In celebration the 20 years of public access to the Pillow's Archives, Blake's Barn will re-open in 2015 following an exciting expansion. Stop by the new Reading Room to enjoy additional video stations and displays, with even more ways to discover dance.

To enliven and deepen each visitor's experience, Jacob's Pillow offers a variety of art and photography exhibits that augment Festival programming and celebrate the Pillow's rich history. All exhibits are free and open to the public throughout the Festival. Housed in Blake's Barn (next to the Box office), the Pillow's extensive Archives open a window to the past, present, and future, and exemplify founder Ted Shawn's mission to broaden appreciation for dance. For more information on past exhibits, visit

Visitors across the globe can experience decades of dance at the Pillow through our online video archive, Jacob's Pillow Dance Interactive. Visit to experience it yourself.

2014 Exhibits

Blake's Barn; open Tuesday through Sunday, noon through final curtain
The art of the dance movie poster is celebrated in this extraordinary group of vintage posters from throughout the world, selected from the personal collection of one of the genre's foremost experts, Mike Kaplan, an award winning campaign designer and producer. Among the star dancers featured are Gene Kelly, Rita Hayworth, Cyd Charisse, and Astaire & Rogers, with a special salute to Marge Champion on the occasion of her 95th birthday.

Denishawn Centennial
Ted Shawn Theatre Lobby; open 60 minutes pre-performance
One hundred years ago this summer, the iconic dance soloist Ruth St. Denis married Pillow founder Ted Shawn and formed a company that spawned American modern dance. Their union was celebrated here with a lavish 50th Anniversary celebration in 1964 (despite their formal separation in 1930), and now their partnership is explored through treasures from the Jacob's Pillow Archives.

104 Work Weeks: On Tour with the Merce Cunningham Dance Company 
Doris Duke Theatre Lobby; open 60 minutes pre-performance
Visual artist Kenneth E. Parris III documented the Cunningham Company's final tour in a series of drawings and paintings focusing on the dancers' backstage life, displayed here on the five year anniversary of the company's last Pillow performances and Cunningham's death that same week.


"Performances, talks, exhibitions, open classes and films and videos seem to sprout up everywhere as one walks across lawns, past gardens and into the rustic theaters, studios and exhibition centers."
- Jennifer Dunning, The New York Times

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