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Finding...Alvin Ailey

An image of Alvin Ailey near the entrance to the exhibit
photo: Laura Spencer/KCUR
An image of Alvin Ailey near the entrance to the exhibit

African-American modern dancer and choreographer Alvin Ailey died nearly 20 years ago. But, until recently, his personal collection of photographs, costume sketches, stage notes and letters had not viewed by the public.

By Laura Spencer


Kansas City, MO – Alvin Ailey's photographs, costume sketches, stage notes, and letters are housed in Black Archives of Mid-America. Selections are now on display in an exhibit at the Kansas City Museum.

Finding...Alvin Ailey: Selections from the Allan Gray Collection at the Black Archives of Mid-America remains on display at the Kansas City Museum at Corinthian Hall through June 24. The exhibition marks a collaboration of the Kansas City Museum, Mr. Allan Gray, the Black Archives of Mid-America, and Kansas City Friends of Alvin Ailey.

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