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Mount Snowdon through Clearing Clouds (detail), 1857, Alfred William Hunt. Watercolor. The J. Paul Getty Museum, Purchased with funds provided by the Disegno Group


  Head of a Woman: Study for "The Happy Mother" (L'Heureuse mère), 1810, Pierre-Paul Prud'hon. Black and white chalk, stumped, on blue paper. The J. Paul Getty Museum

Finding Form

December 12, 2017–February 11, 2018 | The Getty Center
Featuring celebrated masterworks from the 1500s to the 1800s, all from the Getty's permanent collection, this focused exhibition demonstrates how artists across time and place have performed the magic of conjuring a three-dimensional world from a two-dimensional sheet of paper.

  Furniture Gallery, J. Paul Getty Museum, 1997, Robert Polidori. Chromogenic print. Courtesy of the artist in conjunction with The Lapis Press. © Robert Polidori

Robert Polidori: 20 Photographs of the Getty Museum, 1997

December 12, 2017–May 6, 2018 | The Getty Center
Organized to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the Getty Center, this exhibition features a series of behind-the-scenes images of the Center created by acclaimed photographer Robert Polidori shortly before the opening of the multipurpose complex in 1997.


  Virgin and Child between Saint John the Baptist and a Female Saint in a Landscape, about 1501, Giovanni Bellini. Tempera and oil on wood panel. Gallerie dell'Accademia, Venice. Photo credit: Scala/Ministero per i Beni e le Attività culturali / Art Resource, NY

Bellini and the Renaissance Imagination

Saturday, December 2, 2:00 p.m. | The Getty Center
Keith Christiansen, the John Pope-Hennessy Chairman of European Paintings at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, considers the singular achievements of Giovanni Bellini as a painter of devotional artworks.

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  Detail of an artist's reconstruction of a temple in the Eanna precinct located in the ancient Mesopotamian city of Uruk around 3200 B.C.
(© Archaeology Illustrated)

The Evolution of Fragility: Toward a New History of the Ancient World

Saturday, December 2, 4:00 p.m. | The Getty Center
Anthropologist and historian Norman Yoffee considers new research indicating that resistance to the goals of rulers was an important factor leading to the demise of complex societies in the ancient world.

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  Map detail of Greece and the Island of Kythera (circled), 1742, Covens & Mortier, Amsterdam. Engraving. David Rumsey Historical Map Collection, © 2000 by Cartography Associates. Licensed under Creative Commons License

From Minos to Hadrian: Archaeology and Island Life on Ancient Kythera, Greece

Monday, December 4, 7:30 p.m. | The Getty Villa
Archaeologist Cyprian Broodbank takes a closer look at life on the Aegean island of Kythera and its rich yet complex 7,000-year history.

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  The Rotunda in the Altes Museum, Berlin. Johannes Laurentius, Staatliche Museen zu Berlin, Antikensammlung

Three Museums—One Collection: The New Displays of Greek, Etruscan and Roman Art in Berlin

Wednesday, December 6, 3:00 p.m. | The Getty Center
Andreas Scholl, curator of the antiquities collections for the state museums of Berlin, presents highlights of the Greek, Cypriot, Etruscan, and Roman antiquities collections in the Altes Museum, Neues Museum, and Pergamon Museum.

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  Mexica fathers passing down their artistic knowledge to their sons (detail). From the Codex Mendoza (Mexico City, 1542), attributed to Francisco Gualpuyogualcal and Juan González, fol. 70r. Paper and pigment. The Bodleian Libraries, the University of Oxford, MS. Arch. Selden A. 1br>

Indigenous Knowledge and the Making of Colonial America

Friday and Saturday, December 8 and 9 | The Getty Center
This international symposium brings together an interdisciplinary group of scholars to explore the ways in which indigenous knowledge contributed to the making of colonial Latin America.

This free symposium is part of the initiative Pacific Standard Time: LA/LA and is co-organized by the Getty Research Institute and the USC-Huntington Early Modern Studies Institute with support by the Seaver Institute.

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Drawing from the Masters: The Art of Darkness

Sundays, December 3 and 17, 3:30–5:30 p.m. | The Getty Center
Discover the expressive power of light and shadow to create dramatic and evocative drawings with artist Kaitlynn Redell. This is a free program. All experience levels welcome.

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  Cornelia Funke at the Getty Center in June 2016

Cornelia Funke's Journey through the Ancient Americas

Sunday, December 3, 2:00 p.m. | The Getty Center
Award-winning children's author Cornelia Funke reads her latest Getty story, which follows ghost William Dampier as he encounters spirits from the ancient Americas. The fun continues with an author reception and a tour of Golden Kingdoms: Luxury and Legacy in the Ancient Americas.

This free event is part of the initiative Pacific Standard Time: LA/LA.

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  Photograph by Hector Sandoval / Sandoval Media

Sapo Featuring Buyepongo

Fridays, February 2, 9, and 16, 8:00 p.m.; Saturdays, February 3, 10, and 24, 8:00 p.m.; Sundays February 4, 11, and 18, 4:00 p.m. | The Getty Villa
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Loosely based on Aristophanes's The Frogs, Sapo takes place in the mid-1970s' Latin music scene. It's a slithery world of mischief, deception, and slippery hippy lily pads where anything goes. Adapted and performed by Culture Clash.

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  Portrait of a Bearded Man, Half-Length, Wearing a Slashed Doublet (detail), about 1575, attributed to L'Anonyme Lécurieux. Black and red chalk. The J. Paul Getty Museum

The Birth of Pastel

Through December 17, 2017 | The Getty Center
Featuring works from the Museum's permanent collection, this installation explores the evolution of pastel paintings out of colored chalk drawings.

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  The City of the Future: Hundred Story City in Neo-American Style, 1929. Francisco Mujica (Mexican, 1899–1979). From Francisco Mujica, History of the Skyscraper (Paris: Archaeology & Architecture Press, 1929), pl. 134. The Getty Research Institute, 88-B34645

The Metropolis in Latin America,

Through January 7, 2018 | The Getty Center
Works in this exhibition depict the impact on major cities in Latin America of an emerging bourgeois elite, extensive infrastructure projects, and rapid industrialization and commercialization over the course of a century.

This exhibition is part of the initiative Pacific Standard Time: LA/LA.

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  Serpent Labret with Articulated Tongue, 1300–1521, Aztec culture. Gold. The Metropolitan Museum of Art, purchase, 2015 Benefit Fund and Lila Acheson Wallace Gift, 2016 (2016.64). Image © The Metropolitan Museum of Art

Golden Kingdoms: Luxury and Legacy in the Ancient Americas

Through January 28, 2018 | The Getty Center
This major international loan exhibition of more than 300 masterpieces traces the development of luxury arts in the Americas from about 1000 BC to the arrival of Europeans in the early sixteenth century.

This exhibition is part of the initiative Pacific Standard Time: LA/LA.

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  Malambistas I / Malambo Dancers I from Revista Barzón (Barzón Magazine), negative 2014; print 2016, Gustavo Di Mario. Chromogenic print. Courtesy of and © Gustavo Di Mario

Photography in Argentina, 1850–2010: Contradiction and Continuity

Through January 28, 2018 | The Getty Center
Comprising 300 works by sixty artists, this exhibition examines the complexities of Argentina's history over 160 years, focusing on the creation of contradictory narratives and the role of photography in constructing them.

This exhibition is part of the initiative Pacific Standard Time: LA/LA.

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  Alternado 2 / Alternated 2, 1957, Hermelindo Fiaminghi. Alkyd on hardboard. Colección Patricia Phelps de Cisneros. Promised gift to the Museum of Modern Art, New York, through the Latin American and Caribbean Fund in honor of Catalina Cisneros-Santiago. © Estate of Hermelindo Fiaminghi

Making Art Concrete: Works from Argentina and Brazil in the Colección Patricia Phelps de Cisneros

Through February 11, 2018 | The Getty Center
Experts from the Getty Conservation Institute and Getty Research Institute collaborated with the Colección Patricia Phelps de Cisneros to examine the formal strategies and material choices of avant-garde painters and sculptors associated with the Concrete art movement in Argentina and Brazil.

This exhibition is part of the initiative Pacific Standard Time: LA/LA.

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PST: LA/LA Education Program Student Arts Contest

Ends January 15, 2018
Students from public middle schools and high schools in LA County are invited to enter the Student Arts Contest. Express yourself, win a college scholarship, or have your work displayed!

This contest is part of the initiative Pacific Standard Time: LA/LA.

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About PST: LA/LA

Pacific Standard Time: LA/LA is a far-reaching and ambitious exploration of Latin American and Latino art in dialogue with Los Angeles. Led by the Getty, Pacific Standard Time: LA/LA is the latest collaborative effort from arts institutions across Southern California.

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  Lion Attacking an Onager, 150–200 AD, Hadrumetum, (now Tunisia). Stone and glass. The J. Paul Getty Museum

Roman Mosaics across the Empire

Through January 8, 2018 | The Getty Villa
The mosaics in this exhibition—dating from the second through the sixth centuries AD and recovered from Italy, North Africa, Southern France, Turkey, and Syria—provide a glimpse into the richly embellished architecture of the ancient world.

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  Mary Magdalene Borne Aloft (detail), from the Gualenghi-d'Este Hours, about 1469, Taddeo Crivelli. Tempera colors, gold paint, gold leaf, and ink on parchment. The J. Paul Getty Museum, Ms. Ludwig IX 13, fol. 190v

Sacred Landscapes: Nature in Renaissance Manuscripts

Through January 7, 2018 | The Getty Center
Manuscript illuminators in Renaissance Europe incorporated raw elements of nature into luxurious objects of personal or communal devotion.

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  Sacred Allegory (detail), about 1500–1504, Giovanni Bellini. Tempera (?) and oil on wood panel. Gallerie degli Uffizi, Florence. Photo credit: Scala/Ministero per i Beni e le Attività culturali/Art Resource, NY

Giovanni Bellini: Landscapes of Faith in Renaissance Venice

Through January 14, 2018 | The Getty Center
Landscape played a prominent role throughout Giovanni Bellini's long and illustrious career, complementing his religious subject matter and enhancing the meditational nature of paintings intended for the private devotion of highly sophisticated patrons.

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  Saint Jerome, about 1605–1606, Carvaggio. Oil on canvas. Ministero dei Beni e delle Attività Culturali e dei Turismo - Galleria Borghese

Caravaggio: Masterpieces from the Galleria Borghese

Through February 18, 2018 | The Getty Center
On view for the first time in the US, three masterpieces by Caravaggio from the Galleria Borghese in Rome dramatically highlight the artist's inventive genius.



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Lythgoe Family Panto Presents Beauty and the Beast: A Christmas Rose

December 13–24, 2017
Don't miss Lythgoe Family Panto's holiday production starring Kelli Berglund (Disney XD's Lab Rats), Jonah Platt (Wicked) and James Synder (If/Then) at the Pasadena Civic. This modern holiday version of the classic fairy tale features pop music, So You Think You Can Dance alumni, comedy, audience participation, and choreography by Mandy Moore (La La Land).

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