Tonight in the auditorium: James Crump’s documentary Black White + Gray about the powerful troika formed by Mapplethorpe, curator Sam Wagstaff, and musician/poet Patti Smith. We begin at 7:00.
On view in the North Galleries through January 31: Polaroids: Mapplethorpe, an exhibition of 90 early Mapplethorpe Polaroids organized by Henry Director Sylvia Wolfe. (Quoting the Stranger‘s Jen Graves, “These little objects—four by five inches at the largest, each an original—are the warmest and hottest things he ever made.” Read more here.)
And in the museum’s Joseph and Elaine Monsen Photography Collection, a 1983 self-portrait as menace:
Robert Mapplethorpe. Auto Portrait (with gun). 1983. Gelatin silver print. Henry Art Gallery, Joseph and Elaine Monsen Photography Collection, gift of Joseph and Elaine Monsen and The Boeing Company, 97.104. Copyright credit: Self Portrait, 1983 copyright © Robert Mapplethorpe Foundation. Used by Permission.