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The Fire of Life: The Robert Legorreta - Cyclona Collection
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This collection of papers, photos, LP records and three-dimensional objects represents the personal collection of the performance artist Robert Legorreta, also known as Cyclona. Items of special interest include Cyclona's scrapbook and LP record and artifact collection depicting representations of Latinos.
As a child Robert Legorreta, also known as Cyclona, recalls seeing Elvis Presley's television debut. This whetted his youthful appetite for provocative entertainment. He also remembers the hit novelty song, "The Monster Mash" and how that song transformed Halloween from an innocent candy and costume holiday for children into a subversive teenage rite of passage. Since that time, he has been a performance artist and provocateur. In the guise of a Pagliacci-like clown, inspired by the subversion of The Monster Mash and the sexuality of rock music, he laces his performances with subliminal and overt messages about race, gender and identity.
50 linear feet
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