Robert Mapplethorpe

Birth Name:
Robert Michael Mapplethorpe
Birth Date:
November 4, 1946
Birth Place:
Floral Park, New York
Death Date:
March 9, 1989
Place of Death:
New England Deaconess Hospital, Boston, Massachusetts
Cause of Death:
Complications from HIV/AIDS
Cemetery Name:
St. John Cemetery
Claim to Fame:
Robert Mapplethorpe was an American photographer, best known for his black-and-white photographs. His work featured an array of subjects, including celebrity portraits, male and female nudes, self-portraits, and still-life images. His most controversial works documented and examined the gay male BDSM subculture of New York City in the late 1960s and early 1970s. A 1989 exhibition of Mapplethorpe's work, titled Robert Mapplethorpe: The Perfect Moment, sparked a debate in the United States concerning both use of public funds for "obscene" artwork and the Constitutional limits of free speech in the United States.

Cemetery Information:

Final Resting Place:

St. John Cemetery

80-01 Metropolitan Avenue

Middle Village, New York, 11379


North America


Grave Location:

Section 48, Range B Lots 131-133

Grave Location Description

After entering through the main west entrance, take the first left and then head northeast at the following intersection. Continue straight along this road until it ends in the intersection of Sections 46, 47, 48, and 49. Robert Mapplethorpe’s family headstone is located 41 graves from the road behind the statue at the intersection.

Grave Location GPS

40.71814394, -73.87044323



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