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Stories on Ceramics: Pictures, Politics, and Primordial Times (Online)

25 Apr 2024

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Thu, 25 Apr
12:00 – 13:00

Timezone: America/Los_Angeles

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To explore what we can learn from seeing ceramics from three cultures side-by-side, experts each select an example for close looking.

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The exhibition Picture Worlds: Greek, Maya, and Moche Pottery brings together painted terracotta vessels from three distinct cultures. To explore what we can learn from seeing them side-by-side, three experts each select an example for close looking. Together, they address the social and political settings that shape the depiction of mythical tales, and the powerful role images play in the sharing of stories.

Complements the exhibition Picture Worlds: Greek, Maya and Moche Pottery on view April 10 through July 29, 2024 at the Getty Villa. An accompanying publication is available for purchase.

About the Speakers
Alyce de Carteret, assistant curator of Art of the Ancient Americas at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, is an anthropologist with training in the art, archaeology, ethnohistory, and oral history of the Indigenous peoples of Mesoamerica. With Diana Magaloni and Davide Domenici, she is a co-curator for the upcoming exhibition We Live in Painting: The Nature of Color in Mesoamerican Art which opens at LACMA this September as part of PST ART: Art and Science Collide. She received her PhD in anthropology from Brown University in 2017.

Jeffrey Quilter served as a professor at Ripon College, Wisconsin (1980–1995), director of Pre-Columbian Studies and curator of the Pre-Columbian Collection at Dumbarton Oaks (1995–2005), and deputy director for curatorial affairs, curator for Intermediate Area Archaeology, then director of the Peabody Museum of Archaeology and Ethnology at Harvard University (2005–2019). He earned his AB from the University of Chicago and PhD from the University of California, Santa Barbara. He has authored seven books and numerous articles. Now retired, he devotes his time to research and publishing on the Moche of Peru’s north coast.

David Saunders is associate curator of Antiquities at the J. Paul Getty Museum. He obtained his doctorate in Classical Archaeology from Oxford University in 2006, and his research interests include Greek and South Italian vase-painting, ancient bronzes, and the history of collecting and restoring antiquities. Since joining the museum in 2008, he has curated eight exhibitions, and is co-curator of Picture Worlds: Greek, Maya, and Moche Pottery. He is co-editor of The Restoration of Ancient Bronzes: Naples and Beyond (2013) and Dangerous Perfection: Ancient Funerary Vases from Southern Italy(2016).

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