Sheryl Flatow
Exhibition curator
Museum of Performance & Design:
(formerly known as the San Francisco Performing Arts Library & Museum)
  • George Balanchine: Ballet Master (A Centennial Exhibition), 2004
  • Natural Selections: Stage Designs by Sandra Woodall, 2002
  • With a Song in His Heart: A Celebration of Richard Rodgers, 2002
  • Life Upon the Wicked Stage: History of San Francisco's Orpheum Theatre, 2001
  • Ragtime: The Creation of a Musical, 2000
  • The Art of Making Art: A Celebration of Stephen Sondheim, 2000
  • Princely Designs: Judith Dolan's costumes for Harold Prince shows, 1999
  • 'S Wonderful: A Celebration of George Gershwin, 1998
  • Designs for Dance (Set and costume designs for San Francisco Ballet), 1998
Under the auspices of MPD:
  • American Conservatory Theatre: thirty-fifth anniversary exhibition
  • San Francisco Ballet: Rudolf Nureyev
  • San Francisco Ballet: Giselle
  • Yerba Buena Center for the Arts: Paul Taylor
  • San Francisco Symphony: George Gershwin
  • San Francisco Opera: The Flying Dutchman
What the critics said:
George Gershwin -- San Francisco Classical Voice, Robert Commanday: "[A]
very special exhibit" . . . [that] traces the life and career of George, with
appropriate attention to Ira and the others important to him, displaying
photos, artifacts, sheet music covers, of course, posters, programs, and
reproductions of letters.
"The Gershwin Trust Collection in Los Angeles was the source of much of this.
Compiled lovingly by the exhibit's curator, Sheryl Flatow, her presentation, in
the sequence, placement, and clear, most readable legends, achieves a gracious
rhythm for as appealing an exhibit as could be wanted."
Richard Rodgers -- San Francisco Chronicle, Robert Hurwitt: "Family photos,
production stills, programs, song sheets and posters covering Rodgers' prolific
career grace the walls of PALM's exhibition space in the Veterans Building.
Guest curator Sheryl Flatow's handsomely presented selection includes some
real finds: prop lists, scripts, score manuscripts, Jo Mielziner set sketches,
Rodgers and Hammerstein's contract with the Theatre Guild for "Oklahoma!"
A listening station offers a mesmerizing selection, from a 1925 recording of
Rodgers and Hart's "Manhattan" on through classics and lesser-knowns from
both R&H canons -- including not only "Blue Moon" but the tune's earlier
incarnation as "The Bad in Every Man." A particularly affecting section offers a
wide range of contemporary artists' choices of favorite Rodgers songs, each a
well-reasoned, heartfelt tribute to a different classic."
George Balanchine -- Voice of Dance, Allan Ulrich: "Curator Sheryl Flatow has
annotated the graphic material - photographs, programs, letters, telegrams,
reviews, magazine articles, set and costume sketches - in a witty, informative
manner. I treasure the exchange between Balanchine and Kurt Seligmann
whose overbearing costumes for the 1946 Four Temperaments were jettisoned
five years later (Seligmann, apparently, thought the ballet was about his
costumes). I liked, also, the array of photographs of Apollo through the years -
lesson in how changing tastes and Balanchine’s evolving aesthetic generated
the abstract look with which we are familiar today. The San Francisco Ballet’s
nexus with Balanchine - primarily through dancer Lew Christensen, who
became the S.F. Ballet’s artistic director - is properly stressed (SF Palm now
houses the Christensen papers and those of his wife, ballerina Gisella
Caccialanza). Where else, too, will you see a photograph of PAMTTG,
Balanchine’s famously disastrous "hip" ballet, set to advertising jingles? It looks
perfectly ghastly."