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In anticipation of the museum opening, The Broad is holding talks around Los Angeles featuring cultural leaders and artists whose work in the Broad collections explores contemporary and controversial themes like politics, society, race and identity.

Find information, video and audio from past programs in The Un-Private Collection series.

The Un-Private Collection: John Currin and James Cuno

09/14/2014 | 3:00 p.m.
The Getty Center
1200 Getty Center Drive
Los Angeles, CA
This talk is co-presented with The Getty.

John Currin photo © Suzanne Bennett; James Cuno photo © 2011 J. Paul Getty Trust

“…When I was trying to change myself into a figurative painter, I was more drawn to the rococo and the other damned souls of art history.” – John Currin

When trying to move forward with his work, painter John Currin looks back, mining classical painting for its beauty as well as its excesses. Currin will be joined by James Cuno, art historian and president and CEO of the J. Paul Getty Trust, to discuss the deep influence of classical painting on both the technique and subject of his work.

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View works by John Currin in the collections

The Un-Private Collection: Kara Walker and Ava DuVernay

10/11/2014 | 2:00 p.m.
The Writers Guild Theater
135 South Doheny Drive
Beverly Hills
Kara Walker photo by Sari Goodfriend

Kara Walker photo by Sari Goodfriend

“[African-American] people are making things and it’s a great time, but we always have. It just happens to be that the gaze of a certain sector is now on it. At the moment we catch someone else’s eye, does that make it more valuable or valid?” –Ava DuVernay

Ava DuVernay, winner of the 2012 Sundance Best Director Award, asks tough questions like these to herself and others. Never one to shy away from difficult subject matter, artist Kara Walker, whose work depicts the utter depravity of the antebellum South with unflinching clarity, will join DuVernay to discuss their work, its political implications, and its ability to empower.

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View works by Kara Walker in the collections