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Combo Chimbita. Photo by Itzel Alejandra Martinez


Off the 405: Combo Chimbita

Saturday, August 25, 6:00–9:00 p.m. | The Getty Center
The Getty Center's annual outdoor summer concert series brings some of today's most exciting bands to the stage for a memorable experience amid stunning architecture and breathtaking sunset views. August 25: Hear the incredible sound of Combo Chimbita, a fusion of cumbia, salsa, reggae, 1970s funaná from Cape Verde, and kompa from Haiti.

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Friday Flights

Friday, August 17, 6:00–9:00 p.m. | The Getty Center
Friday Flights is a series of interdisciplinary happenings that brings together a range of Los Angeles-based artists to transform the Getty experience. Through music, performance, film, and other creative interventions, they respond to the Getty's unique architecture and gardens and forge new connections to the collections and exhibitions.

August 17: Experience Ian Svenonius, Kelsey Lu + No Sesso, Tyler Matthew Oyer, Gun Outfit, Johanna Drucker, and Tom Krell.

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  Cheryl Tiegs in a Gown by Halston, Brasilia, 1973. Kourken Pakchanian. Gelatin silver print. Courtesy of Condé Nast. © Condé Nast/Vogue, December 1, 1973

Icons Speak: Models on Fashion Photography

Wednesday, August 1, 7:00 p.m. | The Getty Center
Iconic fashion models Beverly Johnson, Cheryl Tiegs, and Patricia Velásquez discuss their experiences and contributions to the creation of great works of fashion photography.

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Drinking in the Past: Rediscovering and Recreating Ancient Egyptian Brews

Friday, August 3, and Saturday, August 4, 6:00–9:00 p.m.
Join Patrick E. McGovern as he decodes long-forgotten drink recipes of ancient Egypt. Taking his cues from archaeology, texts, tomb art, ethnography, and chemical analysis of residues inside pottery jars, McGovern unravels what ancient Egyptians were imbibing. His talk, paired with a special beer tasting, complements the exhibition Beyond the Nile: Egypt and the Classical World.

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  Isis, Roman, AD 1–79; found in the temple of Isis, Pompeii. Marble with traces of pigment. Museo Archeologico Nazionale, Naples. Su concessione del Ministero dei Beni delle Attività Culturali e del Turismo. Napoli, Museo Archeologico Nazionale

Did Women Ever Rule the World?

Wednesday, August 8, 7:00 p.m. | The Getty Center
Despite women's advances, none have wielded more power as rulers than the ancient Egyptian pharaohs Cleopatra and Hatshepsut. How did these powerful women succeed? And what lessons might they offer today? Kara Cooney, UCLA Egyptologist, and Joyce Tyldesley, professor of Egyptology at the University of Manchester, examine these women's legacies. Moderated by Bettany Hughes, historian and documentary filmmaker, BBC. Presented with Zócalo Public Square.

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  Bookscape, Johanna Drucker, 1986–1988. The Getty Research Institute, 94-B18934. Courtesy Johanna Drucker

Current Perspectives on Books and Art with Johanna Drucker

Friday, August 17, 7:00 p.m. | The Getty Center
Throughout history, artists have been essential to the making of books. Today, books hover at the intersection of literature and visual arts. Given the rapid growth of electronic communications and digital publications, are books on the way to becoming art objects? Or is there still a place for all books, including artists' books and editions, in contemporary culture?

Johanna Drucker, Breslauer Professor of Bibliographical Studies at UCLA, is known internationally for her research and publications on the history of graphic design, typography, experimental poetry, art history, and digital humanities.

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  Style Profile, Ni'ma Ford, December 22, 2011, 2011, Scott Schuman. Pigment print. Danziger Gallery. © The Sartorialist, Scott Schuman. Courtesy Danziger Gallery

Picturing Beauty, Race, and Identity through Fashion: 1911–2011

Sunday, August 19, 5:00 p.m. | The Getty Center
Deborah Willis, artist and professor of photography and imaging at New York University, explores the ways in which the concepts of beauty and desire have been represented in historical and contemporary contexts through fashion photography. Willis focuses on how African American fashion has influenced and challenged notions of style and identity.

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  Facsimile of a Wall Painting with a Syrian and a Cretan, Tomb of Menkheperraseneb, Thebes, Original: 1479–1425 BC; facsimile: 1923–24, Nina de Garis Davies. The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Rogers Fund, 1930 (30.4.55). Image copyright © The Metropolitan Museum of Art. Image source: Art Resource, NY

Connections and Interactions between Crete and Egypt in the Bronze Age

Saturday, August 25, 2:00 p.m. | The Getty Center
Maria Andreadaki-Vlazaki, general secretary of culture for the Hellenic Republic of Greece, and an expert on prehistoric Crete, presents the archaeological evidence for interactions between Crete and Egypt in the centuries before 700 BC.

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  Bust of Antinous (detail), AD 131–138, Roman. Marble. Musée du Louvre, Paris, Département des Antiquités grecques, étrusques et romaines. Image © Musée du Louvre, Dist. RMN-Grand Palais/Daniel Lebée, Carine Déambrosis/Art Resource, NY

Egypt, Greece, Rome: Cross-Cultural Encounters in Antiquity

Sunday, August 26, 10:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m. | The Getty Center
Leading international scholars present new, unpublished research on Egypt's interactions with ancient Greece and Rome during four major time periods: the Bronze Age (ca. 2000–1200 BC), Egypt's Late Period (ca. 664–332 BC), the Ptolemaic Period (323–30 BC), and the Roman Empire (ca. AD 30–300). Covering a range of materials, including archaeological finds, artworks, and texts, the research adds to a growing body of scholarship on cross-cultural exchange between Egypt, Greece, and Rome in antiquity.

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Drawing from the Masters: Gathers and Folds

Sundays, August 5 and 19, 3:30–5:30 p.m. | The Getty Center
Discover the art of drawing dynamic drapery and learn techniques for creating volume, texture, and movement with artist Kaitlynn Redell.

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Drawing from Antiquity: Faces from the Past

Saturday, August 11, 11:00 a.m.–12:30 p.m. | The Getty Villa
Get to know ancient people through their portraits. Whether imagined, idealized, or realistic, we can learn a lot about Greek and Roman culture from how people were depicted. Study various faces in the Villa's galleries and gardens and draw the life-like people rendered in marble, fresco, and bronze.

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Art Circles

Saturday, August 11, 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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  Justin Roberts and the Not Ready for Naptime Players

Garden Concerts for Kids

Saturdays and Sundays, August 4 and 5, 11 and 12, 18 and 19, 4:00 p.m. | The Getty Center
This free outdoor music series for kids and their families in the Getty Center's Central Garden features some of the best children's musical artists from across the nation. Our August lineup: Jazzy Ash and the Leaping Lizards, Moona Luna, and Justin Roberts & the Not Ready for Naptime Players.

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Moona Luna, August 11 and 12 »

Justin Roberts and the Not Ready for Naptime Players, August 18 and 19 »

  "The Beauty of Palmyra," AD 190–210, Palmyran. Limestone, pigment, and gold. Ny Carlsberg Glyptotek, Copenhagen

Ancient Accessories

Saturdays, August 4 and 18, 11:30 a.m.–3:30 p.m. | The Getty Villa
Portraits from ancient Palmyra show people accessorizing with beautiful and ornate jewelry. Elaborate bracelets, earrings, and headpieces paired with intricately patterned clothing tell us that these ancient people had serious style. Explore the exhibition Palmyra: Loss and Remembrance with your family, and make your own unique piece of jewelry to take home.

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Annual Outdoor Theater Production:

Bacchae by Euripides

Thursdays through Saturdays, September 6–29,
8:00 p.m.
Preview: Thursday–Saturday, August 30–September 1, 8:00 p.m. | The Getty Villa
Packed with striking scenes, frenzied emotion, and choral songs of great power and beauty, Bacchae endures as one of Euripides's greatest surviving works. Dionysus, the god of wine, ritual madness, fertility, and theater, arrives in disguise at his birthplace in Greece. As revenge for a personal slight, he begins to spread his cult among the people of Thebes. King Pentheus, fearing the ensuing disorder, imprisons him. This misguided attempt to thwart divine will leads to catastrophe.

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Art Kits and Activities

Explore your inspired side with a selection of art kits and books that will allow your creative spirit to flourish. From calligraphy to painting, from drawing to photography, find the perfect medium and express your inner artist.

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  Not an Ostrich: 'Floradora goose' at 41st annual Poultry Show, Madison Square Garden, 1930

Annenberg Space for Photography

On view through September 9:

A nation's story is a reflection of its collective—and
selective—memory. Not an Ostrich: And Other Images from America's Library invites visitors to experience our shared heritage in the first major West Coast exhibition of photographs from the archives of the Library of Congress.

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  Woman's Purse, about 1595, French. Silk velvet with metallic-thread embroidery and seed pearls; braided and knotted trim. Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Purchased with funds provided by Claudia Mirkin. Image:

All that Glitters: Life at the Renaissance Court

August 28–December 2, 2018
Courtiers feasting at lavish tables, knights in gleaming armor: these images are emblematic of the Renaissance courts of Europe. However, life at court was governed by many codes of conduct. The monarch affirmed his political authority through pageantry, and even leisure activities were subject to strict social hierarchies. This exhibition explores how the luxury arts in a variety of media, from illuminated manuscripts to textiles, constructed the identities of the nobility at the center of these exclusive spaces.

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Highlights at a Glance—August


Pathways to Paradise: Medieval India and Europe Through August 5, 2018
Beyond the Nile: Egypt and the Classical World Through September 9, 2018
Icons of Style: A Century of Fashion Photography, 1911–2011 Through October 21, 2018
In Focus: Expressions Through October 28, 2018
Artists and Their Books / Books and Their Artists Through October 28, 2018
Masterful Likeness: Dutch Drawings of the Golden Age Through October 28, 2018
A Queen's Treasure from Versailles: Marie-Antoinette's Japanese Lacquer Through January 6, 2019


Plato in L.A.: Contemporary Artists' Visions Through September 3, 2018
Palmyra: Loss and Remembrance Through May 27, 2019


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