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Archive: 2024 (4 Posts)

Michio Itō raising arms in gesture in loose long-sleeved top and flowing pants stepping forward on left foot, in an outdoor setting, photograph by Arnold Genthein

Celebrating Choreographer Michio Itō

Posted by: Libby Smigel

Choreographer Michio Itō had a profound impact on the development of modern dance in the United States, with collaborations and friendships with Martha Graham, Lester Horton, and Ted Shawn, among many others. Selected images from a recent gift of materials documenting Itō’s career in the United States are shown here alongside other images available in the Library of Congress to highlight the Japanese-born artist’s legacy during Asian American and Pacific Islanders Heritage Month.

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Introduction to the Lee Mergner Jazz Photography Collection

Posted by: Libby Smigel

Editor, publisher, and contributor Lee Mergner shares the history of JazzTimes, which went from a marketing circular to an award-winning music magazine. The collection, which arrived in late March 2024, contains publicity photographs as well as the work of photographers noted for their distinctive style.