Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers by Unidentified artist, gelatin Silver Print, 1936

Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers by Unidentified artist, gelatin Silver Print, 1936

Dancing the Dream

October 4, 2013 - July 13, 2014

From the late 19th century to today, dance has captured this nation’s culture in motion. “Dancing the Dream” showcased generations of performers, choreographers and impresarios. The show includeed images of performers like Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers, Michael Jackson, Savion Glover, George Balanchine, Mikhail Baryshnikov, Beyoncé, Isadora Duncan, Agnes de Mille and Lady Gaga. Dance has drawn from the boundless commotion of cultures to represent the rhythm and beat of American life. This exhibition explored the relationship between the art of dance and the evolution of a modern American identity.

The curator of this exhibition was National Portrait Gallery historian Amy Henderson.

  • Dancing the Dream

    View of "Dancing the Dream." Photo by Mark Gulezian. 

  • Dancing the Dream

    View of "Dancing the Dream." Photo by Mark Gulezian. 

  • Dancing the Dream

    View of "Dancing the Dream." Photo by Mark Gulezian. 

  • Dancing the Dream

    View of "Dancing the Dream." Photo by Mark Gulezian.