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Series IV: Photographs from The Word on the Street: The Photographs of Larry Racioppo, 1990-2005


2 Linear feet

Scope and Contents

16 photographs documenting vernacular displays of religious iconography around New York City. The prints are signed, titled and dated on recto by the photographer. The images were published in the exhibition catalogue produced by the Museum of Biblical Art to accompany The Word on the Street: The Photographs of Larry Racioppo (Jun 15-Aug 20, 2006).

The photographs include:

Apartment Door Diptych, West 140th Street near Adam Clayton Powell, 1996, 16x20;

Do you Believe This? Frederick Douglass Boulevard near West 123rd Street, 1992, 16x20; Tin Knocker's Toolbox, Gold Street, Manhattan, 1995, 16x20;

Entranceway Altar, Near Lenox Avenue, Manhattan, 1990, 16x20;

Lobby Message, Saint Nicholas Avenue near West 116th Street, Manhattan, 1992, 24x20;

Paradise, Bedford-Stuyvesant, Brooklyn, 2000, 24x20;

Pierhula Hair Salon, 13rd Avenue and 77th Street, Brooklyn, 2005, 20x24; Universal Church of the Kingdom of God, Longwood, The Bronx, 2001, 20x24;

Jesus Saves Memorial Gates Avenue near Nostrand Avenue, Brooklyn, 2001, 30x40;

Pedro's Car, Warren Street near 3rd Avenue, Brooklyn, 1998, 30x40;

Mt. Kinley Square Theater, Boston Road, Bronx, NYC, 1999, 30x40; McKinley Square Theater (burned interior) Boston Road, Bronx, NYC, 1999, 30x40;

Doorway to Hell, Fulton Street near Rockaway Avenue, Brooklyn, 2001, 30x40;

Valencia Theater, Tabernacle of Prayer, Jamaica Avenue, Queens, NYC, 1999, 30x40; Valencia Theater (interior with cross), Tabernacle of Prayer, Jamaica Avenue, 1999, 30x40;

Pablo's Cross, Rockaway Beach Boulevard and Beach 47th Street, Queens, 1994, 17x51, mounted on Dibond


Series IV is arranged by size.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift of Bruce Berman and Lea Russo, 2016 (accession no. PPAC-2016-47).

Credit line: Bruce Berman and Lea Russo.

16x20 photos, 1990-1996

Box: 9 (Material Type: Graphic Materials)

20x24 photos, 1992-2005

Box: 9 (Material Type: Graphic Materials)

30x40 photos, 1998-2001

Folder: FF 1 (Material Type: Graphic Materials)

17x51 photo mounted on Dibond, 1994

Folder: FF 2 (Material Type: Graphic Materials)
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