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A Muse (detail), 1723–1725, Rosalba Carriera. Pastel on laid blue paper. The J. Paul Getty Museum

Opening this Month

  Portrait of Armand-Jean du Plessis, Cardinal de Richelieu (detail), about 1632–1634, Simon Vouet. Black, white, and red chalk with pink fabricated chalk. The J. Paul Getty Museum

The Birth of Pastel

June 6–December 17, 2017 | The Getty Center
Featuring works by Jacopo Bassano, Federico Barocci, Simon Vouet, Robert Nanteuil, Joseph Vivien, Rosalba Carriera, and Maurice-Quentin de La Tour, the installation focuses most closely on the late seventeenth and early eighteenth century, when pastels began to rival oils—in their variety of color, their high degree of finish, and even their scale—as the preferred medium for stately portraits.

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  Lion Attacking an Onager (detail), A.D. 150–200, Hadrumetum, (now Tunisia), stone and glass. The J. Paul Getty Museum

Roman Mosaics across the Empire

June 9, 2017–January 8, 2018 | The Getty Villa
Roman decor was unique for the elaborate mosaic floors that transformed entire rooms into spectacular settings of vibrant color, figural imagery, and geometric design. Scenes from mythology, daily life, the natural world, and spectacles in the arena enlivened interior spaces and reflected the cultural ambitions of wealthy patrons. This exhibition presents the artistry of mosaics, as well as the contexts of their discovery across Rome's expanding empire—from its center in Italy to provinces in North Africa, southern Gaul, and ancient Syria.

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  Saint Anne Teaching the Virgin to Read (detail), about 1430–1440, Master of Sir John Fastolf. Tempera colors, gold leaf, and ink on parchment. The J. Paul Getty Museum

Illuminating Women in the Medieval World

June 20–September 17, 2017 | The Getty Center
From damsels in distress to powerful patrons, from the Virgin Mary to the adulterous Bathsheba, a wide variety of female figures populated the pages of medieval manuscripts. Virtuous women such as biblical heroines, steadfast saints, and pious nuns were held up as models for proper behavior, while lascivious women were warnings against sinful conduct. Female figures fulfilled the romantic role of lovers, the social and political function of wives, and the nurturing capacity of mothers. They were also creators of manuscripts; women of great wealth and high status exercised their authority and influence by commissioning books—and sometimes even illuminating them.

  Self Portrait, 20 March 2012 (1219), 2012, David Hockney. iPad drawing printed on paper. 32 x 24 in. Courtesy of the artist. © David Hockney

Happy Birthday, Mr. Hockney

June 27–November 26, 2017 | The Getty Center
In celebration of David Hockney's eightieth birthday and his long and continuing artistic career, the Getty Museum presents a two-part exhibition featuring the artist’s highly creative self-portraits and photographs. Self-Portraits, opening on June 27, features a selection of drawn, painted, and photographic self-portraits made over the past sixty-five years, from the 1950s when he was a teenage art student through to a selection of iPad studies made in 2012.

Opening on July 18, Photographs displays a number of composite Polaroids and photo collages that mark Hockney's photographic explorations of the 1980s.

Continuing This Month

  The Musical Performance in the Teatro Argentina in Honor of the Marriage of the Dauphin, 1747, Giovanni Paolo Panini. Oil on canvas. Musée du Louvre, Departement des Peintures. Image © RMN-Grand Palais / Art Resource, NY

Eyewitness Views: Making History in Eighteenth-Century Europe

Through July 30, 2017 | The Getty Center
From Paris to Venice to Rome, Europe's most iconic cities and monuments have played host to magnificent ceremonies. During the eighteenth century, princes, popes, and ambassadors commissioned master painters such as Canaletto and Panini to record memorable moments, from the Venetian carnival to eruptions of Vesuvius, inspiring what became the golden age of view paintings. This first-ever exhibition focusing on views of historic events turns the beholder into an eyewitness on the scene.

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  Poem from Headlines, Pondlines, Ian Hamilton Finlay (Scottish, 1925–2006), 1969. John Furnival (British, b. 1933), draftsman, and Frankie Partridge (British), artist. The Getty Research Institute, 890164. By Courtesy of the Estate of Ian Hamilton Finlay

Concrete Poetry: Words and Sounds in Graphic Space

Through July 30, 2017 | The Getty Center
Drawn principally from the Getty Research Institute's collection of prints, artists' books, journals, and manuscripts documenting the international concrete poetry movement, this exhibition focuses on the visual, verbal, and sonic experiments of the 1950s, '60s, and '70s. Concrete Poetry features works by foundational figures Augusto de Campos and Ian Hamilton Finlay and by their contemporaries, including Henri Chopin, Ernst Jandl, Mary Ellen Solt, and Emmett Williams.

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  Frank Gehry (Canadian-born American, b. 1929). Perspective sketch of Disney Hall, The Walt Disney Concert Hall Portfolio, 2003. Los Angeles, Getty Research Institute, 2009.PR.3

Berlin/Los Angeles: Space for Music

Through July 30, 2017 | The Getty Center
This exhibition celebrates the 50th anniversary of the sister-city partnership between Berlin and Los Angeles by exploring two iconic buildings: Hans Scharoun's Berlin Philharmonic (Berliner Philharmonie, built 1960–1963) and Frank Gehry's Walt Disney Concert Hall (built 1999–2003). Focusing on the buildings' extraordinary interiors and exteriors, Berlin/Los Angeles: Space for Music brings together original drawings, sketches, prints, photographs, and models to convey the architects' design processes.

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Villa Play Reading: The Laodamiad

Saturday and Sunday, June 3 and 4, 3:00 p.m.
| The Getty Villa
When the Trojan War begins, Laodamia does everything to keep her husband safe at home, but fate and politics conspire to put him at the invasion's frontline. Inspired by the surviving lines of Euripides's lost play Protesilaos, The Laodamiad explores grief through the eyes of literature's first war widow. This program is a staged reading with music.

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  Top: White Fence
Bottom: La Luz

Off the 405

June 10 and 24, 6:00–9:00 p.m. | The Getty Center
White Fence
Saturday, June 10
The jangly, modish cool of The Kinks collide with flowery San Francisco bohemia in White Fence, the central project of the multi-faceted musician Tim Presley.
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La Luz
Saturday, June 24
Led by frontwoman Shana Cleveland, La Luz combines bright, snappy surf music, retro girl-group harmonies, and indie rock into one smart package.
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Friday Flights

Friday, June 16, 6:00–9:00 p.m. | The Getty Center
Friday Flights is a series of interdisciplinary happenings that brings together a range of artists to transform the Getty experience. Visual artist Brendan Fernandes and musician How To Dress Well present Free Fall 49, a tribute to the victims of the 2016 mass shooting at Orlando's Pulse nightclub, instrumental guitarists William Tyler and Noveller collaborate on a special performance, and musician Sam Rowell creates a light and sound installation in the Central Garden.

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  A View of the Bay of Naples, Looking Southwest from the Pizzofalcone towards Capo di Posilippo (detail), 1791, Giovanni Battista Lusieri. Watercolor, gouache, graphite, and pen and ink on six sheets of paper. The J. Paul Getty Museum

The Bumpy Road to Beautiful Italy

Sunday, June 4, 3:00 p.m. | The Getty Center
With one eye on the practicalities and perils of travel in Italy in past centuries, Julian Brooks, senior curator of drawings at the Getty, discusses some of the works of art made by visitors to the country, and how they responded to—and fueled—the lure of Italy.

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  Mosaic pavement discovered in Ostia, the harbor city of ancient Rome, where staple and luxury goods flowed into the empire from Egypt, Sicily, Africa, Arabia, India and beyond. Stall 46, Piazzale delle Corporazioni (regio II, insula VII, 4), Ostia Antica, Italy.

What Can the Ancient World Teach Us About Globalization?

Wednesday, June 7, 7:30 p.m. | The Getty Villa
Today's backlash against globalization raises hard questions. What does greater connectedness across borders mean for jobs, national identities, culture, and governments? The ancient Greek and Roman worlds also saw increasing flows of objects, people, and ideas that created a broader international consciousness—and no small amount of dislocation and turmoil. This panel, presented with Zócalo Public Square, reckons with timeless questions of globalization.

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  Uvena Novae Villiae, about 1854, Anna Atkins and Anne Dixon. Cyanotype. The J. Paul Getty Museum

What Does Blue Mean?

Thursday, June 8, 7:00 p.m. | The Getty Center
Blue describes emotional states, musical and literary genres, and moral codes. And yet, historically, humans have found the color itself notably difficult to pin down. How did blue come to occupy its singular scientific and cultural significance? What relationships exist between the history of blue pigments and the wealth of meanings the term conveys today? A panel with authors Catherine McKinley and Carol Mavor, scientist Mas Subramanian, and actor/comedian/singer Garrett Morris explores the science and sentiment of the color blue.

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Also coming up Getty Art Book Club: Blue Mythologies on June 10.

  Statuette of a Gladiator, about 50 AD, Roman Empire. Bronze. The J. Paul Getty Museum, Gift of Barbara and Lawrence Fleischman. Image: Bruce White Photography

The Virtues of Violence: Amphitheaters, Gladiators, and the Roman System of Values

Saturday, June 17, 2:00 p.m. | The Getty Villa
Violent spectacle—from gladiatorial combat to public executions—was a cultural symbol that the Romans exported to the furthest reaches of their empire. While modern audiences regard such shows with unmitigated revulsion, the Romans exhibited much more complex attitudes towards them. Kathleen Coleman, Harvard University, identifies some of the social and cultural preconceptions and practices connected to the displays, and discusses how intricately they were woven into the fabric of Roman society.

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  Robert Alexander, John Reed, Wallace Berman, Juanita Dixon, and Walter Hopps in the alley next to Ferus Gallery in Los Angeles, ca. 1957. The Getty Research Institute, Charles Brittin papers, 2005.M.11.9. © J. Paul Getty Trust. Photo by Charles Brittin

Walter Hopps: The Dream Colony

Wednesday, June 28, 7:00 p.m. | The Getty Center
The Dream Colony: A Life in Art is a vivid, personal, and irreverent account of the innovative, iconoclastic curator Walter Hopps (1932–2005), begun a few years before his death. Arts writer Anne Doran, who recorded Hopps's account, and Deborah Treisman, fiction editor of The New Yorker, who edited the autobiography, speak with Getty President James Cuno and offer an enlightening chronicle of Hopps's life and some of the greatest artistic minds of the twentieth century.

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Highlights at a Glance—June 2017

New This Month

The Birth of Pastel (June 6–December 17)
Illuminating Women in the Medieval World (June 20–September 17)
Happy Birthday, Mr. Hockney (June 27–November 26)

Continuing This Month

In Focus: Jane and Louise Wilson's Sealander (Through July 2)
Eyewitness Views: Making History in Eighteenth-Century Europe (Through July 30)
The Lure of Italy: Artists' Views (Through July 30)
Concrete Poetry: Words and Sounds in Graphic Space (Through July 30)
Berlin/Los Angeles: Space for Music (Through July 30)
Now Then: Chris Killip and the Making of In Flagrante (Through August 13)
Thomas Annan: Photographer of Glasgow (Through August 13)

Closing This Month

Gerard David: An Early Netherlandish Altarpiece Reassembled (Through June 18)

Hot Tickets

Course: Art Circles (June 3)
Talk: The Bumpy Road to Beautiful Italy (June 4)
Talk: What Does Blue Mean? (June 8)
Course: Getty Art Book Club: Blue Mythologies (June 10)
Talk: Picturing Urban Wildlife (June 17)
Talk: Walter Hopps: The Dream Colony (June 28)

New This Month

Roman Mosaics across the Empire (June 9, 2017–January 8, 2018)

Hot Tickets

Course: Sculpting in Relief (June 3)
Performance: Villa Play Reading: The Laodamiad (June 3 and 4)
Talk: What Can the Ancient World Teach Us About Globalization? (June 7)
Talk: Beyond the 1%: How Everyday Romans Lived (June 11)
Talk: The Virtues of Violence: Amphitheaters, Gladiators, and the Roman System of Values (June 17)


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