Taylor Treasures: Illustrations from “Airs”
by Jonathan Craig, Archivist
Hello from The Taylor Archives! For those of you who haven’t met me yet, my name is Jonathan Craig and I happily took over as the archivist here in November 2022. As someone whose background is in the theater, I get the importance of preserving and documenting the creative process behind live performances as well as the magic that happens on stage. I am also keenly aware of the incredible privilege bestowed on me in safeguarding the personal effects and tangible creations of a legend in the world of modern dance. So, I am very excited to be here!
As many of you know, The Taylor Archives holds a treasure trove of materials, including Paul Taylor’s choreography notebooks and personal correspondence, original set designs and costume sketches, programs and handbills, thousands of photographs, hundreds of hours of performance footage, and much more. I’m happy to share some of these treasures with you each month.
First up, the original 1978 watercolor costume illustrations for Airs by Gene Moore. Each painting measures 10 x 15” and lists the original dancers on the back: Christopher Gillis, Elie Chaib, Thomas Evert, Ruth Andrien, Victoria Uris, Susan McGuire, and Carolyn Adams.