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Jerry Diving Sunday Feb. 28th 1982, 1982, David Hockney. Composite Polaroid, 10 1/2 x 24 1/2 in. Courtesy of the artist. © David Hockney. Photo credit: Richard Schmidt


  Self-Portrait, 1954, David Hockney. Lithograph in five colors, 11 1/2 x 10 1/4 in. Courtesy of the David Hockney Foundation. © David Hockney. Photo credit: Richard Schmidt

Happy Birthday, Mr. Hockney

Through November 26, 2017 | The Getty Center
In celebration of David Hockney's 80th birthday and his long and continuing artistic career, the Getty Museum presents a two-part exhibition featuring the artist's highly creative self-portraits and photographs. Photographs displays a number of Polaroid composites and photo collages that mark Hockney's photographic explorations of the 1980s. Self-Portraits features a selection of drawn, painted, and photographic self-portraits made over the past 65 years, from the 1950s when he was a teenage art student through to a selection of iPad studies made in 2012.

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  Judith Slaying Holofernes (Jael Slaying Sisera), 1469, Follower of Hans Schilling. Ink, colored washes, and tempera colors on paper. The J. Paul Getty Museum

Illuminating Women in the Medieval World

Through September 17, 2017 | The Getty Center
The lives of women in the Middle Ages were nuanced and varied, reflecting diverse geographic, financial, and religious circumstances. The pages of illuminated manuscripts reveal the many facets of and attitudes toward medieval womanhood. Drawn primarily from the Museum's collection, this exhibition presents the biblical heroines, female saints, and pious nuns who embodied ideals of proper behavior, as well as figures who strayed from the path of righteousness. Beyond being subjects, women were also involved in the creation of manuscripts; they commissioned books and sometimes illuminated them.

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  Crabs and People, Skinningrove, North Yorkshire, 1981, Chris Killip. Gelatin silver print. The J. Paul Getty Museum, purchased in part with funds provided by the Photographs Council. © Chris Killip

Now Then: Chris Killip and the Making of In Flagrante

Through August 13, 2017 | The Getty Center
Poetic, penetrating, and often heartbreaking, Chris Killip's In Flagrante remains the most important photobook to document the devastating impact of deindustrialization on working-class communities in northern England in the 1970s and 1980s. Comprising 50 photographs—all drawn from the collection of the J. Paul Getty Museum—In Flagrante serves as the foundation of this exhibition, which includes maquettes, contact sheets, and work prints that reveal the artist's process. Now Then also showcases material from two related projects—Seacoal and Skinningrove—that Killip developed in the 1980s, featured selectively in In Flagrante, and revisited decades later.

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  Old College from High Street, 1866, Thomas Annan. Albumen silver print. Courtesy of Glasgow Life (Mitchell Library Special Collections) on behalf of Glasgow City Council. Image © CSG CIC Glasgow Museums and Libraries Collection: The Mitchell Library, Special Collections

Thomas Annan: Photographer of Glasgow

Through August 13, 2017 | The Getty Center
During the rise of industry in 19th-century Scotland, Thomas Annan ranked as the preeminent photographer in Glasgow. Best known for his haunting images of tenements on the verge of demolition—often considered precursors of the documentary tradition in photography—he prodigiously recorded the people, the social landscape, and the built environment of Glasgow and its outskirts for more than 25 years. This exhibition is the first to survey his industrious career and legacy as photographer and printer.

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Friday Flights

Friday, August 25, 6:00–9:00 p.m. | The Getty Center
Kenyatta A.C. Hinkle, a visual artist, writer, and performer, presents Exploring the Nowannago: Kentifrican Modes of Resistance, a provocative performance that touches on the Black Lives Matter movement, immigration reform, LGBTQ+ awareness, and other contemporary issues while also examining the effect of the past on present identities. Interdisciplinary artist Tyler Matthew Oyer collaborates and jazz band the Kevin Robinson Ensemble (KREation) accompanies. Also this night: Los Angeles-based visual artist Scott Benzel presents a site-specific piece, and New York-based psych-rock band Psychic Ills performs.

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Off the 405: Savoy Motel

Saturday, August 26, 6:00–9:00 p.m. | The Getty Center
Nashville quartet Savoy Motel, heavily steeped in '70s nostalgia, features the interplay of three lead vocalists combined with intense fuzz guitar and rhythms of clockwork precision in each song. The result is a hybrid of glam rock, soul, southern boogie, and showmanship.

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Roman Holidays

Weekends, through September 3, 11:30 a.m.–3:00 p.m.
| The Getty Villa
Travel back in time during our Roman Holidays celebration and enjoy live musical and comedy performances by the historically hilarious Troubadour Theater Company.

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  Stephanie Andre Barron (Iphigenia) and Mark L. Montgomery (Agamemnon) in Iphigenia in Aulis. Photo: Joe Mazza

Outdoor Theater: Iphigenia in Aulis

Thursdays–Saturdays, September 7–30, 8:00 p.m.
| The Getty Villa
In the Greek tragedy Iphigenia in Aulis, co-produced by the Court Theatre and the Getty, the goddess Artemis offers King Agamemnon the impossible: victory over Troy in exchange for the sacrifice of his daughter Iphigenia. Find out how the story unfolds in a dramatic outdoor venue modeled after ancient Greek and Roman theaters.

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  Greater Holy Light Missionary Baptist Church, 7316 Broadway, Los Angeles, 1996, Camilo José Vergara. Chromogenic print. The Getty Research Institute

Photography and the Post-Industrial City

Wednesday, August 2, 7:00 p.m. | The Getty Center
Thomas Annan recorded the people, social landscape, and built environment in Glasgow during the rise of industry in 19th-century Scotland. In his spirit, this panel brings together photographers Ken Ashton, Janet Delaney, and Camilo José Vergara, all of whom have used their cameras to document American cities experiencing industrial decline in the late 20th and early 21st centuries.

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  The Drunken Harlot (detail), about 1255–60, English. Tempera colors, gold leaf, colored washes, pen and ink on parchment. The J. Paul Getty Museum

Drinking in the Past: Medieval Microbrews

Friday, August 4, 6:00–9:00 p.m. | The Getty Center
Join curator Bryan C. Keene and certified beer expert Mark Mark Keene in savoring the history of beer, ale, and mead and pairing art with medieval and (tastier) modern brews. Enjoy beer tasting on the outdoor terrace after the talk.

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  Self Portrait with Red Braces, 2003, David Hockney. Watercolor, 24 x 18 1/8 in. Courtesy of a private collection. © David Hockney. Photo credit: Richard Schmidt

Happy Birthday, David Hockney

Tuesday, August 8, 7:00 p.m. | The Getty Center
Hear Lawrence Weschler, author of True to Life: Twenty-Five Years of Conversations with David Hockney, in conversation with friends, colleagues, and admirers of David Hockney. Participants include artists Tacita Dean and Ramiro Gomez as well as physicist Charles Falco.

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  View of the Rialto Bridge and the Palazzo dei Camerlenghi with the festive entry of the Patriarch Antonio Correr in 1737, 1737, Michele Marieschi. Oil on canvas. Osterley Park, The Palmer-Morewood Collection, National Trust. Photo: National Trust Photo Library / Art Resource, NY

Eyewitness Views: Spectacle and Drama of the Past Mug

Europe' s most iconic cities and monuments have played host to magnificent ceremonies, and artists recorded these memorable moments during the golden age of view painting in the 18th century.

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Experience 29: NOEMA

Through September 3, 2017
Immerse yourself in a gigantic, interactive history of "thought drawings," or diagrams. This unique exhibition includes works by Matthew Ritchie, 2012 artist-in-residence at the Getty Research Institute (GRI), and 15 rare books loaned by the GRI. Dancers make scheduled appearances and encourage the audience to become "living diagrams."

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Highlights at a Glance—August 2017


Happy Birthday, Mr. Hockney (Through November 26)
Illuminating Women in the Medieval World (Through September 17)
The Birth of Pastel (Through December 17)


Now Then: Chris Killip and the Making of In Flagrante (Through August 13)
Thomas Annan: Photographer of Glasgow (Through August 13)

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Talk: Photography and the Post-Industrial City (August 2)
Talk + Food: Drinking in the Past: Medieval Microbrews (August 4)
Talk: Happy Birthday, David Hockney (August 8)


Roman Holidays (Weekends through September 3)
Roman Mosaics across the Empire (Through January 8)

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Performance: Iphigenia in Aulis (September 7–30)


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