The Getty Center
Date: Tuesday, October 5, 2010
Time: 7:00 p.m.
Location: Getty Center, Harold M. Williams Auditorium
Past Event

Jacket art for The Hare with Amber Eyes: A Family's Century of Art and Loss / de Waal
Works of art are handed down, lost and found, and bought and sold. But what matters are the stories we tell about them. The Ephrussi family was at the heart of European culture, and their narrative reveals the roles they played as collectors and patrons of the arts, writers, and architects. Using examples from his family collections—some now at the Getty—as well as the story of the netsuke that he inherited, Edmund de Waal, a descendant of the Ephrussi, explores the ascent and decline of a Jewish dynasty and the meaning of loss and diaspora. By asking, what survives? de Waal examines how we can understand collecting as a family story.

Edmund de Waal is a potter whose work in porcelain has been exhibited widely. He is also a curator, advisor to museums on installations, and professor of ceramics at Westminster University. The American edition of his book, The Hare with Amber Eyes: A Family's Century of Art and Loss, comes out in August.

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