Museum Home Past Exhibitions Spirit into Matter: The Photographs of Edmund Teske

June 15–September 26, 2004 at the Getty Center


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Curator's Gallery Talk

Julian Cox, Associate Curator of Photographs, the J. Paul Getty Museum, talks about the exhibition. Meet under the stairs in the Museum Entrance Hall.

Friday, July 23, 7:00 p.m.
Museum Galleries

Discussion and Reading

Edmund Teske's Los Angeles: An Evening of Spoken Word and Conversation
In conjunction with the Getty Research Institute

Readings from Teske's poetry and letters and a discussion among his friends and associates, including assemblage artist George Herms, actor Russ Tamblyn, photographer and collector Leland Rice, and Teske's heirs Nils Vidstrand and Laurence Bump. Moderated by Julian Cox, Associate Curator of Photographs, the J. Paul Getty Museum. Limit four seats per reservation.

Wednesday, June 23, 7:30 p.m.


Edmund Teske's Los Angeles: Reflections on Film
In conjunction with the Getty Research Institute

The influential relationship between Teske's highly personal and imaginative photography and the film community is examined in a rare screening of short films by James and John Whitney and Terry Sanders, and newly restored and seldom-seen films by actor Russ Tamblyn and assemblage artist George Herms. A discussion follows with Sanders, Herms, Tamblyn, and actor John Saxon. Limit four seats per reservation.

Friday, June 25, 7:30 p.m.

Gallery Course

In the Spirit of Teske
This two-session gallery course, led by Julian Cox, Associate Curator of Photographs, the J. Paul Getty Museum, and Amy Kesselhaut, gallery teacher, the J. Paul Getty Museum, examines the art and life of Teske. Through slide lecture and gallery discussion, this course gives insight into the philosophy, style, and inventiveness of this iconoclastic artist. No experience necessary. Course fee $20. Limited to 25 participants.

Thursdays, August 12 and 19, 1:00–3:00 p.m.
Museum Galleries

Street Car, Chicago / Teske


The Brightness Beckons: Aging and Mortality as Themes in the Work of Edmund Teske, Wallace Berman, and Jay De Feo
Richard Cándida Smith, Professor of History, University of California, Berkeley discusses the work of Edmund Teske, Wallace Berman, and Jay De Feo.

Sunday, September 12, 4:00 p.m.


Friday Nights at the Getty
An Evening with John Hammond
Edmund Teske was a keen follower of blues and folk music, and he photographed John Hammond on a few occasions in the early 1970s after seeing him perform at a number of Los Angeles venues. The portraits he made of Hammond are in keeping with the spirit of his pictures of Ramblin' Jack Elliott from the 1950s. John Hammond makes a special solo appearance at the Getty, performing songs from his latest album, Ready for Love. Limit four seats per reservation.

Friday, September 10, 7:30 p.m.

Point-of-View Talks

Talks are held at 6:00 and 7:30 p.m. in the Museum galleries. Sign up at the Museum Information Desk beginning at 4:30 p.m.

Nils Vidstrand, a fine art and commercial photographer and the co-owner of the Edmund Teske Archives, discusses the exhibition. As Teske's photographic assistant, model, and apprentice for 20 years, he will provide personal insights into Teske's personality and creative process.

Friday, July 9

James Fee, a photographer who pushes the limits of traditional photographic materials and process, discusses the exhibition.

Friday, August 20