Seeing Robert Mapplethorpe’s idea of perfection

Aired: 5/5/2016 | 0:06:41 | Clip
Artist Robert Mapplethorpe found himself at the center of the culture wars of the 1980s and ‘90s for his best-known work, homoerotic and often explicit photographs that drew the ire of federal lawmakers. Now two major Los Angeles museums have mounted a retrospective of his work, asking viewers to take another look. Jeffrey Brown examines the artist’s life and legacy.