ACRL Arts Section Blog

July 11, 2009

Dance Librarians Discuss Chicago’s Dance History

Portrait of pioneering Chicago dance critic and archivist, Ann Barzel.  Image from the Newberry Library website.

Portrait of pioneering Chicago dance critic and archivist, Ann Barzel. Image from the Newberry Library website.

The Dance Librarians Discussion Group met earlier today and we had a good turnout in spite of the temptations offered by the delightful weather outdoors in Chicago this afternoon.  Among our special guests was Alison Hinderliter of the Newberry Library, who provided an extensive overview of the Newberry’s impressive manuscript collections on dance, as well as an improvised PowerPoint of images from the Ann Barzel papers and other treasures from the collection.  Also giving a presentation was Jeffrey Katz of the University of British Columbia, who shared his lively survey of baseball as a theme (and source of inspiration) in American concert dance.

Many thanks to our presenters and all who participated.  As a reminder, you also can continue to explore dance in Chicago if you join us Monday evening at 6:00  pm at the Chicago Public Library’s Harold Washington Library Center for a tour of the Visual and Performing Arts Department to be led by Robert Sloane.  No reservations are necessary, just meet up at 6:00 on the Eighth floor of the HWLC, 400 South State Street.

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