Although celebrated for her extraordinary studies of modern dance in the late 1920s and early 1930s, Barbara Morgan enjoyed an artistic career that embraced a wide range of philosophical and aesthetic influences. Her studies of pioneering dancers such as Martha Graham, José Limón, Erik Hawkins, and Merce Cunningham capture the spirituality of a temporal art. She also combined photograms and light drawing to experiment with moving light patterns. A former painter, Barbara Morgan used montage and manipulated imagery to express the visual and kinetic energy of New York City.
Pearl Primus – Speak to me of Rivers
1944 / printed later
Gelatin silver print
13.25 x 17.5 in.
Signed, titled & dated by the artist print recto