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  • Conserving the Eames House: A Case Study in Conservation

    Wednesday January 28, 2015
    7 pm
    Museum Lecture Hall, Getty Center

    The Eames House Conservation Project, a partnership of the GCI and the Eames Foundation, is working to evaluate conditions and develop long-term conservation strategies for this internationally renowned work of modern architecture, ensuring the house's survival for future generations. Join the GCI, the Eames Foundation, and Escher GuneWardena Architecture for a discussion of the investigations and conservation treatments completed during the first phase of this multi-year project.

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  • Buddhism in the World: The Norton Anthology of World Religions

    Saturday January 31, 2015
    3 pm
    Museum Lecture Hall, Getty Center

    Over the course of more than two millennia, Buddhism developed a canon of sacred texts that is vast in scope, geographical origin, and linguistic variety. The largest selection of these scriptures ever to appear in English has just been published as part of the Norton Anthology of World Religions. In this presentation, Jack Miles, editor-in-chief of the Norton volumes, and Donald Lopez, editor of the Buddhism section, offer their reflections on how and why Buddhism developed into a religion of global scope and significance.

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  • A Treasury of Devotion: Books of Hours and Their Owners

    Thursday February 12, 2015
    7 pm
    Museum Lecture Hall, Getty Center

    The book of hours was the laity's prayer book in the Middle Ages and Renaissance, and often used as a tool for learning how to read as well as how to pray. Virginia Reinburg, associate professor of history at Boston College, discusses how those fortunate enough to own books of hours often turned it into a collection of favorite prayers, images, pilgrim souvenirs, and family lore.

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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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  • J. M. W. Turner and "the finest poetic descriptions"

    Sunday March 1, 2015
    3 pm
    Harold M. Williams Auditorium, Getty Center

    During his lifetime and well before John Ruskin's defense in Modern Painters, J. M. W. Turner was the most celebrated landscape painter in Europe, admired as much for his historical landscapes as for his arresting naturalism. In this talk, Patrick Noon of the Minneapolis Institute of the Arts examines Turner's status and influence among the major Romantic landscape painters in England and France.

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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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  • Does Artistic Greatness Only Come with Age?

    Tuesday March 24, 2015
    7 pm
    Harold M. Williams Auditorium, Getty Center

    Creative men and women often produce their greatest work after middle age. Is experience—in life, in art, in love, and loss—necessary to create works that stand the test of time? Or is age merely a number when it comes to creativity? This panel, presented with Zócalo Public Square, explores the relationship between age and artistic greatness.

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  • The Art of Playing

    Sunday April 12, 2015
    3 pm
    Museum Lecture Hall, Getty Center

    Cherise Smith, professor of art and art history at the University of Texas, Austin, and her brother, retired professional baseball player Gary Matthews Jr., discuss the complicated boundaries between work and leisure from the perspective of two professionals whose careers many people associate with leisure activities. Complements the exhibition In Focus: Play.

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  • Getty Perspectives: Sarah Elizabeth Lewis

    Sunday May 3, 2015
    3 pm
    Harold M. Williams Auditorium, Getty Center

    Cultural historian Sarah Elizabeth Lewis, a DuBois Fellow at Harvard University and author of The Rise: Creativity, the Gift of Failure, and the Search for Mastery, speaks about the power of aesthetic force to alter the way we perceive the world and bring about social change. Lewis has worked as a curator at the Museum of Modern Art in New York and the Tate Modern in London, and served on President Obama's Arts Policy Committee.

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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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