The Getty Center


An Evening with Patti Smith

Date: Saturday, April 30, 2016
Time: 4:00 & 7:00 p.m.
Location: Getty Center, Harold M. Williams Auditorium
Admission: Tickets $25.

When renowned singer-songwriter, poet, and visual artist Patti Smith was just 20, she met Robert Mapplethorpe by chance on the streets of Brooklyn. They felt an immediate connection and would forge an unconditional, enduring friendship as they weathered the challenges of artistic life, uniquely bonded by their shared passion for the creation of art.

This spring, the Getty Research Institute published a fascinating exploration of the hundreds of letters, studio files, and artworks that make up Mapplethorpe's archives. The volume includes an intimate and moving essay by Smith, who traces the many artistic transformations the two traversed together, and marks new and emotional discoveries that reveal the profound link between them.

In celebration of this essay, and the concurrent major retrospective exhibitions of Mapplethorpe's photography at the J. Paul Getty Museum and Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Patti Smith brings a unique performance to the Getty's Harold M. Williams Auditorium.

Accompanied by piano, Smith will share from the long list of songs, poems, and stories that she's written about, with, or were inspired by Mapplethorpe across her career. From the moments they shared living together in 1970s downtown New York as chronicled in her National Book Award-winning memoir Just Kids, to an affecting contemplation of Mapplethorpe's groundbreaking artworks, Smith's performance offers a generous, first-hand look into this extraordinary meeting of minds.

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