7:00 PM Museum Lecture Hall, Getty Center Free Event; Ticket Required
In this lecture, art historian Tim Barringer proposes that the critical practice of Victorian-era art critic John Ruskin (1819¬–1900) suggests ways that we can renew art-historical thinking today. While flatly rejecting Ruskin's ideas about gender and race, Barringer reconsiders the critic’s expansion of art historical discourse to embrace urgent questions of modernity. In words and images, Ruskin asked: What can we learn from the natural world and how should we care for it? How should historical monuments be understood and preserved? What is the role of art in education? And finally, how can we make a more just society?