Lincoln Kirstein was a major figure in New York City's cultural life during the 1930s and 1940s. Known for founding the New York City Ballet, he also played a key role in the early years of the Museum of Modern Art as curator, writer and critic while also being at the center of the City's network of queer creators, which included painter Paul Cadmus, writer Glenway Wescott and photographer George Platt Lynes. This wide-ranging exhibit brings together more than 200 artworks to examine the breadth of Kirstein's influence and aesthetic on MoMA's collection, with some works drawn from its archives. On view are set and costume designs for the ballet, photographs by Walker Evans and a number of artworks Kirstein acquired in Latin America for the museum.
"New Chicago Athletic Club" (1937), by Antonio Berni. Courtesy, The Museum of Modern Art, New York. Inter-American Fund, 1942. © 2018 Fundación Antonio Berni and Luis Emilio De Rosa, Argentina
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