The Getty Center
Date: Sunday, April 12, 2015
Time: 3:00 p.m.
Location: Museum Lecture Hall
Past Event

There's an old adage that if you do something you love, you'll never work a day in your life. Yet we also know that people who "play" professionally are some of the hardest working people around. Finding a work-leisure balance, in short, is one of the most significant challenges of modern life. In this conversation inspired by the exhibition In Focus: Play, two professionals whose careers are often associated with leisure activities discuss the complicated boundaries between work and recreation.

Cherise Smith is a professor of art and art history at the University of Texas at Austin. She has published articles on African American and African Diaspora art, the history of photography, and contemporary art. She has worked in the curatorial departments of several museums and curated a number of exhibitions.

Gary Matthews Jr. played Major League Baseball from 1999–2010, including several years with the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim. He played in the 2006 all-star game.

Matthews and Smith both became avid museum visitors because their father Gary Matthews, also a professional baseball player, often took them to visit museums while traveling.

Complements the exhibition In Focus: Play.

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