Lectures and Conferences

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  • Photography and Sculpture: The Art Object in Reproduction

    Saturday October 25, 2014
    9:30 am - 5 pm
    Museum Lecture Hall, Getty Center

    This symposium explores the intersections between sculpture and photography and investigates the impact of reproductive media on artistic practice and the writing of art history. Exploring the material, procedural, and historical tensions between two mediums, presentations will open a broader conversation about the study of art history and related disciplines. Sponsored by the Getty Research Institute and the Clark Art Institute.

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  • A Knight's Bookshelf

    Wednesday October 29, 2014
    7 pm
    Museum Lecture Hall, Getty Center

    Nancy Regalado, professor of medieval French literature at New York University, discusses the importance of manuscripts in the world of the medieval nobility. These books with their lavish images were prestigious commissions, precious material possessions, sources of thrilling entertainment, and also vehicles for teaching moral and spiritual values to knights. Complements the exhibition Chivalry in the Middle Ages.

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  • Josef Koudelka: In Conversation

    Wednesday November 12, 2014
    7 pm
    Harold M. Williams Auditorium, Getty Center

    Josef Koudelka discusses his work and career with photographer Tod Papageorge, who directed the graduate photography department at the Yale University School of Art from 1979 until 2013. Complements the exhibition Josef Koudelka: Nationality Doubtful.

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  • New Walled Order: The Aesthetics and Politics of Barriers

    Saturday November 15, 2014
    9 am - 6 pm
    Harold M. Williams Auditorium, Getty Center

    Inspired by various bodies of work by Josef Koudelka, this daylong symposium explores political walls, past and present, and how artists and activists have responded to them. Panels consider the Berlin Wall, the Palestine Separation Barrier, and the U.S.-Mexico border fence. Presentations by artists and scholars cast new light on these monolithic barriers. Complements the exhibition Joseph Koudelka: Nationality Doubtful.

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  • Glorious Inspiration: The Infanta Isabel Clara Eugenia and Rubens

    Sunday November 23, 2014
    3 pm
    Harold M. Williams Auditorium, Getty Center

    The compelling paintings and monumental tapestries of the Eucharist series were commissioned by one of the most fascinating and powerful women of the early 17th century, the spirited Infanta Isabel Clara Eugenia (1566–1633). Getty curator Anne Woollett considers how the Eucharist series reflects the ideals of the Infanta as understood by Peter Paul Rubens, who designed the dynamic compositions, and how it embodies both political and personal significance for patron and painter. Complements the exhibition Spectacular Rubens: The Triumph on the Eucharist.

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  • Dynasty and Destiny in Imperial Rome: The Augustan Experiment and Its Legacy

    Wednesday October 29, 2014
    7:30 pm - 8:30 pm
    Auditorium, Getty Villa
    As first Roman Emperor, Augustus Caesar set in motion an ambitious program of public art and architecture to glorify himself and his extended family. Professor John Pollini of the University of Southern California presents new ideas about the emperor's representational initiatives and explains innovative approaches to reading and understanding Augustan imagery. Free; a ticket is required.

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  • Graves, Archives, and Glue: Stories behind the Funerary Vases of "Dangerous Perfection"

    Thursday November 20, 2014
    7:30 pm - 8:30 pm
    Auditorium, Getty Villa
    Exhibition curators and the lead conservator share their experiences investigating and conserving the monumental vessels on view in Dangerous Perfection: Funerary Vases from Southern Italy. They reveal the detective work behind trying to determine where the vases were buried, the forensic techniques that helped uncover how they were previously reassembled, and the complex challenges involved in their cleaning, reconstruction, and display. Free; a ticket is required.

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