The Getty Villa
Date: Saturday, July 9, 2016
Time: 2:00 p.m.
Location: Auditorium
Past Event

Take a closer look at Roman mosaics and the work of a contemporary artist who brings fresh perspective to this ancient art form. Archaeologist and mosaics specialist Will Wootton of King's College London discusses the functions of mosaics as décor in Roman homes and public buildings, and the materials and techniques used in antiquity to create vibrant narratives and intricate designs. Chicago-based artist Jim Bachor then shares his personal experience making mosaic art that blends classical motifs with themes drawn from contemporary American life, and discusses the inspiration behind his unique pothole project that has received international attention. Their presentations will be followed by discussion and questions from the audience.

This lecture complements the exhibition Roman Mosaics across the Empire, on view March 30 through September 12, 2016.

About Will Wootton
Will Wootton is lecturer in Roman art at King's College London. He received his B.A. in classics from Bristol University, and his masters and doctorate in classical archaeology from Oxford University. His research focus is on the production of art in the classical world, with special interest on mosaic making, and on the intersections between materials and techniques, craftsmen and patrons. Recently he served as principal investigator on the Leverhulme-funded project, The Art of Making in Antiquity: Stoneworking in the Roman World, an online resource with contributions from archaeologists, artists, art historians, classicists and digital humanists. He also directed the project Conserving and Managing Mosaics in Libya, a collaboration between archaeologists, conservators and other heritage specialists funded by the Getty Foundation.

About Jim Bachor
For over 15 years Chicago artist Jim Bachor has adapted the mosaic art form and applied it to contemporary American life. Working almost 25 years in advertising helped facilitate this melding of old and new ideas. From junk food to potholes to breakfast cereal, his work permanently locks into mortar unexpected concepts drawn from the present. Using the same materials, tools, and methods of the craftsmen of antiquity, he creates mosaics that speak of modern things, but in an ancient voice. By harnessing and exploiting the limitations of this indestructible technique, Bachor's work surprises the viewer, while challenging long-held notions of what a mosaic should be.

Planning your visit
The Getty Villa and its galleries are open to the general public from 10:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m. With your program ticket, you may arrive up to one hour prior to the start time of the program. For earlier arrival, a separate general admission ticket is recommended. The auditorium opens at 1:30 p.m. and seating is on a first-come, first-served basis. The Café is open for lunch service from 11:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m., and the Getty Store is open until 5:00 p.m.

How to Get Here
The Getty Villa is located at 17985 Pacific Coast Highway in Malibu, California, approximately 25 miles west of downtown Los Angeles. See Hours, Directions, Parking for directions and parking information.