Luminato 2019 presents: Triptych (Eyes of One on Another)

Triptych (Eyes of One on Another) at Luminato, Toronto

Thirty years after Robert Mapplethorpeā€™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.

Join us on June 22 to experience Mapplethorpeā€™s radical photography like youā€™ve never seen it before in Triptych (Eyes of One on Another), a part of Luminato – Torontoā€™s international festival of art and ideas.

In this new work, Bryce Dessner (The National), in collaboration with librettist Korde Arrington Tuttle and director Kaneza Schaal, explores Mapplethorpeā€™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, and music sung by the Grammy Award-winning eight-person choral ensemble Roomful of Teeth, Triptych (Eyes of One on Another) sets Dessnerā€™s music against some of the most electrifying and divisive words and images in contemporary art.

Through music and large-scale projections of Mapplethorpeā€™s work, Triptych is a bold take and close examination of one of the most brilliant photographers of the 20th century.

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Canā€™t get enough of Robert Mapplethorpe? On June 21, weā€™ll be hosting a film screening of the 2016 documentary Mapplethorpe: Look at the Pictures, followed by a panel discussion on LGBTQ+ Censorship in Art, where activists and educators will reflect on the future of LGBTQ+ expression. In an age immune to shock, Mapplethorpeā€™s photography can still cause a stir.

Triptych (Eyes of One on Another) will be presented at the Sony Centre for the Performing Arts, and is an accessible venue. For further information on accessibility, please contact Cathy Gordon at or 416 368 3100 x 235.

Lead images feature the company of Triptych (Eyes of One on Another). Photos by Maria Baranova. 2019.