River To River – Elia Alba, The Supper Club

The Disco Shaman (Jeffrey Gibson)- 2015. Courtesy of Elia Alba
The Disco Shaman (Jeffrey Gibson)- 2015. Courtesy of Elia Alba

June 20–24 (through River To River Festival); June 25 – October 31

On display 24 hours/day

NYC DOT Art’s Art Display Cases, Water Street between Wall Street and Maiden Lane
and Gouverneur Lane between Water Street and Front Street

Internationally acclaimed, New York-born artist Elia Alba’s The Supper Club is a multifaceted art project comprising an ongoing series of dinners in which artists engage in meaningful conversation about art, pop culture, socio-political events and race; photographic portraits of nearly 60 artists of color; and a book to be published in late 2018 featuring the portraits and text related to the dinners/conversations. Inspired by Vanity Fair’s annual Hollywood Issue, Alba’s photographs frame her circle of artists and friends as celebrities, transforming their identities into iconic images while evoking influences that span art history and Afrofuturism, fashion photography and classical mythology. A large-format selection of the portraits will be on display throughout River To River in the NYC DOT Art Display Cases on Water Street between Wall Street and Maiden Lane and on Gouverneur Lane between Water Street and Front Street.

Installation on display June 1–October 31, artists photographed include Jaishri Abichandani, niv Acosta, Nicole Awai, Sanford Biggers, Michael Paul Britto, LaTasha N. Diggs, Jeffrey Gibson, Jennie C. Jones, Raj Kahlon, Simone Leigh, Ivan Monforte, Rachelle Mozman, Paul Mpagi Sepuya, Dawit L. Petros, Lina Puerta, Legacy Russell, Carlos Sandoval de Leon, Jacolby Satterwhite, Shinique Smith, Juana Valdes, Saya Woolfalk

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