Grunwald Gallery, Henry Radford Hope School of Fine Arts, Indiana University
Opening reception on Friday, October 10 from 6:00 to 8:00.
The photographs in this exhibition are the result of a 2011 donation from The Robert Mapplethorpe Foundation.
Philip Gefter will speak just before the opening on October 10th on “Robert Mapplethorpe, Sam Wagstaff and the Gay Sensibility.” (See Gefter’s NYTimes article, “The Man Who Made Mapplethorpe.”) Gefter’s book, Wagstaff: Before and After Mapplethorpe, will be published in November.Oct 10, 5:00 pm, Fine Arts 102.
In an adjoining gallery, visit Beyond Mapplethorpe: Selections from The Kinsey Institute. This exhibition features prints by photographers who either influenced Robert Mapplethorpe’s work or were his contemporaries in the 1970s and 1980s. The show contains more than twenty photographs by George Platt Lynes, Herb Ritts, Len Prince, Arthur Tress, Tom Bianchi, and Bettina Rheims. Although these images may not be as overtly sexual as some of Mapplethorpe’s photographs, they reveal the same interest in exploring and expanding the artistic possibilities of the human figure.
On Oct. 24, Andrew Moisey will present the gallery talk “Robert Mapplethorpe: Pleasure and Pain” at noon in the Grunwald Gallery. Moisey is a postdoctoral fellow at the Center for Cultural Analysis at Rutgers University.
The Mapplethorpe exhibition and corresponding programs have been made possible by The College Arts and Humanities Institute in the College of Arts and Sciences, the Grunwald Gallery of Art, the Department of Sociology, the Center for Integrative Photographic Studies, and The Kinsey Institute for Research in Sex, Gender and Reproduction, all at Indiana University; the Robert Mapplethorpe Foundation in New York; Michael E. Rudder of California; and other private donors. Malcolm Daniel, photography curator at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, and Claude Cookman, professor emeritus of the School of Journalism at IU, were instrumental in acquiring these gifts to The Kinsey Institute from the Mapplethorpe Foundation.