New York in New York County, New York — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
May 4, 1907 – January 5, 1996
— 128 East 19 Street, Manhattan —
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.
Erected 2013 by Historic Landmarks Preservation Center.
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Arts, Letters, Music • Entertainment. In addition, it is included in the New York, New York City Historic Landmarks Preservation Center Cultural Medallions series list. A significant historical year for this entry is 1934.
Location. 40° 44.203′ N, 73° 59.161′ W. Marker is in New York, New York, in New York County. Marker is on East 19th Street west of 3rd Avenue, on the left when traveling west. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 128 East 19th Street, New York NY 10003, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Gramercy Park Historic District (within shouting distance of this marker); George Bellows (within shouting distance of this marker); Pete’s Tavern (within shouting distance of this marker); Brotherhood Synagogue (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); a different marker also named Gramercy Park Historic District (about 300 feet away); James Cagney (about 300 feet away); Gramercy Park Clubhouse (about 400 feet away); O. Henry (about 400 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in New York.
Also see . . .
1. HLPC Cultural Medallion, Lincoln Kirstein, December 12, 2013. YouTube video:
Installment of (Submitted on October 10, 2016.)
2. The Lincoln Kirstein House - 128 East 19th Street. "Daytonian in Manhattan" entry. (Submitted on February 25, 2021, by Larry Gertner of New York, New York.)
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