The Valley Performing Arts Center Art Gallery is located on the Loge Level, north of the Great Hall. Exhibitions are open to ticket holders one hour prior to performances and during intermissions, and by appointment. For more information, contact Sally Adelblue at (818) 677-8800.
Past-Future-Perfect: The 20th Century Influences of Martha Graham and Barbara Morgan
March 12 - May 15
Valley Performing Arts Center’s special celebration of the 70th anniversary of Martha Graham Dance Company’s American classic Appalachian Spring includes a rare exhibit of vintage photographs by Graham’s collaborator and friend Barbara Morgan. A 20th century innovator and revolutionary dance photographer, Morgan captured the illusive quality of dance. The exhibition conceived by Bonnie Oda Homsey, a former Graham dancer and founder of the Los Angeles Dance Foundation, visually conveys the formidable spheres of artistic innovation by Martha Graham and Barbara Morgan. Past-Future-Perfect marks only the second time LADF’s collection has been seen in California. The Company’s Los Angeles premiere on April 18th holds particular signicance for VPAC’s Executive Director Thor Steingraber who is bringing the rst art exhibit linked to a live performance at the venue, and for Graham Company Artistic Director Janet Eilber who is delighted to share a program at the center that includes new commissioned works with Graham legacy classics like Appalachian Spring. The repertoire also features Echo, Errand into the Maze and Lamentation Variations, showcasing contemporary choreographers Kyle Abraham, Larry Keigwin and Sonya Tayeh.
Photograph of Martha Graham (1940) by Barbara Morgan from the collection of Los Angeles Dance Foundation.
Curated by Bonnie Oda Homsey from the Barbara Morgan collection, as gifted to Los Angeles Dance Foundation.