A Museum Exhibit About Breaking News

At the J. Paul Getty Museum Dec. 20-April 30.

Opening Tuesday and running through April 30 at The Getty in Los Angeles, “Breaking News: Turning the Lens on Mass Media” is sure to be a draw for anyone with one or more journalists in the family.

Bianca Silva, a graduate student of journalism at CUNY, had a nice preview piece about the show earlier this month for Time magazine. She chatted with program curator Arpad Kovacs, who chose photo and video installations created by 17 different artists:

Kovacs says he drew inspiration from the works of Donald Blumberg, Robert Heinecken and especially the Modern History works by Sarah Charlesworth, which look into the news coverage of the kidnapping of then Italian Prime Minister Aldo Moro in the late 1970s.

“She did a few takes on this and the one that we have looks specially at the Vatican newspapers coverage of this event, of this tragedy and of this detailed consciousness at the time,” Kovacs says about her work. “That was the work that got me thinking more broadly about how artists have turned the news as subject matter.”

Other images co-opted for a show highlighting ‘appropriation, juxtaposition, mimicry and other means’ include several 1994 Newsweek covers and a yellow-hued photograph of First Lady Pat Nixon.

Image of Donald Blumberg’s Television Political Mosaics, 1968-1969, via: getty.edu