Celebrating an icon. The Art Gallery of NSW's Atelier program - a group of philanthropists, creative leaders, business leaders, and social influencers who support the Gallery and its artists - paid tribute to legendary photographer Robert Mapplethorpe and his muse Patti Smith with Riot in the Gallery: a throwback punk-themed party. Guests were invited for an exclusive viewing of Robert Mapplethorpe: the perfect medium, prior to the exhibits closing this weekend, as well as a performance from performance artist and provocateur Betty Grumble, a Q&A with AGNSW curator of photography Isobel Parker-Philip, fashion photographer Liz Ham and Grumble, and a performance from Sydney-based all-girl punk band Rackett. Raise a riot.
The news that a new series coming to ABC and Netflix entitled, Why Are You Like This is set to surpass most Australian television content from the lens of progress is certainly something that has pricked up our ears.
Said to represent the “darkest part of the bureau’s history.” the documentary exposes the FBI’s mission to paint the 20th century’s most prolific civil rights leader as the “world’s most notorious liar”.
Intended to drive conversation supporting the Black Lives Matter movement and racial injustice, the artwork was resurrected as an act of protest against propagated falsehoods, censorship, and white supremacy in America, now, it will live on in a new location.