1907-1926

1907 May 4
Lincoln Edward Kirstein is born in Rochester, New York, second of the three children (Mina Stein Kirstein Curtiss, George Garland Kirstein) of Louis Edward and Rose (Stein) Kirstein; named after Abraham Lincoln.

1912
The Kirstein family moves to Boston.

1920 April
With his cousin Nathaniel Woolf attends ballet for the first time, seeing Pavlova's Boston performances.

1921 June
Completes his elementary education at the Edward Devotion School, Brookline, Massachusetts.

1921 Fall-Spring 1922
Attends Phillips Exeter Academy, where he meets James Agee. First publication, "The Silver Fan" (a play set in Tibet), in the Phillips Exeter Monthly.

1922
First of regular summer visits to London and the Continent. In this and subsequent summers meets John Maynard Keynes, E.M. Forster, others of the Bloomsbury circle, and the Sitwells; attends the London seasons of Diaghilev's Ballets Russes.

1922 Fall-Spring 1924
Attends the Berkshire School, Sheffield, Massachusetts, where he meets George Platt Lynes.

1924 Summer
Meets and studies with G. I. Gurdjieff in Fontainebleau.

1925
Works in the Boston stained-glass factory of Charles J. Connick.

1926 Fall
Enters Harvard University; studies under S. Foster Damon, humanist and Blake scholar; is awarded a prize for freehand drawing.

1926 Winter
Becomes active in New York. Meets Muriel Draper, Carl Van Vechten, and others.
Rochester, 1913
Cambridge, 1920s
Anna Pavlova and Ballet Russe Program from the November 5th, 1920 performance at Symphony Hall in Boston, MA

1927-1936

1927 September
First issue of Hound & Horn, the quarterly which he founded with Varian Fry, of which he was editor with R.P. Blackmur, Bernard Bandler, A. Hyatt Mayor, Allen Tate, and Yvor Winters, and to which he contributed articles on dance, art, literature, and other subjects until its final issue in 1934. Among other contributors were Ezra Pound, T. S. Eliot, Katherine Anne Porter, James Agee, Michael Gold, Granville Hicks, Glenway Wescott, Harry Crosby, Irving Babbitt, Edmund Wilson, and E.E. Cummings.

1928 December
With classmates John Walker III and Edward M.M.Warburg founds the Harvard Society for Contemporary Art, a precursor of New York's Museum of Modern Art. Among exhibitions were "School of Paris," "Modern German Presses," "Modern Mexican Art," "American Folk Painting," "International Photography," "The Bauhaus," Ben Shahn, Alexander Calder, Buckminster Fuller, Derain, Matisse, Picasso, and Despiau.

1929
Studies abroad in preparation for his Harvard dissertation on El Greco. Sees first Balanchine ballet, Prodigal Son, at a performance of Diaghilev's Ballets Russes. Is present by chance at Diaghilev's funeral in Venice.

1930 June
Is graduated from Harvard University.

1930s
Meets Walker Evans, Hart Crane,W.H. Auden, Ben Shahn, and others; shares a Hudson River summer house at Snedens Landing with Archibald MacLeish.

1931
Moves to New York City.

1932
Meets Sergei Eisenstein and entertains him in New York.

1932
Publishes first novel, Flesh Is Heir, which includes a description of Balanchine's Prodigal Son and the funeral of Diaghilev.

1932
Writes the catalogue introduction for the Museum of Modern Art exhibition he initiated and supervised, Murals by American Painters and Photographers.

1932
Begins association with Michel Fokine, which leads to the publication of Fokine (1934); meets Romola Nijinsky and begins work which leads to the publication of Nijinsky (1933).

1933-1934
Corresponds with T.E. Lawrence, who becomes the central figure in an unpublished novel.

1933 Summer
Lives in Paris and meets Virgil Thomson. Taken to Pavel Tchelitchew's studio by Monroe Wheeler. Through Romola Nijinsky arranges to meet George Balanchine in London; invites Balanchine to come to America to establish a ballet school.

1933 October
Arrival of George Balanchine in New York; first efforts, with Lincoln Kirstein, Edward M.M. Warburg, and Vladimir Dimitriew, to found a ballet school and company at the Wadsworth Atheneumin Hartford with the assistance of A. Everett Austin, Jr.

1934 January
The School of American Ballet opens at 637 Madison Avenue, New York City: George Balanchine, Artistic Director and Maître de Ballet; Lincoln Kirstein, Secretary-Treasurer and Director of the Division of Theatrical Sciences.

1934 June
Demonstration debut of the Producing Company of the School of American Ballet at the Warburg estate,White Plains, New York; premiere of first ballet choreographed by Balanchine in the United States, Serenade, to music of Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky.

1934 December 6
Premiere of Transcendence, first of a number of ballets with libretti by Lincoln Kirstein, by the Producing Company of the School of American Ballet: Avery Memorial Theater, Hartford, Connecticut.

1935
Publication of Dance: A Short History of Classical Theatrical Dancing, and Low Ceiling, first book of poems.

1935
After obtaining patronage and commissions for Gaston Lachaise, arranges for a Museum of Modern Art retrospective exhibition of the sculptor's work and writes the accompanying catalogue.

1935 March
First season of the American Ballet Company, founded by George Balanchine and Lincoln Kirstein: Adelphi Theater, New York City.

1935 October
First American Ballet Company tour.

1935 Fall-Spring 1938
The American Ballet Company provides the ballets for the Metropolitan Opera Association, and performs independently at the Metropolitan Opera House.

1936 Spring
Organizes Ballet Caravan, a touring company of dancers from the American Ballet Company, with the intention of building a repertory of American work. First performance: Bennington College, July 17; continuing tours through 1941. Commissions include music by Elliott Carter, Paul Bowles, Robert McBride, Virgil Thomson, Aaron Copland, and Henry Brant; choreographers include Lew Christensen, Erick Hawkins, William Dollar, and Eugene Loring.

1936 August
Stages the dances for Lawrence Langner's production of Molière's The Would-be Gentleman with Jimmy Savo and RuthWeston at the Country Playhouse, Westport, Connecticut, danced by members of Ballet Caravan.
1936 DecemberAppointed head of the Works Projects Administration Federal Dance Theater; through Walker Evans' introduction discusses art programs with Harry L. Hopkins, administrator of the WPA.
Cambridge, 1931, Photograph by Walker Evans(used with permission, copyright © Walker Evans Archive, The MetropolitanMuseum of Art)
At Harvard Library
Flesh is Heir
Murals by American Painters and Photographers
Fokine
School of American Ballet studio at 637 Madison Ave
First performance of Serenade

1937-1946

1937 April
American Ballet Company Stravinsky Festival, in close association with the composer, including premiere of Jeu de Cartes, commissioned by Lincoln Kirstein and George Balanchine: Metropolitan Opera House.

1938
Arranges the first major exhibition of Walker Evans' photographs at the Museum of Modern Art and writes the text for Walker Evans: American Photographs.

1938
Ballet Caravan tour to Havana.

1938 October 16
Ballet Caravan premiere of Billy the Kid, libretto by Lincoln Kirstein, choreography by Eugene Loring to music commissioned for the ballet from Aaron Copland: Chicago Civic Theater.

1939
Publication of Ballet Alphabet: A Primer for Laymen, with drawings by Paul Cadmus.

1939
Joins Jay Leyda, Mary Losey, Robert Stebbins, and Lee Strasberg in founding the journal Films.

1939 May
The American Ballet Company participates in the first season of the American Lyric Theatre, New York City.

1940
Presents his collection of more than five thousand books and documents on dance to the Museum of Modern Art to form the nucleus of an American archives of the dance; later transferred to the Dance Collection of the New York Public Library.

1940
At the suggestion of Walter Dorwin Teague produces A Thousand Times Neigh! for the Ford Motor Company at the New York World's Fair, performed by the dancers of Ballet Caravan for six months and thought to have been seen by a million persons.

1941 April
Marries Fidelma Cadmus.

1941-1943
Consultant to the Museum of Modern Art on Latin-American art; travels in South America to purchase painting and sculpture in 1942; writes the catalogue for the exhibition The Latin American Collection of the Museum of Modern Art in 1943.

1941
American Ballet Caravan (the combined American Ballet Company and Ballet Caravan) tours Latin America under the aegis of the United States Office for Coordination of Commercial and Cultural Relations Between the American Republics, through the agency of Nelson A. Rockefeller, Coordinator of Inter-American Affairs. In Argentina meets Rosa María Oliver and Victoria Ocampo, principal forces in bringing international culture to South America.

1942
Founds the magazine Dance Index with Baird Hastings and Paul Magriel; is one of its editors and a principal contributor through the final issue in 1948; engages Donald Windham as editor 1943–1945, and Marian Eames as managing editor 1946–1948.

1943
Publication of the novel For My Brother, based on a Mexican sojourn.

1943
Joins the United States Army; while stationed at Fort Belvoir with the Corps of Engineers studies the history of American battle art.

1944
Publication of American Battle Painting: 1776–1918, catalogue of the exhibition shown at the National Gallery of Art in Washington, and the Museum of Modern Art.

1944-1945
Overseas duty in England, France, and Germany, including a period as chauffeur to General George S. Patton.

1945 May
With Captain Robert K. Posey, Monuments, Fine Arts and Archives Officer, Third United States Army, discovers (in the Steinberg Salt Mine at Alt Aussee) and supervises the recovery of the massive collection of art looted by the Nazis, intended for Hitler's proposed Führer Museum in Linz; later decorated by the Government of the Netherlands for his service.

1945 Fall
Honorable discharge from the Army, Private First Class.

1946
Publication of William Rimmer, catalogue of the exhibition arranged by the author for the Whitney Museum and the Boston Museum of Fine Arts.

1946 Fall
With George Balanchine forms Ballet Society, Inc., a subscription- supported association to further lyric theater in America.

1946 November 20
First Ballet Society performance: Central High School of Needle Trades, New York City. American premiere of Ravel's The Spellbound Child with choreography by George Balanchine; premiere of The Four Temperaments,Balanchine's ballet to music commissioned by him and Lincoln Kirstein from Paul Hindemith in 1940. Season includes performances of Gian Carlo Menotti's The Medium and The Telephone (commissioned by Ballet Society).
Start of American Ballet Caravan’s South America Tour
With Fidelma Cadmus on Fire Island
Hüngen, Bavaria, 1945
Normandy, August 1944

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.
New York City, 1952, Photograph by Cecil Beaton
New York City, 1953, Photograph by Feingersh-Pix

1957-1966

1957
Receives the American Guild of Musical Artists (AGMA) Award for his service and devotion to the cause of the American dancer.

1957 December 1
Premiere of Agon, Balanchine's ballet to music commissioned by him and Lincoln Kirstein from Stravinsky.

1958
With the Rockefeller Foundation commissions the opera Panfilo and Lauretta from Carlos Chavez and Chester Kallman.

1958
New York City Ballet tour to Japan and Australia.

1958
Lives in Japan for the first of several periods.

1958
Receives the Distinguished Service Award of the National Institute of Arts and Letters.

1958 December 4
First performance, by the New York City Ballet, of the revival of the Weill/Brecht Seven Deadly Sins with Lotte Lenya, who appeared in Balanchine's original production for Les Ballets 1933; translation commissioned by Lincoln Kirstein from W.H. Auden and Chester Kallman.

1959
The Division of the Humanities and the Arts of the Ford Foundation, under the leadership of W. McNeil Lowry, Vice President of the Foundation, provides a grant to Ballet Society for a survey of the teaching of ballet in America; subsequent grants to the School of American Ballet make possible a reduced and more selective student body, with scholarship assistance allowing gifted dancers from throughout the country to attend the School.

1959
With the support of Dag Hammarskjöld invites Gagaku, the musicians and dancers of the Japanese Imperial Household, to appear during the New York City Ballet season.

1959
Produces The Play of Daniel with Noah Greenberg's Pro Musica Antiqua in the Romanesque Court of The Cloisters, New York City.

1960s
Is active in and becomes an officer of the American Dressage Institute, Saratoga Springs, New York.

1960
Arranges the American tour of the Japanese Grand Kabuki.

1960 September 27
Awarded the Order of the Sacred Treasure, Fourth Class, by the Japanese Government, for his outstanding contribution to the cultural exchange between the two nations.

1961
Appointed a member of the Advisory Committee on the Arts by President John F. Kennedy.

1961 October 4
Produces a Shakespeare Evening in the East Room of the White House following a state dinner for President Ibraham Aboud of the Sudan.

1962
Commissioned by the Seattle World's Fair to arrange a demonstration of traditional Japanese ritual sports; New York City Ballet performs at the Fair.

1962
First New York City Ballet tour to the Soviet Union; series of visits with Sergei Eisenstein's widow, Pera Atasheva.

1962 December
Honored by New York City for distinguished and exceptional service following the tour to the Soviet Union.

1963
First of continuing grants to the New York City Ballet and the School of American Ballet from the Division of the Humanities and the Arts of the Ford Foundation.

1963
Appointed a member of the Citizens Advisory Committee to the Office of Cultural Affairs of the City of New York by Mayor Robert F.Wagner.

1964
Publication of Rhymes of a PFC, republished in an expanded edition as Rhymes and More Rhymes of a PFC in 1966.

1964
Publication of Pavel Tchelitchew, catalogue of the exhibition shown at the Gallery of Modern Art, New York City.

1964 April
The New York City Ballet takes up permanent residence at Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts and opens the New York State Theater, designed by Philip Johnson working closely with George Balanchine and Lincoln Kirstein. For the Grand Promenade Lincoln Kirstein arranges the installation of monumental figures carved after small original sculptures by Elie Nadelman.

1965
Takes part in the Alabama civil rights marches.

1965
New York City Ballet tour to Europe, Israel, and England.

1966 July
First of continuing seasons at the newly founded Saratoga Performing Arts Center, Saratoga Springs, New York, which is designed in close consultation with the New York City Ballet.
New York City, 1960, Photograph by Henri Cartier-Bresson (used with permission, copyright © Henri Cartier-Bresson/Magnum)
Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts, Carl Van Vechten
Montgomery, Alabama, 1965, Photograph by Harley Brate

1967-1976

1967
Elected a Benefactor of The Metropolitan Museum of Art.

1967 August
Production of White House Happening, a play about Abraham Lincoln, at the Loeb Drama Center, Harvard University.

1968 January
Reading of Magic Carpet, a play based on Gurdjieffian teaching, at the Harvard Dramatic Club.

1968
Encourages and provides continuing support for the Dance Theatre of Harlem, which debuts in 1971, founded and directed by Arthur Mitchell, formerly a principal dancer with the New York City Ballet.

1969
The School of American Ballet moves into specially designed quarters in the new building of the Juilliard School at Lincoln Center.

1969
Elected a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.

1972 June 18-25
The Stravinsky Festival of the New York City Ballet: New York State Theater. The thirty ballets in seven performances include twenty premieres by choreographers George Balanchine, Jerome Robbins, John Clifford, John Taras, Richard Tanner, Todd Bolender, and Lorca Massine.

1972
New York City Ballet tours, to Munich for the Olympic Games and to the Soviet Union.

1973
Publication of Lay This Laurel.

1973
Publication of The New York City Ballet to celebrate the twenty-fifth anniversary of the company, with photographs by George Platt Lynes, who recorded the company and its predecessors from 1935 through 1955, and by Martha Swope.

1973
Presented the Handel Medallion by New York City.

1974
Publication of Elie Nadelman. Initiates the exhibition The Scupture and Drawings of Elie Nadelman, shown at the Whitney and Hirshhorn Museums in 1975–1976.

1975
Publication of Nijinsky Dancing.

1975 May 14-31
The Ravel Festival of the New York City Ballet: New York State Theater. The opening attended by Madame Valéry Giscard-d'Estaing, representing the Government of France.

1976 May
The New York City Ballet produces Union Jack, choreographed by George Balanchine, as its contribution to the United States Bicentennial. Sir Peter Ramsbotham, Ambassador from the Court of St. James's, and the Earl of Harewood are guests at the opening.

1976
The Government of France invites the New York City Ballet to perform in Paris in honor of the United States Bicentennial.

1976
Nominated for the National Institute of Arts and Letters National Book Award for Nijinsky Dancing.
Kyoto, 1969, Photograph by Matusoki Nagare

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).
New York City, 1986, Photograph by Jerry L. Thompson

1987-1996

1987
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.

1989
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."

1990
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.

1991
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).

1992
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.

1994
Publication of Tchelitchev.

1994
Publication of Mosaic.

1996 January 5
Death of Lincoln Kirstein.

Posthumous

2007 January 23
The year of Lincoln Kirstein centennial celebrations is inaugurated with the dedication of the School of American Ballet’s new Lincoln Kirstein Wing, designed by Diller Scofidio + Renfro, at the Samuel B. and David Rose Building on West 65th Street.

2007 April
New York City Ballet dedicates its spring season to Lincoln Kirstein.

2007 April 25 - August 26
Exhibition "Lincoln Kirstein: To See Deeply," focusing on the photographer Walker Evans, the sculptor Elie Nadelman, and the painter Pavel Tchelitchew, at the Whitney Museum of American Art.

2007 April 30
Lecture "Prelude to the Dance: Lincoln Kirstein at Harvard," by Eugene R. Gaddis (Archivist and Curator of the Austin House, Wadsworth Atheneum, Hartford, Connecticut), at the Arthur M. Sackler Museum, Harvard University.

2007 April
Publication of The Worlds of Lincoln Kirstein (Knopf), by Martin Duberman.

2007 May 4
Publication of Lincoln Kirstein: A Bibliography of Published Writings, 1922–1996, on Lincoln Kirstein’s centennial birthday.

2007 June 2 and 4
Dedication of the School of American Ballet’s annual workshop performances to Lincoln Kirstein.

2007 June 7
Performance by students of SAB and members of NYCB, of Balanchine’s Serenade, in tribute to Lincoln Kirstein, at the New York State Theater.

2007 June 26 ‒ September 16
Exhibition "A Tribute to Lincoln Kirstein (1907–1996)," at The Metropolitan Museum of Art.

2007 October 12
Lecture/symposium "Lincoln Kirstein Centennial Reading," organized by the Poetry Society of America, the Eakins Press Foundation, and The Center for the Humanities, at The Graduate Center, City University of New York.

2007 October 23
Lecture/symposium "Lincoln Kirstein: A Life in Art," at The Metropolitan Museum of Art.

2007 October 31 ‒ January 30, 2008
Exhibition "Lincoln Kirstein: Alchemist," focusing on the five dance companies he founded: the American Ballet, Ballet Caravan, American Ballet Caravan, Ballet Society, and the New York City Ballet, at the New York Public Library for the Performing Arts.

2007 November
Publication of Remembering Lincoln (Ballet Society, Inc.), edited by Nancy Reynolds.

2007 December
Publication of Lincoln Kirstein: Program Notes (Eakins Press Foundation and Alliance for the Arts), edited by Randall Bourscheidt.

2008 January 24
Lecture "Bringing Balanchine to America: Chick Austin and 'the Hartford Catastrophe,'" by Eugene R. Gaddis, at the New York Public Library for the Performing Arts.