The GCI announces its winter and spring 2004 schedule for "Conservation Matters: Lectures at the Getty"—a public series examining a broad range of conservation issues from around the world. Lectures are held monthly on Thursday evenings at 7:00 p.m. in the Harold M. Williams Auditorium at the Getty Center. Events are free. Reservations are required. To make a reservation or for further information, visit the Getty Web site. Reservations can also be made by calling 310 440-7300.

Exceeding all Preconceptions: Twenty-One Years with the Rothko Chapel Paintings
January 15, 2004

Carol Mancusi-Ungaro—director of conservation, Whitney Museum of Art, and founding director, Center for the Technical Study of Modern Art, Harvard University Art Museums—discusses the unusual problems and conservation treatment of the Rothko paintings.

Building Communities through Heritage
February 19, 2004

Sir Neil Cossons, chairman of English Heritage, reviews current trends and thinking on communities, heritage, and conservation, and he explores some of the new options for the future.

The Preservation Follies: Inventing the Near and Distant Past
April 15, 2004

Ada Louise Huxtable—architectural historian, critic, and Pulitzer Prize winner—expands on themes explored in her book The Unreal America: Architecture and Illusion.

Reservations available March 25.

Lecture on the Bibliotheca Alexandrina
May 13, 2004

Ismaïl Serageldin—director of the Bibliotheca Alexandrina (Library of Alexandria) in Alexandria, Egypt—discusses both the ancient library and the new library.