MYSTERY SOLVED: The Mystery of Colin de Land with an Unidentified Woman at a Party, 2000

Sepia photograph of Colin DeLand sitting at a table with his legs turned away from the table. He is wearing a suit and tie, with a baseball cap and chain necklace. Maripol is sitting on his lap with her arm slung behind Colin’s shoulder. She is wearing a light-colored floor-length gown and holding a fur coat and a camera in her other arm. The table is covered in a damask-patterned tablecloth and there are several water glasses and candles on the table.
Colin de Land and Maripol at a party in Paris, France, 2000 Oct. 5. Colin de Land collection, 1968-2008. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.

The Mystery:

Where: At a party

When: Oct. 5, 2000

Who: Colin de Land (left) and unidentified woman (right)

Help us solve the mystery: Who is the woman?

Where was this taken and what was the occasion?

The Solution:

Who: The woman in the photo is artist Maripol.

When: The photograph was taken on October 2, 2000 and developed on October 5, 2000.

Where: At a party in Paris, France.

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