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Jeanne (Spring) (detail), 1881, Édouard Manet. Oil on canvas. The J. Paul Getty Museum


  Plum Brandy, about 1877, Édouard Manet. Oil on canvas. National Gallery of Art, Washington. Collection of Mr. and Mrs. Paul Mellon, 1971.85.1. Image courtesy National Gallery of Art, Washington

Manet and Modern Beauty

October 8, 2019–January 12, 2020 | The Getty Center
Édouard Manet was a provocateur and a dandy, the Impressionist generation's great painter of modern Paris. This first-ever exhibition to explore the last years of Manet's short life and career reveals a fresh and surprisingly intimate aspect of this celebrated artist's work. Stylish portraits, luscious still lifes, delicate pastels and watercolors, and vivid café and garden scenes convey Manet's elegant social world and reveal his growing fascination with fashion, flowers, and femininity, as embodied in the parisienne.

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  Royal Lion Hunt, Assyrian, 875–860 B.C. Gypsum. British Museum, London, 1849,1222.8, 1849. Image © The Trustees of the British Museum. All rights reserved

Assyria: Palace Art of Ancient Iraq

October 2, 2019–September 5, 2022 | The Getty Villa
Assyrian kings in the ninth to seventh centuries B.C. decorated their palaces with masterful relief sculptures that represent a high point of Mesopotamian art, both for their artistic quality and sophistication and for their vivid depictions of warfare, rituals, mythology, hunting, and other aspects of Assyrian court life. The importance of these ancient treasures has only increased with the recent destruction, by ISIS, of many of the reliefs that remained in Iraq.

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  Glow of the City, 1929, Martin Lewis. Drypoint on ivory laid paper. The Huntington Library, Art Museum, and Botanical Gardens. Purchased with funds from Russel I. and Hannah S. Kully. © Estate of Martin Lewis

True Grit: American Prints and Photographs from 1900 to 1950

October 15, 2019–January 19, 2020 | The Getty Center
With works drawn from local museums, a private collection, and the Getty's own collection,True Grit provides two vibrant surveys: one of early 20th-century American printmaking and the other a complementary photography display. Compelling depictions of the time convey a broad view of American culture that includes dance halls and boxing rings, skyscrapers and subways, parks and tenement apartments. Using innovative techniques, these American artists captured the gritty world around them and came to terms with modern life.

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  Shepherdess and Her Flock, about 1864–1865, Jean-François Millet. Pastel with black chalk and touches of black ink on tan paper. The J. Paul Getty Museum

Peasants in Pastel: Millet and the Pastel Revival

October 29, 2019–May 10, 2020 | The Getty Center
Long associated with aristocratic portraiture, pastel had fallen out of fashion by the mid-19th century, when Jean-François Millet turned the powdery medium to a quite different purpose: scenes of contemporary peasant life. This installation presents a selection of pastels by Millet and his followers, addressing the relationship between rural labor and urban collecting and encouraging visitors to consider how an artist's chosen medium affects our understanding of his or her subject matter.

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The Burning Child

Tuesday, October 15, 6:30 p.m. | The Getty Center
The Burning Child (2018, DCP, 112 min.) is a journey into the heart of Vienna. A study of the Viennese approach to interior design, built architecture, and Vienna's inspired denizens—Sigmund Freud, Gustav Klimt, and Ludwig Wittgenstein among them—the film explores a rich history through interviews and archival footage as the filmmaker attempts to solve the riddle of his grandparents' disappearance during the Holocaust. The film will be followed by a Q&A with the film's creator, Joseph Koerner.

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  Martin Creed. Photo: Hugo Glendinning

Saturday Nights at the Getty: Martin Creed's Getting Changed

Saturday, October 26, 7:30 pm | The Getty Center
London artist, musician, and Turner Prize-winner Martin Creed has created many works involving live music, dance, and language—in the form of word-sculptures, talks, and songs. He has been described as "part court jester and part subversive philosopher," and his new show explores borders both personal and national, communication in the form of clothes, and words as clothes for feelings.

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  Medusa on Her Throne, 2016, Reza Sedghi. Digital rendering

Villa Theater Lab's Medusa: The Musical

Saturday, November 16, 3:00 and 7:00 p.m.; Sunday, November 17, 3:00 p.m. | The Getty Villa
The epic showdown between Perseus and Medusa comes to life as a musical fantasy told in Deaf West Theatre's signature style of singing and signing. The young, reluctant—and deaf—hero Perseus embarks on a perilous quest to slay the snake-haired Medusa. But this particular diva is more than meets the eye—if you dare to read her lips. Produced by the award-winning Deaf West Theatre Company, Inc.

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  The arrival of Spaniards and the meeting of Doña Marina and Hernán Cortés (detail), drawn by Nahua artists, 1579. From Diego Durán, Historia de las Indias de Nueva España e islas de la tierra firme, fol. 202. Madrid, Biblioteca Nacional de España

1519, the Arrival of Strangers: Indigenous Art and Voices following the Spanish Conquest of Mesoamerica

Thursday and Friday, October 3 and 4, 10:00 a.m.–5:30 p.m. | The Getty Center
This year's quincentennial of Hernán Cortés's arrival in Mesoamerica provides an impetus to explore perspectives on the Spanish conquest of Mexico and the subsequent transcultural processes that played out in New Spain's artistic production. This symposium highlights the great cultural, historical, and artistic achievements of indigenous peoples of New Spain.

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  Experimental reconstructions of Boxer (left) and Terme Ruler. Images provided by Vinzenz Brinkmann & Ulrike Koch-Brinkmann, Liebieghaus Polychromy Research Project, Frankfurt

Decoding Ancient Bronze Masterpieces: Lessons Learned from Experimental Reconstructions

Saturday, October 5, 3:00 p.m. | The Getty Villa
Classical archaeologist Vinzenz Brinkmann discusses how experimental reconstructions of two famous Hellenistic Greek bronze statues are helping experts better understand ancient polychromy.

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  Three carbonized scrolls, second century B.C.–A.D. first century, Greco-Roman. Papyrus, wood, and volcanic material. Biblioteca Nazionale "Vittorio Emanuele III" Napoli. Image: Su concessione del Ministero per i Beni e le Attività Culturali. All rights reserved. All other use prohibited

Reading the Herculaneum Papyri: Yesterday, Today, and Tomorrow

Saturday, October 19, 4:00–6:00 p.m. | The Getty Villa
Learn from classical scholars David Blank and Richard Janko about early and current attempts to unroll and decipher hundreds of carbonized papyrus scrolls buried by the eruption of Mt. Vesuvius. Computer scientist W. Brent Seales then shares how advances in technology and machine learning might allow the still unopened ancient book rolls to be "virtually unwrapped" and read.

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  Leslie Rainer, Getty Conservation Institute senior project specialist, with Mark Gittins of the Herculaneum Conservation Project using a digital microscope to examine a wall painting in the House of the Bicentenary. Photo: Araldo de Lucca © J. Paul Getty Trust

From the Ashes: New Discoveries from Herculaneum and the Bay of Naples

Sunday, October 20, 10:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m. | The Getty Villa
The ancient city of Herculaneum is less famous than its neighbor, Pompeii, but the site and vicinity continue to produce spectacular finds. Join experts in the field as they share their latest research from the region including the discovery of rare wood and ivory objects, a "new" buried luxury villa, and evidence for re-dating the eruption of Mt. Vesuvius of A.D. 79.

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  LaToya Ruby Frazier. Photo courtesy of the John D. & Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation

Art as Transformation: Photography for Social Change

Sunday, October 20, 4:00 p.m. | The Getty Center
American artist LaToya Ruby Frazier discusses how she has used photography to fight injustice—poverty, healthcare and gender inequality, environmental contamination, racism, and more. Frazier has exhibited her work in numerous international solo museum exhibitions and was awarded MacArthur, TED, and Guggenheim fellowships, among many other honors.

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  #4, Sylvia Snowden, 2015. Courtesy Sylvia Snowden

The Creative Impulse: Jae Jarrell and Sylvia Snowden in Conversation

Thursday, October 24, 7:00 p.m. | The Getty Center
Renowned artists Jae Jarrell and Sylvia Snowden discuss art making and the creative impulse. The conversation will be moderated by Bridget R. Cooks, associate professor of African American studies and art history at the University of California, Irvine.

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  Left: Relief panel from the palace of the Assyrian king Ashurnasirpal II (detail), ca. 883–859 B.C., Assyrian. Gypsum alabaster. The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, gift of John D. Rockefeller Jr., 1932, Creative Commons CCO 1.0. Right: Bust of Emperor Commodus (detail), A.D. 180–185, Roman. Marble. The J. Paul Getty Museum

The Meaning of Beards from Antiquity to Today

Saturday, October 26, repeats Sunday, October 27, 3:00 p.m. | The Getty Villa
Prepare for No-Shave November with an exploration of beards through time and cultures. Historian Christopher Oldstone-Moore presents the fascinating history of facial hair from the Assyrians onward, revealing how beards reflect male roles in society, express power and ideals of manliness, and serve to identify individuals and types of people.

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  Alexander Nemerov. Photo courtesy of Bob Richman

True Guilt: Edward Hopper and the Death of George Bellows

Sunday, October 27, 4:00 p.m. | The Getty Center
Did Edward Hopper kill George Bellows? Of course not. But Bellows's sudden death at age 42 in 1925 impacted Hopper's art in profound though largely unspoken ways. The two American realist painters were contemporaries and acquaintances: both were born in 1882 and both had been art students in New York. Bellows was successful early but Hopper became a success only after Bellows's death. In this talk Alexander Nemerov, chair of art and art history at Stanford University, explores the way Bellows's art haunts his peer's paintings.

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Drawing from Antiquity: Trompe L'oeil

Saturday, October 5, 11:00 a.m.–12:30 p.m. | The Getty Villa
Discover hidden details that create an illusion of depth and learn basic techniques to create your own trompe l'oeil artwork. Supplies are provided, and all skill levels are welcome. This course is part of Big Draw LA, an October-long, city-wide public celebration of drawing.

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Drawing from the Masters: Make Your Mark!

Sundays, October 6 and 20, 3:30–5:30 p.m. | The Getty Center
Join this month's city-wide Big Draw LA celebration and explore the expressive potential of mark making while learning new ways to create value, form, and texture with artist Marissa Magdalena. Materials are provided and all experience levels welcome.

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  Jeanne (Spring), 1881, Édouard Manet. Oil on canvas. The J. Paul Getty Museum

Artist-at-Work: Fashion and Impressionism

Saturday, October 12, 1:00–3:00 p.m. | The Getty Center
Join costume historian Maxwell Barr and discover how corsets, bustles, bonnets and more shaped 19th-century silhouettes, attitudes, and tastes as he outfits a live model in a series of period costumes from day dress to ball gown—including a remarkable recreation of the dress featured in Édouard Manet's painting Jeanne (Spring), one of the works in Manet and Modern Beauty.

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Art Circles

Saturday, October 12, 6:00–8:00 p.m. | The Getty Center
Enrich your Saturday nights. Join an open-ended discussion in the galleries to heighten your appreciation and understanding of the visual arts by exploring one masterpiece with an educator. The chosen work of art changes every session, making each visit a new experience.

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  Portrait of a Bearded Man, A.D. 200–225, Roman. Marble. The J. Paul Getty Museum

Style and Status: Power Beards of the Ancient World

Saturday and Sunday, October 26 and 27, 11:00 a.m.–3:00 p.m. | The Getty Villa
In antiquity, facial hair and beards were not just for looks—they also helped identify men as leaders, thinkers, and warriors. Gain inspiration for No-Shave November by watching our stylist recreate beards from ancient Assyria, Greece, and Rome. Then make your own beard oil or body oil evoking ancient scents, and attend the same-day free lecture The Meaning of Beards: From Antiquity to Today and hear more about the role of beards through time.

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  Equisetum sylvaticum (detail), 1853, Anna Atkins and Anne Dixon. Cyanotype. The J. Paul Getty Museum

Fun in the Sun: Photography Workshop

Sunday, October 6, 11:00 a.m.–2:30 p.m. | The Getty Center
Harness the power of the sun to make one-of-a-kind photographic prints—called cyanotypes—by arranging flowers, leaves, letters, stencils, and more on light-sensitive fabric. Each sun-soaked print makes a unique and surprising keepsake.

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  Jessica Fichot

Family Festival

Sunday, October 19, 10:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m. | The Getty Center
Travel back to 19th-century Paris during this daylong family festival inspired by the exhibition Manet and Modern Beauty. Savor the pleasures of French song with Jessica Fichot and other musical groups. Make your own chic hat, be it bonnet or boater, and have your picture taken wearing a period costume. It's a day of beauty at the Getty Center for the whole family!

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New Exhibitions at CAAM

See five new exhibitions this fall at the California African American Museum! Enjoy a survey of iconic fashion brand Cross Colours, a group show highlighting L.A. artists working in metal, an installation by Timothy Washington, an examination of the "mammy" caricature in popular culture, and numerous works by southern vernacular artists.

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Highlights at a Glance—October


John Martin: A New Acquisition Through October 6, 2019
Eighteenth-Century Pastel Portraits Through October 13, 2019
Bauhaus Beginnings Through October 13, 2019
Bauhaus: Building the New Artist (online exhibition) Ongoing
An Enduring Icon: Notre-Dame Cathedral Through October 20, 2019
Blurring the Line: Manuscripts in the Age of Print Through October 27, 2019
Gordon Parks: The Flávio Story Through November 10, 2019
Once. Again. Photographs in Series Through November 10, 2019
In Focus: The Camera Through January 5, 2020
Flight of Fancy: The Galle Chandelier Through April 19, 2020


Buried by Vesuvius: Treasures from the Villa dei Papiri Through October 28, 2019


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