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Curator-Artist Dialogue on Captured Emotions

Date: Sunday, March 15, 2009
Time: 3:00 p.m.
Location: Getty Center, Museum Lecture Hall
Admission: Free; reservations required. Call (310) 440-7300 or use the "Make Reservation" button below.

Scott Schaefer, senior curator of Paintings at the J. Paul Getty Museum, and contemporary painter Richard Houston discuss what draws them to the paintings in the Getty Center exhibition Captured Emotions: Baroque Painting in Bologna, 1575–1725.

The two share ideas on why these paintings—with their penetrating psychological insight, elevated emotion, and arresting authenticity—continue to resonate so powerfully over 300 years after they were made. Houston discusses how he draws on the ideas and techniques of the Carracci and their circle to inform his artistic practice, which is both resolutely contemporary and rooted in the legacy of the past.

About the Speakers
Richard Houston graduated from the University of California, Irvine, with a specialty in econometrics. He then caused great consternation in his family by declaring his intention to become an artist. He taught himself to paint by copying Baroque paintings in various museums around the country, becoming accomplished in traditional oil and tempera techniques and pictorial composition along the way. He is now on the faculty at the Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, where he teaches drawing, painting, and composition. He is also a great lover of music, literature, theater, and a good meal with friends.

Scott Schaefer has been senior curator of Paintings at the J. Paul Getty Museum since 1999. He has resided in Los Angeles since 1980, when he joined the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA) as founding curator of the department of paintings. An expert on Italian Renaissance and Baroque art, Schaefer has also worked at the Philadelphia Museum of Art, the Fogg Art Museum at Harvard, and the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. During his tenure at the Getty, he has supervised numerous significant acquisitions and exhibitions, including Titian and the Commander: A Renaissance Artist and His Patron and Consuming Passion: Fragonard's Allegories of Love. Two of his essays—on Bolognese Baroque portraiture and the Bolognese Baroque in Southern California—appear in the exhibition catalogue for Captured Emotions.

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