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.

About The New York Public Library
The New York Public Library was created in 1895 with the consolidation of the private libraries of John Jacob Astor and James Lenox with the Samuel Jones Tilden Trust. The Library provides free and open access to its physical and electronic collections and information, as well as to its services. Its renowned research collections are located in the Stephen A. Schwarzman Building at Fifth Avenue and 42nd Street; The New York Public Library for the Performing Arts at Lincoln Center; the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture in Harlem; and the Science, Industry and Business Library at 34th Street and Madison Avenue. Eighty-eight branch libraries provide access to circulating collections and a wide range of other services in neighborhoods throughout the Bronx, Manhattan, and Staten Island. Research and circulating collections combined total more than 50 million items. In addition, each year the Library presents thousands of exhibitions and public programs, which include classes in technology, literacy, and English for speakers of other languages. All in all The New York Public Library serves more than 17 million patrons who come through its doors annually and millions more around the globe who use its resources at www.nypl.org.

About Lincoln Center Festival
Since its inaugural season in 1996, Lincoln Center Festival has received worldwide attention for presenting some of the broadest and most original performing arts programs in Lincoln Center's history. In fourteen seasons, the Festival has presented more than 1,100 performances of opera, music, dance, theater, and interdisciplinary forms by internationally acclaimed artists from more than 50 countries. To date, the Festival has commissioned 30 new works and offered some 120 world, U.S., and New York premieres. It places particular emphasis on showcasing contemporary artistic viewpoints and multidisciplinary works that push the boundaries of traditional performance
Lincoln Center Festival 2010 is sponsored by American Express.

Lincoln Center Festival 2010 is also made possible by Nancy A. Marks, LuEsther T. Mertz Charitable Trust, Isilon Systems, The Skirball Foundation, The Harold & Mimi Steinberg Charitable Trust, The Katzenberger Foundation, Inc., Trust for Mutual Understanding, The Shubert Foundation, Jennie and Richard DeScherer, The Winston Foundation, The Grand Marnier Foundation, The Andrea and Charles Bronfman Philanthropies, Asian Cultural Council, Italian Cultural Institute, J.C.C. Fund of the Japanese Chamber of Commerce and Industry of New York, Inc., Georges Lurcy Charitable and Educational Trust, Mitsubishi International Corporation, Mitsui USA Foundation, The Harkness Foundation for Dance, Great Performers Circle, Chairman's Council, and Friends of Lincoln Center.

Public support for Festival 2010 is provided by the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, the New York State Council on the Arts, and the National Endowment for the Arts.

Endowment support is provided by the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation, Nancy Abeles Marks, and The Alice Tully Foundation.

Movado is an Official Sponsor of Lincoln Center, Inc.

WNBC/WNJU are Official Broadcast Partners of Lincoln Center, Inc.

Continental Airlines is the Official Airline of Lincoln Center, Inc.

MetLife is the National Sponsor of Lincoln Center, Inc.

"Summer at Lincoln Center" is sponsored by Diet Pepsi and The Wall Street Journal.

Lincoln Center Festival is a presentation of Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts, Inc. (LCPA), which serves three primary roles: presenter of superb artistic programming, national leader in the arts and education, and manager of the Lincoln Center campus. As a presenter of more than 400 events annually, LCPA's programs include American Songbook, Great Performers, Lincoln Center Out of Doors, Midsummer Night Swing, the Mostly Mozart Festival, and Live From Lincoln Center. In addition, LCPA is leading a series of major capital projects on behalf of the resident organizations across the campus.