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Yokosuka Story #121, 1976, Ishiuchi Miyako. Gelatin silver print. © Ishiuchi Miyako


  ひろしま/hiroshima, #9 (Ogawa Ritsu), 2007, Ishiuchi Miyako. Chromgenic print. Courtesy of and © Ishiuchi Miyako

Ishiuchi Miyako: Postwar Shadows

October 6, 2015–February 21, 2016 | The Getty Center
Self-taught photographer Ishiuchi Miyako stunned the Japanese photography establishment in the late 1970s with grainy, haunting, black-and-white images of Yokosuka— the city where Ishiuchi grew up and where the United States established an important naval base in 1945. Fusing the personal and political in her work, Ishiuchi interweaves her identity with the complex history of postwar Japan that emerged from "shadows" cast by American occupation. Presenting photographs made over the last 40 years, this exhibition includes Ishiuchi's most recent series, ひろしま/hiroshima, 70 years after the U.S. atomic bombing of Hiroshima.

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  1979 and 2006, Kitakamakura, Japan, 2009, Otsuka Chino. Chromogenic print. Wilson Centre for Photography. © Otsuka Chino

The Younger Generation: Contemporary Japanese Photography

October 6, 2015–February 21, 2016 | The Getty Center
Several young Japanese photographers garnered attention in the 1990s, when their bold, colorful, often provocative pictures of themselves and their immediate worlds were collectively dubbed "girl photographs." This exhibition celebrates the emergence of five talented female photographers from Japan whose careers began in the 1990s and 2000s—Kawauchi Rinko, Onodera Yuki, Otsuka Chino, Sawada Tomoko, and Shiga Lieko.

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  A Lady Walking in a Garden with a Child, about 1785, Thomas Gainsborough. Black chalk with stumping and heightened with white pastel. The J. Paul Getty Museum

Art of the Fold: Drawings of Drapery and Costume

October 6, 2015–January 10, 2016 | The Getty Center
This exhibition of drawings from the permanent collection surveys how studies of drapery and costume offer more than naturalistic representations of material. In drawings of soldiers, peasants, nobles, and foreigners, clothing served as a primary indicator of social standing and class. In designs made for the theater, costume could embellish or even mask identity.

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  The Pastry Shop (detail), 1600s, Abraham Bosse. The Getty Research Institute

The Edible Monument: The Art of Food for Festivals

October 13, 2015–March 13, 2016 | The Getty Center
This exhibition examines elaborate artworks made of food that were created for royal court and civic celebrations in early modern Europe. Rare books and prints drawn from the Getty Research Institute's Festival Collection document the public celebrations and street parades that featured large-scale edible monuments made of breads, cheeses, and meats, as well as at court festivals, where banquet settings and dessert buffets featured magnificent table monuments made of sugar, flowers, and fruit.

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  The Feast of Dives (detail), about 1510–20, Master of James IV of Scotland. Tempera colors, gold, and ink on parchment. The J. Paul Getty Museum, Ms. Ludwig IX 18, fol. 21v

Eat, Drink, and Be Merry: Food in the Middle Ages and Renaissance

October 13, 2015–January 3, 2016 | The Getty Center
The cultivation, preparation, and consumption of food formed a framework for daily labor and leisure in the Middle Ages and Renaissance. Illuminated manuscripts offer images of the chores that produced sustenance, cooking techniques, popular dishes, grand feasts, and diners of different social classes. Food had powerful symbolic meaning in Christian devotional practice as well as in biblical stories and saintly miracles, where it nourished both the body and the soul.

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  Temple of Zeus, Nemea (detail), after 1805. Simone Pomardi. Watercolor. Courtesy of the Packard Humanities Institute

Greece's Enchanting Landscape: Watercolors by Edward Dodwell and Simone Pomardi

October 21–February 15, 2016 | The Getty Villa
English antiquarian Edward Dodwell and Italian artist Simone Pomardi traveled through Greece in the early nineteenth century, producing around one thousand illustrations. Selected from a vast archive of their watercolors and drawings in the collection of the Packard Humanities Institute, this exhibition brings to life a vanished world.

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Continuing This Month

  Athlete (The Croatian Apoxyomenos), Greek, 1st century B.C. Bronze and copper. Republic of Croatia, Ministry of Culture. Photo: Ljubo Gamulin (Croatian Conservation Institute)

Power and Pathos: Bronze Sculpture of the Hellenistic World

Through November 1, 2015 | The Getty Center
Imagine diving off the coast of California and finding in a life-size bronze statue. Impossible? It happened to one tourist in the Adriatic Sea in 1999—his find is now known as the Croatian Apoxyomenos, one of the few complete ancient bronzes preserved to this day. Power and Pathos brings together 50 of the most important surviving bronzes from the fourth century B.C to the first century A.D.

This exhibition was organized by the J. Paul Getty Museum, the Fondazione Palazzo Strozzi in Florence, and the National Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C. with the participation of the Soprintendenza per i Beni Archeologici della Toscana.

Bank of America is the National Sponsor of this touring exhibition. The exhibition is supported by an indemnity from the Federal Council on the Arts and the Humanities. The Los Angeles presentation is also supported by the Getty Museum's Villa Council, Vera R. Campbell Foundation, and the A.G. Leventis Foundation.

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In Focus: Animalia
Through October 18, 2015 | The Getty Center

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Saturday Nights at the Getty: Jessica Pratt

Saturday, October 10, 7:30 p.m. | The Getty Center
Jessica Pratt is a singer-songwriter whose singular voice and transfixing, intimate performances are rooted in a California psychedelic folk tradition. However, the acoustic dream-pop meditations on her album On Your Own Love Again go beyond straightforward folk sounds, with a distinctly British perspective that evokes the high-pitched eccentricities of Kate Bush, the delicate pop melodies of early Marianne Faithfull, and the lingering introspection of Nick Drake. Free; advance ticket required.

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Family Festival

Sunday, October 4, 10:00 a.m. –5:00 p.m. | The Getty Center
Explore your animal nature at this daylong family festival celebrating the exhibition In Focus: Animalia. Transform yourself with whiskers and spots via face painting and then build a headdress based on your favorite creature. Embrace your wild side through storytelling, games, and workshops at this free, interactive event. Come face-to-face with live animals from around the world, presented by Conservation Ambassadors! Free; no ticket required.

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  Luis Alfaro. Photo: Craig Schwartz

From Ancient Greece to Modern L.A.: Why the Classics Still Matter

Saturday, October 3, 3:00 p.m. | The Getty Villa
Renowned playwright and performer Luis Alfaro discusses his fascination with Greek tragedies, his re-imagining of Medea at the Getty Villa, and the ways Euripides still speaks to us. Alfaro shares how he uses Greek classics to talk about socio-cultural issues of urban Latino life and in turn introduces new audiences to these ancient myths and mores. Free, advance ticket required.

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  Mother's #57, 2004, Ishiuchi Miyako. Chromogenic print. Courtesy of and
© Ishiuchi Miyako

Ishiuchi Miyako in Conversation

Wednesday, October 7, 7:00 p.m. | The Getty Center
Photographer Ishiuchi Miyako discusses her work and career with Christopher Phillips, curator at the International Center of Photography in New York. Free; advance ticket required.

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  OMIAI ♡, 2001, Sawada Tomoko. Chromogenic print. The J. Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles, Purchased with funds provided by the Photographs Council. © Sawada Tomoko

Contemporary Japanese Photography: A Reaction against "Girl Photography"

Thursday, October 15, 7:00 p.m. | The Getty Center
Sawada Tomoko and Shiga Lieko, contemporary photographers concerned with notions of identity as it relates to the medium of photography, speak with Kasahara Michiko, chief curator, Tokyo Metropolitan Museum of Photography, about the challenges and influences impacting women photographers in Japan. Both artists' works are featured in the exhibition The Younger Generation: Contemporary Japanese Photography. Free, advance ticket required.

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Darra Goldstein and The Oxford Companion to Sugar and Sweets

Wednesday, October 21, 2:00 p.m. | The Getty Center
Darra Goldstein, editor of The Oxford Companion to Sugar and Sweets, discusses her new book with Marcia Reed, chief curator at the Getty Research Institute. More than just a compendium of pastries, candies, ices, preserves, and confections, this reference work reveals how the human proclivity for sweets has brought richness to language, art, and, of course, gastronomy. Free; advance ticket required.

Learn about the art of sculpting with sugar in this Iris blog post by Darra Goldsten »

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  Orhan Pamuk. Photo: Hakan Ezilmez; Yapi Kredi Culture, Arts & Publishing Archive; 2014

The Art of Writing: Orhan Pamuk

Wednesday, October 28, 7:00 p.m. | The Getty Center
Nobel Prize–winner Orhan Pamuk discusses his new book, A Strangeness in My Mind. The novel follows Mevlut Karataş, a boy who leaves his village for Istanbul to seek his fortune. He sells boza (a traditional Turkish beverage) on the streets from 1969 to 2012. Throughout these decades, he witnesses the various transformations that the people, the city, and the nation undergo. Free; advance ticket required.

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Italian Cast Bronze

This statuette of the Weary Herakles is an interpretation of a 4th century B.C. bronze by Lysippos, the favorite sculptor of Alexander the Great. The Greek hero Herakles, gatekeeper of Olympus and god of strength, carries a club over his left shoulder and holds a lion skin in his right hand, weary from his labors. Crafted in Florence, Italy, by a historic foundry using the ancient lost wax casting technique, this exquisite work is evocative of sculptures currently on view in the exhibition Power and Pathos: Bronze Sculpture of the Hellenistic World.

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Community Partners

FAR-SITED: Creating and Conserving Art in Public Places
Friday–Sunday, October 16–18, 2015 | Long Beach, CA

The University Art Museum at California State University, Long Beach, Getty Conservation Institute, and Museum of Latin American Art present "FAR-SITED: Creating and Conserving Art in Public Places." Nationally renowned arts professionals will explore the possibilities and challenges of creating public art in the 21st century during this three-day conference for an audience of artists, conservators, arts administrators, scholars, and students. Key note speech by visual and performance artist and educator William Pope.L.

Getty360 e-newsletter subscribers can use promo code "GETTYVIP" to receive 20% off the registration fee. Space is limited.

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The Sound of Music
September 20–October 31 | Ahmanson Theatre

Experience The Sound of Music, live on stage at the Ahmanson Theatre. Tony Award–winner Jack O'Brien directs this new production, telling the iconic tale of Maria and the Von Trapp family like never before. Getty360 e-newsletter subscribers can use promo code "MARIA" to receive a Family 4-pack ticket offer. (Code MARIA valid for 9/20–10/2 performances only. Restrictions may apply.)

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Highlights at a Glance—October

Opening this Month

Ishiuchi Miyako: Postwar Shadows (Oct. 6–Feb. 21)
The Younger Generation: Contemporary Japanese Photography (Oct. 6–Feb. 21)
Art of the Fold: Drawings of Drapery and Costume (Oct. 6–Jan. 10)
The Edible Monument: The Art of Food for Festivals (Oct. 13–Mar. 13)
Eat, Drink, and Be Merry: Food in the Middle Ages and Renaissance (Oct. 13–Jan. 3)

Continuing This Month

Power and Pathos: Bronze Sculpture of the Hellenistic World (Through Nov. 1)
Louis Style: French Frames, 1610–1792 (Through Jan. 3)

Closing This Month

In Focus: Animalia (Through Oct.18)

Hot Tickets

Talk: Ishiuchi Miyako in Conversation (Oct. 7)
Film: Things Left Behind (Oct. 10)
Performance: Saturday Nights at the Getty (Oct. 10)
Talk: Contemporary Japanese Photography (Oct. 15)
Talk: Darra Goldstein (Oct. 21)
Talk: Orhan Pamuk (Oct. 28)

Opening this Month

Greece's Enchanting Landscape: Watercolors by Edward Dodwell and Simone Pomardi (Oct. 21, 2015–Feb. 15, 2016)

Hot Tickets

Talk: Why the Classics Still Matter (Oct. 3)


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