Monday, Nov. 5 at 8:15pm
Tivoli Theatre

Robert Mapplethorpe — arguably one of the most important artists of the 20th century — discovered himself both sexually and artistically in New York City in the ’70s and ’80s. This biopic from Ondi Timoner (“Dig!,” “We Live in Public”) explores Mapplethorpe’s life during that key period, beginning moments before he and Patti Smith (Marianne Rendón) moved into the famed Chelsea Hotel. In this home to a world of bohemian chic, Mapplethorpe (Matt Smith, “The Crown”) begins photographing its inhabitants and his newfound circle of friends, including artists and musicians, film stars, and members of the S&M underground. “Mapplethorpe” explores the intersection of his art and his sexuality — and his struggle for mainstream recognition — offering a nuanced portrait of an artist at the height of his craft. Slate writes: “Mapplethorpe was known for his soft, striking photos of flowers and his transgressive depictions of gay men and their members…. Visionary documentarian Ondi Timoner’s first narrative feature, ‘Mapplethorpe,’ captures a similar duality within this brilliant artist. With a phenomenal performance from lead Matt Smith and arresting historical deference, it’s no wonder the film was a runner-up for the Tribeca Film Festival’s audience award.”

102 min.

Directed by

Ondi Timoner



Film Category

American Indie Spotlight Art & Architecture Spotlight QFest LGBTQ Spotlight Women in Film Spotlight


Art LGBTQ Photography Sex



Sponsored by

R D Zurick