Lectures and Conferences

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  • Glorious Inspiration: The Infanta Isabel Clara Eugenia and Rubens

    Sunday November 23, 2014
    3 pm
    Museum Lecture Hall, 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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  • World War I Lecture Series: "The Mediated War: Karl Kraus's Docudrama The Last Days of Mankind"

    Sunday January 25, 2015
    2 pm
    Museum Lecture Hall, Getty Center

    In this lecture professor emerita Marjorie Perloff focuses on Karl Kraus's great anti-war play The Last Days of Mankind, which incorporates documentary sources, including newspaper headlines, speeches, and military reports, to produce a devastating picture of the progress of World War I, from its beginnings to its bitter end. This lecture complements the exhibition World War I: War of Images, Images of War.

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  • World War I Lecture Series: "Representing Trauma: World War I"

    Sunday February 22, 2015
    2 pm
    Museum Lecture Hall, Getty Center

    Following a screening of Fernand Léger and Dudley Murphy's avant-garde film Ballet mécanique (1924, 16 min.), art historian Gordon Hughes discusses the film through the lens of Léger's traumatic experience as a French soldier in World War I. Historian Paul Lerner then situates the wave of debilitating trauma that afflicted combatants of the war within the context of competing early-20th-century psychiatric theories. This lecture complements the exhibition World War I: War of Images, Images of War.

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  • World War I Lecture Series: "Bombing the Cathedral of Reims"

    Thursday March 19, 2015
    7 pm
    Museum Lecture Hall, Getty Center

    In the last lecture of the series, Thomas W. Gaehtgens, director of the Getty Research Institute, examines the bombardment of Reims Cathedral by German troops on September 19, 1914. The French decried this attack as an act of barbarism, after which all cultural relations between the two nations were cut and not reestablished until long after the war. This lecture complements the exhibition World War I: War of Images, Images of War.

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  • Excavating a Mycenaean Palace near Sparta

    Wednesday January 14, 2015
    7:30 pm
    Auditorium, Getty Villa
    New archaeological discoveries reveal a Bronze Age settlement at the site of Ayios Vasileios near Sparta, Greece. Excavation director Adamantia Vasilogamvrou shares the extraordinary finds of Mycenaean wall paintings, objects crafted with precious materials, and an archive of tablets in Linear B, the written language of the 14th-century-B.C. Mycenaeans. This excavation was awarded honorable distinction in 2013 by the international Shanghai Archaeology Forum. Free; a ticket is required.

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  • Hatshepsut: How a Woman Ascended the Throne of Ancient Egypt

    Wednesday January 28, 2015
    7:30 pm
    Auditorium, Getty Villa
    Almost no evidence for successful, long-term female leaders exists from the ancient world. Only the female king of Egypt, Hatshepsut, was able to assume formal power for a considerable time, and even she had to share power with a male ruler. Egyptologist Kara Cooney sifts through the ample evidence for Hatshepsut's reign in an attempt to find the woman behind the statues and monuments. Free; a ticket is required.

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  • Amazons: Warrior Women of the Ancient World

    Thursday February 26, 2015
    7:30 pm
    Auditorium, Getty Villa
    Fierce Amazons are featured in some of the most famous of Greek myths. But were they real? Author Adrienne Mayor tells of new archaeological discoveries of battle-scarred female skeletons buried with their weapons as evidence that warrior women were not merely figments of the Greek imagination. Free; a ticket is required.

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  • Imagery and Identity: The Monumental Vases of Ancient Apulia

    Thursday March 5, 2015
    7:30 pm
    Auditorium, Getty Villa
    Richly decorated with complex imagery and narrative scenes, large figure-decorated vases of the 4th century B.C. found in Apulia (southeastern Italy) served as proud statements of identity. Archaeologist Tom Carpenter examines these vases and the funerary assemblages in which they were found to shed light on the otherwise little-known Apulian people. Free; a ticket is required.

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