From Russes with love: the early-20th-century gay genius of Nijinsky, Diaghilev, and the Ballets Russes comes alive in a major exhibition at the Baltimore Museum of Art. (art).
Thirty of those costumes, along with nearly 80 sketches and renderings of costume and set designs, are on display at the Baltimore Museum of Art from February 12 to May 4. Last exhibited in the United States in 1998, the selections are from the collection of the Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art in Hartford, Conn. The "merging of performing arts and fine arts" shown here, curator Katy Rothkopf says, made the Ballets Russes "revolutionary."
Also revolutionary was the company's famously radical dancer and choreographer Vaslav Nijinsky, who had a five-year relationship with Diaghilev and who became "the first significant icon available to men coming to terms with their homosexuality," according to Kevin Kopelson, author of The Queer Afterlife of Vaslav Nijinsky. He is captured in the exhibition through designer Leon Bakst's rendering of Nijinsky's skintight costume from L'Apres-midi d'un faune (The Afternoon of a Faun).
The costumes and renderings "will be of interest to gays and lesbians who'd like to visualize an important chapter in the history of Western sexuality," Kopelson says. "The costumes in particular were most readily appropriable by men (and women) who fantasized about being Nijinsky--even if they didn't fancy being gay."
Dehnart has written for Salon.com.
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|Publication:||The Advocate (The national gay & lesbian newsmagazine)|
|Date:||Feb 18, 2003|
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