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Mikhail Baryshnikov: An Archival Preview


Materials from the vast archives of famed dancer Mikhail Baryshnikov are now on view in the Oenslager Gallery. This preview display includes letters, photographs, and video footage from the Mikhail Baryshnikov Archive, acquired by the Library in July 2011. The display was curated by the staff of the Jerome Robbins Dance Division and represents a rare chance to see this material before it is catalogued, a process expected to take three years.
On view are notes from Frank Sinatra, Jerome Robbins, Fred Astaire, and Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis; over a hundred digitized photographs spanning Baryshnikov's career; and excerpts of film and video footage, including a performance by a ten-year-old Baryshnikov and rehearsal sessions with greats like like George Balanchine, Jerome Robbins, Merce Cunningham, and Martha Graham. Photograph by Walter Chin. Courtesy of BACPhotograph by Walter Chin. Courtesy of BAC