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The Arts in Los Angeles, 1997–2007 (panel discussion)

Date: Thursday, April 17, 2008
Time: 7:00 p.m.
Location: Getty Center, Harold M. Williams Auditorium
Admission: Free; reservations required.

With the re-opening of the Getty Villa, the expansion of LACMA, the revitalization of the Hammer, and now ten years of the Getty Center, Los Angeles has ascended to a new role as one of the great art capitals of the world. But do the arts in L.A. glitter as brightly from outside museum walls? Steven Lavine, Christopher Hawthorne, Man One, Olga Garay, and Catherine Gudis join Patt Morrison to question received wisdom about the arts in L.A. over the past decade.

Crane towering above the Getty Center as the Central Garden is constructed

Is cultural diversity represented in our art establishment? Which players influence the way art is shown, bought, and sold? What is the effect of recent big-ticket museum expansions and acquisitions, many of which focus on costly European art? Are museums an integral part of our urban fabric, or are they, as Hawthorne suggests, "leafy retreats from the city"? Panelists consider these questions from a variety of perspectives.

About the Panelists

Steven Lavine
Steven Lavine has been president of CalArts since 1988. Under his leadership, CalArts has grown from 850 to 1350 students and has established new centers and programs, including the Roy and Edna Disney CalArts Theater (REDCAT). Lavine is co-editor of the books Exhibiting Cultures: The Poetics and Politics of Museum Display and Museums and Communities: The Politics of Public Culture.

Christopher Hawthorne
Christopher Hawthorne is architecture critic for the Los Angeles Times. His writing considers urban growth and identity, transit woes, and the city's turn away from Old-World models to Asia and Latin America. He is co-author of The Green House: New Directions in Sustainable Architecture.

Man One
A native of Los Angeles, Man One is a leading urban artist whose bright and colorful murals have helped to pioneer graffiti as an art form. His commercial work includes murals, designs, and concepts for MTV, Coca-Cola, Adidas, and Sony and visuals for films and music videos.

Olga Garay
Executive director of the City of Los Angeles Department of Cultural Affairs, Olga Garay has been called "an internationally recognized dynamo." Before coming to L.A., Garay was a producer and consultant with organizations such as the Lincoln Center Festival, the National Performance Network, and El Museo del Barrio.

Catherine Gudis
Catherine Gudis is associate professor of history at the University of California, Riverside, and an editor and curator for art and history museums, and a public historian. She recently completed the large-scale multimedia project "Curating the City: Wilshire Boulevard" with the Los Angeles Conservancy.

Patt Morrison (moderator)
Journalist, broadcaster, and author Patt Morrison is a longtime columnist and reporter at the Los Angeles Times and the host of the news and talk show Patt Morrison on KPCC. She brings a compelling combination of wit and intelligence to interviews with writers, scientists, actors, thinkers, and political and cultural leaders.

El Hombre Conejo / Man One

How to Get Here
The Getty Center is located at 1200 Getty Center Drive in Los Angeles, California, approximately 12 miles northwest of downtown Los Angeles. See Hours, Directions, Parking for maps and driving directions.

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