Museum Home Past Exhibitions Imagining the Orient

October 5, 2004–April 3, 2005 at the Getty Center


All events are free and are held in the Harold M. Williams Auditorium, unless otherwise noted. Seating reservations are required. For reservations and information, please call (310) 440-7300 or use the Make Reservation buttons below.


The Taste for the Orient: Chinoiserie in 18th-Century France
Oliver R. Impey, former Curator of the Department of Eastern Art, Ashmolean Museum of Art and Archaeology at the University of Oxford, provides an overview of the East-West cross-cultural currents and their influences on European art, especially French art.

Sunday, October 10, 2004, 4:00 p.m.
Harold M. Williams Auditorium

Dutch Trade in Oriental Export Art, 17th–18th Centuries
Christiaan J.A. Jörg, Professor, History of Art, Leiden University, discusses the role of the Dutch East India Company in the trade of Chinese porcelain, Japanese lacquer, and Indian chintzes and their impact on Dutch culture and decorative arts.

Sunday, February 20, 2005, 4:00 p.m.
Harold M. Williams Auditorium


Gordon Getty Concert
Elaborate Measures: Performing the Orient
Composers were as dazzled as visual artists by the Far East. Mozart, Telemann, and their contemporaries created the first wave of music inspired by the European fascination with the Orient. Join us for chamber music, opera, ballet, and period travelogues that helped shape the idea of the East for 18th-century audiences. Tickets: $20; $15 students/seniors. Call (310) 440-7300 for tickets.

Saturday, January 22, 2005, 8:00 p.m.
Harold M. Williams Auditorium

Family Festival

Explore the arts of the East at this day of merriment and imagination. Designed to complement the exhibition, discover Japanese taiko, the folk music traditions of China and classical Indian dance as well as hands-on workshops in a visit filled with surprises!

Saturday, March 19, 2005, 10:00 a.m.–6:00 p.m.
Museum Courtyard

Curator's Gallery Talks

Charlotte Eyerman, Assistant Curator of Paintings, leads a one-hour discussion about the exhibition. Meet under the stairs in the Museum Entrance Hall.

Wednesday, January 12, 2005, 1:00 p.m.
Museum Galleries

Jeffrey Weaver, Assistant Curator of Sculpture and Decorative Arts, leads a one-hour discussion about the exhibition. Meet under the stairs in the Museum Entrance Hall.

Thursday, February 24, 2005, 1:00 p.m.
Museum Galleries

Wine Coolers / Sèvres

Point-of-View Talks

Lan-Chiann Wu, who works in the tradition of Chinese ink painting and is influenced by the use of light and perspective in Western painting, discusses the exhibition. Sign up at the Museum Information Desk beginning at 4:30 p.m. on the day of the talk.

Friday, February 4, 2005, 6:00 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.
Museum Galleries

Gallery Course

Looking East, Looking West
This two-part course, led by gallery teachers Flora Ito and Molly Kirrene, investigates the influence of the Far and Near East on Western European fine and decorative arts. Gallery discussions and hands-on exercises elaborate on historical interpretations, surface design, and artistic process. Limited to 40 participants. Course fee: $20. Reservations available beginning February 24 at 9:00 a.m. Call (310) 440-7300 to sign up.

Fridays, March 11 and 18, 2005, 1:00–3:00 p.m.
Museum Galleries

Artist-at-Work Demonstrations

Drop by as artist Marisa Kuizenga demonstrates gilding and painting techniques used by French craftsmen in the 1800s to imitate Asian lacquer.

Thursdays: Jan. 6, Jan. 13, Jan. 20, Jan. 27, Feb. 3, and Feb. 10, 2005
Sundays: Jan. 9, Jan. 16. Jan. 30, Feb. 6, 2005 1:00-3:00 p.m.
South Pavilion