Centre-fuge ‘Heroines of the Lower East Side’ Include Debbie Harry, Rosario Dawson, and the Russ Daughters

Posted on: April 28th, 2014 at 6:00 am by

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Rosario Dawson, the Russ Daughters, and Debbie Harry

Artist Lexi Bella has undertaken the monumental task of decorating the entire Centre-fuge trailer in honor of the first annual Lower East Side History Month. As part of Cycle 13, Bella is painting the corrugated mid-block box with the so-called “Heroines of the Lower East Side.” So far, only Debbie Harry and Rosario Dawson are legible to the masses.

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Lexi Bella giving Debbie Harry some makeup

Other notable female figures to grace the Centre-fuge trailer are the Russ daughters (Hattie, Ida and Anne of first-generation ownership), Hell-cat Maggie (female fighter of the Dead Rabbits gang), Ellen Stewart (theater director and founder of La MaMa), Catherine Ferguson (African American social pioneer who founded first Sunday school in New York City), and a personal touch for the artist, her daughter Roxy.

Work will continue in the coming days, with hopes of completion by the weekend.

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And here is Centre-fuge co-founder Pebbles Russell posing with her Debbie doppleganger:

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Pebbles Russell, co-founder of Centre-fuge

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