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  Paul Chan. Photo: Eric Boman for Vogue

The Villa Council Presents:
Personal Data, Online Privacy, and Fake News - According to the Greeks, A Lecture by Artist and Writer Paul Chan

Sunday, May 5, 3:00 pm | The Getty Villa
Can Classical philosophers like Epictetus and Aristotle shed light on some of the most pernicious elements in online culture today? Artist and writer Paul Chan leads us on an idiosyncratic tour of Greek writers and thinkers who grappled with something similar to what we would call "our data" today. Homer and Plato, as well as later thinkers like Pliny and Thomas Aquinas, make appearances. Along the way, Chan reveals how art offers us a unique way of becoming more vigilant against data thieves and fake news makers, then and now.

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  Finding of the Sybilline Books and the Tomb of Numa Pompilius, ca. 1524-1525, workshop of Giulio Romano with Polidoro Caldara da Caravaggio, detached fresco. Bibliotheca Hertziana

Antiquities in Motion: From Excavation Sites to Renaissance Collections

Monday, May 20, 7:30 pm | The Getty Villa
How did ancient objects make their way from discovery to display in early modern Rome? Art historian Barbara Furlotti reconstructs the long and often complicated journey of artworks from excavation sites to elite Renaissance collections. She examines the cast of characters responsible for bringing antiquities to market, from laborers at dig sites and cunning dealers at marketplaces, to skilled restorers who cleaned and repaired the pieces to the well-read antiquarians who gave them new layers of meaning.

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  Sun Temple at Palmyra (detail), from Materials for Voyage pittoresque de la Syrie, de la Phoenicie, de la Palaestine, et de la Basse Aegypte, 1795-1823, Louis François Cassas, engraving. The Getty Research Institute

From the Buddhas of Bamiyan to the Temples of Palmyra: Why is the World's Cultural Heritage Being Erased?

Tuesday, April 30, 7:00 pm | The Getty Center
The destruction of cultural heritage fits a pattern from Mecca to Timbuktu, and from Palmyra to Nineveh, today's Mosul. James Cuno, president and CEO of the J. Paul Getty Trust, joins Terence Ward, author of The Wahhabi Code: How the Saudis Spread Extremism Globally, to explore what lies at the root of these crimes against cultural heritage and what the world can do about it.

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Trojan War

Friday, May 17, 7:30 pm ; Saturday, May 18, 3:00 pm and 7:30 pm | The Getty Villa
The mythical Trojan War was a conflict of multiculturalism colliding with a fear of strangers and the idea of expanding borders clashing with national egoism. Not unfamiliar in this day and age, Trojan War draws on this multilayered story and reaches back to the history of the ancient Mediterranean, seeking the sources of today's conflicts and addressing the symptoms of a widespread contemporary crisis.

Trojan War is directed by Grzegorz Jarzyna, artistic director of acclaimed Polish theater TR Warszawa.

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If you've been thinking about donating your time to an arts institution, consider joining the Getty's Docent Program. We believe in welcoming visitors with open arms, embracing diversity, and creating magic in the galleries and gardens. You'll learn how to use enthusiasm, close looking, and dialogue to bring greater meaning to the Museum's art. Recruitment for new docents at the Getty Center and Getty Villa begins in May. Come join our team!

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