The Getty Villa
Date: Sunday, April 26, 2015
Time: 10:00 a.m.–7:00 p.m.
Location: Getty Villa, Auditorium
Admission: $40 (includes parking and reception).
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Death Salons invite us to examine mortality and mourning through the lenses of art, history, and culture. Join an array of engaging thinkers, writers, and performers for an exploration of death rituals past and present at this special day-long event featuring talks, music, comedy, gallery visits, and other surprises.

Hear from noted scholars who study death and funerary practices, professionals who care for the dead and their loved ones, and artists and writers who explore death and mourning in their work as they share perspectives on the ultimate rite of passage.

Journey through the Getty Villa's galleries and discover monumental funerary vases, ancient grave markers, Roman sarcophagi, and a 2,000-year-old mummy. Enjoy a solo performance of voice and piano by The Mynabirds or sit in on a live recording of The Deathpod podcast. At the end of the day, join your new friends and continue the conversation over a glass of wine at a special outdoor reception.

This event is inspired by the exhibition Dangerous Perfection: Funerary Vases from Southern Italy and offered in partnership with L.A.-based organization Death Salon.

Talks presented by:

Eric Bruehl—J. Paul Getty Museum educator with research interests in Roman burial customs and imagery

Caitlin Doughty—mortician and New York Times best-selling author of Smoke Gets in your Eyes and Other Lessons from the Crematory, founder of The Order of the Good Death and co-founder of Death Salon

Jonathan Gold—Pulitzer Prize-winning restaurant critic, Los Angeles Times

Paul Koudounaris—art historian, photographer, and author of The Empire of Death, Heavenly Bodies, and Memento Mori

Judy Melinek—medical examiner and New York Times best-selling author of Working Stiff: Two Years, 262 Bodies, and the Making of a Medical Examiner

Lisa Pieraccini—classics professor at the University of California, Berkeley and an authority on funerary archaeology

Megan Rosenbloom—director and co-founder of Death Salon, and medical librarian at the University of Southern California

David Saunders—antiquities curator and expert on death and mythology in the ancient world, J. Paul Getty Museum

Marie Svoboda—associate conservator of antiquities and researcher of red shroud mummies from Roman Egypt, J. Paul Getty Museum

Sarah Elizabeth Troop—Lindsay Museum curator, writer, and Death Salon social media editor

Solo musical performance by The Mynabirds

Live recording of The Deathpod podcast with co-hosts Megan Rosenbloom and Josh Androsky, featuring special guest comedians Megan Amram and Solomon Georgio.

Download schedule (PDF, 1pp, 110KB, as of April 9, 2015)

Planning your visit
The Getty Villa and its galleries are open to the general public from 10:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m. The auditorium opens at 9:30 a.m. for check-in; seating is open. The Cafe is open for lunch service from 11:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m., and the Museum Store is open until 5:30 p.m.

How to Get Here
The Getty Villa is located at 17985 Pacific Coast Highway in Malibu, California, approximately 25 miles west of downtown Los Angeles. See Hours, Directions, Parking for directions and parking information.