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Maker(s):Morgan, Barbara B.
Culture:American (1900-1992)
Title:Pearl Primus, Speak to Me of Rivers (1)
Date Made:1944 negative; circa 1980 print
Materials:Gelatin silver print
Measurements:overall: 10 3/8 in x 13 3/8 in; 26.3525 cm x 33.9725 cm
Accession Number:  UM 2009.12.2
Credit Line:Gift of the Barbara Morgan Archive to the University of Massachusetts Dance Program. © Barbara Morgan Archive
Museum Collection:  University Museum of Contemporary Art at UMASS Amherst

Label Text:
Speak to Me of Rivers: An Exploration of Race, Identity, and Lived Experience in African American Culture; February 12 - March 3, 2019:
“Dance has been my teacher, ever patiently revealing to me the dignity, beauty and strength in the cultural heritage of my people as a vital part of the great heritage of all mankind. I dance not to entertain but to help people better understand each other. Because through dance I have experienced the wordless joy of freedom, I see it more fully for all people.” — Pearl Primus
“I realized then that photographers have an opportunity to be of service . . . through documentation that is needed perhaps more for the dance than for other art forms.”
— Barbara Morgan

dance; African American; pose; performing artists; performances; black and white; shadows

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