Beauty/Obscenity? A debate on the photographs of Robert Mapplethorpe

Tuesday, 7 June 2016
Artforum cover image, September 1989.


Location: Stills, 23 Cockburn St, EH1 1BP

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In 1983, Stills hosted the first exhibition of Robert Mapplethorpe’s work in Scotland. To coincide with screenings of the 2016 documentary film Mapplethorpe: Look at the Pictures at Filmhouse, Edinburgh, Stills will host a debate on his photographs to examine the different arguments and controversies that still surround them. The debate will begin with contributions from Ben Harman, Director of Stills and David Grinly, photographer, followed by a discussion with questions from the audience.

Full details of the Photography on Film season at the Filmhouse can be found here

Image: Artforum cover image, September 1989. Frank Herrera’s photograph shows Robert Mapplethorpe’s Self-Portrait with Cigarette, 1980, as projected by laser artist Rockne Krebs on the facade of the Corcoran Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C., on June 30, 1989, as part of a demonstration protesting the museum’s cancellation of the Mapplethorpe retrospective that had been scheduled to open there that evening. The demonstration - against the Corcoran’s action specifically, and against censorship in the arts in general - was organized by William Wooby, of the Collector gallery and Restaurant in Washington, and by Krebs, founder of the Coalition of Washington Artists.