Exclusive: Bard CCS Names a Gallery for Robert Mapplethorpe, Honoring $500,000 Foundation Gift

This weekend, when the Bard Center for Curatorial Studies’s Hessel Museum, in Annandale-on-Hudson, N.Y., opens “Matters of Fact,” a new exhibition of works from its collection, it will also unveil a new name for one of its existing galleries: that of the photographer Robert Mapplethorpe.

One of the Hessel Museum’s three main exhibition spaces is being renamed the Robert Mapplethorpe Gallery in recognition of an unrestricted $500,000 grant from the Robert Mapplethorpe Foundation, the nonprofit organization founded in 1988 as the controversial photographer was dying of HIV/AIDS to support his legacy, photography in general and support research into HIV/AIDS. The gift is part of Bard CCS’s 20th anniversary fundraising campaign. Read More