About Julia Foulkes

New York, NY

Julia Foulkes (CBA ’16 and ’18*) is a Professor of History at The New School where she investigates questions about the arts, urban studies, and history. She is the author of Modern Bodies: Dance and American Modernism from Martha Graham to Alvin Ailey (2002); To the City: Urban Photographs of the New Deal (2011); A Place for Us: West Side Story and New York (2016); and, with Mark Larrimore, Realizing The New School: Lessons From the Past (2020). She wrote for and performed in a piece on Bob Fosse in Netta Yerushalmy’s Paramodernities (2018-19) and curated the acclaimed exhibition, “Voice of My City: Jerome Robbins and New York” (2018-19), at the New York Public Library. A forthcoming exhibition on the Joffrey Ballet company will open in September 2024. With a recent fellowship at the Cullman Center for Scholars and Writers, she is finishing a book on the rise of the arts in New York.

A Center for Dance
New York has long been the primary home of ballet in the U.S. But identifying a specific place in the city has been a battle. In the mid-20th century, both City Center and Lincoln Center sought to be the home for the New York City Ballet, rousing pitched debate between patrons, politicians, choreographers, and architects. The struggles raised fundamental questions that remain with us today: Who is dance for? And what role does it have in the city?

*Julia was a Resident Fellow in Spring 2016, and a Senior Fellow in Spring 2018. The Senior Fellow is an alumni of the fellowship program who returns for an abbreviated residency to support the current fellows cohort and to work closely with CBA staff to strengthen the fellowship experience.