Museum Home Past Exhibitions Walls of Algiers: Narratives of the City

May 19–October 18, 2009 at the Getty Center


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Peripheral Visions: Colonization, Resistance, Representation
Inspired by the exhibition Walls of Algiers: Narratives of the City, this symposium seeks to discover fissures and tensions in the relationship between colonizer and colonized, and to examine the role of the visual in articulating these phenomena. This symposium is presented by the USC Association of Art History Graduate Students in collaboration with the Getty Research Institute. Reception to follow.

Keynote speaker: Susan Slyomovics, Professor of Anthropology and Near Eastern Languages at UCLA.

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Saturday, October 3, 2009, 9:30 a.m.–5:00 p.m.
Getty Center, GRI Lecture Hall


Walls of Algiers: Reconsidering the Colonial Archive
Presented in conjunction with the exhibition, this one-day colloquium places the exhibition in a theoretical and historical context, and addresses issues of colonial and postcolonial dilemmas. Free; reservations required.

Roundtable and discussion, 3:00–5:00 p.m.
Museum Lecture Hall

Reception and exhibition viewing 5:00–6:15 p.m.
Getty Research Institute Lecture Hall and exhibition gallery

Guest lectures 6:30–8:00 p.m.
Museum Lecture Hall

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Thursday, May 28, 2009

Double Feature / Dennis Adams

Exhibition Tours

Special curator-led overviews of the exhibition. Free, no reservations required.

All tours are at 2:00 p.m. Meet in the Research Institute Exhibition Gallery.

Wednesday, June 3, 2009
Thursday, June 18, 2009
Tuesday, June 30, 2009
Tuesday, July 14, 2009
Friday, July 24, 2009
Friday, August 7, 2009
Friday, August 21, 2009
Tuesday, September 1, 2009


The Battle of Algiers
In collaboration with the Getty Research Institute, American Cinematheque presents this landmark 1965 docudrama. Directed by Gillo Pontecorvo, the film presents the Algerian struggle for independence in a compelling, ultra-realistic style. Refusing to make villains of either the colonialist French or the bomb-throwing rebels, Pontecorvo weaves a morally complex, dramatically riveting tapestry that presents a balanced yet passionate view of revolution. Frances Terpak, Senior Collections Curator, Getty Research Institute, will introduce the screening.

Sunday, May 31, 2009, 7:30 p.m.
Max Palevsky Theatre at the Aero Theatre
1328 Montana Avenue
Santa Monica, CA 90403
(323) 466-FILM