The Getty Center
Date: Sunday, May 3, 2015
Time: 3:00 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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"We all have a blind spot around our privileges shaped exactly like us," Junot Diaz has said, and it can create blindness to failures all around. Yet the imagination, inspired by an aesthetic encounter, can help us to create a new vision of ourselves.

How does the impact of a work of art alter our vision? This talk, culled from Lewis's acclaimed book, The Rise: Creativity, the Gift of Failure, and the Search for Mastery—called "strikingly original" by The New York Times—will examine the legacy of art's power, tracing the connection between vision and justice, art and citizenship, aesthetic force and overcoming societal failures.

Lewis will be a professor of the history of art and architecture and of African and African-American studies at Harvard University beginning in July. She is currently a Du Bois Fellow at Harvard. Lewis has worked as a curator at the Museum of Modern Art in New York and the Tate Modern in London, and she served on President Obama's Arts Policy Committee. Next year she will also be a Cullman Center Fellow at the New York Public Library. Her essays on race, contemporary art and culture have been published in The New Yorker, Artforum, Art in America, among other publications.

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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.