The Getty Villa
Date: Saturday, February 23, 2013
Time: 2:00 p.m.-3:00 p.m.
Location: Getty Villa, Auditorium

Detail of a garden fresco from the Villa di Poppaea at the ancient site of Oplontis
 
Archaeologists excavating at the ancient site of Oplontis (known today as Torre Annunziata) near Pompeii have discovered two enormous Roman villas: one is a luxury residence for the super-rich with splendid frescoes and sculptures, a 60-meter swimming pool, and extensive gardens. The other is a commercial center with wine-bottling facilities and spaces for handling agricultural goods. John R. Clarke, director of the Oplontis Project, a collaboration between Italy's Ministry of Culture and the University of Texas at Austin, presents results of the excavations including the discovery of 54 human skeletons in a large cellar, several of them covered with jewelry and coins. Clarke explores the two sides of ancient Roman life represented by these spectacular finds—leisure (otium) and business (negotium)—and presents preliminary results of forensic studies of the skeletons. He will also demonstrate an interactive, three-dimensional model of the luxury villa, fully documenting its setting, architecture, and decor.

About John R. Clarke
John R. Clarke earned his doctorate in ancient art history at Yale University in 1973. He has taught at the University of Texas at Austin since 1980, where he holds the title of Annie Laurie Howard Regents Professor in the Department of Art and Art History. During the past fifteen years Clarke has focused on how visual representations can shed light on ancient Roman attitudes toward the practices of everyday life. His recent publications include Looking at Lovemaking: Constructions of Sexuality in Roman Art, 100 B.C.–A.D. 250; Art in the Lives of Ordinary Romans: Visual Representation and Non-Elite Viewers in Italy, 100 B.C.–A.D. 315; Looking at Laughter: Humor, Power, and Transgression in Roman Visual Culture, 100 B.C.–A.D. 250; and Roman Life: 100 B.C. to A.D. 200, accompanied by an interactive CD-ROM. He is currently director of the Oplontis Project, a collaborative effort to excavate and publish the Villas "of Poppaea" and "of Lucius Crassius Tertius" at Torre Annunziata, near Pompeii.

Planning your visit
The Getty Villa and its galleries are open to the general public from 10:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m. With your program ticket, you may arrive up to one hour prior to the start time of the program. For earlier arrival, a separate general admission ticket is recommended. The auditorium opens at 1:30 p.m. and seating is on a first-come, first-served basis. The Cafe is open for lunch service from 11:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m., and the Museum Store is open until 5:30 p.m.


How to Get Here
The Getty Villa is located at 17985 Pacific Coast Highway in Malibu, California, approximately 25 miles west of downtown Los Angeles. See Hours, Directions, Parking for directions and parking information.