talent culled from the realms of government, philanthropy, academia, architecture, art, and a broad spectrum of the performing arts, all powerfully embody main currents that run throughout New York City's history and collective character. Lincoln Center: Celebrating 50 Years shows the complex and symbiotic relationship between Lincoln Center and New York City over the course of a half century and the key role Lincoln Center has played in New York's development as an international cultural capital.

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