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Sam Wagstaff & Robert Mapplethorpe by Francesco Scavullo. (© Francesco Scavullo Editions.)


Black White + Gray: A Portrait of Sam Wagstaff and Robert Mapplethorpe
(2007, 76 minutes)
Director: James Crump
During the 1970s and 80s, the New York City art scene was abuzz with a new spirit, and photographer Robert Mapplethorpe would emerge at the center of it. This documentary explores the long and symbiotic relationship between Mapplethorpe and Sam Wagstaff, an older and innovative museum curator who brought Mapplethorpe into the art world. Narrated by Joan Juliet Buck, with extensive commentary from major art and cultural figures such as Patti Smith, Dominick Dunne, Dick Cavett, and Tony Smith. This screening coincides with the exhibition Mannerism and Modernism: The Kasper Collection Drawings and Photographs.

Friday, March 11, 2011, 7 p.m.

Films are free. Tickets are available at the Admission Desk on the day of the screening. Advance reservations for Morgan Members only: 212.685.0008, ext. 560, or

Please call (212) 685-0008 ext. 560 or e-mail for information.

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The programs of The Morgan Library & Museum are made possible with public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council, and by the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature.

Background images: Photography by Todd Eberle unless otherwise noted. © 2006 Todd Eberle.