6:00 pm – 7:00 pm
6:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Please note the event time is in Pacific Standard Time.
Join Arpad Kovacs, Assistant Curator in the Department of Photographs at the J. Paul Getty Museum as he discusses a dozen significant works from the Museum’s collection of photographs.
The Getty Museum’s Department of Photographs was established in 1984 following the acquisition of several important private collections. Through a continuing program of acquisitions by purchase and donation, the Getty Museum has assembled the finest and most comprehensive corpus of photographs on the West Coast.
The collection is particularly rich in English, French, and American photographs from the medium’s first one hundred years, but it also encompasses substantial holdings by some of the most significant makers active during the twentieth century, including August Sander, Robert Mapplethorpe, Graciela Iturbide, Ishiuchi Miyako, among others. The collection is also the only curatorial area in the Museum that extends into the twenty-first century and actively collects outside of the Western European tradition.
Artists to be discussed include Laura Aguilar, Sarah Charlesworth, David Hartt, Jo Spence, among others. This talk is a rare opportunity to learn more about the breadth of the J. Paul Getty Museum’s photographic collection, as well as about lens-based artists and corresponding histories
Presented by Capture Photography Festival and Generously supported by Claudia Beck.
Arpad Kovacs is an assistant curator in the Department of Photographs at the J. Paul Getty Museum. His exhibitions have focused on twentieth-century and contemporary photography, with a specific interest in conceptual practices and time-based media. A graduate of Queen’s University and York University, Arpad arrived at the Getty Museum in 2011. He organized the monographic exhibitions Hiroshi Sugimoto: Past Tense (2014); Werner Herzog: Hearsay of the Soul (2014); Richard Learoyd: In the Studio (2016), as well as thematic shows, including In Focus: Play (2014); In Focus: Animalia (2015); Breaking News: Turning the Lens on Mass Media (2016); Mapping Space: Recent Acquisitions in Focus (2019); Encore: Reenactment in Contemporary Photography (2019); In Focus: Platinum Photographs (2020). He is currently working on an exhibition and accompanying publication that will survey the work of German/American artist Uta Barth.