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Octopus Frontlet, 300–600, Moche culture. Gold, chrysocolla, shells. Museo de la Nación, Ministerio de Cultura del Peru


  Mask of the Red Queen, Maya, AD 672. Jadeite, malachite, obsidian, limestone. Museo de Sitio de Palenque "Alberto Ruz L'Huillier," Secretaría de Cultura–INAH. Image © Secretaría de Cultura–INAH. Photo: Michel Zabé / Art Resource, NY

Golden Kingdoms: Luxury and Legacy in the Ancient Americas

September 16, 2017–January 28, 2018 | The Getty Center
This major international loan exhibition of more than 300 masterpieces from Peru, Colombia, Panama, Costa Rica, Guatemala, Belize, and Mexico traces the development of luxury arts in the Americas from about 1000 BC to the arrival of Europeans in the early sixteenth century. Golden Kingdoms features extraordinary discoveries from recent excavations, such as the regalia of a powerful priestess from Peru's north coast; exquisite ornaments from Sipán, the richest unlooted tomb in the ancient Americas; and ritual offerings from the sacred precinct of the Aztec Empire. Themes include the artistic exchange of materials and ideas across time and place, unconstrained by today's national boundaries.

Organized by the J. Paul Getty Museum, the Getty Research Institute, and the Metropolitan Museum of Art, this exhibition is part of the initiative Pacific Standard Time: LA/LA.

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  Alternado 2 / Alternated 2, 1957, Hermelindo Fiaminghi. Alkyd on hardboard. Colección Patricia Phelps de Cisneros. Promised gift to the Museum of Modern Art, New York, through the Latin American and Caribbean Fund in honor of Catalina Cisneros-Santiago. © Estate of Hermelindo Fiaminghi

Making Art Concrete: Works from Argentina and Brazil in the Colección Patricia Phelps de Cisneros

September 16, 2017–February 11, 2018 | The Getty Center
In the tumultuous years after World War II, avant-garde artists in Buenos Aires, São Paulo, and Rio de Janeiro responded to the changing world order both ideologically and aesthetically. They rejected figurative and expressive styles in favor of Concrete art, an approach characterized by abstract compositions of geometric shapes and patterns. Making Art Concrete marks the first time these works have been comprehensively studied for both their art-historical and technical innovations. Thirty works from a world-renowned collection of Latin American art are displayed alongside key technical findings, didactic videos, and historical documents.

This exhibition is part of the initiative Pacific Standard Time: LA/LA.

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  The City of the Future: Hundred Story City in Neo-American Style, 1929. Francisco Mujica (Mexican, 1899–1979). From Francisco Mujica, History of the Skyscraper (Paris: Archaeology & Architecture Press, 1929), pl. 134. The Getty Research Institute, 88-B34645

The Metropolis in Latin America, 1830–1930

September 16, 2017–January 7, 2018 | The Getty Center
Over the course of a century of rapid urban growth, sociopolitical upheavals and cultural transitions reshaped the architectural landscapes of major cities in Latin America. The exhibition focuses on six capitals—Buenos Aires, Havana, Lima, Mexico City, Rio de Janeiro, and Santiago de Chile—and presents photographs, prints, plans, and maps that depict the urban impact of key societal and economic transformations, including the emergence of a bourgeois elite, extensive infrastructure projects, rapid industrialization, and commercialization.

This exhibition is part of the initiative Pacific Standard Time: LA/LA.

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  Malambistas I / Malambo Dancers I from Revista Barzón (Barzón Magazine), negative 2014; print 2016, Gustavo Di Mario. Chromogenic print. Courtesy of and © Gustavo Di Mario

Photography in Argentina, 1850–2010: Contradiction and Continuity

September 16, 2017–January 28, 2018 | The Getty Center
From its independence in 1810 until the economic crisis of 2001, Argentina was perceived as a modern country with a powerful economic system, a massive European immigrant population, an especially strong middle class, and an almost nonexistent indigenous culture. Comprising 300 works by sixty artists, this exhibition examines crucial periods and aesthetic movements in which photography had a critical role, producing—and, at times, dismantling—national constructions, utopian visions, and avant-garde artistic trends.

This exhibition is part of the initiative Pacific Standard Time: LA/LA.

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Pacific Standard Time: LA/LA

Pacific Standard Time: LA/LA is a far-reaching and ambitious exploration of Latin American and Latino art in dialogue with Los Angeles. Led by the Getty, Pacific Standard Time: LA/LA is the latest collaborative effort from arts institutions across Southern California. Supported by grants from the Getty Foundation, the initiative involves more than seventy cultural institutions from Los Angeles to Palm Springs, and from San Diego to Santa Barbara.

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  Still Life Blue Guitar 4th April 1982, 1982, David Hockney. Composite Polaroid. 24 1/2 x 30 in. Courtesy of the artist. © 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-gallery focused 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 sixty-five 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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  Mary Magdalene with a Book and an Ointment Jar, from the Spinola Hours (detail), about 1510–20, Bruges and Ghent, Workshop of the Master of the First Prayer Book of Maximilian. Tempera colors, gold, and ink on parchment. 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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  Stephanie Andre Barron (Iphigenia) and Mark L. Montgomery (Agamemnon) in Iphigenia in Aulis. Photo: Joe Mazza

Outdoor Theater: Iphigenia in Aulis by Euripedes

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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Sonorama! Latin American Composers in Hollywood

Saturday, September 23, 7:00 p.m. | The Getty Center
Since the birth of Hollywood, composers and musicians from across Latin America have played key roles in shaping the music of film and television made in Los Angeles. Join Mexican Institute of Sound with special guests Sergio Mendoza (Orkesta Mendoza) and a band led by L.A.'s own Alberto López (Jungle Fire, Rumbankete) for a special tribute to the Southern California sojourns of artists such as Juan García Esquivel, Lalo Schifrin, Maria Grever, and Johnny Richards.

This performance is part of the initiative Pacific Standard Time: LA/LA.

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  Ear Ornament Depicting a Warrior, 640–680, Moche culture. Gold, turquoise, wood. Museo Tumbas Reales de Sipán, Ministerio de Cultura del Peru. Photo: Juan Pablo Murrugarra Villanueva

Imperial Radiance: Luxury Arts in the Land of the Incas

Sunday, September 17, 3:00 p.m. | The Getty Center
Joanne Pillsbury, curator at the Metropolitan Museum of Art and co-curator of Golden Kingdoms, explores the development of luxury culture in the ancient Andes, from the earliest ornaments in gold created more than 3,000 years ago in Peru, to the spectacular achievements of artists in the royal courts of the Inca, including Machu Picchu. Complementing the exhibition Golden Kingdoms, this talk casts new light on the brilliance of ancient American artists and their legacy.

This talk is part of the initiative Pacific Standard Time: LA/LA.

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David Hockney Poster

This poster reproduces David Hockney's iconic collage, Pearblossom Hwy., 11–18th April 1986, #2. The almost eight hundred photographs were created on-site in California's Antelope Valley over eight days, and the resulting composition, which rivals the size of his paintings, encapsulates Hockney's understanding of photography as “drawing with a camera.”

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Los Angeles Philharmonic

Mozart 1791: Music from Mozart's Final Year

In his last year of life, Mozart composed extraordinary music, including his final piano concerto and The Magic Flute. Be part of this remarkable journey through time with Gustavo Dudamel leading the Los Angeles Philharmonic and guest artists from around the world.

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Highlights at a Glance—September 2017


Golden Kingdoms: Luxury and Legacy in the Ancient Americas
(September 16, 2017–January 28, 2018)
Photography in Argentina, 1850–2010: Contradiction and Continuity (September 16, 2017–January 28, 2018)
The Metropolis in Latin America, 1830–1930 (September 16, 2017–January 7, 2018)
Making Art Concrete: Works from Argentina and Brazil in the Colección Patricia Phelps de Cisneros (September 16, 2017–February 11, 2018)


Happy Birthday, Mr. Hockney (Through November 26)
The Birth of Pastel (Through December 17)


Illuminating Women in the Medieval World (Through September 17)


Talk: Imperial Radiance: Luxury Arts in the Land of the Incas (September 17)


Roman Mosaics across the Empire (Through January 8)


Performance: Iphigenia in Aulis (September 7–30)


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