The Getty Villa
Date: Saturday, March 26, 2011
Time: 2:00 p.m.
Location: Getty Villa, Auditorium

Arch of Ecce Homo, Jerusalem
 
The mid to late nineteenth century witnessed a surge of interest in and travel to the lands of the Bible. This coincided with, and in fact was fueled by, two things: the new medium of photography and the birth of the tourism industry. Travels in Biblical lands took many forms: scholarly expeditions, package tours, and journeys of the imagination through the images and words of others. In this talk, Kathleen Stewart Howe, guest curator of the exhibition In Search of Biblical Lands: From Jerusalem to Jordan in Nineteenth-century Photography on view at the Getty Villa beginning March 2, 2011, considers what people traveled to find, what they photographed and what they passed by, and how that constructed an enduring site of pious imagination.


About Kathleen Stewart Howe
Kathleen Stewart Howe is the Sarah Rempel and Herbert S. Rempel '23 Director of the Museum of Art and professor of art history at Pomona College in Pomona, California. She received both her master's and doctorate degrees in art history from the University of New Mexico. Among her many research interests are nineteenth-century photography and the visual culture of travel and exploration on which she has written numerous essays, books, and exhibition catalogs including First Seen: Portraits of the World's Peoples (2004), Revealing the Holy Land: The Photographic Exploration of Palestine (1997), and Excursions along the Nile: The Photographic Discovery of Ancient Egypt (1993). During her career she has curated over fifty exhibitions, her most recent being Helen Pashgian: Working in Light at the Pomona College Museum of Art in 2010. Dr. Howe is currently at work on a number of projects related to photography's changing role in exhibition and education.


How to Get Here
The Getty Villa is located at 17985 Pacific Coast Highway in Malibu, California, approximately 25 miles west of downtown Los Angeles. See Hours, Directions, Parking for directions and parking information.