The Getty Center
Date: Tuesday, August 8, 2017
Time: 7:00 p.m.
Location: Harold M. Williams Auditorium
Past Event

Lawrence Weschler, author of True to Life: Twenty-Five Years of Conversations with David Hockney, convenes a conversation with friends, colleagues, and admirers of David Hockney—including artists Tacita Dean and Ramiro Gomez, and physicist Charles Falco. The program explores Hockney's fascination with Russian theologian and intellectual, Father Pavel Florensky, and features a screening of Tacita Dean's celebrated recent film Portraits, starring David Hockney.

LAWRENCE WESCHLER, the prolific, original, and insightful writer on arts and culture, has provided a steady stream of engaging works since the early 1980s. He was a staff writer at The New Yorker from 1981 to 2002; director of the New York Institute for the Humanities at NYU from 2001 to 2013 (now director emeritus); he is also artistic director emeritus of the Chicago Humanities Festival. Weschler's many books include David Hockney's Cameraworks (1984); True to Life: Twenty Five Years of Conversations with David Hockney (2009); Domestic Scenes: The Art of Ramiro Gomez (2016); Robert Irwin: Getty Garden (2002); and Seeing is Forgetting the Name of the Thing One Sees: A Life of Contemporary Artist Robert Irwin (1982).

TACITA DEAN, a visual artist best known for her work in film, is one of the "Young British Artists" whose work was included in the 1995 Venice Biennale. She was elected to the Royal Academy of Arts in 2008. In 2011, Dean was the 12th artist commissioned by the Unilever Series to create a unique artwork for the Turbine Hall at Tate Modern in London. Portraits is one of several films Tacita Dean has made which feature notable artists such as Merce Cunningham, Claes Oldenburg, and Cy Twombly.

RAMIRO GOMEZ was born in 1986 in San Bernardino, California, to undocumented Mexican immigrant parents who have since become U.S. citizens. He had his first solo gallery exhibition in 2014 in Los Angeles, and has since shown his work widely across North America.

CHARLES FALCO, an experimental physicist, has collaborated with David Hockney since 2000. Their Hockney-Falco thesis offers scientific evidence that paintings made as early as 1430 were created with the aid of optical projections. Falco is a fellow of the American Physical Society and the Optical Society of America. He has published more than 250 scientific manuscripts, has seven U.S. patents, and has given more than 250 invited talks on his research at conferences and research institutions in 25 countries. Falco is also a photographer and curator.

Pavel Alexandrovich Florensky (1882–1937), sometimes called "the Russian Leonardo," was a theologian, priest, philosopher, mathematician, physicist, electrical engineer, and inventor. Among his many contributions is a 1919 essay entitled "Reverse Perspective" in which he contrasts the concept of spatiality in Renaissance art with the visual conventions employed in Russian orthodox icons.

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