Dance in Photography (February 2 to March 28, 1999)
- The J. Paul Getty Museum at the Getty Center, (Los Angeles), February 2 to March 28, 1999
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[Ruth St. Denis in Gypsy Costume]
Arthur F. Kales (American, 1882 - 1936)
Toned platinum print
23.5 x 18.7 cm (9 1/4 x 7 3/8 in.)
Gift of Michael Wilson
After seeing a poster advertising Egyptian Deities brand cigarettes, Ruth St. Denis became fascinated with eastern forms of dance and costume. St. Denis, one of the early innovators of modern dance in America, co-founded the influential Los Angeles dance school Denishawn. Dissatisfied with traditional ballet and the notion of dance as mere entertainment, she explored dance as a medium of spiritual and philosophical expression.