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.

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 …

Hit by Lightning at the Louvre

How a Military School Dropout-Turned-Actor-Turned-Janitor Ended Up Running the World’s Richest Arts Institution

Because I’m the head of a large arts organization, people often assume that I grew up with the arts. In fact, nothing could be further from the truth. I came …

Enlighten Up

Getty Chief James Cuno Defends the Encyclopedic Museum

For Getty Trust president and CEO James Cuno, the starting point for understanding the importance of the museum is “the promise it holds to promoting tolerance and understanding difference in …

Can’t We Just Visit the Louvre By Mouse?

Assessing the Proper Role of Museums in the Information Age


In recent years, museums have come under criticism for many alleged sins–overly aggressive collection practices, questionable finances, elitism, or failure to adapt to the digital world. This has led to …

Actually, Museums Are a Good Thing

So Enough With the Accusations Of Gendered, Imperialist Hegemony, Et Cetera

Life is hard and people are busy, and yet museums have become extraordinarily popular. In 2009 alone, the world’s 30 most popular exhibitions attracted more than 12 million people, and …