Larry Levan (snake)

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Exhibition Label
Alba’s photographs challenge the straightforward link between how a person looks and who they are. Here several partygoers wear masks depicting the face of Larry Levan (1954-1992), the legendary DJ of the Paradise Garage in New York City. Levan was a key figure of disco music originally nurtured in gay, black, and Latino communities. By combining the mask of a man and the body of a female, or placing a brown-skinned mask on a white body, Alba contests narrow definitions of race, gender, and sexuality.
Our America: The Latino Presence in American Art, 2013
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Department
Graphic Arts
2006, printed 2010
Object number
2013.45.1
Credit Line
Smithsonian American Art Museum, Museum purchase made possible by William W. W. Parker
Artist
Elia Alba, born New York City 1962
Sitter
Larry Levan
Topic
Recreation\dancing
Dress\costume\mask
Performing arts\other\DJ
Portrait male
Medium
gelatin silver print
Dimensions
image: 19 1/2 x 19 1/2 in. (49.5 x 49.5 cm) sheet: 20 1/2 x 20 in. (52.0 x 50.8 cm)
Smithsonian American Art Museum
Restrictions & Rights
© 2006, Elia Alba
Type
Photography-Photoprint