NYPL Presents Lincoln Center Festival in Pictures, Opens 7/7

NYPL Presents Lincoln Center Festival in Pictures, Opens 7/7

On the eve of its 15th season which begins on July 7, Lincoln Center Festival celebrates the new-on its expanded website-with its critically-acclaimed past-a photo exhibit at the New York Public Library for the Performing Arts.

On July 6, The New York Public Library for the Performing Arts will open Lincoln Center Festival in Pictures, a retrospective photography exhibition that highlights the Festival's artists and productions over the past 14 years. All photographs in the exhibition are by Stephanie Berger, who has served as the staff photographer for Lincoln Center Festival since its inception in 1996. The photographs capture some of the most memorable and eclectic productions presented by the Festival. Lincoln Center Festival in Pictures also portrays some of the great artists who have participated in the Festival over the years, including Liam Neeson, Harold Pinter, Mikhail Baryshnikov, Ornette Coleman, and Merce Cunningham. Lincoln Center Festival in Pictures will be on display from July 6 through August 14 in the Plaza corridor gallery of The New York Public Library for the Performing Arts, located at 40 Lincoln Center Plaza. The gallery is open Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday, and Saturday until 6 pm; Monday and Thursday until 8 pm; and closed Sundays. Admission is free to the public.

Arts lovers are invited to visit the new Festival website, LincolnCenterFestival.org, for special features on this year's festival, including exclusive videos and interviews about the productions. On another section of Lincoln Center's site, "Summer at Lincoln Center" (summeratlincolncenter.org) blogger, journalist James Sims, describes an array of experiences to be had-both onstage and off-all summer long, on the newly-transformed campus.

The 15th edition of the Lincoln Center Festival, opens on July 7 and continues through July 25, 2010 includes nine North American, U.S., and New York premieres, and debuts. The Festival will unfold in seven venues on and off the Lincoln Center campus, including two major theater events on Governors Island-the North American premiere of Peter Stein's 12-hour marathon production of Dostoyevsky's The Demons (also known as The Possessed) and the North American premiere of Toneelgroep Amsterdam's production of Pier Paolo Pasolini's searing Teorema, adapted and staged by Ivo van Hove. For more information, visit online at: www.LincolnCenterFestival.org

Stephanie Berger
Best known for her work photographing the performing arts, Stephanie Berger has captured music, dance, opera, cultural events, and festivals at Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts, the Brooklyn Academy Of Music, Carnegie Hall, Museum of Modern Art, Dia Art Foundation, Bard College, and The Whitney Museum since 1986. She has exhibited her photographs in several galleries and pubic art spaces over the years and her work appears regularly in international publications and book projects. Stephanie has been a freelance photographer for The New York Times since 1992, and her photographs frequently appear in the Culture and Arts and Leisure sections. She has been commissioned by such notable artists as the New York Philharmonic, Mark Morris Dance Group, The Merce Cunningham Dance Company, and worked with directors such as Robert Wilson, Chen Shi-Zheng, and Meredith Monk. Stephanie graduated from the University of Massachusetts in Amherst, and studied photography at Hampshire College. She worked as a photographer for the City of New York's Department of Transportation in the 1980's documenting New York City's Bridges and public works, and helped bring awareness to their deteriorating conditions.

About The New York Public Library for the Performing Arts
The New York Public Library for the Performing Arts houses the world's most extensive combination of circulating, reference, and rare archival collections in its field. Its divisions are the Circulating Collections, Jerome Robbins Dance Division, Music Division, Billy Rose Theatre Division, and the Rodgers & Hammerstein Archives of Recorded Sound. The materials in its collections are available free of charge, along with a wide range of special programs, including exhibitions, seminars, and performances. An essential resource for everyone with an interest in the arts - whether professional or amateur - the Library is known particularly for its prodigious collections of non-book materials such as historic recordings, videotapes, autograph manuscripts, correspondence, sheet music, stage designs, press clippings, programs, posters, and photographs.