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Martha Graham

Martha Graham was an American modern dancer and choreographer whose influence on dance has been compared with the influence of Picasso on modern visual arts, the influence of Stravinsky on music, and the influence of Frank Lloyd Wright on architecture.
She danced and choreographed for over seventy years. Graham was the first dancer to perform at the White House, travel abroad as a cultural ambassador, and receive the highest civilian award of the US: the Presidential Medal of Freedom. Recognized as one of the greatest artists of the 20th century Martha Graham created a movement language based upon the expressive capacity of the human body.
[ Martha Graham in Dark meadow]
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Martha Graham Dancing Little Theatre Tonight

Martha Graham Dancing Little Theatre Tonight

photo with caption (Content) Reproduced with permission of Martha Graham Resources, a division of The Martha Graham Center of Contemporary Dance, www.marthagraham.org. (Copyright Notice)

Martha Graham

Martha Graham

Photo with brief caption (Content) From New York Post of January 4, 1936. Announcement of performance the following day. (General) Reproduced with permission of Martha Graham Resources, a division of The Martha... more

Martha Graham and Dance Company in "Appalachian Spring"

Martha Graham and Dance Company in "Appalachian Spring"

photograph of performance, from the Christian Science Monitor Jan 18 1945. (General) Reproduced with permission of Martha Graham Resources, a division of The Martha Graham Center of Contemporary Dance, www.mart... more

[Portrait of Martha Graham and Bertram Ross, in Clytemenestra]

[Portrait of Martha Graham and Bertram Ross, in Clytemenestra]

Title derived from information on verso of photographic print. Van Vechten number: X SS 5. Also available on microfilm. Gift; Carl Van Vechten Estate; 1966. Forms part of: Portrait photographs of celebrities, a... more

[ Martha Graham in Night journey]

[ Martha Graham in Night journey]

photograph from Harvard Theatre Collection - possibly Angus McBean? (General) Angus McBean photograph, (C) Harvard University, Reproduced courtesy of the Harvard Theatre Collection. (Copyright Notice) Reprodu... more

[ Martha Graham in Salem shore, No. 2]

[ Martha Graham in Salem shore, No. 2]

Photographer unknown. (General) Reproduced with permission of Martha Graham Resources, a division of The Martha Graham Center of Contemporary Dance, www.marthagraham.org. (Copyright Notice)

[ Martha Graham and Erick Hawkins in Deaths and entrances]

[ Martha Graham and Erick Hawkins in Deaths and entrances]

Reproduced with permission of Janet Morgan/The Barbara Morgan Archive. For further information e-mail morganarchives@gmail.com (Copyright Notice) Reproduced with permission of Katherine Duke. (Copyright Notice)

[ Martha Graham in Dark meadow]

[ Martha Graham in Dark meadow]

Photographer unknown. (General) Reproduced with permission of Martha Graham Resources, a division of The Martha Graham Center of Contemporary Dance, www.marthagraham.org. (Copyright Notice)

[ Martha Graham, Erick Hawkins, and Nina Fonaroff in Punch and the Judy]

[ Martha Graham, Erick Hawkins, and Nina Fonaroff in Punch and the Jud...

Photographer unknown. (General) Reproduced with permission of Janet Morgan/The Barbara Morgan Archive. For further information e-mail morganarchives@gmail.com (Copyright Notice) Reproduced with permission of K... more

[ Martha Graham and Erick Hawkins in Punch and the Judy, No. 1]

[ Martha Graham and Erick Hawkins in Punch and the Judy, No. 1]

Reproduced with permission of Janet Morgan/The Barbara Morgan Archive. For further information e-mail morganarchives@gmail.com (Copyright Notice) Reproduced with permission of Katherine Duke. (Copyright Notice)

[ May O'Donnell and Martha Graham in Cave of the heart]

[ May O'Donnell and Martha Graham in Cave of the heart]

Photographer unknown. (General) Reproduced with permission of Martha Graham Resources, a division of The Martha Graham Center of Contemporary Dance, www.marthagraham.org. (Copyright Notice)

[ Martha Graham and ? in Heriodiade, No. 3]

[ Martha Graham and ? in Heriodiade, No. 3]

Photographer unknown. (General) Reproduced with permission of Martha Graham Resources, a division of The Martha Graham Center of Contemporary Dance, www.marthagraham.org. (Copyright Notice)

[ Martha Graham in Xochitl (1919]]

[ Martha Graham in Xochitl (1919]]

Reproduced with permission of Martha Graham Resources, a division of The Martha Graham Center of Contemporary Dance, www.marthagraham.org. (Copyright Notice)

[ Erick Hawkins and Martha Graham in Dark meadow]

[ Erick Hawkins and Martha Graham in Dark meadow]

Photographer unknown. (General) Reproduced with permission of Martha Graham Resources, a division of The Martha Graham Center of Contemporary Dance, www.marthagraham.org. (Copyright Notice)

[ Martha Graham in Greenwich Follies, June 1924]

[ Martha Graham in Greenwich Follies, June 1924]

Reproduced with permission of Martha Graham Resources, a division of The Martha Graham Center of Contemporary Dance, www.marthagraham.org. (Copyright Notice) Will Rapport Collection, Harvard Theatre Collection.... more

[ Martha Graham and first dance company, 1920's]

[ Martha Graham and first dance company, 1920's]

Photographer unknown. (General) Reproduced with permission of Martha Graham Resources, a division of The Martha Graham Center of Contemporary Dance, www.marthagraham.org. (Copyright Notice)

[Portrait of Martha Graham and Bertram Ross]

[Portrait of Martha Graham and Bertram Ross]

Title derived from information on verso of photographic print. Van Vechten number: XI SS 4. Also available on microfilm. Gift; Carl Van Vechten Estate; 1966. Forms part of: Portrait photographs of celebrities, ... more

[Portrait of Martha Graham and Bertram Ross]

[Portrait of Martha Graham and Bertram Ross]

Title derived from information on verso of photographic print. Van Vechten number: XI SS 4. Also available on microfilm. Gift; Carl Van Vechten Estate; 1966. Forms part of: Portrait photographs of celebrities, ... more

Martha Graham Group in "Tribute to Peace"

Martha Graham Group in "Tribute to Peace"

Reproduced with permission of Martha Graham Resources, a division of The Martha Graham Center of Contemporary Dance, www.marthagraham.org. (Copyright Notice)

Martha Graham Emerges From "Woolen" Period With Dramatic Dances on Eve of Tour

Martha Graham Emerges From "Woolen" Period With Dramatic Dances on Eve...

Reproduced with permission of Martha Graham Resources, a division of The Martha Graham Center of Contemporary Dance, www.marthagraham.org. (Copyright Notice)

Martha Graham Emerges From "Woolen" Period With Dramatic Dances on Eve of Tour

Martha Graham Emerges From "Woolen" Period With Dramatic Dances on Eve...

Reproduced with permission of Martha Graham Resources, a division of The Martha Graham Center of Contemporary Dance, www.marthagraham.org. (Copyright Notice)

[ Martha Graham and Dance Company, Constitution Hall, January 23, 1945]

[ Martha Graham and Dance Company, Constitution Hall, January 23, 1945...

Reproduced with permission of Martha Graham Resources, a division of The Martha Graham Center of Contemporary Dance, www.marthagraham.org. (Copyright Notice)