Photographs of animals have been around since the early history of the medium, initially focusing on those that were tame, captive, or dead. Advancements in camera and film technologies enabled precise recordings of beasts in motion and, eventually, in their natural habitats. Spanning the history of photography, this exhibition examines the expanding tradition of animal representation through the works of artists such as Adolphe Braun, Lisette Model, Horatio Ross, Taryn Simon, Sandy Skoglund, and Alfred Stieglitz, among others.
Saint Jerome Extracting a Thorn from a Lion's Paw (detail), second quarter of 15th century, Master of the Murano Gradual. Tempera and gold leaf on parchment. The J. Paul Getty Museum, Ms. 106, recto
Renaissance Splendors of the Northern Italian Courts
Through June 21, 2015 | The Getty Center
The Renaissance courts of northern Italy, among the wealthiest and most sophisticated in Europe, attracted innovative artists who created objects of remarkable beauty. Drawn from the Getty Museum's permanent collection of manuscripts, this exhibition celebrates the magnificent illuminations commissioned by the elite that reveal an array of visual riches fit for the highest-ranking members of Renaissance society.
This exhibition features seven contemporary artists who revel in the materials and processes of photography. Whether they use expired photographic papers, archival negatives, custom-built cameras, or forego the use of a camera or film all together, their methods and techniques shift our understanding of photography from a medium that merely records the world.
Mercury Statuette, Roman, 2nd century. Silver and gold. Bibliothèque nationale de France, Département des monnaies, médailles et antiques, Paris
Ancient Luxury and the Roman Silver Treasure from Berthouville
Through August 17, 2015
| The Getty Villa
Some of the finest Roman silver to survive from antiquity is on view in this exhibition. Unearthed by a farmer in 1830, the spectacular hoard dedicated to Mercury in northern France is displayed together with precious gems, jewelry, and other Roman luxury objects from the royal collections of the Cabinet des Médailles at the Bibliothèque nationale de France.
From top left: Mindy Nettifee, Amber Tamblyn, Cristin Aptowicz, Derrick Brown, Idris Goodwin, Nick Thorburn, Rob Zabrecky, Anis Mojgani
Saturday Nights at the Getty: Poetry for J. M. W. Turner
Saturday, May 2, 7:30 p.m. | The Getty Center
The Write Now Poetry Society presents an evening of poetry, music, and art. Stars of contemporary poetry perform new work inspired by the art of J. M. W. Turner, whose visually stunning, heart-pounding exploration of the struggle with darkness came out of mastering light. Advance ticket required.
Saturday, May 16, 6:00–9:00 p.m. | The Getty Center
Saturdays Off the 405 is back for another outdoor concert season introducing you to today's most exciting emerging bands and DJs. Simultaneously echoing Swedish pop, nineties trip-hop, and indie dreamwave, San Francisco–based duo Cathedrals features deeply soulful, R&B-rooted vocals by crooner Brodie Jenkins juxtaposed with Johnny Hwin's styled and intense beats. Free, no ticket required.
Cultural historian Sarah Elizabeth Lewis, a Du Bois Fellow at Harvard University and author of The Rise: Creativity, the Gift of Failure, and the Search for Mastery, speaks about the power of aesthetic force to alter the way we perceive the world and bring about social change. Lewis has worked as a curator at the Museum of Modern Art in New York and the Tate Modern in London, and served on President Obama's Arts Policy Committee. Free, advance ticket required.
Initial S: The Conversion of Saint Paul (detail), about 1440–50, attributed to Pisanello and the Master of the Antiphonal Q of San Giorgio Maggiore. Tempera colors, gold leaf, gold paint, silver leaf, and ink on parchment. The J. Paul Getty Museum. Ms. 41, verso
Court Networks, Luxury Arts, and Traveling Artists in Northern Italy, 1430–1490
Thursday, May 14, 7:00 p.m. | The Getty Center
Explore how the circulation of artists and works of art in the Italian Peninsula challenges traditional and current notions of early Renaissance art centered on Florence and Venice with Stephen Campbell, professor of art history at Johns Hopkins University. Campbell suggests incorporating cities such as Padua, Camerino, and Naples into regional classifications of early Renaissance art. Free, advance ticket required.
Harald Szeemann at the last night of documenta 5 (detail), 1972. Photo: Balthasar Burkhard. The Getty Research Institute, 2011.M.30
Reconsidering Harald Szeemann
Thursday, May 28, 7:00—9:00 p.m. | The Getty Center
For nearly 50 years, Swiss curator Harald Szeemann presented groundbreaking exhibitions that continue to influence the field of contemporary art and exhibition-making. This panel, moderated by curator and Getty Research Institute Guest Scholar Carolyn Christov-Bakargiev, explores Szeemann's work and legacy. Panelists include artists Mario Garcia Torres, Giuseppe Penone, and Lea Porsager; curator Alanna Heiss; and scholar Pietro Rigolo. Free, advance ticket required.
Offering Bowl with a Medallion of Mercury in a Rural Shrine (detail), Roman, A.D. 175—225. Silver and gold. Bibliothèque nationale de France, Département des monnaies, médailles et antiques, Paris
Gifts for the Gods: The Art of Devotion in Roman Gaul
Saturday, May 30, 2:00 p.m.
| The Getty Villa
Who were the gods of Roman Gaul? How did they appear in art? Art historian Kimberly Cassibry of Wellesley College considers the mysterious origins of Gallic gods, their varied pairings with Greek and Roman counterparts, and the dedications that ensured their survival. Such inscribed gifts, ranging from column monuments dedicated to Jupiter to silver treasure offered to Mercury at Berthouville, offer new perspectives of the multi-cultural Roman Empire in ancient France. Free, advance ticket required.
Griffin Protome (detail), Greek, about 650 B.C.. Bronze. The J. Paul Getty Museum. Image: Bruce White Photography
Classical Monsters, Hybrids, and Bizarre Beings
Saturday, May 9, 1:00–4:00 p.m.
| The Getty Villa
Strange and dangerous creatures abound in Greco-Roman mythology, many joined together from different beings and even sporting excess body parts. Explore the fascinating stories and imagery of these bizarre beings with educator Shelby Brown, then tour the galleries and spot these beasts for yourself. Course fee $35 (includes refreshments). Complimentary parking. Advance ticket required.
The Herakles Mosaic Floor Clock depicts an artist's rendition of the famed reproduction floor found at the Getty Villa. This magnificent opus sectile in the Getty Villa's 'Temple of Herakles' reproduces a first-century pavement from the Villa dei Papiri at Herculaneum. This unique clock, exclusive to the Getty Store, is handmade by an artisan in California and is available in three sizes.