Working collaboratively since 1989, twin sisters Jane and Louise Wilson create powerful, compelling photographs, videos, and installations that explore historical events and architectural spaces that resonate with power. Their Sealander series presents images of abandoned World War II bunkers along the Normandy coastline of northern France. The monumental scale and monochromatic palette of the photographs merge time and space, past and present, man-made structure and natural environment, land and sea.
Triumphal arch and great colonnade, Palmyra, Syria (no. 62), 1864, Louis Vignes.
From Louis Vignes, Views and panoramas of Beirut and the ruins of Palmyra, 1864 (GRI)
The Legacy of Ancient Palmyra
February 8–May 30, 2017
War in Syria has irrevocably changed the ancient city of Palmyra, famed as a meeting place of civilizations since the mid-2nd to 3rd century CE. The Romans and Parthians knew Palmyra as a wealthy oasis metropolis, a center of culture and trade on the edge of their empires. For centuries, traveling artists and explorers have documented the site in former states of preservation. This online exhibition captures the site as it was photographed for the first time by Louis Vignes in 1864 and illustrated in the 18th century by the architect Louis-François Cassas.
Discover the prolific 18th-century sculptor and draftsman, Edme Bouchardon in this exhibition. The French court artist combined an inventive spirit with a quest for perfection to achieve many of the masterpieces associated with Louis XV's reign, including the historic equestrian monument to the king that was destroyed in the French Revolution. This exhibition demonstrates the remarkable variety of the artist's work and his mastery of different media.
This exhibition was organized by the J. Paul Getty Museum and the Musée du Louvre. The Los Angeles presentation is supported by City National Bank.
Sphinx, about 1898–1900, Auguste Rodin. Graphite and brown wash. The J. Paul Getty Museum
The Sculptural Line
Through April 16, 2017 | The Getty Center
Featuring some of the most spectacular sheets from the Getty Museum's collection, this exhibition presents the role sculpture can play in the art of drawing, as well as the function of drawing in the act of sculpting. Works from the 15th through the 20th century, such as Goya’s Pygmalion and Galatea and Rodin's Sphinx, as well as bronzes by Foggini, Degas, and Giacometti, illustrate how ancient statuary inspired works of artists from the Renaissance onward.
Over the past 50 years, artists have increasingly turned to newspapers, magazines, and televised news programs as rich sources of inspiration. This exhibition explores how artists have looked at and commented on news images. Much of the work is political; all of it is personal. Through photographs and videos, these artists have juxtaposed, mimicked, and appropriated media elements to transform ephemeral news into lasting works of art.
Statuette of a Griffin with an Arimasp, 125–75 B.C. Bronze. The J. Paul Getty Museum, Gift of Barbara and Lawrence Fleischman
Remembering Antiquity: The Ancient World through Medieval Eyes
Through May 28, 2017 | The Getty Center
Explore medieval responses to the classical world in this exhibition featuring illuminated manuscripts and antiquities. For over a millennium following the fall of Rome, the culture of antiquity was remembered, performed, and preserved through visual arts, ceremony, and monastic book culture.
Still from Memorias del Subdesarrollo, 1968. Courtesy The Film Foundation World Cinema Project
Memorias del Subdesarrollo (Memories of Underdevelopment)
Tuesday, February 28, 7:00 p.m. | The Getty Center
This film is a reflection on post-revolutionary Cuba expressed through the meanderings of a well-to-do intellectual. Using Fidel Castro's new regime as its backdrop, it portrays a skeptical observer who struggles with a past he rejects and a present that seems bleak. The film interweaves found footage of historical events such as the Cuban Missile Crisis in an experimental format that shifts between fiction and documentary. (1968, 35 mm film, 97 mins., Spanish with English subtitles). A discussion with Cuban actress Daisy Granados, editor Nelson Rodríguez, and the Getty Research Institute's Rani Singh follows.
Free; advance ticket required.
Friday, February 17, 7:30 p.m. Saturday, February 18, 3:00 and 7:30 p.m. Sunday, February 19, 3:00 p.m.
| The Getty Villa
Loosely based on Aristophanes's The Frogs, Sapo takes place during the mid-1970's Latin music scene. It's a slithery world of mischief, deception, and slippery, hippy lilly pads where anything goes! Adapted and performed by Culture Clash. Tickets $7.
Saturday, February 18, 7:00 p.m. Sunday, February 19, 4:00 p.m. | The Getty Center
Sounds of L.A. 2017 launches with a concert by Iraqi American oud virtuoso Rahim AlHaj. His forthcoming album, Letters from Iraq, features eight original compositions inspired by a collection of recent letters by Iraqi women and children, which range from the banal to the brave. AlHaj says this stunning labor of love is written "with tears that lead to hope." This concert is presented in collaboration with Smithsonian Folkways Recordings. Free; advance ticket required.
Since the 1960s, Brooklyn-based artist Martha Rosler has offered political and social critique through video, photography, installations, and performances. Her series "House Beautiful: Bringing the War Home" (1967–1972) is featured in the exhibition Breaking News: Turning the Lens on the Mass Media at the Getty. In this presentation, Rosler reflects on her current and past projects. Free; advance ticket required.
View of Palmyra from Qalaat Shirkuh before the destruction of its major monuments by ISIS
Photo: Judith McKenzie/Manar al-Athar, 2010
Palmyra and Aleppo: Syria's Cultural Heritage in Conflict
Wednesday, February 8, 3:00 p.m. | The Getty Center
The devastating conflict in Syria has resulted in catastrophic loss of life and the largest refugee migration since World War II. Contributing to this horrific crisis, the so-called Islamic State (ISIS) has seized large areas of Syria and Iraq, including heritage sites—most notably the ancient city of Palmyra. The battle for Aleppo has effectively leveled one of the oldest and architecturally rich cities in the world. The Getty Research Institute brings together a panel of specialists to discuss the unfolding consequences of war on historic sites and monuments throughout the region. Free; advance ticket required.
Bear, Chauvet Cave, ca. 30,000 B.C. Photo: Jean Clottes
Secrets of a European Neuroarthistory: From the "Photographic" Art of the Chauvet Cave to the Mysterious Appeal of the Mona Lisa
Tuesday, February 21, 7:00 p.m. | The Getty Center
In this talk, John Onians, Professor Emeritus of World Art at the University of East Anglia, Norwich, presents neuroarthistory, an approach to art that makes use of the latest neuroscientific knowledge. New knowledge of the principles governing neural formation suggest that exceptional artistic quality may often be the product of intense looking. To understand the emergence of an exceptional work of art in the last 30,000 years, we can begin by reconstructing what the artist may have been looking at and why. Free; advance ticket required.
Thursday, February 23, 7:00 p.m.. | The Getty Center
Artist, architect, and filmmaker Alfredo Jaar—whose work is featured in the exhibition Breaking News: Turning the Lens on Mass Media—discusses his recent work and reflects on "The Rwanda Project." The talk's title refers to the lines by poet William Carlos Williams: It is difficult / to get the news / from poems / yet men die miserably every day / for lack / of what is found there. Free; advance ticket required.
Sunday, February 12, 3:00–6:00 p.m.
| The Getty Villa
Celebrate the spirit of St. Valentine with an afternoon exploring love and wine. Take a gallery tour focused on Bacchus and Venus, two gods who influenced the grapevine and inspired human passions. Then join wine educator Giammario Villa to sip and learn about wine and enjoy hors d'oeuvres. Course fee $75 (must be at least 21 years of age). Complimentary parking.