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Mount Vernon Library Hosts Photo Exhibit Of Dance

"Grace In Motion: Photographing Dance" is currently on exhibit at the Mount Vernon Public Library through Aug. 2. The exhibit is in collaboration with ArtsWestchester.
"Grace In Motion: Photographing Dance" is currently on exhibit at the Mount Vernon Public Library through Aug. 2. The exhibit is in collaboration with ArtsWestchester. Photo Credit: Courtesy of ArtsWestchester

MOUNT VERNON, N.Y. -- The Mount Vernon Public Library, in collaboration with ArtsWestchester, is featuring a new exhibition of renowned local artists who immortalize the grace, athleticism and artistry of dance through photography.

"Grace in Motion: Photographing Dance" features contemporary images of dance performances from around the world, as well as dancers from regional companies. On view in the Mount Vernon Public Library’s Rotunda Gallery through Aug. 2, this exhibition features 16 pieces that highlight the universality,beauty and expressive quality of dance.

The show consists of selections from an exhibition of the same title, which was on view at ArtsWestchester’s Peckham and Shenkman Galleries this past winter.

"Grace in Motion: Photographing Dance" melds two vibrant artistic mediums, performance art and visual art, through the captivating works of established local photographers, Stephanie Berger, Ira Block and Ellen Crane.

“'Grace in Motion' puts prominent dance companies, award-winning choreographers and renowned photographers in a kind of ‘stop-frame’ spotlight,” ArtsWestchester CEO Janet Langsam said. “'Grace in Motion' brings two vibrant artistic communities together – dance and the visual arts – in a collaborative effort that celebrates them both.”

Berger has been photographing performance and cultural events at Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts, Brooklyn Academy of Music, Carnegie Hall, The Museum of Modern Art and The Whitney Museum. She has been the Lincoln Center Festival staff photographer since its inception in 1996 and has been commissioned by major orchestras and dance companies.

A frequent a contributor to many publications,Block is an internationally renowned photojournalist, teacher and workshop leader who has produced over 30 stories for National Geographic magazine and its affiliates NG Traveler and Adventure. He began his career as a newspaper photographer, earning numerous press club awards.

Crane, of Dobbs Ferry, a ballerina in the ‘80s, found that she enjoyed watching and analyzing movement as much as dancing. After moving to New York City to further her dance career, she eventually entered the Gallatin School at New York University to pursue her interest in photography. Crane has worked with renowned dance photographer Lois Greenfield and covered dance as a freelance photographer for publications including The New York Times, The Village Voice, New York magazine and Dance Magazine.

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