Martha Graham’s Cold War

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Martha Graham’s Cold War

Martha Graham

There’s something endlessly interesting about the cultural side of the Cold War, from the CIA’s enthusiasm for abstract expressionism to the many spy novels and films featuring some Soviet violinist or gymnastics phenom defecting under cover of night. Dance, of course, was a hotbed of propaganda, with both superpowers using dance to spread the word about their respective countries. Historian Victoria Phillips, director of the Cold War Archival Research project, recently published the book Martha Graham’s Cold War: The Dance of American Diplomacy, which looks at how Graham’s celebrated company used State Department funding to tour the world through the Eisenhower, Kennedy, Johnson, Nixon, Ford, Carter, and Reagan administrations, presenting the United States as leaders in modern dance and heirs to the great traditions of ancient Greece.

The lecture will be followed by a Q&A with Dr. Phillips.

January 26 2020


Date: January 26
Time: 12:30 pm
Cost: Free
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