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Saturday, March 21, 9:30 a.m.
Getty Research Institute Lecture Hall

Admission is free. Reservations are required.

Ohne Titel (Gummlin) / Bergemann
Featuring prominent scholars from both Germany and the United States, this conference examines the cultural and intellectual exchanges that occurred between the United States and Germany from 1945 to 1989.

The conference will look broadly at the relationships between East and West German artists and intellectuals and their American counterparts during the Cold War. Throughout the day, scholarly presentations will be interspersed with conversations among artists and arts professionals who were major participants in this history. A morning session will be devoted to specific examples of German artists in America and American artists in Germany, and an afternoon session will focus on larger issues of cultural and intellectual exchange between the two countries.

Confirmed speakers:
John Baldessari, artist
Stephanie Barron, Los Angeles County Museum of Art
Benjamin H.D. Buchloh, Harvard University
Lynne Cooke, Dia Art Foundation, Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía
Lutz Dammbeck, artist
Sabine Eckmann, Mildred Lane Kemper Art Museum at Washington University
Rudolf Frieling, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art
Dirk Luckow, Kunsthalle zu Kiel
Christine Mehring, University of Chicago
Peter-Klaus Schuster, Staatliche Museen zu Berlin
Gregor Stemmrich, Freie Universität Berlin

Der Übergang (Passage) / Penck
"German/American Artistic Exchange during the Cold War" is organized as part of the Getty Research Institute's annual research theme of "Networks and Boundaries."

The conference is presented in conjunction with the exhibition Art of Two Germanys/Cold War Cultures, on view at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art from January 25, 2009–April 19, 2009. For more information about this exhibition, please visit