Take in a variety of art and photography 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 to augment performances and celebrate the Pillow’s rich history.

Festival 2018 Exhibits


Blake’s Barn

Open Wed-Sat noon to final curtain and Sun-Tues noon to 5pm

This select group of original movie posters follows up on the hugely popular 2014 exhibit with a different set of rarities from the collection of Mike Kaplan. More than 75 vintage posters feature Fred Astaire, Josephine Baker, Gene Kelly and more screen legends, excitingly illustrated in vibrant color. The expanded Norton Owen Reading Room features recent donations and more from the Stephan Driscoll Collection.


Ted Shawn Theatre Lobby

Open Wed-Sat noon to final curtain and Sun-Tues noon to 5pm

Commemorating the 80th anniversary of Dance of the Ages, a culminating achievement by Ted Shawn and His Men Dancers, this exhibit also highlights a full reconstruction of the work to be performed by Adam H. Weinert at Jacob’s Pillow, September 21-23. The exhibit features images, memorabilia, and costumes from the original 1938 production, many on view for the first time.


Doris Duke Theatre Lobby

Open Wed-Sat noon to final curtain and Sun-Tues noon to 5pm

Netta Yerushalmy has created a new performance work entitled Paramodernities with its premiere on deconstructing classic dances by pioneering choreographers. Historic Pillow images from one of these, Alvin Ailey’s iconic Revelations, are displayed here and juxtaposed with new photos by Christopher Duggan and text from Yerushalmy's 2018 re-examination.

Dance We Must: Treasures from Jacob's Pillow, 1906-1940

Williams College Museum of Art

An eye-popping new exhibition including costumes, set pieces, and historic artifacts from the collection at Jacob's Pillow is on view at the Williams College Museum of Art, June 29 to November 11. Dance We Must offers a rare chance to see items that trace the evolution of American modern dance.

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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).

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