April 24, 2012

Artist Tacita Dean Visits Getty to Discuss UNESCO Proposal to Recognize Film as a World Cultural Heritage

Dean will be joined by cinematographer Guillermo Navarro (Pan's Labyrinth) to discuss preservation of film, as well as FILM, Dean's recent installation at the Tate Modern in London

Thursday, May 10, 2012, 7:00 p.m.
At the Harold M. Williams Auditorium, Getty Center


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Tacita Dean / Jim Rakete 
Tacita Dean (Photo: Jim Rakete)

LOS ANGELES—Artist Tacita Dean, renowned for her work in film, will be visiting the Getty on May 10 to discuss FILM, her recent installation at the Tate Modern in London. Called "a love letter to a disappearing medium," FILM is an 11-minute, silent 35mm film that is projected onto a 13 meter-tall white monolith.

Dean will also discuss her use of masterful techniques of analog filmmaking to create FILM, a work that could not have been completed in a digital format. Dean is known for her use of film to capture fleeting moments of light and subtle shifts in movement with long, steady takes—creating original works that would be impossible with other media.

Cinematographer Guillermo Navarro (Pan’s Labyrinth) joins Dean following her presentation to present a proposal for UNESCO to recognize the medium of film as a world cultural heritage. A notable group of cineastes, cinematographers, and filmmakers have been invited to discuss Navarro’s proposal and the current situation of this dying medium.

“Dean and Navarro are leading proponents of preserving film as an artistic medium, and we are looking forward to learning more from them about this topic,” said Peter Tokofsky, education specialist with the J. Paul Getty Museum.

Tacita Dean studied art at the Falmouth School of Art in England, the Supreme School of Fine Art in Athens, and the Slade School of Fine Art in London. Her work appeared at the Venice Biennale in 2003 and 2005. In 2006 she received the Hugo Boss Prize at the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York, and in 2009, the Kurt Schwitters Prize, among other awards and recognitions. She currently works in Berlin.

This program is presented in conjunction with the Getty Research Institute’s Art on Screen research initiative, which draws on collections within the Getty Research Institute as well as rich film archives throughout Los Angeles to explore the intersections of art and the moving image.

FILM and Film

Date and Time: Thursday, May 10, 2012 | 7:00 p.m.
Location: The Getty Center, Harold M. Williams Auditorium
Admission: Free; reservations recommended. Call (310) 440-7300 or visit  to make a reservation.

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