Center for Latter-day Saint Arts

On This Day...

A DAILY FACTOID OF OUR ART HISTORY

Mar. 1

American Ballet Theatre premiered the ballet Alma Mater on this day (1935) with choreography by George Balanchine--his first ballet with an American theme--and costumes by Latter-day Saint cartoonist, John Held, Jr. The premiere cartoonist and magazine illustrator of the 1920s, John Held, Jr., died on March 2, 1958. After a childhood in Salt Lake City, he moved to New York City and quickly became the go-to cover artist for the nation's magazines: The New Yorker, Vanity Fair, Harper's Bazaar, and Life. He drew flappers and college co-eds (as well as Victorian-era Mormons), and his cover for F. Scott Fitzgerald's Tales of the Jazz Age epitomized the gin-soaked decade. https://www.ibdb.com/broadway-production/alma-mater-11961

Glen Nelson