Tobin Distinguished Lecture: Robert L. B. Tobin and the Women of the Ballet Russes

Thursday, March 28, 2024

6:00 pm – 7:15 pm

McNay Art Museum

Free

Tobin Distinguished Lecture: Robert L. B. Tobin and the Women of the Ballet Russes

Thursday, March 28, 2024

6:00 pm – 7:15 pm

McNay Art Museum

Free

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Caroline Hamilton, Ph.D., Ballets Russes costume and dance historian, will present the 2024 Tobin Distinguished Lecture on Thursday, March 28, 2024, at 6 p.m. at the McNay Art Museum.

Registration for this FREE, in-person event is required.

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This lecture is a program of The Tobin Theatre Arts Fund.

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About the Tobin Distinguished Lecture

Dr. Hamilton’s talk serves as a prologue to the McNay’s upcoming exhibition of Ballet Russes costumes and designs, on view from October 10, 2024 to January 12, 2025. The exhibition is a look at the dazzling and creative contributions of women to the Ballets Russes and their legacy today.

Through the lens of Robert L. B. Tobin’s curatorial eye, the lecture spotlights artworks from the Tobin Collection of Theatre Arts that create a visual chronology of the Ballets Russes’ only female choreographer, Bronislava Nijinska, and designer and artist Natalia Gontcharova. Their collaborations resulted in extraordinary storytelling through dance and design. The exhibition draws from the incredible designs housed in the Tobin Collection including works by designers by Sonia Delaunay and Alexandra Exter as well as costumes, set pieces, and ephemera.

The Fall 2024 theatre arts exhibition will feature exquisite artworks by Gontcharova, Exter, and Delaunay from the acclaimed Tobin Collection of Theatre Arts, as well as loaned costumes, costume designs, and ephemera—some reunited for the first time since performances nearly one hundred years ago.

The 2024 Tobin Distinguished Lecture spotlights the enduring imaginative and artistic contributions of the women of the Ballets Russes and their legacy as seen in ballet today.

Speaker: Dr. Caroline Hamilton

Dr. Caroline Hamilton is an Australian-born historian and curator specializing in early twentieth-century ballet and the evolution of dance costume. Hamilton has written extensively on ballet and costume for Dance We Must: The Art and Costumes of Ruth St. Denis and Ted Shawn, 1906–1940 (Williamstown: WCMA, 2023), Ballet: The Definitive Illustrated Story (London: Dorling Kindersley, 2018) and Anna Pavlova: Twentieth Century Ballerina (London: Booth-Clibborn Editions, 2012). In 2022 she completed her Ph.D. between the University of Brighton and the Royal Pavilion & Museums Trust in the UK. Hamilton’s doctoral thesis examined the design and impact of George Balanchine’s short-lived ballet company Les Ballets 1933 through the surviving costumes and ephemera.

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