The Erotic Arts
Peter Webb
1975, New York Graphic Society (Little, Brown)
ISBN: 0-8212-0696-6]
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From Peter Webb's The Erotic Arts, 1975:

Among the more recent examples from the American underground [...] A more bizarre film is Sandy Daley's Robert Having His Nipple Pierced (1971) in which Robert undergoes this painful operation in the arms of his boyfriend, while his unseen girlfriend gives a hilarious commentary which includes an uninhibited account of Robert's homosexual adventures and her own sexual hang-ups. If the images become too harrowing, the soundtrack can be enjoyed with the eyes closed.

From Patricia Morrisroe's Mapplethorpe, 1995:

On November 24 Robert Having His Nipple Pierced had its premiere at the Museum of Modern Art - a triumph for Sandy Daley, who, through sheer determination, had managed to convince MOMA of the film's merits. Even more interesting than the movie was the fact that John McKendry, Maxime de la Falaise, and David Croland were all sitting together in the audience to watch Mapplethorpe, whom John adored and Maxime detested, make love to ex-boyfriend Croland. Patti Smith added another twist to the real-life subplot by providing the voice-over to the film: while Mapplethorpe and Croland tenderly kissed, Smith blamed Mapplethorpe for giving her a venereal disease, expresssed her discomfort toward homosexuals because she didn't like "asshole stuff", then offered a rambling and bizarre account of how her father saved her pubic hair after it had been shaved of by the nurses before she gave birth.

At the end of the movie the audience gave Daley a standing ovation, but just as she was about to acknowledge the applause, a man shouted "You people need psychiatrists!" Daley was so distraught that she sank back down in her seat, and although Bob Colacello, reviewing the movie in the The Village Voice, later described both her and Patti as "highly talented verbal and visual originals", she considered the entire night a failure; whatever fragile confidence she had disappeared.


Photograph Copyright © 1975 Peter Webb
Original photo credit: "Twenty-four Frames"
Used without permission.