The Getty Center will receive rare visits from the Very Reverend Dr. Robert Willis, Dean of Canterbury on Sep. 22, at 3 p.m. and the Very Reverend John R. Hall, Dean of Westminster on Sept. 23 at 7 p.m.
The Dean of Canterbury will talk about ’14 Centuries of Community and Creativity,’ and will discuss the Canterbury Cathedral, which today employs over 300 full-time staff, all of whom are experienced in traditional arts and crafts, including stonemasons, musicians, carpenters, workers in stained glass, librarians, archivists, gardeners, and more. The talk also complements the Getty’s exhibition Canterbury and St. Albans: Treasures from Church and Cloister.
The Dean of Westminster Abbey will explore the architecture, events and people that are part of the history of the Abbey dating back to 1245. The Abbey houses paintings, stained glass, monuments, textiles, and other artifacts and has been the setting for every coronation since 1066 and the site of 16 royal weddings, including that of Prince William and Kate Middleton in April 2011.
Admission to both talks are free but reservations are recommended. Call (310) 440-7300 or visit www.getty.edu.