Black, White + Gray: A Portrait of Sam Wagstaff + Robert Mapplethorpe (filmmaker in person!)

Co-presented by LACMA, The Getty, and Photo L.A.

“Before Patti Smith released her 1975 landmark debut album “Horses”, and before Robert Mapplethorpe’s photography caused national debates about public arts funding, these two burgeoning artists (both of whom would become seminal icons in their field, and who both once shared a loft apartment near the famous Chelsea Hotel) formed a unique troika with legendary curator/collector Sam Wagstaff. With this engrossing documentary, director/curator/author James Crump paints an illustrious portrait of the complex ties between these three visionaries. As the only one of them still living, Patti Smith — alongside such luminaries as Dominick Dunne, Richard Tuttle, Eugenia Parry, Timothy Greenfield-Sanders and Ralph Gibson — reminisces about a time when New York City’s CBGB’s, Studio 54 and the Meatpacking District (where a gay/S&M underworld had emerged) were all thriving. Crump meticulously illustrates the varied sides of these two enigmatic figures, as well as their close bond with Patti Smith, and arranges the pieces of this film — a story of love, friendship and personal transformation — into a carefully curated whole.” — David Kwok, Tribeca Film Festival. Our screening is followed by a Q&A session with filmmaker James Crump, as well as comments by Britt Salvesen (LACMA Head Curator of Photography) and Frances Terpak (Curator of Photographs, the Getty Research Institute.)