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Robert Mapplethorpe in Los Angeles: Exhibitions at the Getty and LACMA

  • Feb 23, 2013 · 10:00 AM

The X, Y, and Z Portfolios (published in 1978, 1978, and 1981

Ahmanson, Level 2 October 21, 2012–March 24, 2013

The legendary photographer is the focus of a joint exhibition at two major Los Angeles museums.

LACMA shows three of the photographer's early portfolios, XYZ.

(X consists of several X-rated images and self-portraits; Y, the floral pictures; and Z, images of black males.)

The small, high-contrast photographs are organized in three vertical rows—how Mapplethorpe originally preferred they be displayed.

"Seeing them together proves Mapplethorpe's point:

He always said that he approached every subject the same, whether it was a sex picture, a flower picture, or a portrait,"

Says Britt Salvesen, curator and department head of LACMA's Wallis Annenberg Photography Department.

The Getty exhibition, on the other hand, offers a sampling of Mapplethorpe's work, (and fittingly emphasizes many of his classical nudes).

There are several mixed-media objects, polaroid prints , still lifes, and portraits—all organized chronologically, to illustrate the way the photographer's work evolved over the years

The installation of The Perfect Moment in Cincinnati resulted in the unsuccessful prosecution of the Contemporary Arts Center of Cincinnati and its director, Dennis Barrie.

This exhibit is not for the faint.

This is very controverial imaging even today,

The Wallis Annenberg Photography Department has holdings of more than fifteen thousand works that span the period from the medium's invention in 1839 to the present.

In addition to gelatin-silver prints and chromogenic-

development prints, the collection includes examples of nineteenth-century cased images; twentieth-century experimental processes; contemporary color images; and images that are created, manipulated, and/or printed digitally.

Most recently, over 3,500 works from the Marjorie and Leonard Vernon collection were added to the museum’s holdings.

I will be keeping the number smaller for this one.

I saw the work years ago in Mike Kellys collection.

Not all of it is controversial, but the images that are should be viewed in terms of lighting and photographic technique rather than from any moralistic framing.

If you have any problems with human sexuality or nudity ... please do not sign up for this one... I dont want to hear about it later.

And if you have have moral objections to the group seeing this ,,, I dont want to hear about it now...

I am a photographer not a priest or moral ethicist.

I don't make those kinds of judgement and have no interest in them..

As an artist keep your eyes open and expose yourself to everything.. (end of lecture)

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  • Chris F.

    I know the rest of you have images,, so lets see them..

    February 24, 2013

  • Chris F.

    Checking out the photos posted so far by Luca and Jeni,,, excellent work,, The way you guys saw things is so different ,, But very good,,, Thank you for sharing your work,,, Excellent..

    February 24, 2013

  • mia

    Although i didnt have alot of time to spend mingling I was able to checkout the exhibit. Thank you Chris for organizing this - much appreciated. Can't wait for the next meet up.

    February 24, 2013

  • jeni

    It was a wonderful day filled with awesome company, great coffee and many interesting exhibitions indeed. Thanks Chris!

    February 24, 2013

  • Chris F.

    Anyone know of a good place to grab food or coffee afterwards? Not sure what the inside policy for the day will be. but remember..the rule is always NO FLASH IN THE MUSEUM. ...

    December 23, 2012

    • Artsiom

      Great! Thanks Chris!

      February 21, 2013

    • Chris F.

      Thanks for coming to this one... you guys were a lot of fun,,

      February 23, 2013

  • Chris F.

    Excellent day,, and good company..

    February 23, 2013

  • Debbie J.

    sorry didn't see that my rsvp had changed and I made other plans. hope to make the next one.

    February 22, 2013

  • Chris F.

    HELEN HAS POINTED OUT THAT THE MAIN ENTRANCE IS NOW THE BP ENTRANCE BY THE LIGHT INSTALLATION,, NOT AT THE HAMMER BUILDING (THE OLD MAIN ENTRANCE) ,,, SO THAT IS WHERE WE WILL BE MEETING. MY CELL NUMBER IS[masked]

    February 22, 2013

  • jina r.

    I was hoping to be able to attend this meet-up, but my camera is in the shop and won't be ready until next week. Have fun!

    February 22, 2013

  • yewneeklymee

    sorry fighting a head cold and don't want to take a spot away from someone else.

    February 22, 2013

  • Debbie J.

    please let me know if a spot opens up as I would like to attend.

    February 21, 2013

  • Christina W

    Saw Mapplethorpe and Metzker exhibitions yesterday. Highly recommend both.

    February 18, 2013

  • Chris F.

    It's a huge museum, a lot to see besides the Mapplethorpe exhibit.. The art collection is stellar,, those who plan to cancel at the last minute or not show up please cancel now rather than hold onto a spot that someone elsecan use..

    February 16, 2013

  • Michelle

    I have to change my rsvp. My finances are not in good shape. Hopefully soon I'll get work and the situation will change. Thank you. I hope everyone has a great time. I might go there on the free day. ~Michelle~

    February 7, 2013

  • mia

    Ok I understand...yes. I would very much like to go :) thank you for adding me.

    January 28, 2013

  • Chris F.

    Usually it means that I am monitoring it for "Chonics" . If you would like to go I can add you .. I just need to have a good idea of how many people are actually going to attend. I match the list against the sign in sheet,,, That way I can plan better . I can add people still . I wanted to keep this as close to 30 people as possible.

    January 28, 2013

  • mia

    Hello, very new to this group and to meetup.com... when the RSVP is closed does this mean you are not taking anymore members for this event? I'd like to attend.

    January 28, 2013

  • Chris F.

    Maybe we will head over to the Tar Pitts after ,,

    January 27, 2013

  • Michelle

    Thank you Chris for your help.

    January 26, 2013

  • Chris F.

    Anyone have any ideas on where to meet instead of the front entrance..I'm not real familiar with the area.

    January 26, 2013

  • Jan M.

    If you are a reader, check out Patti Smith's "Just Kids" about her and Mapplethorpe's relationship. I found it interesting, heartfelt and gave me a different view of Robert.

    January 26, 2013

  • Tom L.

    While at LACMA, point your camera at "Levitated Mass" and "Urban Light".

    January 23, 2013

  • Chris F.

    Several people have let me know that Sunday doesnt work for them so I have changed it to Saturday... Feb 23rd,,,

    January 23, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Bummer, I can't do Saturday.

      January 23, 2013

  • Chris F.

    I need a show of interest for doing a little shooting in the area either before of after hitting the exhibet...I will be posting the time and date for this,, sometime this week.. so let me know,...

    January 14, 2013

    • Artsiom

      Chris, I am very interested in this event, but will be out of town until Jan, 25th, after that you can count on me. Thanks!

      January 14, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      I'm up for shooting after.

      January 23, 2013

  • Chris F.

    OK,, The Date is set for this,, I was planning on the last week of Jan or early Feb but unfortunately I will be tied up shooting in Death Valley. If this New date is a problem please let me know,,,

    January 23, 2013

  • Estela

    Sorry, I cannot make it on the new date :(

    January 20, 2013

  • Tom L.

    I'm there Saturday!

    January 15, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    why is this meetup closed when there isn't even a date for it?

    December 23, 2012

    • Chris F.

      Not familiar with BOFA card,,, what is it ?

      December 24, 2012

    • A former member
      A former member

      if you have a bank of america card you get in for free the first weekend of the month i believe.

      December 24, 2012

  • jeni

    Thanks Chris.

    December 24, 2012

  • Chris F.

    Try it now Jenni,, someone is messing with us .. I'll go over the change history and see who it is and deal with it,, thanx for letting me know.

    December 24, 2012

  • jeni

    I'm trying to RSVP now but it's blocked.

    December 24, 2012

  • Chris F.

    I know that some are asking,, "What does this have to do with street photography"? ... absolutely nothing... as photographers we are the sum of all we see .. we need to other things to stay fresh. .. Besides ,, Art Museums are fun,, all museums are fun,, .. Try new things, branch out, read books on photography. look at other peoples work..

    For myself I will be doing figure studies for the next 3 months .

    If you have any ideas for locations send them to me, we are always looking for new areas to shoot,, It's a brand new year,, have a good Christmas and a safe New Years , See you in 2013 and thanks for making this thing work..

    1 · December 23, 2012

  • Chris F.

    No waiting list.. just RSVP so I have a rough count of who is going.

    December 23, 2012

  • patricia a.

    Would love to go!! Is there a waiting list?

    December 23, 2012

  • Chris F.

    I was thinking after the crazy season. I am not scheduling anything until after New Years ,, unless something special comes up. Something I cant pass up..

    December 18, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    Saturday
    Later in January
    LACMA for sure

    :-)

    December 18, 2012

  • Chris F.

    Also, do you prefer the LACMA or the Getty?

    December 18, 2012

  • Chris F.

    OK,,, give me your preferences ,, do you want to do this on a Saturday? a Sunday or another day of the week.. I want to schecule it at a time best for most.. let me know,,, I want to do this in January,,,

    December 18, 2012

  • Chris F.

    Ok,, where did all the comments go?

    November 13, 2012

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