Mapplethorpe at San Jose Museum of Art

Through June 5, square black and white Mapplethorpe portraits are on display in three large rooms of the San Jose Museum of Art. It was not actually the reason for our going to the museum, but was definitely what we took away from the event. After three rooms and hundreds of tidily-framed prints of influential people from the 60s, 70s, and 80s, the museum has set up a small studio where you, the inspired museum-goer, can be both the photographer and photographed. Here we are, along with Mapplethorpe’s Patti Smith and Louise Nevelson.

Event: Robert Mapplethorpe Portraits
Venue: San Jose Museum of Art
Dates:January 29 – June 5, 2011
Basically: perfect culture stop on a carefree San Jose weekend, be overwhelmed by modestly-sized photographs from the analog age