Take in a variety of art, photography, and artifact exhibits to enliven and deepen your Festival experience.

Free to Explore

Diverse exhibits feature outstanding dance imagery in a variety of exhibition spaces and theatre lobbies. All exhibits are free and open to the public throughout the Festival (June 19-August 25) to augment performances and celebrate the Pillow’s rich history.

Festival 2019 Exhibits

Dance We Must:
Another Look

Blake’s Barn

Open Wed-Sat noon to final curtain (approx. 10pm) and Sun-Tues noon to 5pm

Drawing upon the acclaimed 2018 exhibit at the Williams College Museum of Art, the Pillow’s historic costumes, set pieces, and other artifacts are viewed through a different lens, illuminating the early years of American modern dance with alternative voices brought forward. The adjacent Norton Owen Reading Room features recent donations and more from the Stephan Driscoll Collection.

Assemblages by
Paul Taylor

Ted Shawn Theatre Lobby

Open Wed-Sat noon to final curtain (approx. 10pm) and Sun-Tues noon to 5pm

Beyond dancemaking, Paul Taylor was an infinitely creative artist in multiple media, and Jacob’s Pillow salutes his memory with his own idiosyncratic visual works, some on public display for the first time. Assembled mostly from found objects, Taylor’s artworks are joyful, haunting, humorous, bawdy, ingenious, and just as memorable as the dances for which he is best known.

Merce Cunningham: Loops

Doris Duke Theatre Lobby

Open Wed-Sat noon to final curtain (approx. 10pm) and Sun-Tues noon to 5pm

This abstract virtual reality portrait of Merce Cunningham was created by digital artists Paul Kaiser and Marc Downie. With imagery derived from a motion-captured performance by Cunningham of his solo dance for hands, and soundtrack of Cunningham reading from early diary entries, Loops recognizes the Cunningham Centennial by distilling the great choreographer’s essence into a unique work of art. Visit Blake's Barn for a virtual reality experience related to this exhibit.

Jacob’s Pillow: Taking Dance Off the Mountain

Methuselah Bar & Lounge, Pittsfield, MA

Mon-Sat, 5pm-1am

In this off-site exhibit, we ask the question: “where can dance happen?” View a selection of original images by Festival photographer Christopher Duggan, taken for a new artistic series that intersects dance, photography, and our beloved Berkshire landscape. Check out the series in Pillow Picks. We invite you to become part of the movement and share how you take dance off the mountain. Visitors are encouraged to take photos dancing in the exhibit and post on social media using the hashtags #jacobspillow and #pillowcommunity for a chance to win Festival 2019 tickets.

More Dance to Discover

Housed in Blake’s Barn (next to the Box Office), the Pillow’s extensive Archives and the new Norton Owen Reading Room open a window to the past, present, and future, and exemplify founder Ted Shawn’s mission to broaden appreciation for dance. The general public is invited to view videos, explore photos and programs, or browse the extensive dance library, while on display are recent donations from Ruth St. Denis’s family and more treasures from the Stephan Driscoll Collection. Open daily throughout the season from noon to 10pm (Wednesdays through Saturdays) and noon to 5pm (Sundays through Tuesdays).

Visit the Archives

Tour the Jacob’s Pillow Archives and the Gotta Dance, Too! exhibition (recorded August 2018):

More to Explore at the Pillow