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Initial E: Saint John the Evangelist (detail), cutting from an antiphonal, early 16th century, Master B.F. Tempera and gold leaf on parchment. The J. Paul Getty Museum, Ms. 104
Opening This Month
Initial A: Pentecost (detail), cutting from an antiphonal, about 1430–35, Attributed to Stefano da Verona. Tempera and gold on parchment. The J. Paul Getty Museum, Ms. 95
Renaissance Splendors of the Northern Italian Courts
March 31–June 21, 2015 | The Getty Center
This exhibition presents magnificent illuminated manuscripts that resulted from commissions by royalty and other courtiers in the wealthy Renaissance courts of northern Italy. Innovative painters and illuminators were drawn to the courts by promises of favorable contracts and social prestige, creating lavishly decorated panels and books of remarkable beauty.
Continuing This Month
Cow shoulder bone painted by a German soldier on the eastern front, 1916. Lent by Jane A. Kimball, Trench Art Collection
World War I: War of Images, Images of War
Through April 19, 2015 | The Getty Center
Coping with the stress and boredom of time spent in the trenches, World War I soldiers created art from found objects and combat wreckage. This exhibition features multiple examples of trench art, including this hand-painted memorial, which uses a cow's shoulder bone for its canvas. As a whole, the show examines the representation of war in propaganda and the depiction of war by artists who experienced the brutality firsthand.
Experts lead gallery tours Thursdays at 2:00 p.m. through April 16, 2015.
This exhibition presents photographs that explore how notions of leisure and play have been represented over the course of the medium's history. Highlighting 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, the photographs illustrate the many ways people have chosen to spend their free time.
Approach to Venice, exhibited 1844, Joseph Mallord William Turner. Oil on canvas. Image courtesy of the National Gallery of Art, Washington, Andrew W. Mellon Collection, 1937.1.110
J. M. W. Turner: Painting Set Free
Through May 24, 2015 | The Getty Center
Heralded as "the man who invented modern painting" by Jonathan Jones of The Guardian, J. M. W. Turner experienced a creative awakening in the last years of his life. The works in this exhibition show the artist's masterful depictions of his favorite subjects—the sea, Venice, and current events—through his energetic brushstrokes and extraordinary attention to light and color.
This exhibition was organized by Tate Britain, in association with the J. Paul Getty Museum and the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco. It is supported by an indemnity from the Federal Council on the Arts and Humanities.
Dangerous Perfection: Funerary Vases from Southern Italy
Through May 11, 2015
| The Getty Villa
Thirteen funerary Apulian vases are displayed following a collaborative conservation project between the Getty Villa and the Antikensammlung in Berlin in this exhibition. Unearthed in hundreds of fragments in the early nineteenth century, the massive vases were restored to "dangerous perfection": the interventions were so effective that it was often difficult to identify what was ancient and what was modern. The exhibition reveals some of the methods that were used to attain this level of perfection, and the challenges posed to conservators today.
Saturday, March 14, 7:00 p.m. Sunday, March 15, 3:30 p.m. | The Getty Center
L.A.'s very own ambassadors of Angolan soul, Ricardo Lemvo and Makina Loca, return to the Getty with their signature mix of African soukous and Cuban rumba. Their latest project, La Rumba Soy Yo, has been called "a street party you have to dance your way through, [filled with] bright horns, fantastic bass lines, amazing percussion, and melodies that linger for days." These local favorites are the perfect end to this season of Sounds of L.A.
Saturday, March 21, 3:00 and 7:00 p.m. Sunday, March 22, 3:00 p.m. | The Getty Center
The popular public radio series and podcast returns for a weekend of live performances, offering a varied selection of romantic, mysterious, fantastical, gritty, magical, and compelling tales featuring mismatched lovers, moon exploration, family shenanigans, and time travel. Robert Sean Leonard hosts the series and leads an all-star cast. Tickets $20.
Friday, March 27, 8:00 p.m. Saturday, March 28, 3:00 and 8:00 p.m. Sunday, March 29, 3:00 p.m.
| The Getty Villa
The Latino Theater Company uses its unique style of imagery, music, and movement—inspired by the noir films of the golden age of Mexican cinema—for its adaptation of ancient Roman playwright Plautus's comedy Pot of Gold. Crime, greed, ambition, and mistrust drive the characters into a state of confusion and misinterpreted motives, with hilarious results. Tickets $7.
Saturday, March 28, 10:00 a.m.–6:00 p.m. | The Getty Center
We're turning the Getty Center into a gigantic playground for this daylong festival celebrating the simple act of play in all of its forms. From hula hoops to dance workshops, and from chess masters to checkers, there's something for everyone in this fun-filled day. Storytelling and music mix with circus acts, board games, hopscotch, pick-up sticks, and the first Getty ping-pong party.
J. M. W. Turner and "the finest poetic descriptions"
Sunday, March 1, 3:00 p.m. | The Getty Center
During his lifetime, J. M. W. Turner was the most celebrated landscape painter in Europe, admired as much for his historical landscapes as for his arresting naturalism. In this talk complementing the exhibition J. M. W. Turner: Painting Set Free, Patrick Noon of the Minneapolis Institute of the Arts examines Turner's status and influence among the major Romantic landscape painters in England and France.
Funerary Vessel showing a native italic warrior (detail), South Italian, from Apulia, 350–325 B.C. Terracotta red-figured loutrophoros attributed to the Darius Painter. Antikensammlung, Staatliche Museen zu Berlin
Imagery and Identity: The Monumental Vases of Ancient Apulia
Thursday, March 5, 7:30 p.m.
| The Getty Villa
Richly decorated with complex imagery and narrative scenes, large figure-decorated vases of the 4th century B.C. found in Apulia (southeastern Italy) served as proud statements of identity. Archaeologist Tom Carpenter examines these vases and the funerary assemblages in which they were found to shed light on the otherwise little-known Apulian people.
Top: Black hole from Interstellar, Paramount, 2014. Bottom: JG, Tacita Dean, 2013. Courtesy the artist, Frith Street Gallery, London and Marian Goodman Gallery, New York/Paris
Reframing the Future of Film: A Discussion with Tacita Dean, Christopher Nolan, and Kerry Brougher
Sunday, March 8, 2:00–4:00 p.m. | The Getty Center
Film itself has been threatened by the rise of digital culture. Film is a working medium, with unique intrinsic qualities that artists and filmmakers need; seeing a film projected is an essential part of our shared cultural experience, which urgently needs valuing and preserving within our museums and archives. Artist Tacita Dean and director Christopher Nolan, both passionate advocates within their respective fields, will discuss the necessary future of film with Director of the Academy Museum Kerry Brougher.
A shell bursting on Reims Cathedral, 1914. From Francis J. Reynolds and C. W. Taylor, eds., Collier's New Photographic History of the World's War (New York, 1918), 86
World War I Lecture Series: Bombing the Cathedral of Reims
Thursday, March 19, 7:00 p.m. | The Getty Center
In the last lecture of this series exploring the art and culture of World War I, Thomas W. Gaehtgens, director of the Getty Research Institute, examines the bombardment of Reims Cathedral by German troops on September 19, 1914. The French decried this attack as an act of barbarism, after which all cultural relations between the two nations were cut and not reestablished until long after the war.
He Can No Longer at the Age of Ninety-Eight, about 1819–23, Francisco José de Goya y Lucientes (Francisco de Goya). Brush and India ink. The J. Paul Getty Museum
Does Artistic Greatness Only Come with Age?
Tuesday, March 24, 7:00 p.m. | The Getty Center
Creative men and women often produce their greatest work after middle age. Is experience—in life, in art, in love, and loss—necessary to create works that stand the test of time? Or is age merely a number when it comes to creativity? This panel, presented with Zócalo Public Square, explores the relationship between age and artistic greatness.
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From The Getty Store
Shop The Getty Store for books and gift items related to the exhibition J. M. W. Turner: Painting Set Free, the first major exhibition on the West Coast devoted to the masterful British painter. Find the sumptuous catalogue of the exhibition, fine bone china mugs, and other selections that celebrate Turner's dazzling colors and inspiring vision.