Lounge Lectures

Date of Event: 
Thursday, November 16, 2017 - 6:00pm
Event Location: 
Phoebe Hearst Museum of Anthropology

Phoebe's Cast Collection: Two Millennia of Copies and Replicas at the Hearst Museum  

Speaker - Rebecca Levitan, University of California, Berkeley

Thursday November 16th, 6-8pm

This talk will provide an introduction to Berkeley's collection of nearly 300 casts of Greek and Roman sculptures from the Classical period - examining both how these plaster copies were made from original sculptures in Europe, and how they travelled to California at the turn of the 20th century. This will be contextualized within a larger discussion of the copying tradition, starting in the ancient world. The discussion will address such questions as: Why did ancient and modern collectors desire copies of specific classical artworks? How were sculptures copied in the ancient world? How has the copying tradition changed in the digital era of scanning and 3d printing?"

Rebecca Levitan studies the art and architecture of the ancient Mediterranean world. She received her B.A. in Art History from Emory University and her M.Litt in Ancient History from the University of St Andrews. She has excavated in Belgium, Greece, and Italy. Her research interests include polychromy, numismatics, and the reception of antiquity in Europe and the United States.

Free with museum admission. Register for this event here.

Upcoming Lounge Lectures

Weaving Friendship: A Welcome Celebration for Bertina Lopez Cumez

Speaker: Bertina Lopez Cumez in conversation with Adam Nilsen

Friday, November 17th 5:30-8:30pm

Join us to welcome and celebrate skilled Guatemalan weaver and friend of the Museum, Bertina López Cumez. Bertina, in conversation with the Hearst's Head of Education Adam Nilsen, will speak about her weaving practice. In addition to the huipiles currently on exhibit that are woven by Bertina and her mother, additional textiles will be on view.

Free with museum admission. Register for this event here.