March 10, 2016

The J. Paul Getty Museum and the Getty Research Institute Present an Evening with Patti Smith

Patti Smith shares intimate songs, poems, and stories written about, with, or inspired by Robert Mapplethorpe

Valerie Tate
Getty Communications
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LOS ANGELES –Join renowned singer-songwriter, poet, and visual artist Patti Smith for a unique performance exploring her extraordinary friendship with celebrated photographer Robert Mapplethorpe on Saturday, April 30th, at the Getty Center.

Patti Smith was just 20 when she met Robert Mapplethorpe by chance on the streets of Brooklyn. They felt an immediate connection and would forge an unconditional, enduring friendship as they weathered the challenges of artistic life, uniquely bonded by their shared passion for the creation of art.

In celebration of the concurrent major retrospective exhibitions of Mapplethorpe’s photography at the J. Paul Getty Museum and Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Patti Smith brings a unique performance to the Getty Center.

An Evening with Patti Smith will take place at the Getty Center in the Harold M. Williams Auditorium at 7:00pm. Tickets are $25 and go on sale at 9:00am on Tuesday, March 15; 4 ticket limit per person. For tickets and information visit

Robert Mapplethorpe: The Perfect Medium is on view at the J. Paul Getty Museum at the Getty Center March 15-July 31, 2016 and at Los Angeles County Museum of Art March 20-July 31, 2016.
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