Subscribe to Art + Ideas:

When Patti Smith met Robert Mapplethorpe in the epochal days of New York City in the late 1960s, they formed a deep friendship that permeated their art and community. Their bond brought about years of creation and collaboration, and developed into a story that Smith would later record in her memoir, Just Kids. In this episode, Smith talks about her recent book, M Train, the meaning behind the letter “M,” the significance of the date March 9th, and finding beauty in mistakes and improvisation.

Patti Smith

Patti Smith. Portrait by Jesse Dittmar.

More to Explore

Patti Smith website

M Train book

Robert Mapplethorpe: The Perfect Medium at Getty

Robert Mapplethorpe: The Perfect Medium at Los Angeles County Museum of Art


Music Credits

Logo for Art Plus Ideas podcast
This post is part of Art + Ideas, a podcast in which Getty president Jim Cuno talks with artists, writers, curators, and scholars about their work.
See all posts in this series »