Letter from Benjamin Patterson to his parents, May 20, 1962. Getty Research Institute, 2022.M.23. Courtesy the Estate of Benjamin Patterson

Intimate Addresses: Recording Artists Live


Museum Lecture Hall

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Getty's archives are filled with artists' letters that reveal their inner lives. What was it like to be Frida Kahlo or Marcel Duchamp? How did they relate to their friends, lovers, colleagues, and gallerists?

Join the host of Getty's podcast Recording Artists: Intimate Addresses for a conversation and live podcast recording about some of the 20th century's most influential artists as told through their private correspondence. Podcast host and poet Tess Taylor speaks with Getty Research Institute curator Pietro Rigolo about the making of the series and what she discovered through the letters. Author Maya Binyam joins them to bring the letters to life via dramatic readings, and audiences will also hear artists' stories and letters that didn’t make the cut.

Select artists' letters will be on view in the Museum Lecture Hall lobby. The conversation will be followed by a reception with postcard writing stations to send your own artists' letters.

This program is co-presented with the Los Angeles Review of Books.

Tess Taylor is the host of Getty’s podcast Recording Artists: Intimate Addresses. The author of five celebrated collections of poetry, she is also the editor of the new anthology Leaning Toward Light: Poems for Gardens and the Hands that Tend Them. She is currently adapting her book Last West: Roadsongs for Dorothea Lange (2020) into a play. She adores archives of all kinds.

Pietro Rigolo is associate curator for modern and contemporary collections at the Getty Research Institute. His recent projects at Getty include Barbara T. Smith: The Way to Be (2023) and Harald Szeemann: Museum of Obsessions (2018).

Maya Binyam is the author of the novel Hangman (2023). Her work has appeared in the Paris Review, the New Yorker, New York Times Magazine, New York, Bookforum, the Columbia Journalism Review, the New York Times Book Review, Best American Short Stories, and elsewhere. She is an advisory editor at the Paris Review and has previously worked as an editor at Triple Canopy and the New Inquiry, as well as a lecturer in the New School’s Creative Publishing and Critical Journalism program. She lives in Los Angeles.

The conversation will be available on the Getty Research Institute YouTube channel following the event as well as on the Recording Artists podcast feed, available on most podcast apps.

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