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THE UN-PRIVATE COLLECTION SERIES

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 Museum's 'Getty Perspectives' series.

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

Co-presented with The Broad’s Un-Private Collection art talk series and the Getty Museum’s Getty Perspectives series, artist John Currin and President and CEO of the J. Paul Getty Trust James Cuno 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 contemporary 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.

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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

“[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

Kara Walker, a provocative artist whose work depicts the utter depravity of the antebellum South with unflinching clarity, will be in conversation with Ava DuVernay, filmmaker and winner of the 2012 Sundance Best Director Award. 

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View works by Kara Walker in the collections