The Getty Villa
Date: Thursday, October 20, 2011
Time: 7:30 p.m.
Location: Getty Villa, Auditorium

Wine Cup with Flirtation Scene
 
From special gentleman's cabinets to special collections, the study of erotic images in Athenian vase-painting has been used to explore a number of topics including questions of sexuality, morality, and gender roles. However, nearly all studies assume that the images are for and about Athenians and thus represent Athenian views on sexuality and morality. A closer look at the archaeological evidence, however, shows that very few of these vases with graphic sexual images come from the houses of Athens; instead they were sold on the export market, more specifically to Etruria.

In this lecture, classical archaeologist Kathleen M. Lynch investigates how the misunderstanding of erotic imagery has distorted ancient and modern ideas about Athenian cultural identity. Lynch argues that such imagery was intended to appeal to foreign perceptions of Greek culture, citing parallels that can be found in Asian export pottery destined for Europe in the 18th and 19th centuries.

This lecture is co-presented with the Archaeological Institute of America.

Note: The lecture will contain vase painting images of explicit sexual scenes and is intended for an adult audience.

About Kathleen M. Lynch
Kathleen M. Lynch is associate professor of classics and director of graduate studies for archaeology at the University of Cincinnati in Ohio. She earned her B.A. degree at Boston University, and her M.A. and Ph.D. degrees in classical art and archaeology from the University of Virginia. Lynch has excavated at sites in Morgantina, Sicily; Apollonia in Albania; Troy and Gordion in Turkey; post-Bronze Age Pylos in Greece, and at her excavation home, the Athenian Agora. Her research centers on pottery from archaeological contexts with a specific focus on Athenian pottery. Her work has been supported by the Kress Foundation, the American Research Institute in Turkey, the Solow Research Foundation, and the University of Cincinnati Research Council.

Currently Lynch is researching the relationship between Athenian vase painters and their non-Greek consumers for an upcoming publication. Other articles she has authored include: "Sella Cacatoria: A Study of the Potty in Archaic and Classical Athens,"(co-authored with John Papadopoulos); "Erotic Images on Attic Pottery: Markets and Meanings;" "When is a Column not a Column? Columns in Attic Vase-Painting;"and "Going Greek: Atticizing Pottery in the Achaemenid World." Her book, The Symposium in Context: Pottery from a Late Archaic House near the Athenian Agora, is forthcoming from the American School of Classical Studies Publications as a Hesperia supplement.

Kathleen serves as chair of the Archaeological Institute of America's (AIA) Fellowships Committee and treasurer of her local AIA Society in Ohio, and she has enjoyed serving as host and lecturer on several AIA cruises. Finally, she is an avid knitter.

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Planning your visit
The main gate on Pacific Coast Highway opens to ticketed guests at 6:00 p.m. The auditorium opens at 7:00 p.m., and seating is on a first-come, first-served basis. The galleries and Museum Store will be open before and after the lecture. A selection of light dinner fare as well as beer and wine are available for purchase at the Café until 7:30 p.m.


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.