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

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Exhibition Label
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
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Smithsonian American Art Museum Collection
Department
Time-Based Media Art
2002
Object number
2013.20
Credit Line
Smithsonian American Art Museum, Museum purchase through the Luisita L. and Franz H. Denghausen Endowment
Artist
ADÁL, born Utuado, Puerto Rico 1948
Topic
Object\other\luggage
Medium
suitcase, flat-screen LCD monitor, single-channel digital video, color, sound; 12:51 minutes
Dimensions
14 x 20 x 7 in. (35.6 x 50.8 x 17.8 cm)
Smithsonian American Art Museum
Restrictions & Rights
© 2002, ADÁL
Type
Media Arts