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Martha Graham's Cold War: The Dance of American Diplomacy

Victoria Phillips


“I am not a propagandist,” declared the matriarch of American modern dance, Martha Graham, while on her State Department–funded tour in 1955. Graham’s claim inspires questions: the United States government exported Graham and her company internationally to more than thirty nations in Asia, Europe, Eastern Europe, and the Middle East, representing every seated president from Dwight D. Eisenhower through Ronald Reagan, and planned under George H. W. Bush. Although in the diplomatic field she was titled the “Picasso of modern dance,” and in later years “Forever Modern,” Graham was known to procla ... More

Keywords: Martha Graham, Cold War, modern dance, ballet, cultural diplomacy, Americana, foreign relations, modernism, international relations

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2020 Print ISBN-13: 9780190610364
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: February 2020 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780190610364.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Victoria Phillips, author
Instructor in Dance, Barnard College