From the NOMA Website:
On Thursday, April 22nd, the night before JazzFest opens in New Orleans , artist and musician Patti Smith will present a talk at NOMA entitled "On Photography" at 6:00 pm in the Museum's Stern Auditorium. Her talk will accompany the opening of an exhibition of forty-five photographs by Smith, donated by the artist to the museum in 2009 and 2010.
Patti Smith is an interdisciplinary artist of the highest order. She has excelled in the diverse fields of poetry, prose, music, drawing, film and photography. Her friendship and artistic relationship with photographer Robert Mapplethorpe was recently documented in her best-selling memoir Just Kids. Copies of the book will be on hand in the Museum Shop for Smith to sign following her talk.The source of inspiration for much of Patti Smith's poetry and music has often been key figures of French culture, including Arthur Rimbaud, Nicole Stéphane, Jean Genet, Antonin Artaud and RenŽ Daumal, so we find many of the inspirational photographs Smith has taken derive from her frequent Parisian and French sojourns.
Patti Smith: A Donation to NOMA will be on view in the 2nd floor Contemporary Art Galleries from April 22 until July 3. The artist will present a talk entitled "On Photography" on Thursday, April 22, at 6 p.m. in the Stern Auditorium.