The Howard Gilman Performance Space
Baryshnikov Arts Center

The Howard Gilman Performance Space at Baryshnikov Arts Center
Photo by Julieta Cervantes

In 1974, Howard helped pave the way for Mikhail Baryshnikov to come to New York City after he left the Soviet Union. This was the beginning of a life-long friendship between the two men, fueled by a mutual devotion to dance.

When I came to this country, Howard Gilman became my family. He was like my oldest brother. He enriched the lives of all who knew him with comfort and warmth and love. He was a great man, and we are honored to continue his legacy at BAC.

—Mikhail Baryshnikov

In 2005, seven years after Howard’s death, Baryshnikov opened Baryshnikov Arts Center on West 37th Street in Manhattan. The Howard Gilman Foundation’s support in 2006 made possible BAC’s first named performance venue, the 136-seat Howard Gilman Performance Space. Today, BAC is a thriving cultural destination that continues Howard’s visionary commitment to the arts.

The Howard Gilman Performance Space at Baryshnikov Arts Center
BAC Resident Artist Hana Kim, Photo by Anna Lee Campbell