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November 3, 2009–March 21, 2010 at the Getty Center


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Getty Perspectives:
Art and Craft: An Old, Unhappy Marriage

Since the Renaissance, artists have sought to distinguish themselves from craftsmen in order to mark their own creativity. It is impossible, however, to divorce art from craft, and expression from technique. Richard Sennett, professor of sociology at New York University and the London School of Economics, examines the modern and contemporary artists who want to renew and refresh this marriage in the photographs in the exhibitions Irving Penn: Small Trades and In Focus: The Worker.

Thursday, December 3, 2009, 7:00 p.m.
Getty Center, Harold M. Williams Auditorium


Curator's Gallery Talks
Paul Martineau, assistant curator of photographs, leads a gallery talk on the exhibition. Meet under the stairs in the Museum Entrance Hall.

Wednesday, November 11, 2009, 2:30 p.m.
Getty Center, Museum galleries

Migrant Mother / Lange

GettyGuide™ Audio Player

Listen to exhibition curator Paul Martineau discuss the stories behind diverse images of workers, exploring how and why the artists portrayed them with fascination and respect. Pick up an audio player in the Museum Entrance Hall.