Meet Alan Nakagawa and learn about his project “Myth Not Myth.”

In a collaborative project with the Getty Museum, the Los Angeles-based artist presents a series of original interactive sculptures at the Getty Villa this June. Nakagawa is known for his installations that explore sound, memory, and identity. “Myth Not Myth” deconstructs misperceptions about ancient art through conversation and sculpture. Nakagawa was interested in how the term “myth” is used both to describe the narratives and belief systems of the past and to describe stories that we consider to be untrue, false, or fictional.

The project consists of a series of oral history conversations with Getty staff and interactive sculptures inspired by these dialogues, which are presented free to the public in the Villa’s Outer Peristyle on June 11, 18, and 25, 2016.

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[music by Alan Nakagawa plays]

[text on screen] Meet artist Alan Nakagawa.

I was born and raised in Los Angeles. I’m very proud of being from Los Angeles.

[text on screen] As an artist, Alan explores sound, memory, and identity.

I would say I’m emotionally attached to sound. And how it relates to space, and memory, and people.

[text on screen] The Getty invited Alan to respond to the antiquities and site of the Getty Villa.

This is one of our jewels, the Getty Villa. I don’t think most people realize that some of the greatest conservationists, and curators, and historians work at the Getty.

Myth Not Myth is resulting in four sculptures. They’re inspired by oral histories of a curator, educator, and conservator at the Getty. From those conservations I chose things that inspired me, and let that be the springboard for these art pieces.

[music by Alan Nakagawa plays]

[text on screen] Meet artist Alan Nakagawa.

I was born and raised in Los Angeles. I’m very proud of being from Los Angeles.

[text on screen] As an artist, Alan explores sound, memory, and identi...