Getty President and CEO James Cuno

Step Away From the Graham Crackers

James Cuno is president and CEO of the Getty Trust. Before participating in a panel on whether the arts make us better people, he talked about his love of graham crackers and the Red Sox and told us which piece of the Getty’s collection he’d like to take home in the Zócalo green room.

News Is the New Religion

Philosopher Alain de Botton Wants News Junkies to Consider What Their Fix Is Doing to Them

We’re obsessed with the news. Most of us check the headlines on our mobile devices up to eight times a day. But at a Zócalo/Getty Center event, philosopher Alain de …

Did Picasso Have a Higher Purpose?

Art Can Inspire, Challenge, and Entertain. But Does It Make Us Better People?

Do the arts make us better people? If you’ve devoted your life and career to art in one way or another, you may believe the answer is yes. But a …

Medieval Art Historian Conrad Rudolph

A UC Riverside Professor With Nothing But Love for Riverside

Conrad Rudolph is a medieval art historian at UC Riverside and the author of Pilgrimage to the End of the World: The Road to Santiago de Compostela. Before participating in …

Why We Can’t Stop Loving Saints

We No Longer Sleep With Hallowed Bones, But Our Affection For Heavenly Intercessors Is Still Going Strong

Wildly famous. Frequently scandalous. Speakers of truth to power. Action heroes. Acclaimed by the people. Romantic, rebellious, charismatic, inspirational. These were just a few of the ways saints were described …

The Saints of Skid Row

The Stories of Saints and Streets Intersect All Over L.A., and Especially at San Julian Street

A dozen years or so ago, I set out to find connections between the stories of 100 saints and the streets that bear their names here in Los Angeles, a …