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January at the Getty: WWI exhibition
I Have You My Captain, You Won't Fall, 1917, Paul Iribe. From À coups de baïonnette 9 (June 1917), pp. 424–25. The Getty Research Institute

Continuing This Month

  Ireland, negative 1972; print 1987–88, Josef Koudelka. Gelatin silver print. Image courtesy of Josef Koudelka and Pace/MacGill Gallery, New York. © Josef Koudelka/Magnum Photos

Josef Koudelka: Nationality Doubtful

Through March 22, 2015 | The Getty Center
Revered for his enigmatic images of Roma communities and his dramatic documentation of the 1968 invasion of Prague, legendary photographer Josef Koudelka has generated some of the most iconic and riveting photographs of the last fifty years. This exhibition is the first retrospective of his work in the United States that traces the photographer's prolific career over the last five decades.

This exhibition was co-organized by the J. Paul Getty Museum and the Art Institute of Chicago in association with Fundación MAPFRE.

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  Black-Booker from Kartinki—voina russkikh s nemtsami (Pictures—The Russian War with the Germans) (Petrograd, 1914), pl. 31. Hand-colored lithograph. The Getty Research Institute

World War I: War of Images, Images of War

Through April 19, 2015 | The Getty Center
World War I was both a war of unprecedented mechanized slaughter and a conflict over the cultural dominance and direction of Europe. It was also the first war to be fought and represented by modern artists. This exhibition examines World War I from two perspectives: the representation of the war in propaganda, and the depiction of war by artists who experienced the brutality firsthand.

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  Self-Portrait with Grandchildren in Funhouse, 1955, Imogen Cunningham. Gelatin silver print. The J. Paul Getty Museum. © Imogen Cunningham Trust

In Focus: Play

Through May 10, 2015 | The Getty Center
This exhibition presents photographs that explore leisure and play since the inception of photography. The nearly thirty works from the Museum's permanent collection highlight a wide range of amusing activities, from quiet games like chess to more boisterous forms of recreation like skateboarding and visits to amusement parks and circuses.

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  Volute-krater with Herakles slaying Geryon and the Calydonian Boar Hunt (recto); Medea, Jason and the Argonauts and Bellerophon and the Chimaera (verso), 340–310 B.C., Attributed to the Phrixos Group. Terracotta. Photo: Johannes Laurentius. © Staatliche Museen zu Berlin, Antikensammlung

Dangerous Perfection: Funerary Vases from Southern Italy

Through May 11, 2015 | The Getty Villa
Following a six-year conservation at the Antikensammlung Berlin and the Getty Villa, 13 elaborately decorated Apulian vases provide a rich opportunity to examine the funerary customs of peoples native to southern Italy. Raffaele Gargiulo, one of the leading restorers of 19th-century Naples, restored these monumental vases to what one concerned antiquarian described as "dangerous perfection" as such interventions could be so effective it became difficult to identify what was ancient and what was modern.

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Also at the Getty Villa: Ancient Luxury and the Roman Silver Treasure from Berthouville
Through August 17, 2015

Closing This Month

Spectacular Rubens: The Triumph of the Eucharist
Through January 11, 2015 | The Getty Center

Drawing in the Age of Rubens
Through January 11, 2015 | The Getty Center

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  Christine Balfa and Balfa Toujours. Photo: Terri Fensel

Sounds of L.A.: Christine Balfa and Balfa Toujours

Saturday, January 17, 7:00 p.m.
Sunday, January 18, 3:30 p.m. | The Getty Center
The Balfa name conjures up memories of the famous Balfa Brothers, who took their soulful music from the prairies of Mamou, Louisiana, to the far corners of the earth. Balfa Toujours ("Balfa always") is making sure the name will maintain its place for generations to come. Led by Christine Balfa, daughter of the legendary Cajun fiddle ambassador Dewey Balfa, the group has taken generations of inspiration and created a vibrant sound all their own.

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  Aerial view of excavation at Ayios Vasileios west of Sparta, in the Peloponnese, Greece.

Excavating a Mycenaean Palace near Sparta

Wednesday, January 14, 7:30 p.m | The Getty Villa
A Bronze Age settlement was recently discovered at the site of Ayios Vasileios near Sparta, Greece. Excavation director Adamantia Vasilogamvrou shares the extraordinary finds at the site, including an archive of tablets in Linear B, the written language of the 14th-century-B.C. Mycenaeans. This excavation was awarded honorable distinction in 2013 by the international Shanghai Archaeology Forum. Free; a ticket is required.

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  Double Desk, stamped by Bernard van Risenburgh II, about 1750, French. Oak veneered with tulipwood, bois satiné, and kingwood; gilt-bronze mounts. The J. Paul Getty Museum

Luxury and Liberation: Art and Revolution in 18th-Century France

Saturday, January 24, 9:00 a.m.–3:30 p.m. | The Getty Center
Experience the art and culture of Versailles in this program of talks, tours, and musical performances related to LA Opera's Figaro Unbound. Program fee $60 (includes coffee, pastries, and lunch).

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  Das Gerücht (The rumor), Rudolf Herrmann, 1918. From Karl Kraus, ed., Die Fackel 20, (15 October 1918), 189

World War I Lecture Series: The Mediated War: Karl Kraus's Docudrama The Last Days of Mankind

Sunday, January 25, 2:00 p.m. | The Getty Center
In conjunction with the exhibition World War I: War of Images, Images of War, the Getty Research Institue presents a three-part lecture series exploring the art and culture of the First World War. This first installment focuses on Karl Kraus's great anti-war play The Last Days of Mankind, which incorporates documentary sources, including newspaper headlines, speeches, and military reports, to produce a devastating picture of the progress of World War I, from its beginnings to its bitter end.

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  GCI project specialist using instrumentation to take light and ultraviolet light readings in the living room of the Eames House.

Conserving the Eames House: A Case Study in Conservation

Wednesday, January 28, 7:00 p.m. | The Getty Center
The Eames House Conservation Project, a partnership of the Getty Conservation Institute (GCI) and the Eames Foundation, is working to evaluate the conditions and develop long-term conservation strategies for this internationally renowned work of modern architecture. In this discussion, team members from the GCI, the Eames Foundation, and Escher GuneWardena Architecture discuss the findings from the first phase of this multi-year project.

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  Seated Statue of Hatshepsut, from Egypt, Upper Egypt, ca. 1479–1458 B.C., indurated limestone and paint. 76 3/4 x 19 5/16 x 44 7/8 in. Rogers Fund, 1929, Metropolitan Museum of Art, 29.3.2

Hatshepsut: How a Woman Ascended the Throne of Ancient Egypt

Wednesday, January 28, 7:30 p.m. | The Getty Villa
Almost no evidence for successful, long-term female leaders exists from the ancient world. Only the female king of Egypt, Hatshepsut, was able to assume formal power for a considerable time, and even she had to share power with a male ruler. Egyptologist Kara Cooney sifts through the ample evidence for Hatshepsut's reign in an attempt to find the woman behind the statues and monuments. Free; a ticket is required.

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  Sarcophagus with Scenes of Bacchus, Rome, A.D. 210&38211;220. Marble. The J. Paul Getty Museum

Stories for the Roman Dead

Saturday, January 24, 1:00–4:00 p.m. | The Getty Villa
Roman stone sarcophagi (meaning "flesh-eaters" in ancient Greek) were coffins decorated with elaborate narratives of daily life and myth. Explore Roman burial customs and imagery with educator Eric Bruehl , then tour the galleries to examine funerary reliefs. Course fee $35 (includes refreshments). Complimentary parking.

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Highlights at a Glance—January

Continuing This Month

Give and Ye Shall Receive: Gift Giving in the Middle Ages (Through March 15)
Josef Koudelka: Nationality Doubtful (Through March 22)
World War I: War of Images (Through April 19)
In Focus: Play (Through May 10)

Closing this Month

Spectacular Rubens (Through Jan. 11)
Drawing in the Age of Rubens (Through Jan. 11)

Hot Tickets

Performance: Sounds of L.A. (Jan. 17 & 18)
Lecture: Art and Revolution in 18th-Century France (Jan. 24)
Lecture: The Mediated War (Jan. 25)
Lecture: Conserving the Eames House (Jan. 28)

Continuing Exhibitions

Dangerous Perfection: Funerary Vases from Southern Italy (Through May 11)
Ancient Luxury and the Roman Silver Treasure from Berthouville (Through Aug. 17)

Hot Tickets

Lecture: Excavating a Mycenaean Palace (Jan. 14)
Course: Stories for the Roman Dead (Jan. 24)
Lecture: Hatshepsut and the Throne of Ancient Egypt (Jan. 28)


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