Lectures and Conferences

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  • Artists and Faiths: A Panel Discussion

    Tuesday April 29, 2014
    7 pm
    Harold M. Williams Auditorium, Getty Center

    As the role of religion in society has evolved, so too have artistic practices that represent faith. Working in a range of media and techniques, the artists on this panel all engage questions of religion and faith. In this discussion, they reflect on how their artistic practices represent their understanding of diverse religious traditions.

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  • Between East and West: Artistic Crossroads in the Medieval Mediterranean

    Wednesday April 30, 2014
    7 pm
    Harold M. Williams Auditorium, Getty Center

    During the Middle Ages, the regions surrounding the Mediterranean Sea were sites of interaction and exchange between many cultures and artistic traditions. Justine Andrews, associate professor of art history at the University of New Mexico, examines the relationships between Byzantium and its eastern and western neighbors, and the effects of trade, political alliances, and the Crusades on painting and architecture—highlighting the arts of Cyprus.

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  • Exploring Pollock: Filming Screening and Panel Discussion

    Saturday May 3, 2014
    4 pm
    Harold M. Williams Auditorium, Getty Center

    Ed Harris stars in the title role of the film Pollock, which portrays the life and career of American painter Jackson Pollock, with Marcia Gay Harden as his wife, artist Lee Krasner (2000, 122 minutes). Following the screening, Tom Learner, head of science at the Getty Conservation Institute, leads a conversation with actor and filmmaker Ed Harris who spent close to a decade working on the film. Jeff Beal, composer of the film's musical score, and art historian and Pollock expert Pepe Karmel join them.

    Film screening at 4:00pm
    Panel Discussion at 6:30pm

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  • Jackson Pollock's Mural: Transition, Context, Afterlife

    Tuesday May 6, 2014
    9:30 am - 5:30 pm
    Museum Lecture Hall, Getty Center

    In 1943 Jackson Pollock made his first monumental work for the New York apartment of his patron, Peggy Guggenheim. Stories about the creation and installation of the painting, entitled Mural, have dominated interpretations for decades. Recent study and conservation at the Getty debunks many of these myths, recasting this iconic work in a new light. Take part in a day of lively conversation among art historians, scientists, and conservators about the context and legacies of Mural.

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  • A Royal Passion: Queen Victoria and Photography

    Sunday May 18, 2014
    4 pm
    Harold M. Williams Auditorium, Getty Center

    Anne M. Lyden, curator of international photography at the Scottish National Portrait Gallery and curator of the exhibition, discusses Queen Victoria's engagement with photography—from her earliest collecting to her changing image.

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  • The View from Here: L.A. and Photography

    Saturday May 31, 2014
    10 am - 5:30 pm
    Harold M. Williams Auditorium, Getty Center

    Leading photographers, critics, and curators discuss the unique place of Los Angeles in photography's recent history. Panels examine teaching and studying photography in L.A., Southern California as a subject, and critical perspectives on photography in L.A. This program, sponsored by the Getty Museum Photographs Council, features a keynote lecture by George Baker and panels with Catherine Opie, John Divola, Alex Prager, Christopher Knight, and many others.

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  • Helen Pashgian: Transcending the Materials

    Tuesday June 10, 2014
    7 pm
    Museum Lecture Hall, Getty Center

    Join scientist Rachel Rivenc for a conversation with Helen Pashgian, a pioneer of the Light and Space movement, about her artwork, materials and processes, as well as her thoughts on conservation. They will be joined by Los Angeles County Museum of Art curator Carol Eliel.

  • James Ensor: Occasional Modernist

    Wednesday June 11, 2014
    3 pm
    Museum Lecture Hall, Getty Center

    Herwig Todts, conservator of modern art at the Royal Museum of Fine Arts in Antwerp, Belgium, offers an introduction to the social and artistic convictions of James Ensor and the variety of artistic experiments he set up over the course of more than 65 years. Complements the exhibition The Scandalous Art of James Ensor.

  • A Love / Hate Thing: James Ensor and the French Avant-Garde

    Sunday June 22, 2014
    3 pm
    Museum Lecture Hall, Getty Center

    Scott Allan, curator of the exhibition The Scandalous Art of James Ensor, situates Ensor's groundbreaking art of the 1880s in relation to developments in the French avant-garde, from Courbet and Manet to Redon and Seurat. When exhibited in Belgium, such artists' work had a profound impact on Ensor, even as he resisted French models in the interests of an idiosyncratically Belgian brand of modern art.

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  • Collecting and Displaying Byzantine Art in the Medieval, Renaissance, and Modern Periods

    Thursday May 1, 2014
    7:30 pm
    Auditorium, Getty Villa
    In the Middle Ages, Byzantine objects served purposes that ranged from utilitarian to devotional. Renaissance collectors displayed Byzantine works to suggest their high artistic value, but the full appreciation of the artifacts in the exhibition Heaven and Earth: Art of Byzantium from Greek Collections depends upon the Modernist revolutions of the 19th and 20th centuries. Art historian Robert Nelson discusses how Byzantine collections evolved during these periods. Free; a ticket is required.

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  • Heaven and Earth: Perspectives on Greece's Byzantium (Day 1)

    Friday May 2, 2014
    10 am - 5:30 pm
    Auditorium, Getty Villa
    Focusing on the artistic legacy of Byzantine culture in Greece, this two-day symposium foregrounds the important role of this region throughout late antiquity, the Middle Ages, and the Early Modern period and addresses themes from the exhibition Heaven and Earth: Art of Byzantium from Greek Collections. Co-presented with UCLA's Center for Medieval and Renaissance Studies. Free; reservation required for each day.

    Day 2 of the symposium takes place on Saturday, May 3, at Saint Sophia Greek Orthodox Church, Los Angeles.

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  • Heaven and Earth: Perspectives on Greece's Byzantium (Day 2)

    Saturday May 3, 2014
    9 am - 8 pm
    Getty Villa
    Please note: This program takes place at St. Sophia Cathedral, 1324 S. Normandie Ave., Los Angeles.

    Focusing on the artistic legacy of Byzantine culture in Greece, this two-day symposium foregrounds the important role of this region throughout late antiquity, the Middle Ages, and the Early Modern period and addresses themes from the exhibition Heaven and Earth: Art of Byzantium from Greek Collections. Co-presented with UCLA's Center for Medieval and Renaissance Studies. Free; reservation required for each day.

    Day 1 of the symposium takes place on Friday, May 2, at the Getty Villa.

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  • International Symposium on Archaeometry 2014

    Monday May 19, 2014May 19 - May 23, 2014
    9 am - 5 pm
    Getty Villa
    The International Symposium on Archaeometry (ISA) in May 2014 will be a valuable opportunity to apply and demonstrate the latest research and findings of archaeometric research on a broad range of topics across time and space. The symposium will draw on examples and best practices from interdisciplinary research at the interface between the natural sciences, engineering and archaeology to reconstruct and understand human behavior through the study of material culture.Taking place in Los Angeles, the ISA will bring together internationally renowned archaeological scientists and archaeologists with museum professionals, conservation scientists, policy-makers, representatives from non-governmental organizations and industry, natural scientists, engineers and other interested groups to discuss new findings and innovations in technology and scientific research, and address current and global challenges in archaeology and cultural property ranging from the looting and illicit trafficking of antiquities to the archaeology of transitional periods.

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  • What Happened to Local Traditions of Art in Roman Britain?

    Wednesday May 21, 2014
    7:30 pm - 8:30 pm
    Auditorium, Getty Villa


    This program was originally scheduled for March 27, 2014.

    During the Roman occupation of Britain, local craftsmen became skilled at reproducing images of Roman gods and rulers and using imported technologies. Yet recent discoveries reveal that British traditions survived. Archaeologist Susan Walker discusses new finds from Roman Britain and the persistence of local taste for color and pattern in jewelry and sculpture. Free; a ticket is required.

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