Museum Home Past Exhibitions The Geometry of Seeing: Perspective and the Dawn of Virtual Space

April 16–July 7, 2002 at the Getty Center


Events are free. Make a seating reservation below, or call (310) 440-7300.


Reflections on Anamorphosis: The Space in/of the Mirror
Lyle Massey
Department of Art History
Northwestern University

Professor Lyle Massey discusses the ambiguous relation between space, distance, and viewer created by anamorphic images, and the apparent contradictions between illusionism and the rational nature of geometry. Note that seating for this event is limited. Please call (310) 440-7300 for reservations.

Thursday, May 2, 4:00 p.m.
Getty Research Institute Lecture Hall

Painting with Light or with Geometry? Looking into David Hockney's Secret Knowledge
Professor Martin Kemp
History of Art Department
University of Oxford

Martin Kemp discusses the relationship between a painter's use of devices for optical projection and the mapping of forms in space with linear perspective.

Friday, May 3, 7:30 p.m.
Museum Lecture Hall


Film Screening

Fracturing Perspectives
A selection of short films by artists and filmmakers exploring alternative approaches to standard perspective problems. Film titles include:

Outer and Inner Space, Andy Warhol, 1965, 33 minutes
Anemic Cinema, Marcel Duchamp, assisted by Man Ray and Marc Allegret, 1926, silent, 7 minutes
Serene Velocity, Ernie Gehr, 1970, silent, 23 minutes

Wednesday, May 1, 5:00 p.m.
Museum Lecture Hall