- Diane Arbus
- 'NATIONAL JUNIOR INTERSTATE DANCE CHAMPIONS OF 1963, YONKERS, N. Y.'
- Gelatin silver print
- 15 x 14 7/8 inches
Los Angeles County Museum of Art, February - May 2004
Houston, Museum of Fine Arts, June - August 2004
New York, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, February - May 2005
Essen, Museum Folkwang, June - September 2005
London, Victoria and Albert Museum, October 2005 - January 2006
Barcelona, Fondacion La Caixa, February - May 2006
Minneapolis, Walker Art Center, July - October 2006
Diane Arbus (Aperture, 1972), unpaginated
Photography/Venice '79 (New York: Rizzoli, 1979), p. 337
Manfred Heiting, et al., At the Still Point: Photographs from the Manfred Heiting Collection in the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, Volume II, Part 1 (Los Angeles and Amsterdam, in conjunction with the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, 2009), p. 349
LIFE Library of Photography: Documentary Photography (New York, 1972), p. 209
‘I want to photograph the considerable ceremonies of our present because we tend while living here and now to perceive only what is random and barren and formless about it. While we regret that the present is not like the past and despair of its ever becoming the future, its innumerable inscrutable habits lie in wait for their meaning. I want to gather them, like somebody’s grandmother putting up preserves, because they will have been so beautiful’ (Revelations, p. 41).
Between January and October 1963, Arbus was present at a number of contests, among them ‘Mother of the Year,’ ‘spaghetti eating,’ ‘Freckles,’ and ‘Miss Lo-Cal.’ The present image was made in February 1963 (ibid., p. 334).
In 1967, Junior Interstate Ballroom Dance Champions, Yonkers, N. Y., was chosen by John Szarkowski for the famous New Documents show at The Museum of Modern Art, the only significant exhibition of Arbus's work during her lifetime. This landmark exhibition showcased the work of three contemporary photographers—Diane Arbus, Lee Friedlander, and Garry Winogrand—and charted a radical new direction in what had previously been thought of as 'documentary photography.'
Prints of Junior Interstate Ballroom Dance Champions, Yonkers, N. Y., signed by Arbus are rare. In addition to the present print, only one other lifetime print signed by the photographer is believed to have been offered at auction, a print sold in these rooms in October 1990.