SmART talks: February 2020

  • 11:00 AM

Stanley Visual Classroom, third floor Iowa Memorial Union
125 N. Madison St., Iowa City

Join us for a conversation filled with art, discovery, and community!

"Stories from the Archives: Dance’s Forgotten Globalist Past"

In dance historical circles, postwar New York City is known as the home of dance modernism, the nascent culture capital of the world where the likes of choreographers Martha Graham and Merce Cunningham established themselves as seminal artistic thinkers of the day. At the same time, New York City was home base for a diverse collection of dance artists who specialized in performing international dance forms as well as the global capital of international dance performance in the 1940s and 1950s.

Rebekah Kowal, Associate Professor of Dance at The University of Iowa and author of Dancing the World Smaller: Staging Globalism in Mid-Century America, will discuss how she came to discover what had become a lost history of American dance globalism in the course of extensive archival research in a variety of collections in New York City. Then she will guide participants through analyses of some visual and print materials she found in the process of her research to illustrate how she formulated a methodology and some of the book’s core contentions founded on questions the sources invited.

Stanley smART talks present faculty of the University of Iowa and members of the community whose work relates to current events. Speakers share their work and its connection to the Stanley Museum of Art’s permanent collection. We invite the audience to take a break from your day and spend 15–20 minutes participating in the discussion and sharing your experiences.

smART talks are for anyone who enjoys engaging with the community and discovering new connections between the museum’s collection and events beyond its walls. We invite the campus community—including courses and student groups—and the surrounding area to join our discussion.

Cost: Free and open to all


Individuals with disabilities are encouraged to attend all University of Iowa-sponsored events. If you are a person with a disability who requires a reasonable accommodation in order to participate in a program, please contact the University of Iowa Stanley Museum of Art in advance at 335-1727.