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Getty Perspectives
Cultural Rights—Past and Future

Date: Tuesday, June 2, 2009
Time: 7:00 p.m.
Location: Getty Center, Harold M. Williams Auditorium
Admission: Free; reservations required. Call (310) 440-7300 or use the "Make Reservation" button below.

Do artists have a right to a prominent and engaged presence in public life?

Ask Bill Ivey, who penned the Cultural Bill of Rights during his tenure as the chair of the National Endowment for the Arts. His advocacy for a greater role for culture and creativity in our national dialogue inspired President Obama to appoint Ivey to lead his transitional team on arts and the humanities.

Bill Ivey. Photo: Steve Green

Ivey is joined by cultural critic Lewis Hyde for a dialogue about the social value of the arts, of the cultural commons, and how policy and theory should ensure open access to creative work.

This program is the first installment in a new occasional series, Getty Perspectives, which will bring distinctive voices to the Getty to discuss the arts and the relationship of visual culture to our broader public culture.

About the Speakers

Bill Ivey
Bill Ivey was chairman of the National Endowment for the Arts from 1998 to 2001 and director of the Country Music Foundation from 1971 to 1998. He was twice elected Chairman of the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences. His most recent book is Arts, Inc., which details "how greed and neglect have destroyed our cultural rights." He is also founding director of the Curb Center for Art, Enterprise, and Public Policy at Vanderbilt University.

Lewis Hyde
Lewis Hyde is a poet, essayist, translator, and cultural critic with a particular interest in the public life of the imagination. He is the author of The Gift, which was recently reissued in a special 25th anniversary edition. A MacArthur Fellow and former director of undergraduate creative writing at Harvard University, Hyde is the Richard L. Thomas Professor of Creative Writing at Kenyon College.

Lewis Hyde

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