Objects in Motion

Friday, May 10, 2013

  • 8:30 a.m. Coffee and Pastries

    9:30 a.m. Welcome
    Thomas Gaehtgens, Director, Getty Research Institute
    Peter Mancall, Director, USC-Huntington Early Modern Studies Institute

    Introductory Remarks
    Daniela Bleichmar, Associate Professor of Art History and History, University of Southern California
    Meredith Martin, Assistant Professor of Art, Wellesley College

    9:45–11:15 a.m. Session 1
    Moderator: Joanne Pillsbury, Associate Director, Getty Research Institute

    "The Itinerant Lives of Mexican Codices"
    Daniela Bleichmar, Associate Professor of Art History and History, University of Southern California

    "Trading in the Senses: Exotica On and Off the Early Modern Dutch Marketplace"
    Claudia Swan, Associate Professor of Art History, Northwestern University

    11:15–11:30 a.m. Coffee Break

    11:30 a.m.–1:00 p.m. Session 2
    Moderator: Alka Patel, Associate Professor of Art History, University of California, Irvine

    "Diana Transformed: The Case of the Diana Automaton"
    Jessica Keating, Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow, University of Southern California

    "Translating, Transporting, and Transforming Mughal History: An Illustrated French Translation of the 'Ain-i Akbari"
    Chanchal Dadlani, Assistant Professor of Art History, Wake Forest University

    1:00–2:00 p.m. Lunch

    2:00–3:00 p.m. Breakout Sessions

    Lacquer Without Borders
    Led by Arlen Heginbotham, Conservator, J. Paul Getty Museum

    This tour through the Museum galleries focuses on examples of Chinese and Japanese lacquer that have been incorporated into French decorative arts and addresses the worldwide exchange of aesthetics, raw materials, and finished goods associated with the lacquer trade.

    VOILA—How Science Can Help Establish a Community of Asian Lacquer Researchers
    Led by Michael Schilling, Senior Scientist, Getty Conservation Institute

    Ever wondered why scientists study cultural heritage? This tour of the Organic Materials Laboratory at the Getty Conservation Institute illustrates the role of science in uncovering the mysteries of Asian lacquer, the topic of a recent workshop for conservators and scientists hosted by the Institute.

    Looking East: Rubens's Encounter with Asia
    Led by Stephanie Schrader, Curator, J. Paul Getty Museum

    This exhibition tells an intriguing story about early trade between Europe and Asia, the trafficking of Asian slaves, a shipwreck, the role of Jesuit missionaries in the East, and an unusual hat. Featuring a masterpiece from the Getty collection, Man in Korean Costume, the exhibition includes important scholarship that illuminates unexplored facets of Peter Paul Rubens's much-celebrated career.

    An Evolving Understanding of the Object via Art History and Science: La Roldana's San Ginés
    Led by Maite Alvarez, Project Specialist, and Jane Bassett and Brian Considine, Conservators, J. Paul Getty Museum

    In the early modern period, materials such as pigments, woods, and dyes traveled across the globe. Scientific advances have enabled these global materials to be more clearly identified; in fact, material identification has became such a part of art history that larger questions are often missed: How do we come to the conclusions we come to? How do we bring out true knowledge rather than conjecture? What are the implications and what is at stake? This session examines Spanish artist La Roldana's polychrome wood sculpture San Ginés and her use of New World materials like cochineal, indigo, and cedar. An interdisciplinary team of scholars arrived at a new understanding of this work through the combined application of art history and science.

    From Military Campaigns to Museum Collections
    Led by Louis Marchesano, Curator, and Peter Bonfitto, Senior Project Management Coordinator, Getty Research Institute

    Napoleon's military expedition in Egypt was a monumental failure, but it provided both the French and the English an opportunity to seize the country's riches. This session presents a variety of publications related to the military campaign, including the multivolume Description de l'Égypte (1809–28), auction catalogs, and museum publications.

    Imperial Impressions: Chinese Engravings and French Models
    Led by Marcia Reed, Chief Curator, Getty Research Institute

    Rare prints from the Getty Research Institute's collections demonstrate the evolution of China's cultural exchange with Europe during the Qing Dynasty.

    Facing East: The Western View of Islam in Early Modern Europe
    Led by David Brafman, Curator, Getty Research Institute

    The Getty Research Institute's rare books and manuscripts from the Renaissance to the Enlightenment display the evolving knowledge of Islamic art and culture in early modern Europe.

    Untold Stories: Collecting and Transforming Medieval Manuscripts
    Led by Elizabeth Morrison, Curator, J. Paul Getty Museum

    For hundreds of years, manuscripts have been bought and sold, hidden and displayed, preserved and rearranged, loved and forgotten, cut into pieces, hung on the wall, and glued into albums. Drawn from the Getty Museum's permanent collection and featuring several outside loans, this exhibition reveals how manuscripts have been refashioned both conceptually and physically and explores the long and eventful history of these books before their arrival at the Museum.

    3:15–4:45 p.m. Session 3
    Moderator: Stephen Little, Curator and Head of the Chinese and Korean Art Department, Los Angeles County Museum of Art

    "Mirror Reflections: Louis XIV, Phra Narai, and the Material Culture of Kingship"
    Meredith Martin, Assistant Professor of Art, Wellesley College

    "Coins for Candles: Asian Commodities and the Visual Culture of Spanish America"
    Dana Leibsohn, Priscilla Paine Van der Poel Professor of Art, Smith College

    4:45–5:30 p.m. Reception