Artist Tour

Mapping Dance: Artist Tour with Anna Halprin

May 19, 2016

Anna Halprin leads an artist tour of the exhibition Mapping Dance: The scores of Anna Halprin, providing insights into her work and process of creation. This is a unique an rare opportunity to learn from the seminal artist about her scores, collaborations and performances. Space is limited.


On view

Mapping Dance: The Scores of Anna Halprin

March 17 - June 4, 2016

Mapping Dance: The Scores of Anna Halprin will put on display a selection of iconic choreographic scores and performance videos by California dance pioneer Anna Halprin from the collection of the Museum of Performance + Design. Vibrant with colors and elaborate in design, the scores provide essential spatial, temporal and physical instructions for performances Halprin created between 1960s to 1980s and represent a record of her creative activity. Gallery hours: Wed. - Sat., 12:30 - 5:30pm (Thu. until 7:30pm)


NEW! Online Exhibit

Leonid Yakobson Digital Archive

Developed by Janice Ross and Ljubisa Matic in partnership with the Museum of Performance + Design in conjunction with the publication of Like A Bomb Going Off: Leonid Yakobson and Ballet as Resistance in Soviet Russia by Janice Ross, Yale University Press.


Online Resources


Located in San Francisco, the Museum of Performance + Design (MP+D) is the only independent, non-profit art organization in the United States devoted to the history
of the performing arts and theatrical design. 

Founded in 1947 by Russell Hartley, a dancer and designer with San Francisco Ballet, the organization was long known as the San Francisco Performing Arts Library & Museum (SFPALM) until it changed its name to Museum of Performance + Design in 2007. MP+D has served the arts community for over sixty-five years as a cultural resource and an archive for some of our nation's most important performance related materials.

It manages a rare collection of 3.5M items on the
history of performances in San Francisco and the Bay Area and hosts public programs onsite and online. MP+D recently moved from the Veterans Building in the Civic Center to a creative loft space in SOMA in the Yerba Buena Gardens neighborhood.