Selma Burke’s sculpture Island Dancers at a Pyramid Club exhibition curated by Dox Thrash, Philadelphia

c. 1940s
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John W. Mosley Photograph Collection, Charles L. Blockson Afro-American Collection, Temple University Libraries, Philadelphia, PA

Here Mosley directs the light of his flash to emphasize the rectangular shape of a white frame and create bright highlights on the shiny surface of Selma Burke’s figurative sculpture, Island Dancers. Otherwise, the atmosphere in this corner of the Pyramid Club is dark and mysterious. Dox Thrash organized this exhibition, and we can imagine that he and Mosley were perhaps shutting off the lights and closing the club for the evening, and this artful interior arrangement caught Mosley’s attention.

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