Lectures and Conferences

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  • Tokyo: The Metropolis in the Photographic Imagination

    Thursday September 18, 2014
    7 pm
    Museum Lecture Hall, Getty Center

    Samuel C. Morse, professor of the history of art and Asian civilization at Amherst College, surveys the turbulent history of Tokyo and discusses the work of some of the most compelling artists who have focused on the life of the city, such as Moriyama Daidō, Kageyama Kōyō, Seto Masato, Hara Mikiko, Nagano Shigeichi, Hayashi Tadahiko, and Ushioda Tokuko. Complements the exhibition In Focus: Tokyo.

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  • Japanese Zen Buddhism and the Impossible Painting

    Tuesday September 23, 2014
    7 pm
    Museum Lecture Hall, Getty Center

    Focusing on the Zen masterpiece The Gourd and the Catfish (ca. 1413), this lecture by Professor Yukio Lippit considers the ways in which the work uses new modes of artistic representation to pictorialize the nonsensical nature of Zen koans—riddles or paradoxical statements that demonstrate the inadequacy of logical reasoning.

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  • The Seductive Power of Rubens

    Wednesday October 15, 2014
    7 pm
    Harold M. Williams Auditorium, Getty Center

    The large sketches that Peter Paul Rubens painted in preparation for the tapestries of the Eucharist series are splendid examples of his talent, and they offer a unique opportunity to delve into the intricacies of his art. Alejandro Vergara, curator of Flemish and Northern European paintings at the Prado in Madrid, analyzes the six paintings from the Prado on view in the exhibition Spectacular Rubens to define the key elements of the Flemish master's art.

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  • Artist Talk: Chris Killip

    Sunday October 19, 2014
    4:30 pm
    Harold M. Williams Auditorium, Getty Center

    Chris Killip, photographer and professor of visual and environmental studies at Harvard University, discusses his career, including works made in conjunction with his seminal publication In Flagrante (1988). This program is sponsored by the Getty Museum Photographs Council, which recently assisted the Getty Museum with the acquisition of works from In Flagrante.

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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, the U.S.-Mexico border fence, and walls around Roma communities in Eastern Europe. Presentations by artists and scholars cast new light on these monolithic barriers. Complements the exhibition .

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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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Admission is free. An advanced timed-entry ticket is required.

  • Alice Oswald: In Light of Homer's Odyssey

    Thursday October 16, 2014
    7:30 pm
    Auditorium, Getty Villa
    Co-presented by the Library Foundation of Los Angeles
    As part of the Library Foundation's monthlong celebration of Homer's Odyssey, renowned British poet and classicist Alice Oswald—whose elegiac Memorial: An Excavation of the Iliad won the 2013 Warwick Prize for Writing—shares her thoughts about Light as a character in The Odyssey and reads a poem on the subject. Free; a ticket is required.

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  • Baths, Temples, and Mosaics: Unearthing a Roman-Era City in Western Turkey

    Saturday October 18, 2014
    3 pm - 4 pm
    Auditorium, Getty Villa
    Recent archaeological excavations at the Romanized city of Antiochia ad Cragum along the southern Turkish coast reveal a city that was steeped in ostentatious wealth. Join archaeologist Michael Hoff as he provides a personal account of the tombs, baths, sculpture, and a meticulously crafted 1,600-square-foot mosaic discovered there, illustrating the reach and cultural influence of the Roman Empire during the third and fourth centuries. Free; a ticket is required.

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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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