The restaging of past events presents an opportunity for contemporary photographers to highlight underrepresented stories and critique established narratives. This exhibition presents works by Eileen Cowin, Christina Fernandez, Samuel Fosso, Yasumasa Morimura, Yinka Shonibare MBE, Gillian Wearing, and Qiu Zhijie, all of whom have utilized reenactment in their respective practices.
Enchanted by a Parrot, about 1860, Oscar Gustave Rejlander. Albumen silver print. William Talbott Hillman Collection, New York. Photo: Hans P. Kraus, Jr., New York
Oscar Rejlander: Artist Photographer
March 12–June 9 | The Getty Center
Often referred to as the "father of art photography," Oscar G. Rejlander has been praised for his early experiments with combination printing, collaboration with Charles Darwin, and influence on the work of Julia Margaret Cameron and Lewis Carroll. This groundbreaking exhibition is the first major retrospective on Rejlander and highlights new research.
Friday, March 8, 7:30 p.m.; Saturday, March 9, 3:00 and 7:30 p.m.; Sunday, March 10, 3:00 p.m.
| The Getty Villa
Choreographer Lionel Popkin's new evening-length premiere, The Oedipus/Antigone Project, takes its impetus from two of Sophocles's best-known plays: Oedipus Rex and Oedipus at Colonus. Popkin blends unexpected humor and resonant physicality to craft worlds that have "a flair for originality that periodically has you realizing that you are smiling to yourself in the dark," as The Washington Post puts it.
Saturday, March 16, 7:00 p.m., and Sunday, March 17, 4:00 p.m. | The Getty Center
The 2019 Sounds of L.A. season closes with the Aditya Prakash Ensemble. Prakash grew up in Los Angeles and began training in Carnatic and Hindustani vocals from age eight. He went on to tour with musicians Pandit Ravi Shankar, Anoushka Shankar, and Karsh Kale as well as with acclaimed choreographer Akram Khan. The Aditya Prakash Ensemble frames his distinctive vocal style with jazz, funk, and hip-hop to create a wholly original, genre-melding sound.
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Left to right: Tony Hale, Sean Hayes, Jane Lynch, Michael McKean, Elizabeth Reaser, Retta, Natasha Rothwell, Jenna Ushkowitz
Selected Shorts: Entanglements
Saturday, March 23, and Sunday, March 24, 4:00 p.m. | The Getty Center
That classically trained, Oscar-caliber actor who brings gravitas to an enduring text. That quirky indie darling who wrings every little laugh from a modern writer's dialogue. Sometimes the connection between performer and text is dynamic, uncanny, yet completely natural. The hit public radio show and podcast Selected Shorts takes things one step further in an evening of memorable live performances. Hosted by Jane Kaczmarek.
In the late 1960s and 1970s, American artists challenged the concept of modern art by creating land art—large-scale, outdoor earthworks—away from urban centers. Related to the theme of the Getty Research Institute's current exhibition MONUMENTality, this event will screen two 16 mm films: Robert Smithson's Spiral Jetty (1970) and Charles and Ray Eames's Powers of 10 (1977).
After the screening, curator Frances Terpak will moderate a discussion with writer and activist Lucy Lippard and artists Tacita Dean and Edward Ranney about their own engagement with land art.
Study of a Mourning Woman, about 1500–1505, Michelangelo Buonarroti. Pen and brown ink, heightened with white lead opaque watercolor. The J. Paul Getty Museum
Mysteries, Discoveries, and Time Travel
Sunday, March 3, 3:00 p.m. | The Getty Center
How do you discover a lost Michelangelo drawing? And how did it come to be "lost" in the first place? Julian Brooks, the J. Paul Getty Museum's senior curator of drawings, explores the detective work that unlocks (some of) the mysteries in the field of Italian Renaissance drawings.
Time Reveals the Truth, Louis Fabritius Dubourg, 1737. Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam
Did Truth Ever Matter?
Wednesday, March 13, 7:30 p.m. | The Getty Center
How did previous generations deal with the prevalence and power of "fake news"? How does art, by embodying a different kind of truth, serve as both a party to and a shield against lies? Panelists Jennifer Kavanagh, coauthor of RAND Corporation's Truth Decay, Lee McIntyre, author of Post-Truth, and New York Times critic A. O. Scott explore humanity's longstanding devotion to lies. Moderated by journalist Sandy Banks.
Funerary Relief of a Maqi (detail), about A.D. 200, Roman (Palmyran). Limestone. The J. Paul Getty Museum
Depicting the Dead: From Ancient Syria to Social Media
Saturday, March 16, 2:00–4:30 p.m.
| The Getty Villa
How do we choose to commemorate the deceased? In this diverse panel, experts present short talks on memorial portraits from five different chronological and cultural contexts. Learn about funerary portraits from Palmyra, images of the deceased on Roman sarcophagi, Renaissance domestic memorials, early American paintings and photographs, and digital remembrance today. The panelists illuminate what endures and what has changed in our lasting desire to immortalize our loved ones. Conversation and refreshments follow.
Portrait of a Halberdier (Francesco Guardi?), 1529–1530, Pontormo. Oil on canvas (transferred from wood panel). The J. Paul Getty Museum
Pontormo: Portraiture in an Age of Anxiety
Wednesday, March 27, 7:00 p.m. | The Getty Center
Davide Gasparotto, the J. Paul Getty Museum's senior curator of paintings, discusses the work of Jacopo da Pontormo, one of the most imaginative Florentine painters and draftsmen of the Renaissance. Pontormo executed some of his most memorable portraits, among them the celebrated Halberdier in the Getty's collection, at the end of the 1520s when Florence was experiencing an era of turmoil. Gasparotto considers Pontormo's relation with his sitters and offers new insights into the artist's distinctive contribution to the history of portraiture.
Statuette of a Standing Comic Actor (detail), 200–100 B.C., Greek. Bronze. The J. Paul Getty Museum. Gift of Barbara and Lawrence Fleischman. Image: Bruce White Photography
Comedy & Public Embarrassment in Ancient Rome
Sunday, March 31, 3:00–4:00 p.m.
| The Getty Villa
Celebrate April Fools' Day with an examination of "funny," Roman-style. Scholar Amy Richlin explores what made Romans laugh and how joking and public performance amused, united, and embarrassed different levels of society. In a culture with very different ideas of political correctness, what was considered funny? And why? This talk contains content that may not be suitable for young children; parental discretion is advised.
Study of a Nude Boy, Partial Figure Study, 1518, Pontormo. Red and white chalk. The J. Paul Getty Museum
Drawing from the Masters: Mannerism and Exaggeration
Sundays, March 3 and 17, 3:30–5:30 p.m. | The Getty Center
Enjoy the tradition of sketching from original works of art every first and third Sunday of the month at the Getty Center. This month, join artist Peter Zokosky in an exploration of Mannerism and discover the emotive potential of exaggeration through guided drawing lessons combined with recent discoveries from the emerging field of neuroaesthetics. All experience levels welcome.
Saturday, March 9, 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.
Mixing Vessel with Triptolemos, about 470 B.C., attributed to the Syleus Painter. Terracotta. The J. Paul Getty Museum
Drawing from Antiquity: The Cycle of Death and Rebirth: Seasons in Ancient Greece
Saturday, March 23, 11:00 a.m.–12:30 p.m.
| The Getty Villa
Artworks in the Museum's collection depict personifications of the four seasons and important deities related to cyclical change. In this workshop, practice drawing gods and goddesses associated with death and rebirth.
Saturday, March 2, 11:00 a.m.–3:00 p.m.
| The Getty Villa
Through magical chants and special objects, ancient Romans harnessed the forces of nature and asked supernatural beings to bring good fortune and protection. In this interactive family workshop, customize a personal power pouch, write a message to a helpful guardian, and join theatrical play to activate the magic!
LA Opera presents Mozart's classic The Clemency of Titus March 2–24 at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion. The story is full of all the love triangles and grand drama you would expect—but with an added dose of treachery and togas. Direction and set design by Thaddeus Strassberger.
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