Lecture by Sylvia Wolf > Polaroids: Mapplethorpe
Friday, November 6, 2009, 7:00 – 8:30 PM
FREE: Henry Art Gallery Members, PCNW Members, SPE Participants, Students, Staff, and Faculty with UW ID
$5 General Admission
Tickets available at the Henry Art Gallery admission desk Thursday, November 5 and Friday, November 6 during museum hours.
Polaroids: Mapplethorpe, on view at the Henry Art Gallery though Jan 31, 2010, traces Robert Mapplethorpe’s use of instant photography from 1970 to 1975. The exhibition brings together ninety objects, including self-portraits, figure studies, still lifes, and portraits of lovers and friends including Patti Smith, Sam Wagstaff, and Marianne Faithfull. Unlike the highly crafted images Mapplethorpe staged in the studio and became famous for, these disarming pictures are marked by spontaneity and invention. Together, they offer insight into the artist’s creative development and reveal his pure delight in seeing at a formative time in his career.
Polaroids: Mapplethorpe was organized by Sylvia Wolf for the Whitney Museum of American Art, in collaboration with the Robert Mapplethorpe Foundation. Sylvia Wolf is Director of the Henry Art Gallery at the University of Washington. She previously served as Adjunct Curator at the Whitney Museum of American Art and The Art Institute of Chicago, where she produced more than 25 photography exhibitions in over 12 years.