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  • A Conversation with Randy Newman

    Monday July 28, 2014
    7 pm
    Museum Courtyard, Getty Center

    Randy Newman is one of the preeminent songwriters of our time—a winner of Oscars, Grammys, and Emmys, and a Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee—who continues to write smart, human lyrics that blend sharp satire and deep empathy. Newman explores his creative process, inspirations, and more in conversation with Gregory Rodriguez, publisher and director of Zócalo Public Square. Presented in partnership with UCLA and Zócalo Public Square.

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  • The French Collection

    Sunday August 3, 2014
    4 pm
    Museum Lecture Hall, Getty Center

    How and why does one collect historical French art in 21st-century America? Distinguished Los Angeles private collectors join Getty drawings curators for a lively roundtable discussion about the motivations, pleasures, and difficulties—personal and professional—of sourcing, selecting, acquiring, and displaying works of art, whether in the context of a public museum or in that of a private collection.

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  • Ensor and the Artists

    Thursday August 7, 2014
    7 pm
    Harold M. Williams Auditorium, Getty Center

    James Ensor had a significant impact not only on artists living during his lifetime, but also on many artists currently working during ours. Artists Laurie Lipton and Tom Knechtel discuss Ensor's work and its influence on their current practice.

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  • Is the Digital Age Killing Public Space?

    Wednesday September 3, 2014
    7 pm
    Harold M. Williams Auditorium, Getty Center

    The more time we spend in a virtual world, the more we crave human connection. Yet with every technological advance, public space appears to get a little less relevant. Are we destined to forego public spaces? Drawing from art history, panelists will consider whether digital technologies will replace physical public spaces, or simply change how we design and use parks, plazas, town squares, and other traditional gathering places. Complements the exhibition The Scandalous Art of James Ensor.

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  • Woven Wonders: Upcoming Tapestry Exhibitions

    Wednesday September 10, 2014
    3 pm
    Museum Lecture Hall, Getty Center

    An extraordinary opportunity for tapestry enthusiasts is on the horizon. The Getty Museum presents two exhibitions—one featuring designs by Peter Paul Rubens, the other a selection from the French Royal Collection—and the Metropolitan Museum of Art exhibits woven masterpieces by Renaissance artist Pieter Coecke van Aelst. The curators of all three exhibitions offer a sneak preview and discuss issues related to the exhibitions and tapestry studies.

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  • Getty Perspectives: James Cuno and John Currin

    Sunday September 14, 2014
    3 pm
    Harold M. Williams Auditorium, Getty Center

    President and CEO of the J. Paul Getty Trust James Cuno and artist John Currin discuss how classical painting shaped Currin's modern interpretation of the form. Their conversation considers Currin's works in the Broad collections and classical paintings at the Getty.

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  • Tokyo: The Metropolis in the Photographic Imagination

    Thursday September 18, 2014
    7 pm
    Museum Lecture Hall, Getty Center

    Samuel C. Morse, professor of the history of art and Asian civilization at Amherst College, surveys the turbulent history of Tokyo and discusses the work of some of the most compelling artists who have focused on the life of the city, such as Moriyama Daidō, Kageyama Kōyō, Seto Masato, Hara Mikiko, Nagano Shigeichi, Hayashi Tadahiko, and Ushioda Tokuko. Complements the exhibition In Focus: Tokyo.

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  • Japanese Zen Buddhism and the Impossible Painting

    Tuesday September 23, 2014
    7 pm
    Museum Lecture Hall, Getty Center

    Focusing on the Zen masterpiece The Gourd and the Catfish (ca. 1413), this lecture by Professor Yukio Lippit considers the ways in which the work uses new modes of artistic representation to pictorialize the nonsensical nature of Zen koans—riddles or paradoxical statements that demonstrate the inadequacy of logical reasoning.

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  • The Seductive Power of Rubens

    Wednesday October 15, 2014
    7 pm
    Harold M. Williams Auditorium, Getty Center

    The large sketches that Peter Paul Rubens painted in preparation for the tapestries of the Eucharist series are splendid examples of his talent, and they offer a unique opportunity to delve into the intricacies of his art. Alejandro Vergara, curator of Flemish and Northern European paintings at the Prado in Madrid, analyzes the six paintings from the Prado on view in the exhibition Spectacular Rubens to define the key elements of the Flemish master's art.

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  • Photography and Sculpture: The Art Object in Reproduction

    Saturday October 25, 2014
    9:30 am - 5 pm
    Museum Lecture Hall, Getty Center

    This symposium explores the intersections between sculpture and photography and investigates the impact of reproductive media on artistic practice and the writing of art history. Exploring the material, procedural, and historical tensions between two mediums, presentations will open a broader conversation about the study of art history and related disciplines. Organized by the Getty Research Institute and the Clark Art Institute.

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  • A Knight's Bookshelf

    Wednesday October 29, 2014
    7 pm
    Museum Lecture Hall, Getty Center

    Nancy Regalado, professor of medieval French literature at New York University, discusses the importance of manuscripts in the world of the medieval nobility. These books with their lavish images were prestigious commissions, precious material possessions, sources of thrilling entertainment, and also vehicles for teaching moral and spiritual values to knights. Complements the exhibition Chivalry in the Middle Ages.

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  • Josef Koudelka: In Conversation

    Wednesday November 12, 2014
    7 pm
    Harold M. Williams Auditorium, Getty Center

    Josef Koudelka discusses his work and career with photographer Tod Papageorge, who directed the graduate photography department at the Yale University School of Art from 1979 until 2013. Complements the exhibition Josef Koudelka: Nationality Doubtful.

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  • Performing Persia: Cultural Exchange and Visual Power in Aeschylus's Persians

    Saturday September 13, 2014
    2 pm - 3 pm
    Auditorium, Getty Villa
    Centered on the Battle of Salamis in 480 B.C., Aeschylus's play tells of Greek victory over the Persians and the impact on an imagined Persian court. Rebecca Kennedy of Denison University examines the complex historical and dramatic context of this Greek tragedy, considering its potential reception by a diverse ancient audience. Free; a ticket is required.

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