April 27, 2015

Getty Perspectives: Sarah Elizabeth Lewis

Cultural Historian Sarah Elizabeth Lewis discusses arts and culture as a part of the Getty Perspectives series

Valerie Tate
Getty Communications
(310) 440-6861
Sarah Elizabeth Lewis. Photo: Annie Leibovitz

LOS ANGELES - Visit the Getty Center on Sunday, May 3, for an enjoyable afternoon with cultural historian Sarah Elizabeth Lewis. Lewis will speak about the power of aesthetic force to alter the way we perceive the world and bring about social change.

Lewis is currently a Du Bois Fellow at Harvard University, where she has been appointed assistant professor of art history. She is author of The Rise: Creativity, the Gift of Failure, and the Search for Mastery, which the New York Times called “strikingly original.” She has worked as a curator at the Museum of Modern Art in New York and the Tate Modern in London, and served on President Obama’s Arts Policy Committee. In 2010 she was selected for Oprah’s “Power List.”

Getty Perspectives is an occasional series that brings distinctive voices to the Getty to discuss the arts and the relationship of visual culture to our broader public culture. Past participants include artist John Currin, philosopher Alain de Botton, and photographer Taryn Simon.

Getty Perspectives: Sarah Elizabeth Lewis is held on Sunday, May 3, at 3pm at the Getty Center in the Harold M. Williams Auditorium. Tickets are free, but reservations are recommended. Call 310 440-7300 or reserve online.
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The J. Paul Getty Trust is an international cultural and philanthropic institution devoted to the visual arts that includes the J. Paul Getty Museum, the Getty Research Institute, the Getty Conservation Institute, and the Getty Foundation. The J. Paul Getty Trust and Getty programs serve a varied audience from two locations: the Getty Center in Los Angeles and the Getty Villa in Malibu.

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.

Visiting the Getty Center
The Getty Center is open Tuesday through Friday and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. It is closed Monday and most major holidays. Admission to the Getty Center is always free. Parking is $15 per car, but reduced to $10 after 5 p.m. on Saturdays and for evening events throughout the week. No reservation is required for parking or general admission. Reservations are required for event seating and groups of 15 or more. Please call (310) 440-7300 (English or Spanish) for reservations and information. The TTY line for callers who are deaf or hearing impaired is (310) 440- 7305. The Getty Center is at 1200 Getty Center Drive, Los Angeles, California.

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