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Robert Wilson/Philip Glass: Einstein on the Beach
July 13 through November 4, 2012

Robert Wilson
Einstein on the Beach, 1976
Storyboard drawings
Graphite on paper
9 3/4 x 9 inches
Leaf 7 of 13
Collection of William Kistler
©Robert Wilson. Courtesy Paula Cooper Gallery, New York
Photography: EPW Studio

Philip Glass (b. 1937)
Knee Play 3 from autograph manuscript, Einstein on the Beach
Collection of Paul Walter, on deposit at the Morgan Library & Museum
Used with permission
Photography: Anthony Troncale

Reuniting the score and designs from Philip Glass and Robert Wilson's Einstein on the Beach, this exhibition focuses on the opera's premiere performances in 1976. Visitors will enter a gallery awash in blue light where they will encounter Glass's entire never-before-displayed autograph manuscript, as well as Wilson's storyboard, thirteen leaves encompassing 113 scene designs. Footage from the New York rehearsal, and 1976 productions in Paris and Brussels will run continuously in the gallery; the documentary "Einstein on the Beach: The Changing Image of Opera," about the 1984 production at BAM, will be screened in the Morgan's Gilder Lehrman Hall throughout the exhibition.

This exhibition is made possible by the Charles E. Pierce, Jr. Fund for Exhibitions.

Related Programs:

Gallery Talk
Robert Wilson/Philip Glass: Einstein on the Beach
Friday, July 13, 7 p.m.

Einstein on the Beach: The Changing Image of Opera
Tues–Thurs and Sat–Sun: 11:30 a.m., 1:30 p.m., 3:30 p.m.
Fridays: 11:30 a.m., 1:30 p.m., 3:30 p.m., 5:30 p.m., 7:30 p.m.
Film screening times are subject to change. To confirm times please call (212) 685-0008, ext 800 during museum hours.

See the revival of the landmark Einstein on the Beach at BAM
September 14–23, 2012

Glass at 75: Piano Works
Sunday, October 21, 3 p.m.

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The programs of The Morgan Library & Museum are made possible with public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council, and by the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature.

Background images: Photography by Todd Eberle unless otherwise noted. © 2006 Todd Eberle.