The Getty Villa
Date: Wednesday, May 21, 2014.
(This program was originally scheduled for March 27, 2014.)
Time: 7:30 p.m.
Location: Getty Villa, Auditorium

In the first two centuries of Roman occupation in Britain, local craftsmen became skilled at reproducing images of Roman gods and rulers and using imported technologies for casting figures and jewelry forms. Yet archaeological discoveries reveal that British traditions of design and color were not completely abandoned. Archaeologist Susan Walker of the Ashmolean Museum discusses recent finds from Roman Britain and the persistence of local taste for color and pattern.

This lecture draws on the results of an excavation conducted near Oxford in 2013, and on a contribution Walker authored for The Arts of Rome’s Provinces, an international research project organized by Brown University and funded by the Getty Foundation as part of the Connecting Art Histories initiative. This two-year project examined both theoretical issues of “Romanization” and the particular manifestations of material culture in the various provinces. The lecture is presented in honor of colleague and project co-director, the late Professor Natalie Boymel Kampen.

About Susan Walker
Susan Walker is keeper of antiquities at the Ashmolean Museum at the University of Oxford, England, and was previously assistant then deputy keeper of Greek and Roman antiquities at the British Museum in London. In the recent reinstallation of the Ashmolean Museum galleries, Walker led the curatorial team responsible for realizing the concept “Crossing Cultures, Crossing Time,” and she personally curated the galleries of Rome, the Mediterranean world from AD 300, and ancient Cyprus. Susan Walker is the author of numerous books and articles on Roman art and archaeology, including Ancient Faces. (New York and London, 2000) and The Portland Vase. (London 2004). In 2013 Walker co-directed excavation of the site at which the head of Marcus Aurelius (above) was found.

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. Guests arriving late will be seated at the discretion of Getty staff. The galleries will be open before and after the lecture. A selection of light "grab 'n go" dinner fare as well as beer and wine are available for purchase at the Café until 7:30 p.m. Complimentary refreshments will be served following the lecture.

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.