Larry Levan (snake)

  • Elia Alba, Larry Levan (snake), 2006, printed 2010, gelatin silver print, Smithsonian American Art Museum, Museum purchase made possible by William W. W. Parker, 2013.45.1, © 2006, Elia Alba

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 (19541992), 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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Las fotografías de Alba desafían el vínculo directo entre la apariencia y la identidad personal. Aquí varios enmascarados portan la cara de Larry Levan (1954 – 1992), el legendario DJ del Paradise Garage de Nueva York. Levan era una figura clave de la música disco, género musical cultivado originalmente entre las comunidades gay, negra y latina. Al combinar la m piel morena en un cuerpo blanco, Alba cuestiona las definiciones estrechas de raza, género y sexualidad.

Nuestra América: la presencia latina en el arte estadounidense, 2013

Title
Larry Levan (snake)
Artist
Date
2006, printed 2010
Location
Not on view
Dimensions
image: 19 1219 12 in. (49.549.5 cm) sheet: 20 1220 in. (52.050.8 cm)
Credit Line

Smithsonian American Art Museum

Museum purchase made possible by William W. W. Parker

Mediums Description
gelatin silver print
Classifications
Keywords
  • Dress – costume – mask
  • Performing arts – other – DJ
  • Portrait male – Levan, Larry
Object Number
2013.45.1
Palette
Linked Open Data
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