Untitled (Larry and Bobby Kissing) is a series of performances and public art that adapts a 1979 black-and-white photograph by Robert Mapplethrope of a kiss between leather men. Recasting Larry and Bobby in each iteration results in differences of queer representation and intimacy—two ideas explored through living history.


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The first version of Untitled (Larry and Bobby Kissing) was part of an earlier series. FkN JPGs was a weekly networked performance. The Mapplethorpe was one of several fine art photographs that felt different than the more vernacular images that I was using. We were invoking history and questioning what is photography. For 352_LarryBobbyKiss_1979web0.jpg I kissed Paul Soulellis, Rhizome curator, RISD professor, artist and friend. The title here is the original name of the jpeg downloaded from the web. Photos courtesy of Anthony Malone.