The Getty Center
Date: Sunday, September 14, 2014
Time: 3:00 p.m.
Location: Harold M. Williams Auditorium
Admission: Free; reservations recommended. Call (310) 440-7300 or use the "Make Reservation" button below.
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As part of The Broad museum's Un-Private Collection series and the Getty Museum's Getty Perspectives series, President and CEO of the J. Paul Getty Trust James Cuno and artist John Currin discuss how classical painting shaped Currin's modern interpretation of the form. Their conversation considers Currin's works in the Broad collections and classical paintings from the Getty collection.

Currin emerged in the 1990s as one of the freshest voices in American art and was among a wave of artists who established a renewed interest in portraiture. Drawing from sources as diverse as Northern Renaissance painting and pinup magazines, he is known for his distortions of the human figure and his critiques of societal ideals of beauty. Currin is also known for his contemporary renditions of old master poses and formats that often conflate opposing sensibilities—vaulted taste with vulgarity, sentimentality with irony, and conventional beauty with banality.

Prior to taking the helm at the Getty in 2011, James Cuno was director of the Art Institute of Chicago, The Courtauld Institute, and the Harvard Art Museums. He received his Ph.D. in Art History from Harvard. Cuno is author of Museums Matter: In Praise of the Encyclopedic Museum and Who Owns Antiquity: Museums and the Battle over Our Ancient Heritage.

Learn more about our Getty Perspectives series and see past events.

Learn more about The Broad museum, opening in 2015, and view past and upcoming programs in their Un-Private Collection talk series.


How to Get Here
The Getty Center is located at 1200 Getty Center Drive in Los Angeles, California, approximately 12 miles northwest of downtown Los Angeles. See Hours, Directions, Parking for maps and driving directions.