Years ago we bumped into Patti in Bloomingdales. With a shy smile that would become her hallmark for 4 decades, she quietly said “Hi!” and went about her business. And for those ensuing decades she has continued to impress us. Her Mapplethorpe connection is well known, but her own photography has only recently been highlighted in Europe. Now with a significant exhibit at Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art, viewers can sample another side of this unique American talent.
The pioneering artist, musician, and poet, Patti Smith has made her mark on the American cultural landscape throughout her 40-year career, from her earliest explorations of artistic expression with friend and vanguard photographer Robert Mapplethorpe in the 1960s and 70s to her profound influence on the nascent punk rock scene in the late 1970s and 80s. Patti Smith: Camera Solo will be the first exhibition of her photography in the United States. The exhibition will include seventy photographs, one multi-media installation and one video work.
October 21, 2011 – February 19, 2012
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