Documents of 20th-century Latin American and Latino Art

www.mfah.org Home

IcaadocsArchive

Document first page thumbnail
  • ICAA Record ID
    841901
    AUTHOR
    Sommer, Doris, 1947-
    TITLE
    Interview with an out of focus Nuyorican
    IN
    Out of focus Nuyoricans. -- Cambridge, MA : ADAL ; Rockefeller Center for Latin American Studies, Harvard University, Cambridge, MA, 2004
    LANGUAGES
    English
    TYPE AND GENRE
    Book/pamphlet article – Interviews
    BIBLIOGRAPHIC CITATION
    Sommer, Doris. "Interview with an out of focus Nuyorican." In Out of focus Nuyoricans. Cambridge, MA : ADAL ; Rockefeller Center for Latin American Studies, Harvard University, Cambridge, MA, 2004.
    NAME DESCRIPTORS
    Maldonado, Adál; Pietri, Pedro, 1944-2004
    GEOGRAPHIC DESCRIPTORS
Synopsis

Literary critic Doris Sommer and Adal Maldonado discuss his transition from documentary projects in the 1970s to the employment of photography in conceptual installations in the 1990s. He relates the importance of prior works, such as Portraits of the Puerto Rican Experience, to the creation of the series Out of Focus Nuyoricans. Maldonado discusses his collaboration with poet Pedro Pietri on performance projects, like El Puerto Rican Embassy, and the influence of Surrealism and Dada on his artistic practice. Maldonado explains that while he often collaborates with other artists and poets, he believes that an artist must ultimately disengage from the collective process, and reflect the world through their unique personal experience.

Annotations

Adal Maldonando is a photographer, filmmaker, and performance artist. A resident of the Lower East Side, he has collaborated with several Nuyorican poets, including Pedro Pietri, Mariposa, and Miguel Algarin. From the 1970s on, Maldonado has been creating a body of work that explores Puerto Rican identity from a transnational perspective. 

Pedro Pietri (1944–2004) is recognized as the poet laureate of the Puerto Rican Diaspora in New York City. A member of the Nuyorican Poets Cafe circle that includes Miguel Algarin, Papoleto Melendez, and Sandra Maria Estevez, Pietri engaged in interdisciplinary collaborations with visual artists, such as Nitza Tufiño and Adal Maldonado. Pietri wrote “Nuyoricans Out of Focus” as an introduction to a series of photographic portraits by Adal Maldonano that is entitled Out of Focus Nuyoricans. First exhibited at El Museo del Barrio in 1996, Adal’s photographs feature blurry images of well-known artists and musicians of Puerto Rican descent including: Tito Puente, Raul Julia, Pepón Osorio, and Papo Colo. This ongoing series was last exhibited in 2004 at the David Rockefeller Center for Latin American Studies at Harvard University.

 

Researcher
Yasmin Ramirez
Credit
Courtesy of Doris Sommer, Cambridge, MA