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Lincoln Kirstein

May 4, 1907 – January 5, 1996

Lincoln Kirstein is widely recognized as one of the founders of the American ballet tradition. With George Balanchine, he created the School of American Ballet in 1934 and served as its President until 1989. Beginning in 1935, he attempted to launch four different ballet companies before successfully establishing the New York City Ballet with Balanchine in 1948. Kirstein was the company's General Director for over 40 years, until 1989. A supporter of modernism across the arts, in 1928 Kirstein co- founded with John Walker III and Edward M.M. Warburg, the Harvard Society for Contemporary Art; this group led, the following year, to the founding of the Museum of Modern Art. A scholar, writer and outspoken critic, Kirstein authored more than 500 articles, poems, reviews, books and essays on the visual and performing arts, history, and literature. He founded the Dance Archives at New York's Museum of Modern Art (1940), as well as Dance Index magazine, of which he was editor from 1942 to 1948. His many honors include the Medal of Freedom and the National Medal of Arts.

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