Visual Culture in the Ancient World

In the Spring of 2010, IMI-VCAW launched a lecture series at both USC and the J. Paul Getty Museum:

  • March 12, 2015
    • The Colors of Imperial Rome
      • Introductory lecture on color on ancient sculpture by Prof. John Pollini, Department of Art History, USC.
      • “Ancient Polychromy and Colorizing the Virginia Caligula: A University-Museum Collaborative Project” by Dr. Peter Schertz, Jack and Mary Ann Frable Curator of Ancient Art, The Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, Richmond, VA.
      • “The Arch of Titus: Polychromy, Exhibition, and the Experience of the Flavian Triumphus” by Dr. Steven Fine, Pinkhos Churgin Professor of Jewish History, Yeshiva University, New York, NY.
  • November 28, 2012
  • April 19, 2011
    • “A Newly Discovered Near Eastern Type of Palace of the Hyksos Khayan in Avaris” by Prof. Emeritus Dr. Manfred Bietak, Department of Egyptology, University of Vienna, and Director Emeritus of the Austrian Archaeological Institute in Cairo (1973-2009).
  • April 18, 2011
  • November 13, 2010 and February 18, 2011
  • April 8, 2010
  • April 7, 2010
  • March 22, 2010
  • March 8, 2010
    • “The Parthenon Sculptures: Ownership, Display and Understanding” by Dr. Dyfri Williams, Research Keeper of Greek and Roman Antiquities at the British Museum, Keeper Emeritus of Greek and Roman Antiquities at the British Museum, and J. Paul Getty Museum Visiting Scholar.

IMI-VCAW Mission Statement

IMI’s VCAW Initiative, overseen by Professor John Pollini, is dedicated to museological education and research involving the ancient cultures of the Old World, New World, and Asia. Participating in VCAW are several institutions in the Los Angeles area: the International Museum Institute at the University of Southern California, the Cotsen Institute of Archaeology at the University of California at Los Angeles, the Getty ResearchInstitute, the J. Paul Getty Museum, the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, and the Natural History Museum in Los Angeles.

As there is often a disconnect between museums and academia, the mission of VCAW-IMI is to bring together these two educational spheres by promoting collaborative planning of a variety of projects and activities in the form of lectures, conferences, seminars, and exhibitions as a means of exploring globally a wide range of issues of common interest pertaining to the study of the ancient world. Among the topics of interest are new directions in archaeology; the study of comparative archaeology and culture; cultural patrimony and appropriation; the use and misuse of archaeology in political and religious agendas; the role of archaeology in conflict resolution; the image of antiquity as it is perceived and projected by cinema, TV, and other media; the history of collecting and display; historic preservation and conservation; and the application of new technologies in archaeology.