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This show closed on June 22, 2019

About Triptych

30 years after Robert Mapplethorpe’s death, the world still cannot turn away from the compelling nature and emotional complexity of his influential photographs; nestled between erotic heat and cool classicism, his controversial works were images of a generation, shattering mainstream conceptions of conventional beauty.

In this new work, Bryce Dessner (The National), in collaboration with librettist Korde Arrington Tuttle and director Kaneza Schaal, explores Mapplethorpe’s uncanny ability to make the viewer question the commonly held beliefs on race, gender and politics that underpin most of society. Featuring poetry by Tuttle, Essex Hemphill and Patti Smith, sung by the Grammy Award-winning eight-person choral ensemble Roomful of Teeth, "Triptych (Eyes of One on Another)" sets Dessner’s music against some of the most electrifying and divisive words and images in contemporary art.

Through music and large-scale projections of Mapplethorpe’s work, "Triptych (Eyes of One on Another)" is a bold take and close examination of one of the most brilliant photographers of the 20th century.

Run Time

1hr 10min (No Intermission)

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Recommended for ages 18 and up. Contains sexually explicit images from the Robert Mapplethorpe collection and language.

Sony Centre for the Performing Arts

1 Front St E, Toronto, ON M5E 1B2

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