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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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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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56 Ratings
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Great topics and great interviews

By Long time WFAN listener - Feb 09 2019
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I have enjoyed listening to these podcasts. The topics selected are interesting and varied. The host is a wonderful interviewer, engaging the listener through his own interest in drawing out the story from the guest.

A world revealed

By Hemisemidemiquaver - Dec 18 2016
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I had no idea what a rich and interesting subject art history could be. From time to time, one discovers a field of learning that is fascinating, and this podcast has done that for me. The knowledge and love shown by the interviewer, curators, and artists is infectious. The podcast also illustrates how the combination of technologies that constitute podcasting has made it this kind of presentation available to everyone worldwide. Thanks to the Getty for doing this. I look forward to many more episodes.

iTunes Ratings

56 Ratings
Average Ratings
45
5
3
1
2

Great topics and great interviews

By Long time WFAN listener - Feb 09 2019
Read more
I have enjoyed listening to these podcasts. The topics selected are interesting and varied. The host is a wonderful interviewer, engaging the listener through his own interest in drawing out the story from the guest.

A world revealed

By Hemisemidemiquaver - Dec 18 2016
Read more
I had no idea what a rich and interesting subject art history could be. From time to time, one discovers a field of learning that is fascinating, and this podcast has done that for me. The knowledge and love shown by the interviewer, curators, and artists is infectious. The podcast also illustrates how the combination of technologies that constitute podcasting has made it this kind of presentation available to everyone worldwide. Thanks to the Getty for doing this. I look forward to many more episodes.
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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.

Rank #1: Helen Molesworth on Black Mountain College

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It’s where John Cage staged his first Happening, Fridays were often dedicated to art classes, and all faculty, staff, and students participated in the college’s operations from farming to construction. Located in the mountains near Asheville, NC, Black Mountain College was an experimental school founded upon the idea of “learning by doing.” We stop by the Hammer Museum’s exhibition, “Leap Before You Look: Black Mountain College, 1933–1957,” to talk to Helen Molesworth, curator of the exhibition and chief curator at the Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles.

Jun 29 2016

42mins

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Rank #2: Valerie Hansen on the Silk Road and Dunhuang

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Through remarkable archaeological excavations, Valerie Hansen, author of “The Silk Road: A New History,” pieces together the dynamic and complicated history of the Silk Road. Hansen discusses the impact of micro exchanges along these prolific trade routes, the cultural and historical significance of coins, and what she refers to as the “time capsule of Silk Road history,” the Mogao caves at Dunhuang. Hansen is professor of history at Yale University, where she teaches Chinese and world history.

Aug 24 2016

49mins

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Rank #3: Recording Artists—Lee Krasner: Deal with It

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Today on Art + Ideas, we’re bringing you an episode from Getty’s new podcast, Recording Artists. In season one, Radical Women, host Helen Molesworth uses archival interviews to explore the lives of six women artists—Alice Neel, Lee Krasner, Betye Saar, Helen Frankenthaler, Yoko Ono, and Eva Hesse. Molesworth also speaks with contemporary artists and art historians to make sense of what it meant—and still means—to be a woman and an artist.

This episode focuses on Lee Krasner (1908–1984). Artists
Lari Pittman and Amy Sillman join the discussion.

Nov 12 2019

40mins

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Rank #4: Jackson Pollock’s “Mural” Part 1

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Jackson Pollock’s “Mural” (1943) is a monumental eight-by-twenty foot work that marks a turning point in the artist’s career and the course of American art. In 2012, “Mural” traveled to the Getty for conservation, cleaning, and study, which revealed groundbreaking information about the work and its creator. In the first half of a two-part conversation, Laura Rivers and Yvonne Szafran, conservators at the J. Paul Getty Museum, Alan Phenix and Tom Learner, scientists at the Getty Conservation Institute, and Andrew Perchuk, deputy director at the Getty Research Institute, tell the story of this important work.

Aug 23 2017

40mins

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Rank #5: The Lives of Vincent van Gogh and Édouard Manet

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In this episode, curator Scott Allan discusses two artist biographies: one of Édouard Manet by author and art critic Émile Zola and the other of Vincent van Gogh written by his sister in law Jo van Gogh-Bonger. Both artists proved controversial or difficult during their lifetimes, and these accounts, written by people who knew them well, provide insight into their lives and their art. These texts have recently been published as short books as part of the Getty Publications Lives of the Artists series. Scott Allan is curator of paintings at the J. Paul Getty Museum.

Aug 22 2018

58mins

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Rank #6: Jackson Pollock’s “Mural” Part 2

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Although Jackson Pollock’s iconic “Mural” (1943) may appear to have been swiftly executed, close examination of the paint and archival photographs reveals otherwise. In the second half of a two-part conversation, Laura Rivers and Yvonne Szafran, conservators at the J. Paul Getty Museum, Alan Phenix and Tom Learner, scientists at the Getty Conservation Institute, and Andrew Perchuk, deputy director at the Getty Research Institute, focus on how conservation and scientific analysis enhance our art historical understanding of Pollock and his work.

Sep 06 2017

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Rank #7: Interviewing Anselm Kiefer

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In this episode, an interview with German painter and sculptor Anselm Kiefer doesn’t go as planned. But all is not lost. Despite—or perhaps as a consequence of—the disruptions, a candid and thoughtful conversation ensues. Kiefer’s work confronts controversial issues from recent history, including the power of war and the cycle of destruction and renewal. He is co-recipient of the 2017 J. Paul Getty Medal, an award that honors extraordinary contributions to the practice, understanding, and support of the arts.

Dec 13 2017

25mins

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Rank #8: Manet and Modern Beauty: The Late Career of the Painter

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French painter Édouard Manet is perhaps best known for
his large scale paintings like Olympia
and Le déjeuner sur l’herbe, both of
which stoked controversy when they were first displayed. But in later life,
with his health deteriorating, the artist shifted his focus to luscious still
lifes, delicate pastels and watercolors, and portraits of social types like the
parisienne or the dandy.

The exhibition Manet and Modern Beauty focuses on this often overlooked period of Manet’s career, from the late 1870s through his early death in 1883. In this episode, curators Emily Beeny and Scott Allan discuss key works from the exhibition and what they teach us about modernity and Manet.

Nov 27 2019

51mins

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Rank #9: Lives of the Artists: Rilke on Rodin

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In 1902, Austrian poet Rainer Maria Rilke visited sculptor August Rodin in Paris to write an essay on the artist for a new series of German monographs. Writing with his usual intensity, Rilke’s poetic language and passion for Rodin’s art make this an engaging account of the artist’s life and work. Curator Anne-Lise Desmas discusses this text and Rodin’s career, addressing the personal relationship between the two men, Rodin’s unusual artistic process, and the reception of Rodin’s art in his time. Rilke’s 1902 essay has recently been published in a short book as part of the Getty Publications Lives of the Artists series. Anne-Lise Desmas is senior curator of sculpture and decorative arts at the J. Paul Getty Museum.

Aug 08 2018

45mins

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Rank #10: Rerelease: Jackson Pollock’s Mural, part 1

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Jackson Pollock’s Mural (1943) is a monumental eight-by-twenty foot work that marks a turning point in the artist’s career and in the course of American art. In 2012, Mural traveled to the Getty for conservation, cleaning, and study, which revealed groundbreaking information about the work and its creator. In the first half of a two-part conversation, Laura Rivers and Yvonne Szafran, conservators at the J. Paul Getty Museum, Alan Phenix and Tom Learner, scientists at the Getty Conservation Institute, and Andrew Perchuk, deputy director at the Getty Research Institute, tell the story of this important work.

During the month of January, we are rereleasing some of our most popular episodes of Art + Ideas. This episode was originally released in August 2017.

Jan 23 2019

29mins

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Rank #11: The Lives of Titian

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One of the most successful artists of the Italian
Renaissance, Titian was the master of the sixteenth-century Venetian school and
admired by his royal patrons and fellow artists alike. Several of his
contemporaries, including the authors and art theorists Giorgio Vasari, Francesco
Priscianese, Pietro Aretino, and Ludovico Dolce, wrote accounts of Titian’s
life and work.

In this episode, Getty assistant curator of paintings Laura
Llewellyn discusses what these “lives” teach us about Titian and the artistic
debates and rivalries of his time. All of these biographies are gathered
together in Lives of Titian, recently
published by the Getty as part of our Lives of the Artists series.

Nov 13 2019

48mins

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Rank #12: Golden Kingdoms: Luxury Arts in the Ancient Americas

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Gold nose adornments, feather paintings, and beaded shell collars. These are some of the objects featured in the Getty’s current exhibition, “Golden Kingdoms: Luxury and Legacy in the Ancient Americas,” which traces the development of luxury arts in the Americas from antiquity to the arrival of the Europeans in the sixteenth century. We visit the galleries with co-curators Joanne Pillsbury, Timothy Potts, and Kim Richter who discuss how the study of objects made of gold, jade, shell, feathers, and other stones from this region reveals different perspectives on value and luxury.

Joanne Pillsbury is the Andrall E. Pearson Curator in the Department of the Arts of Africa, Oceania, and the Americas at the Metropolitan Museum of Art; Timothy Potts is director of the J. Paul Getty Museum; and Kim Richter is senior research specialist at the Getty Research Institute.

Nov 29 2017

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Rank #13: Lives of the Artists: Giorgio Vasari on Bellini, Raphael, and Michelangelo

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Giorgio Vasari’s book Lives of the Most Excellent Painters, Sculptors, and Architects from Cimabue to Our Times, first published in 1550, is widely considered to be the ideological foundation of the discipline of art history. In this episode, senior curator of paintings Davide Gasparotto discusses the structure and history of Vasari’s Lives and explores three biographies in particular—those of Giovanni Bellini, Raphael, and Michelangelo. These texts have recently been republished as individual books in Getty Publications’ new Lives of the Artists series.

Jun 27 2018

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Rank #14: Lives of the Artists: Three Biographies of Rembrandt

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Dutch artist Rembrandt Harmensz van Rijn was a well-known and somewhat controversial artist in his time, and many historians, critics, and artists wrote about his work and life during and shortly after his lifetime. In this episode, curator of paintings Anne Woollett discusses three short biographies of the artist: one by German painter Joachim von Sandrart; the second by Italian painter Filippo Baldinucci; and a third by Dutch painter and printmaker Arnold Houbraken.  All three biographies were written within fifty years of Rembrandt’s death and have recently been published together in a short book as part of the Getty Publications Lives of the Artists series.

Jul 11 2018

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Rank #15: Teaching and Learning at the Bauhaus

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This episode commemorates the hundredth anniversary of the opening of the Bauhaus, the influential school founded in 1919 by Walter Gropius in Weimar, Germany. Revered for its experimental art and design curriculum, the Bauhaus sought to erode distinctions among crafts, the fine arts, and architecture through study centered on practical experience and a variety of traditional and experimental media. Two exhibitions from the Getty, one of which is online, explore the Bauhaus curriculum from the point of view of the instructors and students, largely through pedagogical exercises, notebooks, and images.

In this episode, Getty curator Maristella Casciato, research assistant Gary Fox, and head of web and new media at the Getty Research Institute Liz McDermott discuss these exhibitions, Bauhaus Beginnings and Bauhaus: Building the New Artist.

Oct 02 2019

46mins

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Rank #16: David Saunders on Museum Conservation and Lighting

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Lighting in museums has long been a contentious subject among museum conservators. A gallery with too much light often causes long-term damage to artwork on display, while a gallery with too little light creates a poor experience for visitors. The balance is fine and often subjective. In this episode, David Saunders, an expert in the area of conservation science, discusses the history of and advances in museum conservation and lighting. Currently a Getty Rothschild Fellow, Saunders is former principal specialist at the National Gallery and keeper of conservation, documentation, and research at the British Museum.

Jun 07 2017

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Rank #17: The Lives of Velázquez

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The painter Diego Velázquez (1599–1660), commonly known as Velázquez, was an immensely talented painter who achieved great prominence during Spain’s Golden Age of art and literature. Las Meninas (1656), his most well-known painting, is a complex portrait of the daughter of the king and has inspired countless artists, including Goya and Picasso.

In this episode, paintings curator Anne Woollett discusses two biographies of Velazquez written by his contemporaries Francisco Pacheco and Antonio Palomino.

Jun 26 2019

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Rank #18: Mario Vargas Llosa on Culture

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Peruvian-born writer Mario Vargas Llosa published a book titled “Notes on the Death of Culture: Essays on Spectacle and Society” in which he traces the development and what he sees as the decline of culture in modern society. In this episode, Vargas Llosa discusses this, as well his past work, his influences, and his forthcoming book on classic liberalism. Vargas Llosa is the 2010 Nobel laureate in literature and the co-recipient of the 2017 J. Paul Getty Medal, an award that honors extraordinary contributions to the practice, understanding, and support of the arts.

Apr 26 2017

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Rank #19: Walter Hopps: The Dream Colony

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Walter Hopps was a legendary curator of contemporary art who revolutionized the museum realm with radical exhibitions and an enduring support for contemporary art and artists. Published earlier this year, “The Dream Colony: A Life in Art,” is an autobiographical account of Hopps’s life, compiled by Anne Doran, an arts writer, and edited by Deborah Treisman, fiction editor of “The New Yorker.” The book includes an introduction by Ed Ruscha, who knew Hopps for many years. The authors visited the Getty earlier this year to talk about the book and Hopps’s lasting impact. This episode is a recording of that conversation.

Oct 18 2017

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Rank #20: Rerelease: Émile Zola’s Biography of Édouard Manet

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In this episode, curator Scott Allan discusses a biography of Édouard Manet written by author and art critic Émile Zola. Édouard Manet was controversial during his lifetime, and the account discussed here, written by a critic and novelist he knew well, provides insight into his life and his art. This biography was published last year in a short book that is part of the Getty Publications Lives of the Artists series.

During the month of January, we are rereleasing some of our most popular episodes of Art + Ideas. This episode was originally released in August 2018.

Jan 09 2019

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African American Art History at the Getty Research Institute

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One of the many outcomes of the civil rights movement of the 1960s was the start of serious academic study of art of the African diaspora, including by African American artists. The Getty Research Institute has launched an initiative committed to collecting materials related to this field, beginning with the acquisition of the Betye Saar archive in fall 2018. And in summer 2019 Getty worked alongside the Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History and Culture and the MacArthur, Ford, and Mellon foundations to acquire the archives of the Johnson Publishing Company, including more than 4.8 million images from Ebony and Jet magazines.

In this episode, LeRonn Brooks, associate curator at the Getty Research Institute, and Kellie Jones, Columbia University professor and senior consultant on the Getty’s initiative, discuss the evolution of the study of art by African Americans and other artists of the African diaspora, the urgency of preserving critical archival materials, and their plans for the future of the initiative.

For images, transcripts, and more, visit getty.edu/podcasts.

Apr 01 2020

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A Half-Century of Prints with Sidney Felsen of Gemini GEL

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In
1966, at the age of forty-one, Sidney Felsen moved from the world of accounting
to that of art, founding the artists’ workshop and fine-art print publisher
Gemini GEL in Los Angeles. With Gemini GEL, Sidney quickly got to work with
some of the biggest artists of the twentieth century: Man Ray, Josef Albers, Jasper
Johns, and Robert Rauschenberg, to name a few. And Gemini GEL continues its
work with new generations of artists, including Julie Mehretu, Tacita Dean, and
David Hammons.

In this episode, Felsen talks about how Gemini GEL got started and grew into the organization it is today, sharing stories about the artists he’s worked with along the way.

For images, transcripts, and more, visit getty.edu/podcasts.

Mar 18 2020

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Understanding the Medieval World through Books

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What was the world like from 500 to 1500 CE? This period, often called medieval or the Middle Ages in European history, saw the rise and fall of empires and the expansion of cross-cultural exchange. Getty curator Bryan C. Keene argues that illuminated manuscripts and decorated texts from Africa, Asia, Australasia, the Americas, and Europe are windows through which we can view the interconnected history of humanity. In this episode, he discusses his recent book Toward a Global Middle Ages: Encountering the World through Illuminated Manuscripts, highlighting the challenges and opportunities of the emerging discipline known as the Global Middle Ages.

For images, transcripts, and more, visit getty.edu/podcasts.

Mar 04 2020

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The Philanthropy Philosophy of Getty Foundation Director Joan Weinstein

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Since its inception, Getty has recognized philanthropy in the arts as vital to its mission, with the Foundation as one of its four main programs, alongside the Museum, Research Institute, and Conservation Institute. From its early grants to other LA institutions to its robust, strategic, international grantmaking program today, the work of the Getty Foundation has grown and evolved since it began in 1985.

In
this episode, Foundation director Joan Weinstein discusses how the philosophy
behind the Foundation’s grants has shifted alongside changes in the field, how it
impacts art and art history around the globe, and what she anticipates for its
future.

For images, transcripts, and more, visit getty.edu/podcasts.

Feb 19 2020

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A Global Story with Getty Museum Director Tim Potts

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From
his childhood in Australia spent reading about the ancient world to his current
role as director of the J. Paul Getty Museum, Tim Potts has always thought
globally. Potts’s broad experiences as a PhD student at Oxford, banker at
Lehman Brothers, and director at the National Gallery of Victoria in Australia,
Fitzwilliam in England, and Kimbell in Texas have shaped his approach to the
Getty’s collections and programs.

In this episode, Potts discusses how he came to the museum and how the institution is using its largely European art collection to engage in discussions of international exchange from the ancient world through today.

For images, transcripts, and more, visit getty.edu/podcasts.

Feb 05 2020

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Collecting Käthe Kollwitz with Dr. Richard Simms

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Käthe Kollwitz (1867–1945) was a prolific printmaker whose
work explored painful themes such as hunger, poverty, and death. To achieve her
powerful results, she employed a wide range of printing techniques and created
numerous drawings and working proofs as part of her process. A new exhibition
at the Getty Research Institute, Käthe
Kollwitz: Prints, Process, Politics
, showcases her working methods through pieces
donated as a partial gift in 2016 by Dr. Richard. A. Simms. 

Simms, born in New Orleans 1926 and a dentist and
orthodontist by trade, is a dedicated collector of prints and drawings who came
to Kollwitz’s work by chance. The Dr. Richard A. Simms Collection at the GRI
contains more than 650 nineteenth- and twentieth-century works by Kollwitz.

In this episode, Dr. Simms discusses his unusual path to becoming a collector and the appeal of Kollwitz’s art. Getty Research Institute exhibitions coordinator Christa Aube, who co-curated the exhibition with Louis Marchesano and Naoko Takahatake, joins the conversation to lend insight into Kollwitz’s working methods.

For images, transcripts, and more, visit getty.edu/podcasts.

Jan 22 2020

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Responding to Disaster: The Getty Fire

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Southern
California has always faced wildfires, but in recent years the threat has
grown. Both the Getty Center and the Getty Villa are situated in the Santa
Monica Mountains and surrounded by brushland, making them particularly vulnerable
to the increased fire risk. In October 2019, the eponymous “Getty Fire” roared
through the Santa Monicas near the Getty Center for days. But the Getty staff
were prepared for just such a situation.

In this episode, we hear about the preparation for and response to the Getty Fire from Getty’s director of security Bob Combs; director of facilities Mike Rogers; vice president of communications Lisa Lapin; and chief financial officer and chief operating officer Steve Olsen.

For images, transcripts, and more, visit getty.edu/podcasts

Jan 08 2020

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True Grit: The American City in Early 20th-Century Prints

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At the start of the twentieth century, American printmakers portrayed the modernizing world around them, from towering skyscrapers and deserted city streets to jazzy dance halls and boisterous movie theaters. Many of these printmakers were recent immigrants to the United States, and many were women—that these groups in particular could make careers as artists is indicative of the immense social changes of this period.

In this episode, Getty curator of drawings Stephanie Schrader and the Huntington Art Museum’s Bradford and Christine Mishler Associate Curator of American Art, James Glisson, explore this topic as they walk through their exhibition True Grit: American Prints from 1900 to 1950.

For images, transcripts, and more, visit getty.edu/podcasts

Dec 11 2019

39mins

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Manet and Modern Beauty: The Late Career of the Painter

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French painter Édouard Manet is perhaps best known for
his large scale paintings like Olympia
and Le déjeuner sur l’herbe, both of
which stoked controversy when they were first displayed. But in later life,
with his health deteriorating, the artist shifted his focus to luscious still
lifes, delicate pastels and watercolors, and portraits of social types like the
parisienne or the dandy.

The exhibition Manet and Modern Beauty focuses on this often overlooked period of Manet’s career, from the late 1870s through his early death in 1883. In this episode, curators Emily Beeny and Scott Allan discuss key works from the exhibition and what they teach us about modernity and Manet.

Nov 27 2019

51mins

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The Lives of Titian

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One of the most successful artists of the Italian
Renaissance, Titian was the master of the sixteenth-century Venetian school and
admired by his royal patrons and fellow artists alike. Several of his
contemporaries, including the authors and art theorists Giorgio Vasari, Francesco
Priscianese, Pietro Aretino, and Ludovico Dolce, wrote accounts of Titian’s
life and work.

In this episode, Getty assistant curator of paintings Laura
Llewellyn discusses what these “lives” teach us about Titian and the artistic
debates and rivalries of his time. All of these biographies are gathered
together in Lives of Titian, recently
published by the Getty as part of our Lives of the Artists series.

Nov 13 2019

48mins

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Recording Artists—Lee Krasner: Deal with It

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Today on Art + Ideas, we’re bringing you an episode from Getty’s new podcast, Recording Artists. In season one, Radical Women, host Helen Molesworth uses archival interviews to explore the lives of six women artists—Alice Neel, Lee Krasner, Betye Saar, Helen Frankenthaler, Yoko Ono, and Eva Hesse. Molesworth also speaks with contemporary artists and art historians to make sense of what it meant—and still means—to be a woman and an artist.

This episode focuses on Lee Krasner (1908–1984). Artists
Lari Pittman and Amy Sillman join the discussion.

Nov 12 2019

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At 92, Southern California Architect Ray Kappe Reflects

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Ray Kappe’s buildings, frequently featuring extensive spans of glass and warm wood, are known for their embrace of their often unusual sites and the California landscape. But Kappe’s impact on Southern California extends well beyond his own architectural practice. His work as an educator and as founding director of the Southern California Institute of Architecture (SCI-Arc) ensure that Kappe’s unique approach to building continues to inspire generations of architects.

In this episode, Ray Kappe, joined by his wife, Shelly, and their son Finn, discusses his long career. This episode was recorded at the home Kappe designed for his family in the Pacific Palisades, which was completed in 1967 and which is discussed in detail in the episode.

Oct 30 2019

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From Pyramids to Databases with Getty Conservation Institute Director Tim Whalen

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From painted cave temples in China to pyramids in Egypt to earthen cathedrals in Peru, the Getty Conservation Institute (GCI) works globally to conserve artworks, architecture, and cultural heritage sites. An integral part of this effort is conducting scientific research, developing tools and educating and training professionals to manage conservation projects in situ. In this episode, John E. and Louise Bryson Director of the GCI, Tim Whalen, discusses past initiatives as well as what the future holds for the institution.

Oct 16 2019

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Teaching and Learning at the Bauhaus

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This episode commemorates the hundredth anniversary of the opening of the Bauhaus, the influential school founded in 1919 by Walter Gropius in Weimar, Germany. Revered for its experimental art and design curriculum, the Bauhaus sought to erode distinctions among crafts, the fine arts, and architecture through study centered on practical experience and a variety of traditional and experimental media. Two exhibitions from the Getty, one of which is online, explore the Bauhaus curriculum from the point of view of the instructors and students, largely through pedagogical exercises, notebooks, and images.

In this episode, Getty curator Maristella Casciato, research assistant Gary Fox, and head of web and new media at the Getty Research Institute Liz McDermott discuss these exhibitions, Bauhaus Beginnings and Bauhaus: Building the New Artist.

Oct 02 2019

46mins

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Belief, Ritual, and Society with Neil MacGregor

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Since the Ice Age, humans have been using their imaginations to create objects of great artistry and skill, many of them destined for spiritual or religious functions.  Exploring the stories these objects tell and the shared narratives they reflect helps us to understand the nature of belief and the complex relationship between faith and society.

In this episode, former British Museum director, Neil MacGregor, discusses these ideas, which are the topic of his recent book Living with the Gods: On Beliefs and Peoples.

Sep 18 2019

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Memories of Degas

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Impressionist painter Edgar Degas (1834–1917) is well known for his gauzy paintings of dancers, his motion-filled images of horses, and his striking portraits. But the artist also lived a fascinating life—from a privileged upbringing to family bankruptcy, from defending Paris alongside Manet during the Franco-Prussian War to feuding with the same artist over a portrait.

Getty Publications has recently published two biographical essays, both titled “Memories of Degas.” One is by the Irish writer and critic George Moore and the other by the Munich-born, London-based artist and critic Walter Sickert. Both Moore and Sickert were Degas’s contemporaries and write from personal experience with the artist. In this episode, Getty associate curator Emily Beeny discusses the life of Degas as it is revealed in these two essays.

Sep 04 2019

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The Villa dei Papiri on Display in Malibu

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Buried by the 79 AD eruption of Vesuvius and rediscovered in the 1750s, the Villa dei Papiri in Herculaneum is one of the best-preserved ancient Roman villas. This expansive waterfront home of Rome’s elite contained bright wall frescoes, bronze and marble statues, delicate mosaics, and a library of over one thousand papyrus scrolls that were uniquely preserved by the volcanic debris. The Villa dei Papiri is also the model that J. Paul Getty used for his Malibu museum, now home to the Getty’s antiquities collection.

In this episode, curator Ken Lapatin and conservator Erik Risser discuss the exhibition Buried by Vesuvius: Treasures from the Villa dei Papiri at the Getty Villa, which brings sculptures, papyri, frescoes, and other artifacts from the Villa dei Papiri to Malibu.

Aug 21 2019

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The Changing Field of Archaeology with Ian Hodder

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Growing up in the UK, Ian Hodder was surrounded by artifacts of ancient societies. He participated in his first organized archaeological dig in his hometown of Cambridge at the age of 13, and since then he has worked at archaeological sites around the world. Over his long career, he has pushed the field in important new directions, promoting ethnoarchaeology (the study of the relationship between material culture and people) in the 1970s and 80s and more recently exploring how digital tools can further archaeological research and knowledge sharing.

In this episode, Hodder discusses his training, his decades-long work at the Turkish site of Çatalhöyük, and his recent Getty Foundation–funded project, Çatalhöyük Living Archive.

Aug 07 2019

41mins

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Wahhabism’s Global Consequences with Terence Ward

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Islam is the second largest religion in the world, with 1.8 billion adherents who follow many different sects and traditions. One sect, Wahhabism, has grown tremendously in recent decades, in large part due to Saudi Arabia’s financial backing. Wahhabism’s message is one of intolerance—including towards practitioners of other interpretations of Islam—and this has inspired much of the global terrorism today, including the recent attacks in Sri Lanka, which were claimed by ISIS.

In this episode, author Terence Ward discusses Saudi Arabia’s influence and Wahhabism’s impact. This is also the topic of his recent book The Wahhabi Code: How the Saudis Spread Extremism Globally.

Jul 24 2019

45mins

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Pierre Koenig’s Modernist LA Homes

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Mid-twentieth century Los Angeles architect Pierre Koenig (1925–2004), was a skillful constructor of modernist homes. The most famous of these were two case study houses produced wholly of glass, wood, and steel and evocatively photographed by Julius Shulman. Yet despite these early successes, Koenig was largely forgotten by the 1980s.

Architectural historian Neil Jackson’s recent book Pierre Koenig: A View from the Archive utilizes the Getty Research Institute’s near-complete archive of Koenig’s papers and drawings to cement the legacy of this important LA figure. In this episode, Jackson discusses Koenig’s career and most notable works.

Jul 10 2019

38mins

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Great topics and great interviews

By Long time WFAN listener - Feb 09 2019
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I have enjoyed listening to these podcasts. The topics selected are interesting and varied. The host is a wonderful interviewer, engaging the listener through his own interest in drawing out the story from the guest.

A world revealed

By Hemisemidemiquaver - Dec 18 2016
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I had no idea what a rich and interesting subject art history could be. From time to time, one discovers a field of learning that is fascinating, and this podcast has done that for me. The knowledge and love shown by the interviewer, curators, and artists is infectious. The podcast also illustrates how the combination of technologies that constitute podcasting has made it this kind of presentation available to everyone worldwide. Thanks to the Getty for doing this. I look forward to many more episodes.