Capturing Fleeting Moments: Exploring The Bryson Dance Collection

October 14, 2011 to February 27, 2012
John D. Rockefeller Library 10 Prospect Street, Providence, RI

Thomas and Antonia Bryson donated the Bryson Dance Collection of over two thousand books, programs, playbills, photos and documents to the Brown University Library system in 2010. The collection forms a record of the international development of theatrical dance, primarily ballet and modern in the 20th century.

Curated by ADLI, Capturing Fleeting Moments highlights two branches of early American modern dance illustrated by objects from the collection. The exhibit includes books and programs depicting the ideas and work of Ruth St. Denis, Ted Shawn, Martha Graham, Doris Humphrey, Charles Weidman, Merce Cunningham, Paul Taylor, and José Limón; as well as video footage of Brown University students performing the works of these choreographers.

Presented by the Brown University Library and the American Dance Legacy Initiative (ADLI). The exhibition opens Saturday, October 15, 2011, at 2:30pm with a tour by Senior Scholarly Resources Librarian Rosemary Cullen and ADLI co-founder Julie Adams Strandberg, and a dance presentation by Brown University undergraduate dancers.

Additional events featuring the Bryson Collection will occur on March 17, 2012 during the American Dance Legacy Initiative Mini-Fest at the Granoff Center for the Creative Arts.