The New York Times called Lincoln Kirstein "one of the most valuable
of living Americans," and Susan Sontag suggested he should be named a national
treasure. His actual titles were President Emeritus, School of American Ballet,
and General Manager Emeritus, New York City Ballet. He founded both institutions
with choreographer George Balanchine.
Kirstein's career dates from his days at Harvard, from which he graduated in 1930.
While there he founded and edited the seminal literary magazine Hound and Horn
and founded the Harvard Society for Contemporary Art, the forerunner of New York's
Museum of Modern Art.