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1947-1956

1947
Publication of Pavel Tchelitchew Drawings.

1947
Following the death of Elie Nadelman meets Mrs. Nadelman, and with Mrs. Kirstein moves to Alderbrook, the sculptor's Riverdale home, in order to continue efforts begun while at Harvard to encourage appreciation of the sculptor's work.

1947
Ballet Society spring season includes ballets to music commissioned from Elliott Carter, Rudi Revil, Stanley Bate, and John Cage, choreographed by John Taras, Todd Bolender, William Dollar, and Merce Cunningham, with decors by Joan Junyer, Esteban Francés, and Isamu Noguchi. The fall-winter season is held in part at the City Center of Music and Drama, Inc.

1948 April 28
Premiere of Orpheus, Balanchine's ballet to music commissioned from Stravinsky by Ballet Society: City Center.

1948 May
Morton Baum, Chairman of the Executive Committee of the City Center invites Ballet Society to become a resident company of the City Center as the New York City Ballet, with Lincoln Kirstein as General Director and George Balanchine as Artistic Director.

1948
Arranges retrospective exhibition of Elie Nadelman's work at theMuseum of Modern Art, the Boston Institute of Contemporary Art, and the Baltimore Museum of Art; writes the catalogue The Sculpture of Elie Nadelman.

1949-1951
Art critic for the New Republic.

1950
First New York City Ballet overseas tour, to England.

1952
Purchases permanent home near Gramercy Park, New York City.

1952
Becomes a member of the Board of Directors of the City Center in May; on October 1 is named Managing Director.

1952
New York City Ballet European tour to Barcelona, The Hague, London, and Edinburgh.

1953 January
Receives the Capezio Award for distinguished service to American dance.

1954
Named advisor to the State Department on American National Theatre and Academy (ANTA) foreign tours.

From 1955
Involved in the planning of Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts.

1955 Summer
First season of the American Shakespeare Festival Theatre Academy at Stratford, Connecticut, of which Lincoln Kirstein was a founder and officer, and for which he produced A Midsummer Night's Dream.

1956
The School of American Ballet moves to 2291 Broadway.

1956
New York City Ballet tour to Europe.


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