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Valerie Bettis: Desperate Heart

Barbara Morgan

(Buffalo, Kansas, 1900 - 1992, North Tarrytown, New York)

1944 (printed c. 1982)

Gelatin silver print

23 in. x 19 in. (58.42 cm x 48.26 cm)

Museum Acquisition Fund

2002.21

More Information

This image of modern dancer and choreographer Valerie Bettis performing her signature work approaches abstraction. Her body is almost completely obscured by the cascading fabric of her skirt. Morgan photographed other legendary dancers, including Martha Graham, often using double exposures and asymmetrical compositions to bring a sense of movement to a still image.

Marks

signed and titled on mount recto and verso

Keywords
Black and White
Dance
Dress
Leg
United States