Billie Holiday on Sugar Hill

The exhibition Billie Holiday on Sugar Hill: Photos by Jerry Dantzic contains photos of photojournalist Jerry Dantzic who gained special access to Billie Holiday’s public and private life during a week-long stay at the Sugar Hill nightclub in Newark, NJ.

It also features commentary from celebrated author Zadie Smith, as well as the inclusion of ephemera such as a 1957 copy of a SEE magazine, one of Dantzic’s Leica M3 cameras, and other items related to jazz and blues icon Billie Holiday (1915 – 1959).

Dantzic’s photography reveals an intimate portrait of Holiday that emphasizes her dignity and humanity and serves to challenge the story that often defines her. Sixty years after her passing, Billie Holiday’s passion and originality are reflected in each of her songs and are immortalized forever in these unique photographs.

Billie Holiday on Sugar Hill: Photos by Jerry Dantzic is organized by the Smithsonian Institution Traveling Exhibition Service in association with the Jerry Dantzic Archives.

Jerry Dantzic (1925-2006) was an early 1950s photojournalist whose works are in the permanent collections of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, The International Center of Photography, the Whitney Museum of American Art, and MoMA, among others. Dantzic, a pioneer of panoramic color photography, won two Guggenheim grants and had many solo and group exhibitions, including a special show at the MoMA. His photos have been published in The New York Times, Life, LOOK, the Saturday Evening Post, Vanity Fair, and others. He was an adjunct professor of photography at Long Island University and Columbia University’s Graduate School of Journalism for many years and taught at many other institutions. His archive is managed by his son, author/archivist/curator, Grayson Dantzic.

Billie Holiday on Sugar Hill: Photos by Jerry Dantzic
Until 21 August 2022
The Newark Museum of Art
Washington Street 49
Newark, New Jersey 07102

The accompanying book of the exhibition:
Jerry Dantzic: Billie Holiday on Sugar Hill
With a reflection of Zadie Smith
Published by Thames & Hudson
by Jerry Dantzic (Author), Grayson Dantzic (Text by), Zadie Smith (Introduction by)

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