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Martha Graham

Created by: PICRYLDated: 1921
[ Martha Graham in Dark meadow]
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.
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Martha Graham, dancer, who accredits spiritual as well as physical attributes to dance

Martha Graham, dancer, who accredits spiritual as well as physical att...

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

Charles Weidman and Martha Graham as "The Hero's Inner Self" …

Charles Weidman and Martha Graham as "The Hero's Inner Self" …

from Theatre Arts Monthly, June 1929 (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

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 photograph in New York World-Telegram, Jan 18, 1941]

[ Martha Graham photograph in New York World-Telegram, Jan 18, 1941]

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 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

Martha Graham Poster

Martha Graham Poster

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Distribution Center: USIS - Tehran Post: USIS - Tehran Language: Farsi, English Propaganda Posters Distributed in Asia, Latin America and the Middle East

[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

President Gerald R. Ford Presents Martha Graham with the Presidential Medal of Freedom

President Gerald R. Ford Presents Martha Graham with the Presidential ...

Caption: 1976, October 14 – State Dining Room – The White House – Washington, DC – Gerald R. Ford, Martha Graham – Dinner in Honor of Martha Graham and Presentation of the Presidential Medal Of Freedom. Gerald ... more

New York, N.Y., Sept.11, 2014—Dancers rehearse as members of NYC Office of Emergency Management, NYC Department of Cultural Affairs and FEMA visited the Martha Graham Dance Center in lower Manhattan to discuss the launch of CultureAID (Culture Active in Disasters).(Photo by K.C. Wilsey/FEMA)

New York, N.Y., Sept.11, 2014—Dancers rehearse as members of NYC Offic...

The original finding aid described this as: Date Taken: 2014-09-10 13:56:17 UTC Photographer Name: FEMA News Photo Keywords: CultureAID ^ Department of cultural affairs ^ FEMA ^ Martha Graham Dance Center ^ ... more

[ Martha Graham and ensemble in Appalachian spring]
[ Martha Graham in Letter to the World, No. 2]

[ Martha Graham in Letter to the World, No. 2]

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

[ 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 and ? in Heriodiade, No. 5]

[ Martha Graham and ? in Heriodiade, No. 5]

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 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 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 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, 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 ? in Heriodiade, No. 4]

[ Martha Graham and ? in Heriodiade, No. 4]

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. 1]

[ Martha Graham and ? in Heriodiade, No. 1]

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 Heriodiade, No. 3]

[ Martha Graham 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 and ? in Heriodiade, No. 2]

[ Martha Graham and ? in Heriodiade, 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 Punch and the Judy, No. 2]

[ Martha Graham and Erick Hawkins in Punch and the Judy, No. 2]

Photographer unknown - possibly Barbara Morgan? (General) Reproduced with permission of Katherine Duke. (Copyright Notice)

[ Martha Graham in Sarabande]

[ Martha Graham in Sarabande]

Reproduced with permission of Janet Morgan/The Barbara Morgan Archive. For further information e-mail morganarchives@gmail.com (Copyright Notice) Reproduced with permission of Martha Graham Resources, a divisi... 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)

[ Martha Graham and Erdman in Letter to the world]

[ Martha Graham and Erdman in Letter to the world]

Reproduced with permission of Janet Morgan/The Barbara Morgan Archive. For further information e-mail morganarchives@gmail.com (Copyright Notice) Reproduced with permission of Martha Graham Resources, a divisi... more

[ 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 Salem shore, No. 1]

[ Martha Graham in Salem shore, No. 1]

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)

[ Martha Graham and ? in Heriodiade, No. 6]

[ Martha Graham and ? in Heriodiade, No. 6]

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 Night journey]

[ Martha Graham in Night journey]

Angus McBean photograph, (C) Harvard University, Reproduced courtesy of the Harvard Theatre Collection. (Copyright Notice) Reproduced with permission of Martha Graham Resources, a division of The Martha Graha... more

[ Martha Graham in Heriodiade, No. 2]

[ Martha Graham in Heriodiade, 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 in Punch and the Judy]

[ Martha Graham in Punch and the Judy]

Photographer unknown - possibly Barbara Morgan? (General) 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)

[ 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 Appalachian spring]

[ Martha Graham in Appalachian spring]

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 Every soul is a circus]

[ Martha Graham in Every soul is a circus]

The Library was unable to locate the rights holder for this photograph and has elected to make it available online as an exercise of fair use for strictly non-commercial educational uses. If any individuals or ... more

[ Martha Graham and Robert Gorham in Xochitl]

[ Martha Graham and Robert Gorham in Xochitl]

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 Merce Cunningham in Letter to the World]

[ Martha Graham and Merce Cunningham in Letter to the World]

scene: "Dear March, come in" (General) Reproduced with permission of Janet Morgan/The Barbara Morgan Archive. For further information e-mail morganarchives@gmail.com (Copyright Notice) Reproduced with permissi... more

[ Martha Graham in Heriodiade, No. 1]

[ Martha Graham in Heriodiade, No. 1]

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)

[ Martha Graham, Maxine Elliott's Theatre, January 8, 1930]

[ Martha Graham, Maxine Elliott's Theatre, January 8, 1930]

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

[ Martha Graham, Maxine Elliott's Theatre, January 8, 1930]

[ Martha Graham, Maxine Elliott's Theatre, January 8, 1930]

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

[ Martha Graham, Maxine Elliott's Theatre, January 8, 1930]

[ Martha Graham, Maxine Elliott's Theatre, January 8, 1930]

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

[ Martha Graham, Maxine Elliott's Theatre, January 8, 1930]

[ Martha Graham, Maxine Elliott's Theatre, January 8, 1930]

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

[Portrait of Martha Graham and Bertram Ross, faces touching, in "Visionary recital"]

[Portrait of Martha Graham and Bertram Ross, faces touching, in "Visio...

Title derived from information on verso of photographic print. Van Vechten number: XI SS 6. 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, faces touching, in "Visionary recital"]

[Portrait of Martha Graham and Bertram Ross, faces touching, in "Visio...

Title derived from information on verso of photographic print. Van Vechten number: XI SS 6. Also available on microfilm. Gift; Carl Van Vechten Estate; 1966. Forms part of: Portrait photographs of celebrities, ... more

[ Martha Graham and Dance Group, Carnegie Hall, December 15, 1935]

[ Martha Graham and Dance Group, Carnegie Hall, December 15, 1935]

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

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 and Dance Group, Civic Theatre, March 10, 1940]

[ Martha Graham and Dance Group, Civic Theatre, March 10, 1940]

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 Group, Civic Theatre, March 10, 1940]

[ Martha Graham and Dance Group, Civic Theatre, March 10, 1940]

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, in Visionary Recital]

[Portrait of Martha Graham and Bertram Ross, in Visionary Recital]

Title derived from information on verso of photographic print. Van Vechten number: X SS 21. 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, in Visionary Recital]

[Portrait of Martha Graham and Bertram Ross, in Visionary Recital]

Title derived from information on verso of photographic print. Van Vechten number: X SS 21. Also available on microfilm. Gift; Carl Van Vechten Estate; 1966. Forms part of: Portrait photographs of celebrities, ... more

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)

[Portrait of Martha Graham and Bertram Ross, as Clytemenestra and Orestes]

[Portrait of Martha Graham and Bertram Ross, as Clytemenestra and Ores...

Title derived from information on verso of photographic print. Van Vechten number: X SS 15. Also available on microfilm. Gift; Carl Van Vechten Estate; 1966. Forms part of: Portrait photographs of celebrities, ... more