Art Break

Break away from the everyday! Take a closer look at art with Getty experts in dialogue with guest artists, writers, and thinkers. Covering 5,000 years of artworks in the Getty's collection, from Bronze Age figures to 21st-century photographs, these 30-minute online programs encourage thoughtful exchange and discovery about artistic practices, social issues, and more.

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Art Break series returns in Summer 2022. In the meantime, enjoy recordings of past programs below.

Past Programs

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Getting to Know the Makers of an Ancient Greek Drinking Cup
Friday, March 25, 2022 | 12:00 p.m. PT

Getty antiquities curator David Saunders and Sanchita Balachandran, archaeological conservator at the Johns Hopkins Archaeological Museum, consider traditional art historical approaches, advanced imaging techniques, and technical analyses to better understand the makers of Athenian pottery.

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Re-Imagining Medieval Camelot for Today
Thursday, March 10, 2022 | 12:00 p.m. PT

Contemporary author Kiersten White and manuscripts curator Larisa Grollemond discuss why the stories and images of Medieval Camelot still speak to us today.

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Molten and Molded: Roman Glass and Contemporary Connections
Thursday, February 3, 2022 | 12:00 p.m. PT

Ancient Roman artisans created fascinating examples of decorated blown glass using molds. Focusing on examples in the Getty Villa Museum's collection, educator Bonnie Wright and glassmaker Jessi Moore explore the relationship between Roman glassmakers, who originated this art form, and contemporary artisans who use remarkably similar tools and techniques.

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Remaking a Monster: Medusa from Antiquity to Today
Friday, October 8, 2021 | 12:00 p.m. PT

Focusing on the iconic figure of Medusa in ancient art, curatorial assistant Judith Barr and illustrator Christine Larsen discuss how representations of this hybrid creature evolved through time. Rejecting the perspective that monsters are always monstrous, they illuminate how we retell the story of Medusa today.

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Re-Envisioning American Monuments
Wednesday, September 22, 2021 | 12:00 p.m. PT

Artist Kris Graves converses with curator LeRonn Brooks about his experience photographing Civil War monuments over the past year as it relates to his practice of creating art that confronts societal problems. Presented in relation to the exhibition In Focus: Protest on view through October 10, 2021.

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Seeing Blackness in Greek and Etruscan Art
Thursday, September 2, 2021 | 12:00 p.m. PT

Focusing on a 2,500-year-old Etruscan bronze statuette, antiquities curator Claire Lyons and Sarah Derbew, assistant professor of classics at Stanford University, consider depictions of Black Africans in Classical art and literature.

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Living through Hell in the Middle Ages and Today
Thursday, August 26, 2021 | 12:00 p.m. PT

Take a look at the medieval moral tale The Visions of the Knight Tondal through the lens of recent events that have shaken our world.

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Where is the Person in the Portrait? Ancient Busts and Modern Representation
Friday, July 30, 2021 | 12:00 p.m. PT

Los Angeles-based artist Ken Gonzales-Day and antiquities curator Jens Daehner discuss a Roman portrait of a young child, focusing on interpretation, personhood, and the dynamics of stereotypes.

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The Immersive Landscape
Wednesday, July 28, 2021 | 12:00 p.m. PT

Artists Susan Derges and David Maisel discuss their approaches to photographing the landscape.

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Boxing for Blood:
Violent Sport and High Culture in a Roman Mosaic
Friday, June 18, 2021 | 12:00 p.m. PT

A mosaic from a Roman villa in France depicts a violent boxing match described by Virgil in his Aeneid. Join antiquities curatorial assistant Nicole Budrovich and classics professor Charles Stocking as they examine this mosaic in the context of ancient competitive sports and the enduring appeal of violent spectacle.

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Touching Pictures
Friday, May 21, 2021 | 12:00 p.m. PT

Artist Jenelle Esparza and Naoko Takahatake, curator of prints and drawings, Getty Research Institute, discuss artworks that deal with grief by visualizing the touch of the artist. Moderated by Mazie Harris, assistant curator, Getty Museum.

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What Makes People Laugh?
Ancient Greek Comedy and its Filipino Legacy
Friday, May 14, 2021 | 12:00 p.m. PT

Join associate curator of antiquities Mary Louise Hart and theater director Jon Lawrence Rivera as they decode a comedic scene on a fourth-century BC Greek vase. They reveal how ancient parody takes on new life through the lens of Filipino comedy and pageantry.

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Mapping a Dutch Drawing
Thursday, April 29, 2021 | 12:00 p.m. PT

New York-based artist Jen Mazza takes a closer look at drawings from the Getty Museum's collection with assistant curator Edina Adam, inviting viewers to join them on an exploratory journey. In this conversation, they examine Wooded Landscape, an 18th-century work by Dutch artist Paulus van Liender, and Mazza reflects on how her work engages with museum collections.

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Portable Art:
The Fashion and Function of Ancient Engraved Gems
Friday, April 23, 2021 | 12:00 p.m. PT

Ancient gems varied from exceptional artworks for the elite to more affordable stones accessible to the masses. Antiquities curators Kenneth Lapatin of the Getty Villa and Lisa Çakmak of the Art Institute of Chicago discuss the beauty and uses of ancient gems while taking a closer look at an extraordinary amethyst by one of antiquity's most famous artists.

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The Politics of Labor
Friday, March 26, 2021 | 12:00 p.m. PT

The inaugural episode focuses on the role of labor in artworks selected by artist Rodrigo Valenzuela and Idurre Alonso, associate curator, Getty Research Institute. Moderated by Arpad Kovacs, assistant curator of photographs, Getty Museum.

Attic red-figure kylix (detail), 490-470 B.C., Greek. Terracotta. Getty Museum.