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Paul Tschinkel ART/new york No. 61 Robert Mapplethorpe

Paul Tschinkel ART/new york No. 61 Robert Mapplethorpe

November 3, 2016 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Howl! Happening
6 East 1st Street
New York City, NY 10003 + Google Map

Thursday, November 3 / 7 PM / Free

Howl! Happening is pleased to present Robert Mapplethorpe, another in filmmaker Paul Tschinkel’s probing ART/new york series, which profiles influential artists at crucial moments in the careers. Filmed in 1983 in his downtown loft, the youthful and mythic artist talks with Marc Miller about his ideas, inspiration, and the highly charged subject matter depicted in his work.

Robert Mapplethorpe explores his photography, his relationship to the downtown New York art world, and the S&M club scene prevalent in the 80s. His infamously explicit and groundbreaking photographs of the gay leather New York Underground made him a cause célèbre. At the same time, the quality and artistic achievement inherent in his series of portraits, sensual flowers, and transgressive erotic subjects elevated his work and drew the attention of influential dealers, curators and collectors.

The film includes interviews with Jack Walls, Mapplethorpe’s partner; artist Brice Marden; Holly Solomon, his first dealer; the photographer’s father Harry Mapplethorpe; and Father Stack, the artist’s priest in Floral Park, Long Island. Also commenting are curator Richard Marshall, brother Edward Mapplethorpe, photographer Gilles Larrain, lawyer Michael Ward Stout, artist Louise Bourgeois, and biographer Patricia Morrisroe.

Paul Tschinkel is a painter with an MFA from the Yale School of Art and Architecture. In the early 70s he turned to video as an art form and thus became one of the first artists in this new medium. In 1974 he turned to the fledgling New York cable TV system, producing Paul Tschinkel’s Inner Tube, a half hour weekly art gallery program. In 1979, he began taping young bands in New York clubs for his cable show, a program that ran for three years and inspired and presaged MTV. Since then, he has produced a video series on contemporary art called ART/new york (artnewyork.org/store) of which Robert Mapplethorpe is No. 61.

Image: Robert Mapplethrope

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