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Martha Graham—Lamentation

Accession Number
1991/2.49

Title
Martha Graham—Lamentation

Artist(s)
Barbara Morgan

Artist Nationality
American (North American)

Object Creation Date
1935, printed 1980

Medium & Support
gelatin silver print on paper

Dimensions
13 1/16 in x 10 9/16 in (33.18 cm x 26.83 cm);22 1/8 in x 18 1/16 in (56.2 cm x 45.88 cm);19 15/16 in x 16 in (50.64 cm x 40.64 cm)

Credit Line
Gift of the Willard and Barbara Morgan Archives

Subject matter
Barbara Morgan moved from California to New York City in 1930. She began photographing Martha Graham in 1935 after seeing her perform, immediately introducing herself and beginning a collaboration. Morgan photographed Graham and her company in her studio, giving her more control over the images she produced. Themes in her work included dance, capturing gesture, and depicting crucial moments in sequences of movement. This photograph represents a still moment from Martha Graham's performance of Lamentation, a modern dance choreographed to Zoltán Kodály's 1910 Piano Piece, Op. 3, No. 2.

Physical Description
A photograph of a woman dancing. She lifts her arms up toward the right of the frame, her legs creating a diagonal across the bottom of the frame. 

Primary Object Classification
Photograph

Collection Area
Photography

Rights
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Keywords
Figures
cast shadows
costume (mode of fashion)
dance (discipline)
dancers
dances
dances (performance events)
modern and contemporary art
movement (compositional concept)

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