Jordan Matter2011 (printed in 2016)

Hudson River Museum

Hudson River Museum
Yonkers, NY, United States

The presence of a person in an image functions as an entry point for the viewer, and in this case, it also provides a tantalizing thrill. The dancer, precariously balanced 100 feet above the Hudson, inspires the fear and awe associated with the 18th-century notion of the sublime.

Even Jordan Matter himself admitted to feeling anxious while taking this photograph. He asked his assistant to hide behind the wall and “spot” the dancer. But Evgeniya Chernukhina was calm, confident, and enjoying the view: “If I wouldn’t be sure in myself, I would never do such a thing.”


  • Title: Vista
  • Creator: Jordan Matter
  • Date Created: 2011 (printed in 2016)
  • Provenance: Gift of the artist, 2016 (2016.06)
  • Medium: digital photograph on aluminum

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