The Getty Center
Date: Wednesday, August 5, 2015
Time: 7:00 p.m.
Location: Harold M. Williams Auditorium
Admission: Free; advance ticket recommended. Call (310) 440-7300 or use the "Get Tickets" button below.
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The ancient Greeks were great innovators in the use of bronze for sculpture. Seán Hemingway examines Greek bronze sculpture from its beginnings in the Geometric period (ca. 8th–7th c. B.C.) through and with special emphasis on the Hellenistic period (323–31 B.C.). He elucidates the achievements of Greek master sculptors by looking closely at a number of outstanding examples of Greek bronze sculpture. The Archaic Greek male figure par excellence was the kouros or nude male youth standing at rest but the medium of bronze offered opportunities for dynamic sculptural compositions that began to be explored in the Late Archaic and Early Classical periods – gods, hunters, athletes and warriors provided a wide variety of new types.

Seán Hemingway is Curator in the Department of Greek and Roman Art at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York. A seasoned archaeologist, Dr. Hemingway has excavated prehistoric, classical and Roman sites in Greece and Spain and he is currently the metals specialist for the Palaikastro excavations in eastern Crete.

Hemingway has assisted with the re-installation of large parts of the permanent collection at the Met, including the Archaic and Classical Greek Galleries, the Cypriot Galleries, and the Hellenistic and Roman Galleries. He has also curated special exhibitions including "Historic Images of the Greek Bronze Age" (2011), "Sleeping Eros" (2013), and "The Boxer: An Ancient Masterpiece" (2013). He is the author of numerous scholarly publications including a book on Hellenistic bronze sculpture, The Horse and Jockey from Artemision: A Bronze Equestrian Monument of the Hellenistic Period, and a novel, The Tomb of Alexander.


How to Get Here
The Getty Center is located at 1200 Getty Center Drive in Los Angeles, California, approximately 12 miles northwest of downtown Los Angeles. See Hours, Directions, Parking for maps and driving directions.