About: Andrea Alsberg

I've curated hundreds of film series for over 20 years, including several at the Getty. After receiving my master's degree in cinema studies at NYU, I worked with the AFI for three years, running their Independent Filmmaker Program. I then spent 17 years at the UCLA Film and Television Archive, initially working with mentor Geoff Gilmore and then taking over his position as head of programming. During that time I also curated film series for local venues including the American Cinemathèque, LACMA, and the Academy of Motion Pictures, as well as traveling film programs that went to MoMA, the Toronto Cinemathèque, the Houston Museum of Fine Arts, the British Film Institute, and many others. I've served as an advisory board member for the Sundance Film Festival and for NICE (New Italian Cinema Festival). I'm currently writing a book on film for children.

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Enchantresses on Film

Alla Nazimova as Salome. Photo: United Artists / Photofest

The films we screen at the Getty go hand in hand with the art on view. Curating film series related to exhibitions is exciting, but it can also be challenging. How, for example, do you plan a movie event around… More»

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      ROSE

      This milky pink boomed into popularity because of a marketing ploy, a mistress, and its ambiguous origins.

      In an effort to compete with the renowned Meissen porcelain factory, the French Sèvres manufactory recruited the glamorous Madame de Pompadour (mistress to King Louis XV). Like a smart sponsorship deal, Sèvres gave her all the porcelain she requested. 

      Introduced in 1757, this rich pink exploded on the scene thanks to favoritism by Madame Pompadour herself. 

      The glaze itself had a weird history. To the Europeans it looked Chinese, and to the Chinese it was European. It was made based on a secret 17th-century glassmaker’s technique, involving mixing glass with flecks of gold.

      For more on colors and their often surprising histories, check out The Brilliant History of Color in Art.

      12/19/14

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