An Evening with Patti Smith
Patti Smith Presents a Talk Entitled
“On Photography” to Open
Patti Smith: A Donation to NOMA
DATE: Thursday, April 22
TIME: 6 p.m.
LOCATION: Stern Auditorium
* FREE AND OPEN TO THE PUBLIC*
On Thursday, April 22nd, artist and musician
Patti Smith will present a free talk at NOMA entitled
“On Photography” at 6:00 pm in the Museum’s Stern Auditorium.
Her talk will accompany the opening of an exhibition of 45 photographs
by Smith, donated by the artist to NOMA in 2009 and 2010. She will publicly address her relationship to photography, both in terms of her own photographic work and the history of the medium itself.
Patti Smith: A Donation to NOMAconsists of 45 silver prints made from negatives produced by the artist’s antique Polaroid Land 250 camera. These prints will be augmented by a few original, but unique, Polaroid photographs, which are also part of Smith’s generous donation to our museum.
Patti Smith: A Donation to NOMA will be on view in the 2nd floor Contemporary Art Galleries from April 22 until July 3.
Smith has excelled in the diverse fields of poetry, prose, music, drawing, film and photography. Her friendship and artistic relationship with photographer Robert Mapplethorpe was recently documented in her best-selling memoir
Just Kids. Copies of the book will be on hand in the Museum Shop for Smith to sign following her talk.
The source of inspiration for much of Patti Smith’s poetry and music has often been key figures of French culture, including
Arthur Rimbaud, Nicole Stéphane, Jean Genet and Antonin Artaud
so many of the inspirational photographs Smith has taken derive from her frequent Parisian and French sojourns.
Patti Smith is especially inspired by the convergence of literary and photographic histories in 19th and 20th century France.
If her own identity as an American artist of the late 20th century was that of proto-punk, it parallels a similar defiant moment in cultural history: the underground art and literary movements of mid-to-late-19th century Paris.