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Patti Smith
Patti Smith, Arthur Rimbaud’s Utensils, Charleville, 2005


June 15, 2011

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You’ve seen her in galleries, concert halls and bookstores, and now singer-author-artist Patti Smith is having her first real museum exhibition at the Wadsworth Atheneum in Hartford, Conn.

Titled “Patti Smith: Camera Solo,” Oct. 21, 2011-Feb. 19, 2012, the show features works made between 2002 and 2011, including 60 Polaroid photographs of “found” moments, which museum director Susan Talbott described in a release: “Modest in scale and shot solely in black and white, they are sometimes disquieting and often beautiful, but always intimate.”

Three multimedia installations are also planned, centering on Smith’s hero, French poet Arthur Rimbaud. Every year since 1974, Smith has paid tribute to Rimbaud on his birthday, Oct. 20, and this year she is holding a spoken-word and musical performance at the Wadsworth Atheneum in his honor.

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