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Video: Peter Singer's Lecture on Animals in Art

Watch Peter Singer's lecture on "Looking at Animals", delivered at the Getty Center to complement the exhibition Oudry's Painted Menagerie.

Singer gives his take on animal paintings in the exhibition, including Oudry's intriguing portrait of Clara the rhino, and discusses how they and other Western depictions of animals reflect our philosophical tradition, which celebrates the use of animals for our own ends. Singer then juxtaposes this Western, primarily Christian view with a very different view of animals in cultures rooted in Buddhism, Hinduism, and Confucianism. He articulates his "ethic of equal consideration" and shows the work of three contemporary artists—Sue Coe, Federico Uribe, and Barbara Dover—whose art engages with issues of animal suffering and human domination.

The video includes an introduction by Peter Tokofsky, education specialist at the J. Paul Getty Museum, and a Q&A session with the audience.

Watch the lecture now.

Peter Singer

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