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An arts engagement project of Zócalo Public Square and the Getty.

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Portrait of the Artist’s Mother as an Old Woman

Arrangement in Grey and Black No. 1, 1871, James Abbott McNeill Whistler. Oil on canvas. Paris, Musée d’Orsay © Musée d'Orsay, Dist. RMN-Grand Palais / Art Resource, NY
Arrangement in Grey and Black No. 1, 1871, James Abbott McNeill Whistler. Oil on canvas. Paris, Musée d’Orsay © Musée d'Orsay, Dist. RMN-Grand Palais / Art Resource, NY

Who is Whistler’s mother? More»

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Of Mice (Murder) and Men (With Cowboy Hats)

Untitled [Renée Cotta at Kings District Fair], 1966, photographer unknown
Untitled [Renée Cotta at Kings District Fair], 1966, photographer unknown

A photographer “introduces rural California to urban California for what it really is.” More»

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Snapshots of a Human Petri Dish

Photo 3, 2014, Lars Jan. Courtesy of Pasadena Museum of California Art.
Photo 3, 2014, Lars Jan. Courtesy of Pasadena Museum of California Art.

Climate change and photography. More»

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Vermeer Taught Me to Love Again

The Milkmaid / Vermeer
The Milkmaid, ca, 1660, Johannes Vermeer. Oil on canvas, 45.5 x 41 cm. Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam

Vermeer changes a life. More»

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Posted in Art, Prints and Drawings

A Cartoon Is a Deadly Weapon

Black-Booker from Kartinki—voina russkikh s nemtsami (Pictures–The Russian War with the Germans), 1914. Getty Research Institute.
Black-Booker from Kartinki—voina russkikh s nemtsami (Pictures–The Russian War with the Germans), 1914. Getty Research Institute.

How simple drawings can foment political upheaval.
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What Happens When Stem Cell Science and Performance Art Collide?

Ear on Arm, 2006, Stelarc. London, LOs Angeles, and Melbourne. Image by Nina Sellars, courtesy of Stelarc.
Ear on Arm, 2006, Stelarc. London, LOs Angeles, and Melbourne. Image by Nina Sellars, courtesy of Stelarc.

“Artsci”: How Avant-Garde Experimenters Are Deploying the Tools of Science More»

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By Paddleboat, By Inner Tube, By Car

July 4, 2013. Images by Terry Evans, courtesy of Amon Carter Museum
July 4, 2013. Images by Terry Evans, courtesy of Amon Carter Museum

An ever-changing relationship between a community and a river. More»

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Glamour in Old Beijing

Young Pioneer with the Three Gorges, 2008
Copyright Chen Man. Courtesy of L.A. Louver
Young Pioneer with the Three Gorges, 2008 Copyright Chen Man. Courtesy of L.A. Louver

“All reality is a phantom, all phantoms are real.” More»

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Larry Sultan’s Visions of Suburbia

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On Larry Sultan, intimacy, and photography. More»

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A New Walled Order?

Graffiti on the Berlin Wall reading, the world's too small for walls
Photo: Alexandra Novosseloff

Walls don’t work. So why do we keep building them? More»

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