John Walsh Lecture Series

Over the last several years, the Gallery has organized a number of semester-long lecture series in collaboration with John Walsh, B.A. 1961, Director Emeritus of the J. Paul Getty Museum in Los Angeles. Focused on close-looking and important paintings on view at the Gallery, lectures have ranged from narrative painting throughout history to Dutch art.

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American Views, Viewpoints, and Manipulations: Six Lectures by John Walsh

October 27, 2017–December 7, 2017

While credible-looking paintings, particularly landscapes, are often assumed to be accurate, the artist has frequently manipulated observable reality for effect by exaggerating, rearranging, interpolating, or inventing. In each lecture in this series, John Walsh selects an American painting in the Gallery’s collection and examines the similarities and differences between depiction and reality, returning to the painter’s original vantage point in an attempt to work out just what happened when he returned to the studio.

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About John Walsh

John Walsh, B.A. 1961, is Director Emeritus of the J. Paul Getty Museum in Los Angeles. He was a paintings curator at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, and at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. He received a Ph.D. from Columbia University. He has taught courses on the history of art at Columbia and Harvard University, and he is currently a visiting professor in the Department of the History of Art at Yale University.

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