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Ready for Reddit – Tim Potts in an “Ask Me Anything” Session Monday, November 25

Have a burning question about art history, museums, or the Getty Museum in particular? Today, Getty Museum Director Timothy Potts joins the Reddit community in an AMA (“Ask Me Anything”) session on the “Ask Historians” subreddit from noon to 2:00 p.m. Pacific Standard Time.

Timothy Potts / Director of the Getty Museum / 2013

Tim Potts

What is a Reddit “AMA?” It’s part of, a news- and opinion-sharing site visited by millions of users daily. A Reddit AMA asks questions of celebrities, politicians, musicians, innovators, business leaders, and other interesting people, including Getty President and CEO Jim Cuno. Some of the best have included sessions with New York magazine art critic Jerry Saltz, Bill Nye the Science Guy, Stephen King, and even president Barack Obama. (Obama’s was so popular that it crashed Reddit’s servers.) “Ask Historians” is a Reddit page that promotes thorough research and commentary on a variety of historical topics—including art history.

If you’re interested in chatting with Tim, pop into the AMA thread, create an account (or log in) and go for it—he’ll be waiting for your questions!

Tim’s Ask Me Anything thread is here on Reddit.

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Reddit mascot, Snoo, has a few questions about the Getty Museum

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  1. Peg Flynn
    Posted November 26, 2013 at 5:56 am | Permalink

    Thank you for this opportunity! Burbank Unified has participated in your education programs decades. For most, it is their first museum/ art history experience made possible because their teachers ( who themselves may not have any arts education in their own upbringing) have participated in Getty’s exceptional education programs. We have seen a dramatic reduction in participation since funding was cut to these programs in the last two years. Are there plans to restore funding to your education programs? If so, when? If not, what is being developed to continue Getty’s influence on this and future generations of young people in Los Angeles? We have seen a decrease in school and teacher participation and by effect student exposure to the Getty, from 80% to less than 15% in the last two years. You have an enviable model for inspiring cultural and historical arts appreciation and insuring that our future Angelenos can think critically, imagine possibilities, create, and innovate. Our kids have always considered the Getty their museum. They have emotional attachments to pieces in your collection and return with their families over and over again. Would you like to learn more about how we in Burbank have incorporated Getty educational programs and influences throughout our curriculum? We would love to show you! Come for a visit!

  2. mateo blanco
    Posted November 26, 2013 at 11:32 am | Permalink

    First of all, the Getty is not what is is suppose to be . My question is why are you guys not allowing me some information on what ive been asking for. f & o brockmann. You guys stated that in one of my emails that you do not have refrence regarding the photographer, but you do. Then reverted me intoi a profile page to see what i was and how i was researching. Listen all i want is not be screwed with. I have learned allot but will not tollerate your abuse,you guys changed a blog on recent prints you guys aqqquired. funny. Now my collection of F & o brockmann dates way before the arcitecture ones you guys carry. No one anyware will listen., show where these massed produced pictures are and i will quit. No one can because these where lost during the air raids in germany., read more i can teach

    • Annelisa Stephan
      Posted November 26, 2013 at 12:14 pm | Permalink

      Hi Mateo,

      Thanks for commenting. I’m not sure who you’ve been corresponding with, but here are a few resources that might be helpful. Apologies if these are links you already have. We don’t yet have our Brockmann images digitized or on the Museum’s online collection, but we do have information in ULAN (Union List of Artists’ Names) and in Getty Search Gateway.

      Here is F. Brockmann’s record in ULAN, and O. Brockmann’s. A link to the Getty Museum’s Brockmann holdings (albeit without images) is here.

      I’m not sure what post you’re referring to that was changed, but as the Iris editor I can say that we do sometimes edit blog posts after publish, if we discover an error or a typo. If you can remember the title or link to the blog post you’re referring to, I’m happy to check the edit history to explain why we might have changed it.

      Best of luck—Annelisa / Iris editor

  3. mateo
    Posted December 12, 2013 at 10:39 pm | Permalink

    still the same answer everwhere. they are not scanned yet. why is my collection of these old collodion prints better Then yours. And why would you not invoke some help for me. not redirect me .f brockmann

    • Annelisa Stephan
      Posted December 13, 2013 at 9:23 am | Permalink

      Hi Mateo, It appears the information we provided was unhelpful? The Getty does not provide authentication, research, or appraisal services for private collections, though we do make our own research findings and resources publicly available to help folks who want to research their collections, or art history in general. Just to be clear, we have no opinion on the quality of your collection. I hope you find the information you are looking for.

      • MATT
        Posted January 1, 2014 at 10:07 pm | Permalink

        Just was wondering why are all the major museums having the same answer. One or two in their holdings special collections. Not been scanned yet. I have the oldest known reproductions you would think that this would help restoring pictures.

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      All Hail Tiberius, Least Media-Savvy of the Roman Emperors

      Tiberius was proclaimed Roman emperor on September 17 in AD 14, exactly 2,000 years ago.

      He was also a bit wacko. “He was the least media-savvy emperor you could imagine,” says curator David Saunders, who has been in charge of this bronze portrait of Tiberius which leaves us on September 22. He point to this description found in the writings of Cassius Dio:

      Tiberius was a patrician of good education, but he had a most peculiar nature. He never let what he desired appear in his conversation, and what he said he wanted he usually did not desire at all. On the contrary, his words indicated the exact opposite of his real purpose; he denied all interest in what he longed for, and urged the claims of what he hated. He would exhibit anger over matters that were far from arousing his wrath, and make a show of affability where he was most vexed…In short, he thought it bad policy for the sovereign to reveal his thoughts; this was often the cause, he said, of great failures, whereas by the opposite course, far more and greater successes were attained.

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      Suetonius is full of great, albeit spurious, anecdotes about poor old Tiberius, David reports. “When someone addressed him as ‘My Lord,’ it is said, Tiberius gave warning that no such insult should ever again be thrown at him.”

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