August 11, 2021

Getty’s Upcoming Free Virtual Events Focus on Black Representation in the Arts

Getty’s Upcoming Free Virtual Events Focus on Black Representation in the Arts

Re-envisioning American monuments, and more, to be discussed in latest roster of online programs

Statuette of a Seated Black African Boy, 450-425 B.C., Etruscan. Bronze. The J. Paul Getty Museum, Gift of Barbara and Lawrence Fleischman. Image: Bruce White Photography


LOS ANGELES – Getty has announced its upcoming lineup of free educational and entertaining virtual programs, which will explore a wide range of topics centering Black representation in the arts across the globe, from 450 BC to present day. Visit for complete program information.



All virtual live events will be available either on Getty Museum’s YouTube or Getty Research Institute’s YouTube channels following the event.


Photography and Social Practice: Shaping Visual Language

Monday, August 16 at 5pm PT
Free, Hosted via Zoom
Register in advance for this online event

Artists Charles Gaines and Harry Gamboa Jr. talk with independent curator jill moniz about how they have transformed photography to build visual language within social and cultural contexts. They discuss their roles as esteemed artists, writers, and educators in shaping public discourse about art, power, and social movements. This is the fourth and final program related to the exhibition Photo Flux: Unshuttering LA, on view at the Getty Center until October 10, 2021.


Art Break: Seeing Blackness in Greek and Etruscan Art

Thursday, September 2 at 12pm PT
Free, Hosted via Zoom
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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. They confront simplistic modern assumptions about race and servitude and investigate how meanings shift when images of Blackness migrate between cultures and across time.


The Soul of a Nation Reader: Writings by and about Black American Artists, 1960–1980

Thursday, September 9 at 11am PT
Free, Hosted via Zoom
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What is "Black art"? Between 1960 and 1980, artists, curators and critics in the United States repeatedly asked this question in response to the social and political upheavals embodied by radical voices such as Malcolm X and the Black Panthers. Their diverse perspectives were published in national newspapers, museum catalogs, and one-off pamphlets, prompting a lively public debate.

The Soul of a Nation Reader collects over 200 of these rare and out-of-print writings, offering a powerful record of the positions taken by figures including Amiri Baraka, Frank Bowling, David Hammons, Elizabeth Catlett, and Linda Goode-Bryant. In this conversation with moderator LeRonn P. Brooks, the book’s editors Mark Godfrey and Allie Biswas discuss various dimensions of this cultural dialogue, while highlighting specific texts. Six years in the making, this landmark anthology provides access to these important materials for the first time.

This program is part of the Getty Research Institute’s Art History in the Making series, which brings artists, critics, curators, and scholars together to explore how both the creative practice of art-making and new discoveries in art history are provoking new questions and redefining the frontiers of the field.


Art Break: Re-envisioning American Monuments

Wednesday, September 22 at 12pm PT
Free, Hosted via Zoom
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Artist and publisher, Kris Graves, discusses his American Monuments portfolio with Getty Research Institute curator LeRonn Brooks. This program is presented in relation to the exhibition In Focus: Protest, on view at Getty Center until October 10, 2021.



Cole Calhoun
Getty Communications
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