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Costumes and photos focusing on Ruth St. Denis (above) and Ted Shawn will be displayed in the exhibit Dance We Must: Treasures From Jacob’s Pillow, 1906–1940.
Photo by Nickolas Muray, courtesy Jacob’s Pillow

Jacob’s Pillow has always been a source of dance wisdom and inspiration, and this summer is no exception, thanks to an archival exhibit of sumptuous costumes, art, and images at Williams College Museum of Art, Williamstown, Massachusetts, timed to coincide with the Pillow’s annual dance festival in Becket.

Dance We Must: Treasures from Jacob’s Pillow, 1906–1940 focuses on the legacy of modern dance pioneer Ruth St. Denis and Pillow founder Ted Shawn through displays of dozens of never-before-seen costumes and accessories and hundreds of photos, as well as original artworks and five antique costume trunks.

“Opening these trunks, which had been relatively untouched for over half a century, has been incredibly exciting,” Jacob’s Pillow archives and preservation fellow Caroline Hamilton said in a statement. “I think audiences will be impressed at the huge range of colors as well as materials and techniques used.”

An opening celebration will be held July 2; the exhibit will run through November 11 at WCMA, which is free and open to all. Visit for info.