The Getty Villa
Date: Saturday, February 27, 2016
Time: 2:00 p.m.
Location: Auditorium
Past Event

In the late 1940s, the United States' involvement in Greece ushered in a new, unprecedented role for Greek antiquities presented as state gifts to American presidents and other high-ranking officials. Carefully selected by the Greek government during the Cold War, these gifts epitomized a conception of ancient Greece as the political and cultural paragon of Western civilization. This message was communicated in well-staged ceremonies that resonated with political figures, the press, and diverse publics such as the Greek-American community. Scattered in presidential museums and collections, these spectacular objects have largely escaped scholarly attention. Art historian Nassos Papalexandrou of the University of Texas at Austin takes a closer look at the character of these antiquities, their qualities as ancient artifacts, the symbolism behind their selection, and the reception by those who accepted them.

About Nassos Papalexandrou
Athanasio "Nassos" Papalexandrou is associate professor of art history at the University of Texas at Austin. He attend the University of Athens and earned his doctoral degree at Princeton University. His research specialties are the ritual dimensions of early Greek figurative art and archaeology, Orientalizing phenomena, and the archaeology of Cyprus, and he has conducted field work in Athens, Crete, Naxos, and multiple sites on Cyprus. He has published widely in scholarly journals and in 2005 released his first book called The Visual Poetics of Power: Warriors, Youths, and Tripods in Early Greece. His current projects include a new book exploring the role of monsters in the arts and rituals of early Greece and an exhibition showcasing antiquities exchanged as diplomatic gifts between Greece and the United States after World War II.

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 Café is open for lunch service from 11:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m., and the Museum Store is open until 5:00 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.