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Billie Holiday at Sugar Hill: Photographs by Jerry Dantzic

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This collection, created to accompany the SITES exhibition Billie Holiday at Sugar Hill: Photographs by Jerry Dantzic, contains complementary resources to support the exhibition's themes. The collection includes music, photography, objects, and other sources to facilitate an examination of who Billie Holiday was, her legacy,  the use of available light within photography, the dynamic context of jazz in the 1950s, and how artists like Billie Holiday used their art to influence social change. 

About the exhibition:  In April 1957, photographer Jerry Dantzic had an assignment from Decca Records to photograph Billie Holiday during a weeklong run of performances at the Newark, New Jersey, nightclub, Sugar Hill. What unfolded was an unexpected and intimate journey into her private and public worlds. His photos comprise the largest collection of images from any single Billie Holiday club engagement. "Billie Holiday at Sugar Hill: Photographs by Jerry Dantzic” presents 56 remarkable images of the jazz icon that challenge the tragic narrative that frequently defines her. The exhibition is on view at Irving Arts Center in the Main Gallery from September 14 through November 17, 2019.  

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