Does Art Capture Reality Better than the News?
The Getty Center
Date: Wednesday, March 29, 2017
Time: 7:00 p.m.
Location: Harold M. Williams Auditorium
As American social problems become more wickedly complicated, they also become harder to understandand describe. And the news media, which has sometimes struggled with complicated stories, has lost many resources for in-depth investigation. Into this void have stepped artists, who use their skills to capture the tragedies of the drug war, the peculiar institution of prisons, or the trauma of economic dislocation. What stories can artists tell that professional and citizen journalists can't? Do we count too much on the arts to mediate reality or connect us to it? Photographer and documentarian Jamel Shabazz and "The Wire" creator and journalist David Simon discuss how artists can best offer unflinching views of real life. Presented with Zócalo Public Square.
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