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Stage Door Canteen; Dunham Dancers

Mildred E. Hatry


Katherine Dunham founded America’s first African American dance company, which was active from the 1930s through the 1950s. Dunham and her company performed in numerous successful productions, including Cabin in the Sky on Broadway (1940) and the Hollywood musical Stormy Weather (1943). The Stage Door Canteen was a Times Square nightclub that inspired a Hollywood film, featuring Dunham, Ethel Merman, and other star performers of the day.
MEDIUM Carbon bromide print
DATES November 1943
DIMENSIONS Sheet and image: 10 9/16 × 13 1/16 in. (26.8 × 33.2 cm) frame: 17 × 22 7/8 × 1 3/4 in. (43.2 × 58.1 × 4.4 cm)  (show scale)
CREDIT LINE Gift of Mrs. Harry Hatry
MUSEUM LOCATION This item is not on view
CAPTION Mildred E. Hatry (American, 1893-1973). Stage Door Canteen; Dunham Dancers, November 1943. Carbon bromide print, Sheet and image: 10 9/16 × 13 1/16 in. (26.8 × 33.2 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Gift of Mrs. Harry Hatry, 55.187.7. © artist or artist's estate (Photo: Brooklyn Museum, 55.187.7.jpg)
IMAGE overall, 55.187.7.jpg. Brooklyn Museum photograph, 2003
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