The Getty Villa
Date: Wednesday, October 24, 2012
Time: 7:30 p.m.
Location: Getty Villa, Auditorium

 Last Days of Pompeii
 
The modern fascination with the cataclysmic eruption of Mount Vesuvius in A.D. 79 and the destruction of Pompeii and surrounding towns has inspired diverse works of art, literature, and performance over the past 300 years, from masterpieces of painting and sculpture to comic books, and from Italian opera to mass re-enactments and a scene in The Simpsons. Kenneth Lapatin, associate curator of antiquities at the J. Paul Getty Museum, shares his experience developing the exhibition The Last Days of Pompeii: Decadence, Apocalypse, Resurrection from concept to installation, highlighting some of his most unusual discoveries. The exhibition is on view at the Getty Villa through January 7, 2013.

About Kenneth Lapatin
Kenneth Lapatin holds graduate degrees from Oxford University and the University of California, Berkeley. A Fulbright Scholar at the American School of Classical Studies at Athens and a fellow of both the American Academy in Rome and the Center for Advanced Studies in the Visual Arts in Washington, D.C., he was a professor at Boston University before joining the J. Paul Getty Museum in 2002. He is the author of Chryselephantine Statuary in the Ancient Mediterranean World and Mysteries of the Snake Goddess: Art, Desire, and the Forging of History, as well as the Guide to the Getty Villa and other books, articles, and reviews. He has curated several exhibitions, including Carvers and Collectors: The Lasting Allure of Ancient Gems, and was guest curator of Pompeii and the Roman Villa: Art and Culture around the Bay of Naples at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art in 2009. Following The Last Days of Pompeii: Decadence, Apocalypse, Resurrection, he will curate exhibitions on the Roman silver hoard from Berthouville, France, and Hellenistic bronze statuary.

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.