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

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

About The Supper Club:

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

About Elia Alba: 

Elia Alba was born in Brooklyn, NY 1962. She received her Bachelor of Arts from Hunter College in 1994 and completed the Whitney Museum Independent Study Program in 2001.  She has exhibited throughout the United States and abroad. Those include The Rhode Island School of Design Museum; Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam; The Science Museum, London; ITAU Cultural Institute, Sao Paolo; National Museum of Art, Reina Sofía, Madrid and the 10th Havana Biennial. She is also a recipient of numerous awards and residencies for example, Studio Museum in Harlem Artist‐in Residence Program in 1999; New York Foundation for the Arts Grant, Crafts 2002 and Photography 2008; Pollack‐Krasner Foundation Grant, 2002 and Joan Mitchell Foundation Grant 2002 and 2008; Lower Manhattan Cultural Council (LMCC) Workspace Program, 2009 and LMCC Process Space 2016; Recess Analog, 2012. Her work is in the collection of the Smithsonian Museum of Art, El Museo del Barrio, Lowe Art Museum to name a few.

To learn more about Elia Alba, visit https://www.eliaalba.net/

This exhibition was coordinated by the DOT Art Program with support from DOT Borough Engineering.

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