In 1989, on the floor of Congress, Senator Jesse Helms implored America to "Look at the pictures," while denouncing the controversial art of Robert Mapplethorpe, whose photographs pushed social boundaries with their frank depictions of nudity, sexuality and fetishism — and ignited a culture war that rages to this day. Read More

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Mapplethorpe Directors on Why the Pictures Matter

Following a screening at Robert Mapplethorpe’s alma mater, the Pratt Institute, filmmakers Fenton Bailey and Randy Barbato spelled out why the iconic artist remains so relevant today.

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