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Join Jim Cuno, president of the J. Paul Getty Trust, as he talks with artists, writers, curators, and scholars about their work. Listen in as he engages these important thinkers in reflective and critical conversations about architecture, archaeology, art history, and museum exhibitions.

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New Narratives by LA Photographers of All Ages

Jul 21 • 54:12

“Photography, historically, has been used to pin people of color in a particular location to a particular identity or stereotype, and the artists in this exhibition work to unpin that.”...

A Walk in Robert Irwin’s Getty Garden

Jul 7 • 34:12

“He often said is that this was a garden not for the visitors. He was happy if visitors enjoyed it; it was a garden for the people who worked here, who every single day, would see the slight changes and would have a seasonal experience.”...

William Blake’s Eccentric Arts

Jun 23 • 39:36
“For Blake, visionary art is not mysterious or fuzzy or soft. Visionary art is something which actually very precise and crisp.”

Painter, poet, draftsman, and printmaker William Blake was born in London in 1757, a time when England’s art scene was growing and transforming dramatically. Blake trained as an engraver, eventually developing his own technique that allowed him to...

Photographer Dorothea Lange’s California, Then and Now

Jun 9 • 49:44
“It was really powerful to be on the road following her footsteps. It just gave me an incredibly profound respect for her grit.”

In the 1930s and ‘40s, photographer Dorothea Lange drove up and down California and across the American West, recording people and their living conditions with her camera and notepad. Eighty years later, poet Tess Taylor saw echoes of Lange’s phot...

Art and Writing in Early Mesopotamian Cities

May 26 • 41:38
“From what we know, the earliest form of true writing was that invented in Mesopotamia in the late fourth millennium BC. Closely followed by Egypt, not long after. It’s probably only a matter of a couple of hundred years, if that. But Mesopotamia seems to have it by a nose.”

Mesopotamia, the fertile land between the Tigris and Euphrates rivers, was home to some of the world...

Rescuing Art by Women in Florence

May 12 • 43:05
“They were rather shocked that we were interested specifically in restoring art by women. And I remember one specific curator said, ‘Well, if you would just open your base to men as well, we would have a lot of worthy things for you to restore.'”

Where are the women artists in museums? The non-profit organization Advancing Women Artists was inspired by this simple, powerful...

The Legacy of European Art and Curiosity Cabinets

Apr 28 • 37:55
“Schlosser could be described as the least-known famous art historian.”

In the 16th and 17th centuries, Central European nobles gathered and displayed art and natural wonders side by side in spaces known as art and curiosity cabinets, or kunst- und Wunderkammer. Viewers were awed by the spectacle of traditional fine artworks alongside objects like ostrich eggs in elaborate ...

The Buddha’s First Sermon in Sarnath

Apr 14 • 47:18
“There is, and appropriately so, a tension between Sarnath as an archaeological monument, a historical monument, but also a highly sacred one.”

After reaching enlightenment, the Buddha began attracting followers—and founding a religion—by preaching. He delivered his first sermon at Sarnath, near the banks of the Ganges in Northeast India, in the 6th century BCE. By the 3rd ...

Reading Ancient Scrolls with Modern Technology

Mar 31 • 34:44

“The idea is that you put the scroll in the machine and it does a pirouette. And as it turns around, the x-rays see what’s inside the scroll from every possible angle, 360 degrees, all the way around. And we can invert that and recover a complete representation of what’s inside, in three dimensions.”...

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