You won’t meet legendary dancer and choreographer Mikhail Baryshnikov live and in person, but see him in photos, video footage and more, including personal letters from other legends of film and dance and culture including Frank Sinatra, Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis and Fred Astaire. This FREE exhibit is at the New York Public Library for the Performing Arts, located appropriately in Lincoln Center. 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. There are more than one hundred digitized photographs spanning incredible 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. The exhibit is free, and on display through December 20, 2011, so dance yourself over to the NYPL before the final curtain. Exhibit hours are Monday-Thursday, noon-8 PM, and noon-6 PM on Friday and Saturday.
Exhibits at New York Public Library branches are always free. Click here for a list of free days at NYC museums.