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Thursday Mar 28 01:00 PM
Thursday Mar 28 07:30 PM
Saturday Mar 30 01:00 PM
Sunday Mar 31 04:00 PM
Sunday Mar 31 07:00 PM
Tuesday Apr 02 07:30 PM


Doris Duke Theatre


Museum members: $10.00
General Admission: $12.00


About the Film:

Directed by Ondi Timoner. USA 2019. 102 min.

Robert Mapplethorpe is arguably one of the most important artists of the 20th century. Mapplethorpe discovered himself both sexually and artistically in New York City throughout the 70s and 80s. This narrative feature film explores Mapplethorpe’s life from moments before he and Patti Smith moved into the famed Chelsea Hotel, home to a world of bohemian chic. Here he begins photographing its inhabitants and his newfound circle of friends, including artists and musicians, socialites, film stars, and members of the S&M underground. Mapplethorpe’s work showcased eroticism in a way that had never been examined nor displayed to the public before. The film explores the intersection of his art and his sexuality along with his struggle for mainstream recognition. Mapplethorpe offers a nuanced portrait of an artist at the height of his craft and of the self-destructive impulses that threaten to undermine it all.

Read the Slate review.

Read The Wrap review.

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