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Women's History Salons
Martha Graham's Cold War: The Dance of American Diplomacy
Victoria Phillips, Linda Hodes, Valerie Paley
Wed, January 8th, 6:30 PM | Dexter Hall | $15 ($12 Members, $8 Women’s History Council Members)

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Modern dance icon Martha Graham once claimed, “I am not political." But in historian Victoria Phillips’s new book, Martha Graham's Cold War: The Dance of American Diplomacy, the author uncovers how Graham and her company infiltrated the American propaganda machine, from a White House performance in 1937 to a planned tour of Eastern Europe under George H.W. Bush in 1989.

Join Phillips, in conversation with legendary Martha Graham dancer Linda Hodes and moderator Valerie Paley, director of the Center for Women's History, as they uncover Graham's surprising place in American diplomacy.  Book signing with the author to follow.

Refreshments will be served.


Dexter Hall at the New-York Historical Society, 170 Central Park West, New York, NY 10024


By phone: Contact New-York Historical’s in-house call center at (212) 485-9268. Call center is open 9 am–5 pm daily.
Online: Click on the orange “Buy Tickets” button at the top of this page.
In person: Advance tickets may be purchased on site at New-York Historical’s Admissions desk during museum hours.

Advance purchase is required to guarantee particpation. Program tickets do not include Museum Admission unless otherwise noted.

Credit: Courtesy of the Gerald Ford Presidential Library and Museum, Betty Ford, White House Papers, and the Library of Congress, Music Division. No photographer credited, undated photograph.

Lead support for the Center for Women's History programs provided by
Joyce B. Cowin, Diane and Adam E. Max, Jean Margo Reid, 
and the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. 

Creative: Tronvig Group