"The New York Public Library for the Performing Arts, at Lincoln
Center, is pleased to announce the acquisition of the theatre photographs of Dixie Sheridan, documenting Off- and Off-Off Broadway theatre.
"Noted for her unique relationships with her subjects and
a talent for capturing the theatrical moment, Dixie Sheridan's
collection will be a valued addition to the holdings of The New York Public
"This will be the library's first acquisition of an important photographer's
work that extends into the 21st century.
"Dixie Sheridan's photographs fill a vital gap in the documentation of
New York theatre history, joining the Billy Rose Theatre Division's photographic collections of the White Studio, Vandamm Studio, Friedman-Abeles, and Kenn Duncan.
"The Sheridan photograph collection will join the Lincoln Center archives of noted theatrical personalities Katharine Hepburn, Lillian Gish, Katharine
Cornell, Gypsy Rose Lee, Edward Albee and many, many others.
"The archive will continue to accrue as Ms. Sheridan adds the
documentation of her ongoing and future theatre projects."
Sheridan's photographs been published in countless newspapers and magazines, and dot.com's galore.
The Advocate, American Poetry Review, American Theatre, Backstage,
Backstage West (cover), Bay Area Reporter, Belles Lettre (cover),
BOMB, Christian ScienceMonitor, Chronicle of Higher Education, City Arts NYC, Currents, Daily News,Variety, Dance Magazine, The Drama Review, Der Spiegel, el diario, Elle, Gay City News, GO Magazine, hi (Dubai), Hudson Valley magazine, Hxfor Her, In Theater (cover), Kingston Freeman, L.A. Weekly,LGNY, Middletown Record, Nest, Newsday, New York Blade, New York magazine, New York Observer, New York Post, New York Sun, New YorkTimes (variety of sections and editions), Oakland Tribune, ON & OFF (cover), Opera News, Poughkeepsie Journal, Schwann Opus, Show Business, TDR The Drama Review, The Star-Ledger, Taconic Weekend (covers), Theater journal (cover), Time Out London, Time Out New York, Topical (Japan), USA Today, Village Voice, The Wall Street Journal, Washington Post,Washington Review.Variety, Vassar Quarterly (covers), The Villager, Yale Bulletin, Yale Drama Review. backstage.com, curtainnup.com, the epochtimes.com, the fabmarqee.com, famenycmagazine.com, theeasy.com, laweekly.com, metro.us, nj.com, newyorkpost.com, nytheatre.com., nytimes.com, playbill.com, showbusinessweekly.com, theatremania.com, theatreonline.com, variety.com, wallstreetjournal.com
Jan E. Adlmann, art museum director, curator, and writer: "Dixie Sheridan's moody photographs often simultaneously extract and distill a fleeting moment, as they abstract and crystallize a telling gesture or motif. Her exhibited images are far more arresting than mere theatrical reportage."
Barry Edelstein, then artistic director at Classic Stage Company: Referring to Sheridan as "one of the best theater photographers in the country," Edelstein said, "The photographs don't just document the plays, but they're works of art in and within themselves."
Freelance photographer E.H. : "With remarkable consistency of style, and a spare, elegant vision, Dixie Sheridan is a master of capturing the theatrical 'decisive moment.' Sheridan's magic is to imbue her pared down, graphic imagery with a lush sensuality. This visual tension charges each photograph with a subtle undercurrent of emotion that goes well beyond the essence or meaning of any single production."
Ron Lasko, owner of Spin Cycle, New York: "When it comes to capturing the essence of a theatrical experience, there is no better photographer working in New York City these days than Dixie Sheridan."
About Sheridan's exhibition, Wayne Lempka, then curator at Storm King Art Center, wrote, "Nothing is as it first appears to be in Sheridan's theater photographs....What is exciting is the astonishing intensity of emotions that is captured in each image....When it comes to more formalized portraits, Sheridan can take her place among any of the great masters."
Margot Lewitin, artistic director of Women's Interart Center in New York: "Sheridan's photographs unfailingly capture the key moments in the play. Subtext revealed. Her photographs are a gift."
Novelist Carole Maso wrote, "In Sheridan's photographs, moments generated from the real stage, isolated and freed from their context, their burden of narrative, take on a compelling, mesmerizing drama of their own. These scenarios, having lost their coordinates, are allowed to exist in a kind of staged-for-no-one space where they have a fresh, gently surrealist existence....she photographs from the depths of her psyche with wonder and aplomb."
Painter Caitlin Monahan: "Sheridan's work is always a bit surreal, but absolutely logical in that it is an artistic construct of a fiction. The light is the tip-off; her subjects are spotlighted as life never is."
Writer Brook Stowe, "Damn, I love Dixie Sheridan's photographs."
TimeOut/New York reported on her first New York exhibition, saying, "Dixie Sheridan's photographs of actors have an isolated, haunting quality that relay the magic that takes place in the spotlights."
Playwright/screenwriter Erin Cressida Wilson, "Dixie catches the spirit and the soul of an artist and her work. She is not simply an outsider when she photographsshe is a collaborator."