The San Jose Museum of Art will offer the panel discussion “Portraying an Era: Robert Mapplethorpe” on Thursday, May 19. The program, part of the Museum’s “Creative Minds” series, will begin with a guided walk-through of the exhibition Robert Mapplethorpe: Portraits with guest curator Gordon Baldwin at 6 p.m. At 7 p.m., Baldwin will join JoAnne Northrup, chief curator, and Brian English, former studio assistant to Mapplethorpe, for a discussion of Mapplethorpe’s work. Tickets are $10 ($6 for Museum members) and are available at artsopolis.com.
Gordon Baldwin is an independent curator whose publications include Looking at Photography: A Guide to Technical Terms. He is a former associate curator of photography at the J. Paul Getty Museum in Los Angeles, California. Baldwin is curator and catalogue author of the exhibition Robert Mapplethorpe: Portraits, which originated at the Palm Spring Museum of Art.
Photographer Brian English was studio assistant to Robert Mapplethorpe from 1986 until Mapplethorpe’s death in 1989. He went on to work with other acclaimed photographers including Richard Avedon, Annie Leibovitz, and Herb Ritts. English has exhibited at the Wessel O’Connor Gallery and Throckmorton Fine Art in New York, and is currently arts administrator at the Herb Ritts Foundation.