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Triptych (Eyes of One on Another)

A visually stunning, musical, and poetic exploration of legendary photographer Robert Mapplethorpe.

OCT 30–NOV 03, 2019

Film: Mapplethorpe

Co-presentation with Bright Lights Film Series, Wicked Queer, the Boston Women’s Film Festival, and ArtsEmerson

THU OCT 17 @ 7:00PM

 Emerson Paramount Center
Bright Family Screening Room
559 Washington Street, Boston, MA 02111

FREE Admission! Seating available on a first come, first served basis.


Directed by Ondi Timoner, drama, English, 102 minutes, USA, 2018.

This recent film from the director of DIG! Is the perfect companion to ArtsEmerson’s stage presentation of Triptych (Eyes of One on Another), a visual, musical, poetic tribute to legendary photographer Robert Mapplethorpe.

Robert Mapplethorpe is arguably one of the most important artists of the 20th century. Mapplethorpe discovered himself both sexually and artistically in New York City throughout the 70’s and 80’s. The film explores Mapplethorpe’s life from moments before he and Patti Smith moved into the famed Chelsea hotel, home to a world of bohemian chic. Here he begins photographing its inhabitants and his new found circle of friends including artists and musicians, socialites, film stars, and members of the S&M underground Mapplethorpe’s work displayed eroticism in a way that had never been examined nor displayed before to the public. The film explores the intersection of his art and his sexuality, along with his struggle for mainstream recognition.

Discussion led by VMA professor Ken Feil to follow.