Overall: 44.2 x 21.3 x 12.1 cm (17 3/8 x 8 3/8 x 4 3/4 in.)
Dudley P. Allen Fund 1930.118
Gregory sculpted human and animal figures in
eclectic styles ranging from realistic to highly
stylized, as seen in this ceramic sculpture. It depicts
Gilda Gray, a dancer notorious for her “bodyshaking…
wicked torso movements” performed to
jazz or blues music. In the 1925 Ziegfield Follies,
Gray added exotic South Seas dances to her
repertoire, including the “nautch dance,” named
after the nautch—a traditional, East Indian,
form-fitting, pleated dress—she wore during the
performance. Although Gray refused the sculptor’s
request for a personal modeling session, she did
provide him with an on-stage seat in the wings,
from which he carefully studied her movements
during several performances in Cleveland.
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