The Getty Villa
Date: Wednesday, November 28, 2012
Time: 7:30 p.m.
Location: Getty Villa, Auditorium

Amber has fascinated humankind since the Paleolithic era. In the ancient world, the precious material—once tree resin that metamorphosed over millions of years into a hard, translucent, plastic-like polymer—was treasured in its raw state, used to perfume oils and creams, ground into medicines, burned as incense, and formed into jewelry, amulets, and other objects of prestige. Amber was dedicated to the gods and buried with the wealthy and powerful, especially women and children, and women may have had a hand in carving the golden and luminous substance into amulets.

In this talk art historian Faya Causey of the National Gallery in Washington D.C. and author of recently published print publication Amber and the Ancient World and the expanded online edition, Ancient Carved Ambers in the J. Paul Getty Museum, discusses the importance of amber in antiquity and showcases a group of impressive amber carvings from the Museum as well as masterpieces from other collections.

This program is co-presented with USC's Dornsife College International Museum Institute and the Visual Culture of the Ancient World Initiative.

About Faya Causey
Faya Causey is the head of the academic programs department at the National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C. After earning her B.A. at the University of California, Riverside, and her M.A. and Ph.D. in art history at the University of California, Santa Barbara, Causey was an instructor at the Art Center College of Design in Pasadena and associate professor at California State University, Long Beach. She has lectured and published on a variety of subjects, primarily on amber, antiquity, and contemporary arts and architects whose work has anceint aspects.

Planning your visit
The main gate on Pacific Coast Highway opens to ticketed guests at 6:00 p.m. The auditorium opens at 7:00 p.m., and seating is available on a first-come, first-served basis. The galleries and Museum Store will be open before and after the lecture. A selection of light "grab 'n go" dinner fare as well as beer and wine are available for purchase at the Café until 7:30 p.m. Complimentary refreshments will be served following the lecture.

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.