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If you are visiting Colorado this summer (perhaps for the Vail Festival?), take a look at the exhibit "Rhythm & Roots: Dance in American Art" at the Denver Art Museum July 10-October 2.


The exhibit on "Why we Dance: American Indian Art in Motion" continues through August 15.

Another exhibit shows posters created for various dance performances: July 10-January 8

The Museum also has several interactive activities in dance to complement these exhibits.


DAM has reciprocity with major art museums all over the country for free admission to members.

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I add my thanks, California. I hope if anyone does see it they will report back in this space.

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I visited the exhibit today and would recommend it highly. It's in Denver until October 2 and then moves on to Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art in Arkansas October 22, 2016-January 16, 2017. It has already visited the Detroit Institute of Art.


"The exhibition will feature about 90 paintings, photographs, sculptures and costumes relating to American dance from 1830 to 1960."

I was delighted to see that this is supplemented with brief video clips of historic dancers -- Pavlova in Dying Swan, Bill "Bojangles" Robinson demonstrating his step tap dance long ago, rare footage of Isadora Duncan, etc. They also have a lengthy color film showing of Lil Buck doing his Dying Swan with Yo-Yo Ma as the accompaniment. The costume displays included some designed by Warhol for Merce Cunningham and Pavlova's Dying Swan tutu. One section shows the interplay of the arts at the Ballet Russe.

Here's a sampling of the images from the DAM web site: http://denverartmuseum.org/exhibitions/rhythm-and-roots

All in all, a very nice interdisciplinary display bringing together visual art and dance. It's a shame it won't be touring after next year.

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Adding my thanks California for the review. I'll be in Denver soon (sadly not Vail this year), and plan on visiting the exhibit.

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