Kite Flying on Rooftop

  • Hiram Maristany, Kite Flying on Rooftop, 1964, gelatin silver print, Smithsonian American Art Museum, Museum purchase through the Smithsonian Latino Initiatives Pool, administered by the Smithsonian Latino Center, 2016.30.5, © 1964, Hiram Maristany

Exhibition Label
The rooftops of tenement buildings, often called tar beaches or playas negras, were community gathering spaces from which Maristany took many photographs. He was drawn to scenes that evoked Puerto Rican cultural traditions recreated in New York. Here he focuses on a young man flying a kite against the El Barrio skyline. While not unique to Puerto Ricans, kite making and flying was a competitive pastime that was passed on from generation to generation.

Down These Mean Streets: Community and Place in Urban Photography, 2017
Title
Kite Flying on Rooftop
Artist
Date
1964
Location
Not on view
Dimensions
image: 13 × 17 5/8 in. (33.0 × 44.8 cm)
sheet: 16 × 20 in. (40.6 × 50.8 cm)
Credit Line

Smithsonian American Art Museum

Museum purchase through the Smithsonian Latino Initiatives Pool, administered by the Smithsonian Latino Center

Mediums Description
gelatin silver print
Classifications
Keywords
  • Cityscape
  • Figure male – child – full length
  • Object – toy – kite
  • Architecture – commercial – skyscraper
  • Recreation – sport and play – kite flying
Object Number
2016.30.5
Palette
Linked Open Data
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