How Artist Ed Ruscha Went From Paperboy to MoMA Star | The Job Interview

Ed Ruscha’s had a storied career, leading up to his latest exhibition, “Ed Ruscha / Now Then,” at MoMA in New York City, complete with a room covered in chocolate. But before all that, Ruscha was a paperboy in Oklahoma, where he was drawn to talk bubbles and black-and-white cartoons.

In this interview for WSJ. Magazine’s Innovators Issue, Ruscha discusses meeting Marcel Duchamp, his time at Chouinard Art Institute (now CalArts) and the inspiration that led him to become the artist he is today.

0:00 First jobs
1:21 Early inspirations and drawings
2:18 Leaving Oklahoma
2:42 Art school
4:00 Advice to younger self

In The Job Interview, visionaries and innovators reflect on their very first jobs and share lessons learned that have helped them reach the heights of their careers.

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