[Ruth St. Denis in Gypsy Costume]

Object Details

Title:

[Ruth St. Denis in Gypsy Costume]

Artist/Maker(s):

Arthur F. Kales (American, 1882 - 1936)

Culture:

American

Date:

1920

Medium:

Toned platinum print

Dimensions:

23.5 x 18.7 cm (9 1/4 x 7 3/8 in.)

Credit Line:

Gift of Michael Wilson

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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.

Exhibitions
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, (Cat.)