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December 21, 2011

Getty Warms Up a New Series of Winter Lectures

Speakers include actress Anna Deavere Smith, Weston Naef, and New Yorker's Adam Gopnik


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Getty Communications
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LOS ANGELES—This winter, guests can come in from the cold and enjoy a number of special lectures at the Getty, with topics that range from pioneering California photography to the distinctive culture of the Bauhaus.

On January 8, Weston Naef, curator emeritus in the Department of Photographs at the Getty Museum, will be joined by book co-contributors Christine Hult-Lewis, Jack von Euw, and Jennifer Watts to discuss Carleton Watkins: The Complete Mammoth Photographs. Carleton Watkins's photographs between the 1850s to the 1890s provide a remarkable record and resource for understanding California history. Marking its publication, they will discuss Watkins and how his work can enhance understanding of the state's history as well as the early history of art in California. Artist Ken Gonzales-Day will moderate.

On January 26, noted playwright and actress Anna Deavere Smith joins artists Eileen Cowin and Carrie Mae Weems  to discuss Cowin’s and Weems’s works on view in the exhibition Narrative Interventions in Photography, and explore how storytelling impacts their art making.

On February 16, Niklas Maak, a critic and editor at the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung and author of Le Corbusier: The Architect on the Beach, reconsiders Bauhaus culture, viewing it as an approach rather than style, with relevance for today. He will bring the Bauhaus to life as much more than a historical period, rational and without frills, and discuss the artistic relationships and activities that made the movement so special.

Finally, New Yorker contributor Adam Gopnik speaks on February 23, kicking off a series of Getty Perspectives programs. Gopnik looks through a frosted window of history to explore the vision of winter in modern art. He will discuss the German Romantic (and nationalist) paintings of Caspar David Friedrich, the sublime Swiss vistas of J. M. W. Turner, the stylish Japanese-inflected snowstorms of Claude Monet and Camille Pissaro, and more.

Getty Winter 2012 Lectures

Carleton Watkins and California History
Sunday January 8, 2012,  3 p.m.
Harold M. Williams Auditorium, Getty Center

Storytelling and Photography
Thursday January 26, 2012,  7:30 p.m.
Harold M. Williams Auditorium, Getty Center
Complements the exhibition Narrative Interventions in Photography, on-view through March 11, 2012

Bauhaus Reconsidered: When Collectivity Becomes Form
Thursday February 16, 2012,  7:30 p.m.
Museum Lecture Hall, Getty Center
Complements the exhibition Lyonel Feininger: Photographs, 1928–1939, on-view through March 11, 2012

Getty Perspectives: Winter Scenes
Thursday February 23, 2012,  7:30 p.m.
Harold M. Williams Auditorium, Getty Center

All events are free, but reservations are required. For reservations, visit Lectures and Conversations page or call (310) 440-7300.

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The J. Paul Getty Museum collects in seven distinct areas, including Greek and Roman antiquities, European paintings, drawings, manuscripts, sculpture and decorative arts, and photographs gathered internationally. The Museum's mission is to make the collection meaningful and attractive to a broad audience by presenting and interpreting the works of art through educational programs, special exhibitions, publications, conservation, and research.

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