BLACK, WHITE + GRAY: A PORTRAIT OF ROBERT MAPPLETHORPE AND SAM WAGSTAFF

December 17, 2007 from 4:30 pm - 6:30 pm
Jim Ottaway Jr. Film Center

The documentary described by the New York Times as a “potent exercise in art-world mythography” about the “diabolical power couple who lived and died in a mad pursuit of aesthetic perfection and erotic sensation.” During the heady years of the 1970s and 1980s, the New York City art scene was abuzz with a new spirit, and Robert Mapplethorpe would be at the center of it. Wagstaff pulled him from his suburban Queens existence, gave him a camera and brought him into this art world that seemed to be waiting for him, creating the man whose infamous images instilled emotions ranging from awe to anger. Black, White + Gray is presented by CCS Bard and the Bard Film and Electronic Arts Program in conjunction with Exhibitionism: An Exhibition of Exhibitions of Works from the Marieluise Hessel Collection.

 

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