Skip to content

Marie Selby Botanical Gardens’ Robert Mapplethorpe, Patti Smith exhibit

Words like significant, legendary and iconic are often used to describe photographer Robert Mapplethorpe and the multi-hyphenated (singer-songwriter-poet-author-rock star) Patti Smith. While flattering, the way these two artists lived and created – or, rather, lived to create – defied (and in Smith’s case continues to defy) even the most favorable definitions.

Thus, designing and implementing “Robert Mapplethorpe and Patti Smith: Flowers, Poetry, and Light,” the sixth Jean & Alfred Goldstein Exhibition Series at Marie Selby Botanical Gardens, was an exciting and complex mission for Curator at Large Carol Ockman and David Berry, vice president for visitor engagement and chief museum curator.

“Both artists were brilliant at their craft. They were pioneers in their respective areas, did groundbreaking work, and remain the best exemplars of (that work),” said Berry.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published.