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Film Screening and Panel Discussion

Sunday, February 1, 2015
2:00 p.m.
Harold M. Williams Auditorium, The Getty Center

Over the past 50 years, thousands of exquisitely painted Maya vases, most looted from tombs, have flooded into public and private collections. These extraordinary works of art opened a window on the Maya past, but the race to unearth these treasures has destroyed ancient temples.

The documentary film Dance of the Maize God (2014, 96 min.) enters the world of vases to explore ancient Maya life and mythology, as well as the tangled issues involved in the collection and study of looted art. The story is told by villagers, looters, archaeologists, dealers, art historians, and curators, for each of whom these vases hold a different value and meaning.

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Confirmed participants:

David Lebrun, Night Fire Films
Claire Lyons, J. Paul Getty Museum
Sofía Paredes Maury, Fundación La Ruta Maya
Matthew Robb, Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco
Kevin Terraciano, University of California, Los Angeles

This film screening and panel discussion are related to the Getty Research Institute 2014/2015 research theme, Object—Value—Canon, and are made possible in part by the National Endowment for the Humanities.