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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If Untitled (Larry and Bobby Kissing) is living history, once alive we can be it or not. One moment looks like the kiss. The next is totally new. The series will includes 25 performances at tech, art and non-art venues. The set-up is simple: recreate Mapplethorpe's studio, recast Larry and Bobby, live stream to a chat website, project the website back into the museum.


The second phase of the project is a public Internet art campaign planned for 2022 that will circulate video from the series across social media and was inspired by the above incredibly visual, chat message from the Paris performance. But instead of targeting adult men specifically, Untitled (Larry and Bobby Kissing) will reach all genders of Generation Z, 18- to 23-year-olds before that feeling can sink in. Photo courtesy of the Robert Mapplethorpe Foundation.