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Mapplethorpe + 25, A Symposium presented by FotoFocus and the Contemporary Arts Center

Presented by FotoFocus and Contemporary Arts Center at Contemporary Arts Center, Cincinnati OH

Oct 23 - 24 2015
Mapplethorpe + 25, A Symposium presented by FotoFocus and the Contemporary Arts Center

Mapplethorpe + 25 A symposium presented by FotoFocus and the Contemporary Arts Center October 23 and 24, 2015

FotoFocus and the Contemporary Arts Center present Mapplethorpe + 25, a symposium at the Contemporary Arts Center on October 23 and 24, 2015, to commemorate the 25th Anniversary ofRobert Mapplethorpe: The Perfect Moment.


6:00pm Reception with Light Bites and Cash Bar

7:00pm Keynote Lecture by Germano Celant, Independent Curator, Milan–New York with Live Feed
A public, live feed of Germano Celant’s Black Box keynote lecture will be broadcast in the lobby, followed by a party hosted by KNOW WAVE.

8:45pm Reception and Party Hosted by KNOW WAVE



9:00am Breakfast Reception

10:00am Welcome and Overview

10:30am Panel: The Exhibition, The Contemporary Arts Center, and Arts Censorship
Moderated by Raphaela Platow, Director, Contemporary Arts Center, Cincinnati, with panelists: Dennis Barrie, Principal, Barrie Projects, and former Contemporary Arts Center Director, Cleveland; Jock Reynolds, Director, Yale University Art Gallery, New Haven; and H. Louis Sirkin, Senior Counsel, Santen & Hughes, and former trial counsel to Dennis Barrie and the Contemporary Arts Center, Cincinnati; and Michael Ward Stout, President, The Robert Mapplethorpe Foundation, New York

11:30am Comment by Robert Reid-Pharr, Professor, The Graduate Center, The City University of New York

12:00pm Panel: The Artist’s Circle and Studio
Moderated by Philip Gefter, Author and Photo Historian, New York, with panelists: Judy Linn, Artist, New York; Robert Sherman, Promoter and Host, Chateau Marmont, Los Angeles; and Carol Squiers, Curator, International Center of Photography, New York

1:30pm Panel: Curators Curate Mapplethorpe
Moderated by Kevin Moore, Artistic Director and Curator, FotoFocus, New York, with panelists: Jennifer Blessing, Senior Curator of Photography, Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York; Paul Martineau, Associate Curator, Department of Photographs, The J. Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles; and Britt Salvesen, Curator, Wallis Annenberg Photography Department, Los Angeles County Museum of Art

3:00pm Closing Keynote by Catherine Opie, Artist and Professor of Photography, University of California, Los Angeles

4:00pm Oral History Reception at the 21c Museum Hotel
Hosted by Sarah Douglas, Editor-In-Chief, ARTnews, New York. Visitors are invited to share their stories of the 1990 Mapplethorpe exhibition, reflect on its impact, and comment on issues raised in the symposium.


Mapplethorpe + 25 is a free event.
Please RSVP to all portions of the two-day symposium you plan to attend. All seating is based on first-come-first-served availability—this RSVP does not reserve a seat, but will help us create a more successful event.

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