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Getty Museum Announces New Curator Lecture Series Highlighting Works on View

LOS ANGELES, CA.- Hear directly from the Getty's expert curators on the priceless art they work with every day. The J. Paul Getty Museum launches its new "Curator Lecture Series" next month, featuring the curators in charge of the Getty's permanent collections and exhibitions speaking about the art they have come to know intimately as they oversee the Museum's various collecting areas, conduct research, and organize exhibitions.

These presentations will focus on artworks currently on display at the Getty, offering the curatorial perspective on special exhibitions, the collection, and issues they raise. The series commences on February 18th with David Bomford, Assistant Director of Collections at the J. Paul Getty Museum, offering insights into the study of unfinished paintings and how they inform our understanding of an artist's intentions.

All presentations take place on Wednesday afternoons during Museum hours in the Museum Lecture Hall. Visitors will have the opportunity to view the works discussed both before and after hearing the speakers.

The series schedule is as follows:

Unfinished Paintings: Artists, Collectors and the Non Finito

The study of unfinished paintings informs the artist, art historian and conservator in many different, fascinating ways. David Bomford shows striking examples of paintings, including many in the Getty collection, that were never completed in order to discuss how unfinished paintings can reveal an artist's intention, why a painting might have been left unfinished and what constitutes "finish" in painting. Bomford is the associate director of the Getty Museum . Prior to coming to the Getty, he was a painting conservator who played major roles in the restoration of paintings such as Rembrandt's Ecce Homo and van Gogh's Sunflowers. He was also the Slade Professor of Art at the University of Oxford and curator of the groundbreaking Art in the Making exhibition series at the National Gallery in London .

Wednesday, February 18, 2:00 p.m.

Museum Lecture Hall

Sacred Art and Ritual Display in German Art around the Year 1000

The Ottonian Empire (ruled by a succession of emperors named Otto) held sway for little more than a century, yet left behind a lasting artistic legacy. This culture, whose emperors were seen as God's representatives on earth, produced sumptuous examples of manuscript illumination. Kristen Collins, associate curator of manuscripts at the Getty Museum , explores these richly illuminated objects against the backdrop of art and ritual in the Ottonian church and state. Complements the exhibition German and Central European Manuscript Illumination.

Wednesday, March 25, 3:00 p.m.

Museum Lecture Hall

In Focus: Portraiture and Photography

Following the invention of photography in 1839, portraiture became accessible to a larger public. Continuing technical improvements enabled the instantaneous capture of likeness and expanded the dialogue between the photographer and the sitter. Anne Lacoste, assistant curator of photographs at the Getty Museum , surveys the evolution of the genre from studio portrait to site portrait as document {?}. Complements the exhibition In Focus: The Portrait.

Wednesday, May 13, 3:00 p.m.

Museum Lecture Hall

Rococo Masterpieces in Context: James Pascall, London Frame-maker, Carver, and Designer

The early Rococo furniture made in 1745-46 for the picture gallery at Temple Newsam (an historic estate near Leeds , England ) and now on view at the Getty in the exhibition Taking Shape, is astonishing both in its extent and its sculptural quality. In this talk Anthony Wells-Cole, the former senior curator at Temple Newsam , explores the context for which this remarkable furniture was made, investigates the genesis of its design, and describes how he restored the great room to which it has been returned.

Wednesday, June 3, 3:00 p.m.

Museum Lecture Hall

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