Pop-Up featuring works of Robert Mapplethorpe
Venture inside the mind of one of the 20th Century’s most important artists, and come face to face with his provocative masterpieces. Presented on a scale worthy of its artistic impact, this digital gallery features rare and revealing commentary from the photographer himself.
Friday, March 25, 2016, 6PM-11PM
Saturday, March 26, 2016, 6PM-10PM
Hayes Neighborhood, Corner of Linden St. & Fell St. (next to Patricia’s Green)
“Look at the pictures,” said Senator Jesse Helms, denouncing the controversial art of Robert Mapplethorpe, whose photographs pushed boundaries with frank depictions of nudity, sexuality and fetishism, igniting a culture war that rages to this day.
More than 25 years later, the HBO Documentary Films presentation MAPPLETHORPE: LOOK AT THE PICTURES does just that, taking an unflinching, unprecedented look at his most provocative work.
As The J. Paul Getty Museum and The Los Angeles County Museum of Art prepare landmark Mapplethorpe retrospectives (both opening in March), the film goes inside the preparation for the exhibitions as a jumping-off point to tell the complete story of his life and work, and explore the interplay between his personal and professional lives.
With complete and unprecedented access to The Robert Mapplethorpe Foundation, the documentary draws upon archival materials and features never-before-seen photographs and footage. Mapplethorpe himself is a strong presence, telling his story in his own words with complete honesty and often shocking candor through rediscovered audio interviews.
Almost all of the people from key relationships in his life are included in the film, including his first girlfriend, Patti Smith, one in a string of profoundly influential lovers.
MAPPLETHORPE: LOOK AT THE PICTURES PREMIERES MONDAY, APRIL 4, 2016 ON HBO