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Untitled, from the series "The Garage" (1970/80)

A black woman wearing a white shirt and black trousers looks back while dancing, arms stretched, blurry, moving towards the camera as she leans forward. Behind her, a man in an all-white suit, black sunglasses, and a hat stands wide with his hands blurry too, his mouth open like he's saying something.

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  • A black woman wearing a white shirt and black trousers looks back while dancing, arms stretched, blurry, moving towards the camera as she leans forward. Behind her, a man in an all-white suit, black sunglasses, and a hat stands wide with his hands blurry too, his mouth open like he's saying something.

Date:

1972

Artist:

Valeria “Mikki” Ferrill
American, born 1937

About this artwork

Mikki Ferrill began her career as a photojournalist after studying graphic design and illustration at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, and photographed for Ebony magazine throughout the 1970s. Her work was also included in the first volume of the Black Photographers Annual (1973), a seminal publication created by members of the Kamoinge Workshop to showcase a range of black photographic practices; over the course of its four-issue run, the publication would feature James Van Der Zee, Roy DeCarava, and Dawoud Bey, in addition to many lesser-known photographers. In her photographs of dancers in 1970s Chicago, Ferrill suggests her relaxed relationship to her subjects, candidly capturing their easy rapport with the photographer and one another.

Status

On View, Gallery 1

Department

Photography and Media

Artist

Mikki Ferrill

Title

Untitled, from the series "The Garage" (1970/80)

Place

United States (Artist's nationality)

Date

Made 1972

Medium

Gelatin silver print

Dimensions

Image: 22 × 15 cm (8 11/16 × 5 15/16 in.); Paper: 25.3 × 20.2 cm (10 × 8 in.)

Credit Line

National Docent Symposium Endowment

Reference Number

2012.533

Extended information about this artwork

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