Billie Holiday on stage at Sugar Hill, Newark, New Jersey, April, 1957. All photographs © 2018 Jerry Dantzic/ Jerry Dantzic Archives. All rights reserved.
Billie Holiday at Sugar Hill: Photographs by Jerry Dantzic
Enter the public and private worlds of Billie Holiday, through the poignant, beautiful photographs of Jerry Dantzic.
In April 1957, photojournalist Jerry Dantzic gained special access to Billie Holiday (1915 – 1959) during a week-long run of performances at the Sugar Hill nightclub in Newark. Dantzic’s photographs reveal the full humanity of this consummate jazz artist. His discreet, artful approach, using only available light, helped forge a bond of trust – and gave him unprecedented access to his subject. The result is a series of remarkable images that challenge the tragic narrative that frequently defines Billie Holiday.
Billie Holiday at Sugar Hill is curated by renowned jazz scholar Dr. Robert O’Meally, Columbia University; Smithsonian photography curator Shannon Perich; and photo archivist/ author/curator Grayson Dantzic. Celebrated author Zadie Smith was so moved by viewing these photographs, that she wrote a powerful essay to the companion book, excerpts of which also appear in the exhibition.
Join fellow Affiliate museums, Irving Arts Center (Irving, Texas) and Museum of Arts and Sciences (Daytona Beach, Florida), by sharing Billie Holiday at Sugar Hill with your audiences.
“Billie Holiday is truly iconic. Everything about her life, her story, her music, her artistry, still really speaks to us today… We are very excited about this opportunity to host such an amazing exhibition and I’m thrilled at how beautiful it looks in our space.” -Marcie Inman, Director of Exhibitions, Irving Arts Center, Irving, TX (Smithsonian Affiliate)
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