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Publication of Quarry: A Collection in Lieu of Memoirs.

1987 April
A birthday tribute to Clement Crisp appears in the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, journal About the House (pages 46–49).

1987 May 4, 10
Birthday presentation edition by the Eakins Press Foundation followed by trade edition publication of The Poems of Lincoln Kirstein.

1987 May 5
The School of American Ballet becomes the eleventh constituent member of Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts.

1987 May 18
Eightieth birthday is celebrated at the New York State Theater; receives from Mayor Edward Koch the Handel Medallion that was awarded in 1973. Commissions a new production of The Sleeping Beauty for New York City Ballet choreographed by Peter Martins; designs for scenery by David Mitchell and costumes by Patricia Zipprodt are presented to the invited audience of friends.

1987 May
"Lincoln Kirstein Turns Eighty" by Susan Sontag appears in Vanity Fair (page 28).

1987 June 4
New York City Ballet premiere of commissioned new production by Alain Vaës of Balanchine's La Sonnambula.

1987 June
"Portrait of a Culture Hero" by Julie Kavanagh appears in Harper's & Queen (pages 132, 134–135, 204, 224).

1987 July 11
Inducted with George Balanchine among the thirteen initial honorees in the Dance Hall of Fame at the new National Museum of Dance in Saratoga Springs, New York.

1987 October 31-October 8, 1989
Impressions of a New Civilization: The Lincoln Kirstein Collection of Japanese Prints (1860–1912) tours the country under the auspices of The Metropolitan Museum of Art and the Smithsonian Institution Traveling Exhibition Service.

Publication of Memorial to a Marriage.

1989 March
The film Glory, with screenplay by Kevin Jarre inspired by Lay This Laurel, wins Academy Awards for supporting actor, cinematography, and sound.

1989 September 12
Donates various paintings and drawings to the School of American Ballet. Subsequent auction by the school at Christie's benefits the School's building project.

1989 November 1
Retires as General Director of the New York City Ballet and President of the School of American Ballet.

1990 May
The Classic Ballet reaches twenty-fourth continuous printing.

1990 June 2
The School of American Ballet workshop premiere of Puss in Boots (The Master Cat), commissioned by Lincoln Kirstein, who also wrote the scenario and collaborated on production with choreographer Robert LaFosse, composer Larry Spivack, and designer Gary Lisz.

1990 June 27
New York City Ballet premiere of A Mass (Missa Sicca), presented in memory of Joseph Duell. The production, made possible by a gift "given in admiration of Philip Johnson's and Lincoln Kirstein's remarkable achievements," was staged by Peter Martins and Robert LaFosse to a commissioned score by Michael Torke, with "architecture" by Philip Johnson.

1990 October 29
Honored by the Trustees of the Augustus Saint-Gaudens Memorial with a gold-leaf palm frond "for contributions to the memory of Augustus Saint-Gaudens and to the appreciation and preservation of the artist's work."

Commissions artist George M. Kelly to create a bust of George Balanchine to be placed in the new School of American Ballet lobby. It is to be paired with a bust of Lincoln Kirstein by Gaston Lachaise.

Publication of By With To & From: A Lincoln Kirstein Reader.

1991 January 2
School of American Ballet opens its studio-dormitory facilities in the new Samuel B. and David Rose building at Lincoln Center exactly fifty-seven years after the School's founding. This is the first time in its history that the School has owned its own home.

1991 January 9
Speaks at the official opening of the new School of American Ballet facility. The date is proclaimed "School of American Ballet Day" by Mayor David N. Dinkins.

1991 April 24
New York City Ballet premiere of The Sleeping Beauty, co-produced and with scenario by Lincoln Kirstein, staged by Peter Martins.

1991 Winter
"Balanchine as Teacher," a transcript of the October 1985 symposium, is published in Ballet Review (pages 61–97).

Publication of Puss in Boots, illustrated by Alain Vaës.

1992 March
Publication of Paul Cadmus, in conjunction with the exhibition Paul Cadmus at Midtown Payson Galleries, New York.

1992 April 6
Announces an eight-week Balanchine Celebration by the New York City Ballet, during which seventy-three Balanchine ballets will be performed, to commence on Lincoln Kirstein's eighty-sixth birthday, May 4, 1993.

Publication of Tchelitchev.

Publication of Mosaic.

1996 January 5
Death of Lincoln Kirstein.

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