West Side Story Upside Down, Backwards, Sideways and Out of Focus (La Maleta de Futriaco Martínez)

  • ADÁL, West Side Story Upside Down, Backwards, Sideways and Out of Focus (La Maleta de Futriaco Martínez), 2002, suitcase, flat-screen LCD monitor, single-channel digital video, color, sound; 12:51 minutes, Smithsonian American Art Museum, © 2002, ADÁL, Museum purchase through the Luisita L. and Franz H. Denghausen Endowment, 2013.20

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ADÁL merged snippets of West Side Story, the classic 1961 film that widely introduced stereotypes of Puerto Ricans into American popular culture, with documentary footage of Puerto Ricans in New York, readings of Nuyorican poetry by Pedro Pietri, and the music of Tito Puente and Brenda Feliciano. By slowing down, rewinding, and blurring the film footage and contaminating its narrative and soundtrack, ADÁL disrupted the storyline and exposed its social-political omissions. Embedded in a humble suitcase, the video also sheds light on the social conditions that propelled Puerto Rican migration to the mainland and partially inspired the film.

Our America: The Latino Presence in American Art, 2013

 

 

Title
West Side Story Upside Down, Backwards, Sideways and Out of Focus (La Maleta de Futriaco Martínez)
Artist
Date
2002
On View
Not on view.
Dimensions
14 x 20 x 7 in. (35.6 x 50.8 x 17.8 cm)
Credit Line

Smithsonian American Art Museum

Museum purchase through the Luisita L. and Franz H. Denghausen Endowment

Mediums Description
suitcase, flat-screen LCD monitor, single-channel digital video, color, sound; 12:51 minutes
Highlights
Keywords
  • Object – other – luggage
Object Number
2013.20
Palette
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