365 Days of Art: May 22 – Whitney Holds Memorial Service for Mapplethorpe

A Mapplethorpe self-portrait, where his gaunt face and hand holding a cane topped with a skull-shaped handle dominate the photo.
Robert Mapplethorpe, Self Portrait with Skull, 1988

May 22, 1989

A memorial service is held for Robert Mapplethorpe, who died of AIDS, at the Whitney Museum of American Art.