In the 19th Century, It Became Harder to Perceive What Blackness Was

At “What Does Blackness Mean?”, a Zócalo/Getty “Open Art” event at the Getty Museum, Harvard art historian Sarah E. Lewis explains one of the reasons the 19th century was a pivotal one in understanding the color black, especially in the sense of who was black. She shares the story of Ellen Craft, a fair-skinned woman from Georgia who escaped from slavery by posing as a white male plantation owner.

Why Walls Don’t Work

Concrete Barriers Between Nations Offer Too-Easy Answers to Complex Global Problems

The end of the Cold War and the fall of the Berlin Wall in 1989—25 years ago this week—led to the long-awaited development of a “global village” characterized by the …

The Stuff Made of Dreams

Virginia Postrel Explains Why We Need Glamour

What defines glamour, and why do we need it? Bloomberg View columnist Virginia Postrel, author of The Power of Glamour: Longing and the Art of Visual Persuasion, offered her thoughts …

The Getty’s Peter Tokofsky

Just Like Tom Thumb

Peter Tokofsky is an education specialist at the Getty Museum and an adjunct faculty member in the department of German at UCLA. Before moderating a panel at the Getty on …