In this special edition of our most popular show to date, Gerald and Cheyenne take you on a field trip to the Los Angeles County Museum of Art – LACMA. It’s behind the scenes at an after-hours closed session of the American Art Council. Gerald is giving a talk on the scandal behind Julius Stewart’s painting The Baptism, which is the basis for his sixth novel, Bonfire of the Vanderbilts.
You’ll find pictures mentioned here on our website getpublishedradio.com. They’re also in the book. He gave the presentation standing in front of the painting.
Now, why are we taking you here? One of our mantras on GetPublished! Radio is that no one is stopping you. Gerald doesn't have a degree in art history – he's just an enthusiastic researcher. But if he had waited for scholars in this field to bless his results or for a mainstream publisher to vet the project – it probably would never have happened. But as it was, he self-published in paperback, ebook, and audiobook.
As you listen, realize that even now the museum doesn’t necessarily agree with all his findings. But they were impressed enough to invite him to speak behind closed doors to this influential group.
Question for your comments: Why has this been our most popular episode?