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Easter Dress, 1986, Sally Mann. Gelatin silver print. Collection of Patricia and David Schulte. Image © Sally Mann


  Jessie #25, 2004, Sally Mann. Gelatin silver print. National Gallery of Art, Washington, Promised Gift of Stephen G. Stein Employee Benefit Trust. Image © Sally Mann

Sally Mann: A Thousand Crossings

November 16, 2018–February 10, 2019 | The Getty Center
This first major international exhibition of the work of American photographer Sally Mann explores themes of family, memory, mortality, and the Southern landscape as repository of personal and collective memory. Experimental, melancholic, and hauntingly beautiful, Mann's photographs—many not exhibited before—expose how her relationship with the land has shaped her work and how the legacy of the South continues to permeate American identity. Organized by the National Gallery of Art, Washington, and the Peabody Essex Museum, Salem, Massachusetts.

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  Photo: Michael Amico

Premiere Presentation: katabasis

Thursdays–Saturdays, November 8–17, 7:30 p.m. | The Getty Villa
This new site-specific outdoor performance, created as a companion piece to the exhibition Underworld: Imagining the Afterlife, conjures the realm of the dead and traces the trail of the heroes who transgress its borders. Part immersive concert, part ritual theater, four larks' distinctive future-folk score and otherworldly immersive design seduces the audience into the depths of the mythic imagination.

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  Photo: Hans Morren

Gordon Getty Concerts: Cappella Pratensis

Saturday, November 17, 7:00 p.m. | The Getty Center
What did the royal courts of Renaissance Europe sound like? Music was an important part of the courtly experience, enhancing the art, fashion, and other luxuries made for elite audiences. This performance by renowned vocalists Cappella Pratensis reveals the exquisite inventiveness of Renaissance composers. Starting with the masterpieces of influential 15th-century composer Josquin des Prez, this program offers a lively glimpse into the popular musical culture of the Renaissance.

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  The Discovery of Honey by Bacchus (detail), about 1499, Piero di Cosimo. Oil on paper. Worcester Art Museum, MA, Museum Purchase, 1937.76. Image © the Worcester Art Museum

The Nude on the Road to Perdition during the Renaissance (and Today)

Sunday, November 4, 3:00 p.m. | The Getty Center
Renaissance nudes have long been associated with the loftiest achievements of European art. The perfection of an idealized body was equated with virtue. Yet, the sensuality of some depictions of the nude body walked a fine line between abstract notions of pure beauty and in-your-face eroticism. Thomas Kren, curator of The Renaissance Nude, considers the discomfort that many of these masterpieces aroused during their time, and the admiration and outrage still provoked by nude depictions today.

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  Excavation site located outside the walls of ancient Jerusalem. Image courtesy of Yuval Gadot

New News from Old Jerusalem: Resetting the Historical Clock

Sunday, November 11, 3:00 p.m. | The Getty Villa
Jerusalem is one of the most excavated sites in the world, yet a reliable chronology has been missing in the search to link and contrast archaeological remains with the dramatic historical and Biblical record. Archaeologist Yuval Gadot of Tel Aviv University, Israel, presents the first results of a new project designed to create an "absolute" chronology and establish a solid timeline for the City of David. A new focus on radiocarbon dating will impact the identification of famous remains such as "David's palace" and, more broadly, the study of Near Eastern archaeology and Biblical text.

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  Sally with Camera, about 1998, R. Kim Rushing. Gelatin silver print. Collection of Sally Mann

Sally Mann

Friday, November 16, 7:00 p.m. | The Getty Center
On the opening day of the exhibition Sally Mann: A Thousand Crossings at the Getty Museum, renowned photographer Sally Mann reads from and discusses her book Hold Still: A Memoir with Photographs. A finalist for the National Book Award, and named one of the best books of 2015 by the New York Times, Washington Post, and National Public Radio, Hold Still is a revealing and deftly rendered personal history. Mann's preoccupation with family, mortality, and the landscape of the American South comes through as vividly and intimately in her text as it does in her photographs.

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  Saint John the Evangelist, 1615, Mesrop of Khizan. Tempera colors, gold paint, and gold leaf on glazed paper. The J. Paul Getty Museum

Medieval Armenia's Artistic Beauty

Sunday, November 18, 3:00 p.m. | The Getty Center
Helen Evans, curator of Byzantine Art at the Metropolitan Museum, discusses how Armenia used its artistic tradition during the Middle Ages to help it retain its national identity as it became an important center for trade routes uniting East and West. Along the way, Armenian artists adapted different visual forms and transformed them into a unique pictorial language that incorporated influences as widely spread as Persia, Byzantium, and western Europe.

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Artist at Work: French Fashion

Saturday, November 3, 1:00–3:00 p.m. | The Getty Center
Dressing a live model, costume historian Maxwell Barr demonstrates the extraordinary craftsmanship and virtuosity involved in creating the daily wardrobe required by fashion icon Marie-Antoinette and other elite households of the 18th-century. Complements the installation and exhibitions: A Queen's Treasure from Versailles: Marie-Antoinette's Japanese Lacquer, All That Glitters, and Eighteenth-Century Pastel Portraits.

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Drawing from the Masters: Bodies in Motion

Sundays, November 4 and 18, 3:30–5:30 p.m. | The Getty Center
Explore how gesture drawing can be used to investigate the pose, movement, and placement of the human figure with artist Kaitlynn Redell.

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Art Circles

Saturday, November 10, 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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  Unknown, Fragment of a Head, 430–400 BC. Terracotta with clay slip. The J. Paul Getty Museum

Drawing from Antiquity: Fragments

Saturday, November 17, 11:00 a.m.–12:30 p.m. | The Getty Villa
Fragments, though often very small and broken, can teach us a lot about the past. Discover the beauty of these broken pieces, draw from clay, glass, and marble fragments, and learn what makes them special and so informative.

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Artist at Work: Wet Plate Collodion Photography

Sunday, November 18, 1:00–3:00 p.m. | The Getty Center
Drop by as photographer Luther Gerlach demonstrates how to make wet plate collodion negatives, ambrotypes, and tintypes. Although pioneered in the 1850s, these techniques continue to inform and inspire the work of contemporary photographer Sally Mann who reinterprets these exacting processes to reveal traces of serendipity and exploration. Complements the exhibition Sally Mann: A Thousand Crossings.

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Sculpting and Shaping Clay

Saturdays, November 3 and 10, 11:30 a.m.–3:30 p.m. | The Getty Villa
Join the fun in this hands-on clay lab and discover how artists have transformed earth and water into beautiful ceramics for thousands of years. Try your hand at the potter's wheel, mold a Medusa, and shape a handle to decorate a communal vessel. LA-based ceramic artist Wayne Perry guides the experience and shares what his artistic practice has in common with the ancient Greeks'. This program complements the exhibition Underworld: Imagining the Afterlife.

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  Kellie Jones, 2018. Photo courtesy and © Rod McGaha

Signs of Life: Aspects of Global Performance in the 1970s

Tuesday, December 4, 7:30–9:00 p.m. | The Getty Center
Dr. Kellie E. Jones—professor in art history and archaeology at Columbia University, research fellow at the Institute for Research in African American Studies, and senior consultant for the Getty Research Institute's African American Art History Initiative—discusses the global reaches of performance art during the 1970s through the lens of projects by Latin American and African American artists. Jones focuses on performative works that took place while Mexican artists Felipe Ehrenberg and Lourdes Grobet and Argentine artist David Lamelas were in unofficial exile in Europe, as well as works by African American artists Adrian Piper and Senga Nengudi, to consider the circumstances that allowed performance to be dispersed effortlessly into the flow of everyday life.

This lecture is the inaugural Thomas and Barbara Gaehtgens Lecture sponsored by the Getty Research Institute Council.

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Lythgoe Family Panto

December 15–30
Lythgoe Family Panto presents "The Wonderful Winter of Oz" at the Pasadena Civic, December 15–30, starring Mackenzie Ziegler (DWTS Jr.) as Dorothy, Marissa Jaret Winokur (Broadway's Hairspray) as Glinda, and Kermit the Frog® as the powerful Wizard! Save 20% on tickets with code OZ20—restrictions and fees may apply.

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Highlights at a Glance—November


All that Glitters: Life at the Renaissance Court Through December 2, 2018
The Flight into Egypt: Drawings in Context Through December 9, 2018
A Queen's Treasure from Versailles: Marie-Antoinette's Japanese Lacquer Through January 6, 2019
LA #UNSHUTTERED: Teens Reframing Life in Los Angeles Through January 20, 2019
The Renaissance Nude Through January 27, 2019
Art of Three Faiths: A Torah, a Bible, and a Qur'an Through February 3, 2019
Eighteenth-Century Pastel Portraits Through October 13, 2019


Underworld: Imagining the Afterlife Through March 18, 2019
Palmyra: Loss and Remembrance Through May 27, 2019


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