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Close-Ups in The Vincent Astor Gallery

Make - Up

Make-up has enabled transformation in many cultures throughout time. Examples of process include video footage of Rudolf Nureyev methodically distorting his features to portray Petrouchka to Blatas' painting of Joel Grey becoming The Emcee. Illustrations of recognizable finished made-up faces range from Kabuki to the horror film characterizations of Lon Chaney to the invented species that populate Star Trek: Voyager and Deep Space Nine.

Wood block print by Hasegawa Sadanobu III showing a Kabuki master in the "arrow-head" makeup and costume, representing chivalry, courage and determination.1952
Billy Rose Theatre Collection
Photograph of Jerome Robbins in the Ballet Theatre production of Petrouchka, no photographer credit, 1942
Jerome Robbins Dance Division

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