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Pic of the Week: Politics and the Dancing Body Edition

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Barbara Morgan, photographer. Pearl Primus in her work The Negro Speaks of Rivers, 1944. Prints and Photographs Division, Library of Congress. (034.00.00) © Barbara Morgan.

The Music Division is proud to announce a new exhibition in the lobby of the Performing Arts Reading Room.  Choreographers have long used the medium of dance to express America’s cultural diversity.  Politics and the Dancing Body also explores the way choreographers employ the body as a tool in the fight against injustice.  The exhibit also looks at dance as diplomacy: how the U. S. Government has looked to dance to promote American ideals.  The materials on display include items from the Music Division’s dance collections, including those of Alvin AileyKatherine Dunham,Martha Graham, and Lester Horton.  Co-curated by Elizabeth Aldrich of the Music Division and Victoria Philips of Columbia University,  Politics and the Dancing Body can be viewed  online, but we hope you come to visit the exhibit in person, on view until July 28th on the first floor of the James Madison Building.



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