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Judith Jamison in "Cry"

Artist
Max Waldman, 1919 - 1981
Sitter
Judith Jamison, born 10 May 1944
Date
1976
Type
Photograph
Medium
Gelatin silver print
Dimensions
Image: 30 x 22.4 cm (11 13/16 x 8 13/16")
Sheet: 35.4 x 27.8 cm (13 15/16 x 10 15/16")
Mat: 55.9 x 40.6cm (22 x 16")
Credit Line
National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institution; gift of Carol Greunke, Max Waldman Archives
Restrictions & Rights
© 1976 Max Waldman
Object number
NPG.2002.395
Culture
Judith Jamison: American\African American
Exhibition Label
This 1976 portrait shows thirty-two-year-old dancer Judith Jamison performing her signature role in Cry. The ballet-described as "a hymn to the sufferings and triumphant endurance of generations of black matriarchs"-made Jamison an international celebrity in the world of dance. It also marked a crowning moment in her partnership with Alvin Ailey, who had first recruited her to his dance company in 1965. About their collaboration, the New York Times dance critic raved, "rarely have a choreographer and a dancer been in such accord." Jamison served as the principal dancer in the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater until 1980, when she left to perform with Gregory Hines in the Broadway musical Sophisticated Ladies. In 1989, just prior to Ailey's untimely death, Jamison was appointed the artistic director of his company, a position she holds to this day.
Data Source
National Portrait Gallery
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