The Getty and the Philadelphia Museum of Art are partnering to host two virtual events on the occasion of the GRI’s publication Hollywood Arensberg: Avant-Garde Collecting in Midcentury L.A.
Details may be found here:

The Arensbergs in Hollywood Discussion Series

Tuesday, December 15, 2020, from 3 pm – 4:30 pm (PST)



Part 1: The Arensbergs in Hollywood
Tuesday, December 15, 2020, 3:00–4:30 pm PST
Arcadia Library Lecture
Please visit Philadelphia Museum of Arts’ site to register in advance for this online event

Part 2: The Arensbergs’ Collection: Space, Place, Time
Tuesday, March 9, 2021, 3:00–4:30 pm PST
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This event is one of a two-part series presented by Getty Research Institute in partnership with Philadelphia Museum of Art.

In their Hollywood home, Louise and Walter Arensberg displayed one of the most important private collections of avant-garde and pre-Columbian art in the United States, as well as the largest library of works by and about the philosopher Sir Francis Bacon. Room by room, the photographs in Hollywood Arensberg: Avant-Garde Collecting in Midcentury L.A. reconstruct the convergence of cultural artifacts in the couple’s California modernist home, the center of a burgeoning art scene. In the second of two conversations, our panelists explore how the context of the collection shapes how it is assembled, displayed, and interpreted.

The conversation is moderated by Getty Research Institute Director Mary Miller.

Mark Nelson is an author, design director, and partner at the book design firm McCall Associates in New York.

Ellen Hoobler is the William B. Ziff Jr. Associate Curator of Art of the Americas at the Walters Art Museum in Baltimore.

William H. Sherman is director of the Warburg Institute in London.

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