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Talks

Exploring Genius

  • Harry Cooper, and special guests.
Duration
90
Ticket Price
$25

It’s hard enough to identify genius. How on earth do you photograph it? To photographer Paolo Woods, the best place to start was his hometown of Florence, where Michelangelo and da Vinci created their masterpieces, and where Galileo reshaped our understanding of the cosmos. In Mexico City, he sat with a modern savant who could draw the entire cityscape in exact detail after just a glance, and in Japan, he saw modern scientists bringing last century’s genius to life as they proved a theory Einstein made more than 50 years ago. He even explored the possibility that future genius could come from an unlikely source: artificial intelligence. Join Paolo, best-selling author Claudia Kalb, and National Gallery of Art Senior Curator Harry Cooper for a fascinating look at the project, and insights into the passion, intensity, and science of genius.

About the speakers

Harry Cooper

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Harry Cooper
Claudia Kalb

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Claudia Kalb
Paolo Woods

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Paolo Woods
Photographer
Speaker hightlights
  • Paolo Woods' pictures are in private and public collections including the Musee de l’Elysée, the French National Library, the FNAC, the Sheik Saud Al-Thani collection, the Servais collection.
  • He has received various prizes including two World Press Photos.
  • Paolo Woods was born of Canadian and Dutch parentage. He grew up in Italy, lived in Paris and Haiti and now is based in Florence.

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