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Billie Holiday at Sugar Hill: Photographs by Jerry Dantzic | Exhibit made possible through a grant from the Anna Cohn Community Fund

Billie Holiday at Sugar Hill: Photographs by Jerry Dantzic is organized by the Smithsonian Institution of Traveling Exhibition Service in collaboration with Jerry Dantzic Archives.

Sponsored by:

Lincoln High Alumni Riverfront Blues Society Fort Smith Association of Professional Landmen

 

September 4 – December 27, 2020

Billie Holiday at Sugar Hill: Photographs by Jerry Dantzic is a vivid, intimate, compelling photographic portrait of Billie Holiday, the consummate jazz and blues singer and one of 20th century music’s most iconic figures, in April 1957, at a significant moment in her life and just two years before her death at the age of 44. Beautifully captured through the lens of photographer Jerry Dantzic, the exhibition provides a rare glimpse into Billie Holiday’s public and private life through pigment prints with labels, burated panels, ephemera, projected video, and vinyl excerpts from the work of renowned writer and author, Zadie Smith.

Billie Holiday at Sugar Hill: Photographs by Jerry Dantzic Zoom lectures by Grayson Dantzic
September 24, 2020 & October 22, 2020 at 7 pm

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.

Please join our Zoom lectures to hear his son, Grayson Dantzic offer his insights into this amazing exhibition and the backstory of it’s creation.