The Museum of Modern Art, Floor T2, Theater 2
Jay Leyda. *Lincoln Kirstein*. c. 1930. Gelatin silver print, 3 11/16 x 4 3/4" (9.4 x 12 cm). Gift of the artist

Co-presented by The Museum of Modern Art and The Center for Ballet and the Arts at New York University, in conjunction with the MoMA exhibition Lincoln Kirstein’s Modern, this event delves into the prodigious diaries Kirstein kept as he contributed to American cultural life in the 1920s and ’30s. Oskar Eustis, Artistic Director, the Public Theater, reads selections from these diaries, which speak to topics ranging from ballet to visual art, and touch on issues around institution-building and identity. A panel discussion expanding on subjects raised in the writings follows, with perspectives offered by Nicholas Jenkins, Kirstein’s literary executor; curator and historian Kevin Moore; and writer Claudia Roth Pierpoint.

Free and open to everyone, but space is limited and a ticket is required. Tickets will be available on April 7, on a first-come, first-served basis. Tickets can be reserved online, at the ticketing desk, or at the film desk on the day of the program.

The exhibition will be open to all program ticket holders from 5:45 to 6:20 p.m. on the evening of the program.

Enter through the Museum entrance at 11 West 53rd Street.

American Sign Language interpretation and CART captioning is available for any public program, with advance notice. Please email to request sign language interpretation (with two weeks notice) or to request CART (with three weeks notice).

Lincoln Kirstein diary excerpts courtesy of the Jerome Robbins Dance Division, The New York Public Library.

This event will be live-streamed.


Education at MoMA is made possible by a partnership with Volkswagen of America.

Major support for Adult and Academic Programs is provided by the Estate of Susan Sabel.

Generous funding is provided by endowments established by Agnes Gund and Daniel Shapiro, The Junior Associates of The Museum of Modern Art, Walter and Jeanne Thayer, and by the gifts of Alan Kanzer. Additional support is provided by the Annual Education Fund.

This event accompanies Lincoln Kirstein’s Modern.