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A Larger-Than-Life Celebration Of Robert Mapplethorpe Comes To New York

The display features both famous and lesser-known works.
The legacy of artist Robert Mapplethorpe will be celebrated with a special pop-up installation in New York on March 25. 
The legacy of artist Robert Mapplethorpe will be celebrated with a special pop-up installation in New York on March 25. 

The life and legacy of queer artist Robert Mapplethorpe will be remembered with a hotly-anticipated new documentary this spring. 

While HBO's "Mapplethorpe: Look At The Pictures" doesn't air until April 4, New Yorkers can get a head start on the celebration this weekend. A special pop-pop installation at Manhattan's Flatiron Plaza North will feature a series of larger-than-life projections as well as a selection of both famous and lesser-known works, accompanied by revealing commentary from the artist himself.

Fenton Bailey and Randy Barbato, the two filmmakers behind "Look At The Pictures," said the exhibit proves that even 27 years after Mapplethorpe's death, the artist's work is "more relevant and powerful" than ever. 

"Mapplethorpe himself said that the whole point of art was about opening something up in ourselves," they told The Huffington Post in a statement. "With everything happening in the world today, we must keep our minds and our hearts open." 

Following its stint in New York, the pop-up installation moves to San Francisco's PROXY in Hayes Valley on March 25. 

Check out a series of shots from the installation's debut in Miami below.

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