Lincoln Center has announced details of a three-month exhibit chronicling its 50-year history, set to open at the New York Public Library for the Performing Arts on October 15. The exhibit, Lincoln Center: Celebrating 50 Years, will feature all twelve Lincoln Center constituent organizations and encompass seven themes: origins, architecture, personalities, performances, technology, education, and media and commerce. Some of the items on view will be a signed copy of John Adams’s score On the Transmigration of Souls, written in response to 9/11 and premiered by the New York Philharmonic on September 19, 2002; the feathered, sequined gown worn by Beverly Sills at her 1980 farewell gala at the New York State Theater; a poster designed by Andy Warhol for the fifth New York Film Festival in 1967; and the yellow dress from Lincoln Center Theater’s Tony Award-winning production Contact. Exhibit curator Thomas Mellins will give a free lecture at 6 p.m. on October 15 in the library’s Bruno Walter Auditorium.

Posted July 2, 2009