Talks

Lectures, conferences, and symposia

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Wednesday

SEP 18

7 pm

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Renowned classicist Mary Beard goes on the hunt for Roman emperors in art since the Renaissance—from misidentified portraits to lost masterpieces, and from wallpaper to costly images of power.  Details 

Saturday

SEP 21

3 pm

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Philosopher Marina McCoy explores questions of friendship, vulnerability, and healing in Sophocles’ play Philoctetes.  Details 

Wednesday

SEP 25

7:30 pm

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Panelists examine what journalists owe to society—and to the real people whose stories they tell.  Details 

Thursday

SEP 26

7 pm

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Historian William Dalrymple discusses Indian painting during the reign of Britain's East India Company.  Details 

Sunday

SEP 29

2 pm

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Children's author Cornelia Funke reads her latest story of ghost William Dampier as he encounters an artistic world of shapes, colors, and materials at the Bauhaus.  Details 

Thursday

OCT 3

10 am - 5:30 pm

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This three-day symposium highlights the great cultural, historical, and artistic achievements of indigenous peoples of New Spain.  Details 

Friday

OCT 4

10 am - 5:30 pm

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This three-day symposium highlights the great cultural, historical, and artistic achievements of indigenous peoples of New Spain.  Details 

Saturday

OCT 5

10 am - 5:30 pm

CALIFORNIA STATE UNIVERSITY, LOS ANGELES

This three-day symposium highlights the great cultural, historical, and artistic achievements of indigenous peoples of New Spain.  Details 

Saturday

OCT 5

3 pm

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Archaeologist Vinzenz Brinkmann explains how technology and experimental reconstructions are helping experts better understand ancient polychromy.  Details 

Saturday

OCT 12

1 pm - 3 pm

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Join costume historian Maxwell Barr and discover how corsets, bustles, bonnets and more shaped 19th-century silhouettes, attitudes, and tastes.  Details 

Tuesday

OCT 15

6:30 pm

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Journeying into the heart of Vienna, the filmmaker attempts to solve the riddle of his grandparents’ disappearance during the Holocaust.  Details 

Saturday

OCT 19

4 pm

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Hear from experts about the challenges of unraveling and reading hundreds of carbonized papyri scrolls buried by the eruption of Mt. Vesuvius.  Details 

Sunday

OCT 20

10 am - 5 pm

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Experts share the latest discoveries and research on spectacular finds from Herculaneum and the Bay of Naples region.  Details 

Sunday

OCT 20

4 pm

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American artist LaToya Ruby Frazier discusses how she has used photography to fight injustice—poverty, healthcare and gender inequality, environmental contamination, racism, and more—and create a more representative self-portrait  Details 

Thursday

OCT 24

7 pm

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Renowned artists Jae Jarrell and Sylvia Snowden gather to discuss art making and the creative impulse.  Details 

Saturday

OCT 26

3 pm

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Hear about the fascinating history of facial hair from the Assyrians onward from historian Christopher Oldstone-Moore.  Details 

Sunday

OCT 27

3 pm

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Hear about the fascinating history of facial hair from the Assyrians onward from historian Christopher Oldstone-Moore.  Details 

Sunday

OCT 27

4 pm

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Alexander Nemerov, chair of art and art history at Stanford University, explores the way Geroge Bellows’s art haunts the paintings of his friend Edward Hopper.  Details 

Saturday

NOV 2

1 pm - 3 pm

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Join costume historian Maxwell Barr and discover how corsets, bustles, bonnets and more shaped 19th-century silhouettes, attitudes, and tastes.  Details 

Thursday

NOV 14

7 pm - 8:30 pm

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This lecture examines changes in the art market and the businesses of art dealers Pierre Matisse and Earl Stendahl, who provided the foundations for many pre-Hispanic art collections in American museums today.  Details 

Friday

NOV 15

10 am - 5:30 pm

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This symposium investigates the provenance of Mexican antiquities, the role of pre-Hispanic art in the history of the art market, and the formation of international collections and institutions.  Details 

Saturday

NOV 23

1 pm - 3 pm

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Join costume historian Maxwell Barr and discover how corsets, bustles, bonnets and more shaped 19th-century silhouettes, attitudes, and tastes.  Details 

Saturday

DEC 7

1 pm - 3 pm

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Join costume historian Maxwell Barr and discover how corsets, bustles, bonnets and more shaped 19th-century silhouettes, attitudes, and tastes.  Details 

Tuesday

DEC 10

7 pm

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In this lecture, Tim Barringer examines Victorian-era art critic John Ruskin's discourse on modernity and its relationship to art-historical thinking in the present day.  Details 

Saturday

JAN 11

1 pm - 3 pm

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Join costume historian Maxwell Barr and discover how corsets, bustles, bonnets and more shaped 19th-century silhouettes, attitudes, and tastes.  Details