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Historical Note: Internationally recognized as a driving force behind the performing and visual arts, Harvey Lichtenstein has been a leader in the world of arts administration for 50 years. Beginning with early positions at New York City Ballet and New York City Opera, Harvey returned to his native Brooklyn in 1967 to begin his tenure at the Brooklyn Academy of Music, setting a new course for the institution and helping to change the cultural landscape of New York while gaining an international reputation as a champion of all that is new and progressive in the arts: dance, theater and music. The list of artists he has supported is long and includes John Adams, Laurie Anderson, Pina Bausch, Ingmar Bergman, Merce Cunningham, William Forsythe, Philip Glass, Robert Wilson, Peter Brook, Steve Reich, Ariane Mnouchkine, Twyla Tharp, Jerry Grotowski and Robert Lepage. In 1999, after 32 years, Harvey stepped down from the leadership of BAM to lead the BAM Local Development Corporation (LDC) in its efforts to establish a cultural district in Fort Greene, Brooklyn. The BAM LDC has now joined with the Downtown Brooklyn Partnership to form a coordinating unit for all development activity in Downtown Brooklyn.
Scope and Content Note: The Harvey Lichtenstein President’s Records Collection spans 1967 through 1999 and consists of correspondence, interdepartmental memoranda, reports, production materials, notes, financial and production summaries, contracts and other memorabilia. These records reflect the 32 years Harvey Lichtenstein spent as President and Executive Producer of BAM; from general administration, programming, community development, correspondence to board files and resident companies.