Arthur Mitchell: Harlem's Ballet Trailblazer

January 13–March 11, 2018

Curated by Lynn Garafola, Professor Emerita of Dance,Barnard College

Arthur Mitchell: Harlem's Ballet Trailblazer is the first major exhibition devoted to Arthur Mitchell, this project celebrates the life and accomplishments of the New York City Ballet's first African American star, and the founder and longtime director of the Dance Theatre of Harlem. Featuring rarities from Mitchell's personal archive, which he donated to Columbia University's Rare Book & Manuscript Library in 2014, the presentation will include photographs, drawings, costumes, posters, memorabilia, and video footage.

A range of public programs and activities will accompany the exhibition. Please return to this website for more information in the coming weeks.

Arthur Mitchell: Harelm's Ballet Trailblazer is presented in collaboration with the Rare Book & Manuscript Library, Columbia University.

About the Rare Book and Manuscript Library

The Rare Book & Manuscript Library (RBML) is Columbia's principal repository for primary sources. The range of collections in RBML span more than 4,000 years and comprise rare printed works, cylinder seals, cuneiform tablets, papyri, and Coptic ostraca; medieval and renaissance manuscripts; as well as art, realia and born-digital objects. For more information, please visit the  RBML Collection Areas.