CURTAIN CALL: CELEBRATING A CENTURY OF WOMEN DESIGNING FOR LIVE PERFORMANCE

One of Carrie Robbins' luxurious costume designs for the opera Death in Venice

JANET COLLINS (1927-2008)
CURTAIN CALL: CELEBRATING A CENTURY OF WOMEN DESIGNING FOR LIVE PERFORMANCE was an exhibition of more than 100 scene, costume, and lighting designs by women who created for the performing arts in the United States since the end of the nineteenth century.

This glorious exhibition is portrayed on the pages of the catalogue, which also includes essays by the curators Barbara Cohen-Stratyner and Carrie Robbins.

The sketch at the left (larger in real life) is by Janet Collins, a classically trained dancer and choreographer and the first African American to perform at The Metropolitan Opera. Here she designs a costume for one of her own dance concerts during the 1950s. (Pencil and gouache on paper.)

The catalogue is available at the New York Public Library for the Performing Arts, at Lincoln Center, or through the League of Professional Theatre Women (888)-297-3117.