2017-01-18: Chemical Rainbows and Liquid Crystal Souls: The Spirit of Alchemy at the Getty Center

January Section Meeting

Chemical Rainbows and Liquid Crystal Souls:
The Spirit of Alchemy in the History of Art Lecture
by David Brafman

Wednesday, January 18, 2017
7:00 p.m.

Museum Lecture Hall, Getty Center
1200 Getty Center Drive,
Los Angeles, CA 90049

The Art of Alchemy @ The Getty: Long shrouded in secrecy, alchemy is now recognized as the ancestor of modern chemistry. Alchemists were notorious for attempting to make synthetic gold, but their goals were far more ambitious: to transform and bend nature to the will of an industrious human imagination. For scientists, philosophers, and artists alike, alchemy seemed to hold the key to unlocking the secrets of creation. Alchemists efforts to discover the way the world is made have had an enduring impact on artistic practice and expression around the globe. Inventions born from alchemical laboratories include metal alloys for sculpture and ornament, oil paints, effects in glassmaking, and even the chemical baths of photography. The mysterious art of alchemy transformed visual culture from antiquity to the Industrial Age, and its legacy still permeates the world we make today.

Reservations: This event is free, but tickets are required. We have 30 tickets available for this exciting lecture. If you would like to attend, please RSVP to Nancy Paradiso in the Section Office via email at office@scalacs.org by Monday, January 16th. Tickets are on a first-come, first-served basis.