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1977-1986

1977
Publication of Union Jack.

1977
Presents keynote address that launches the International Encyclopedia of Dance, a project of Dance Perspectives Foundation to produce the first all-inclusive, multivolume dance reference work.

1977 August
Appointed, with Wynn Handman, Lee Breuer, and Keith Fowler, by Yale Drama School to teach advanced courses in directing and theater administration.

1980 May
"Lincoln Kirstein's Vision: How a Balletomane Created the Finest Ballet School in the U. S." by Peter J. Rosenwald appears in Horizon (pages 38–43).

1980 May 31
The National Society of Arts and Letters presents its first Gold Medal of Merit for Dance to George Balanchine and Lincoln Kirstein.

1981 November-December
"Ballet's Commander in Chief" by Christine Temin appears in Harvard Magazine (pages 50–56).

1981 December 14
Receives the Benjamin Franklin Medal of the Royal Society of Arts, for "forwarding the cause of Anglo-American understanding," presented by Prince Philip of England.

1982 June 20
"Lincoln Kirstein: A Life in Art," profile by art critic John Russell, appears in The New York Times Magazine (pages 24–27, 54–57).

1982 October 28
Receives, with George Balanchine, the Arts and Business Council's Arnold Gingrich Memorial Award "in recognition of their lasting achievements in the arts."

1983 April 30
Death of George Balanchine.

1984 March 13
New York State Governor's Arts Awards are presented in Albany by Governor Mario Cuomo to Lincoln Kirstein, Brendan Gill,William Kennedy, and Isamu Noguchi among others. This marked the resumption of the awards, administered by the New York State Council on the Arts, after a hiatus of seven years.

1984 March 27
Receives the Medal of Freedom, presented at the White House by President Ronald Reagan.

1984 May 10
New York City Ballet presents Balanchine's Liebeslieder Walzer with commissioned new decor by David Mitchell.

1984
Portrait painted by David Langfitt.

1985
January Balanchine's Gounod Symphony is revived by New York City Ballet, with commissioned new decor by Robin Wagner.

1985 April 23
One among twelve recipients of the new National Medal of Arts, presented by President Ronald Reagan for "contribution to American culture."

1985 June 19
Receives the Municipal Art Society's annual award for "contributions to quality of life in New York City."

1985 October 21-22
Convokes, at the School of American Ballet, five generations of ballet teachers, company directors and dancers to discuss George Balanchine as a teacher.

1985 November 19-January 26, 1986
1985 gift to The Metropolitan Museum of Art of a reduced gilded-bronze "Diana" by Augustus Saint-Gaudens appears in the exhibition Augustus Saint-Gaudens.

1986 January 24
Makes first announcement and appeal for support of the projected new School of American Ballet residence.

1986 May 7, June 10
Donates Elie Nadelman sculptures "Tango," "Chef d'Orchestre" and several others to the School of American Ballet. These gifts are subsequently auctioned at Christie's by the School of American Ballet to benefit the School's building project.

1986 June
New York City Ballet premiere of commissioned new production by Alain Vaës of Balanchine's Swan Lake.

1986 May 20-September 7
The Metropolitan Museum of Art mounts the exhibition Impressions of a New Civilization: The Lincoln Kirstein Collection of Japanese Prints (1860–1912).


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