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  View of the Barbara and Lawrence Fleischman Theater and the entrance of the J. Paul Getty Museum at the Getty Villa

Outdoor Classical Theater: The Heal

Thursdays–Saturdays, September 5–25, 8:00 p.m. | The Getty Villa
Experience theater under the stars at the Getty Villa! In this bold new version of Sophocles's timeless tale of hurting and healing, the wounded Philoctetes has suffered alone on a desert island for years, stranded there thanks to Odysseus. But now Odysseus needs Phil's magic weapons to win the Trojan War, and enlists Achilles's daughter Nia to help make peace. Written and directed by Aaron Posner; music by Cliff Eberhardt; co-produced by Maryland's Round House Theatre.

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Ever Present: Plantasia

Saturday, September 7, 3:00–9:00 p.m. | The Getty Center
Ever Present teams up with Brooklyn-based record label Sacred Bones and curiosities guide Atlas Obscura for a celebration of Mother Earth's Plantasiaby by electronic composer by Mort Garson. The listening experience of this groundbreaking album is designed especially for the pleasure of the plants in Robert Irwin's Central Garden, but of course, people may join the plant audience and enjoy Garson's kaleidoscopic and atmospheric music, too!

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Off the 405: Ex Hex

Saturday, September 14, 6:00 p.m. | The Getty Center
When Ex Hex exploded onto the scene with its unfettered brand of rock and riffage, the power trio for a new era had finally arrived. On vocals and guitar is Mary Timony, a beloved figure of the D.C. indie and punk scenes known for her bands Helium, Autoclave, and Wild Flag, a collaboration with Sleater-Kinney's Carrie Brownstein and Janet Weiss. Joining her are Betsy Wright on bass and vocals, and Laura Harris on drums.

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  Still from Citizen Lane showing Derbhle Crotty as Lady Gregory and Tom Vaughan-Lawlor as Hugh Lane

Citizen Lane

Thursday, September 5, 7:00 p.m. | The Getty Center
The Getty Research Institute presents a special screening of Citizen Lane (2018, 84 minutes, BluRay), a portrait of Irish modern-art collector Hugh Lane. Set in Dublin in the early 20th century, the film richly narrates the story of Lane's establishment of the first public modern art gallery. Morna O'Neill, associate professor of art at Wake Forest University and author of Hugh Lane: The Art Market and the Art Museum 1893–1915, will introduce the film and host a Q&A after the screening.

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  Mary Beard. Photo: Robin Cormack

Mary Beard: The Twelve Caesars in Modern Art

Wednesday, September 18, 7:00 p.m. | The Getty Center
Renowned classicist Mary Beard goes on the hunt for depictions of Roman emperors since the Renaissance—from misidentified portraits to lost masterpieces, and from wallpaper to costly images of power. Beard is professor of classics at the University of Cambridge, the author of numerous award-winning and bestselling books about the ancient world, and a frequent host on the BBC. She is also a recipient of the 2019 J. Paul Getty Medal.

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  Squat lekythos (oil flask) depicting Philoktetes on Lemnos (detail), 420 B.C., Greek, Attic. Terracotta. The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York. Creative Commons CCO 1.0

Sophocles's Philoctetes—From Wounding to Healing

Saturday, September 21, 3:00 p.m. | The Getty Villa
What can Sophocles's play Philoctetes teach us about how we treat the vulnerable and wounded, and how we respond to being wounded ourselves? Marina McCoy, specialist in ancient Greek philosophy at Boston College, explores this Greek tragedy and its themes of friendship, betrayal, and healing. Complements the Getty Villa's outdoor theater production The Heal.

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Is Journalism Really About Social Justice?

Wednesday, September 25, 7:30 p.m. | The Getty Center
Pulitzer Prize-winning photojournalist Carolyn Cole, Guardian US editor John Mulholland, and Adam Clayton Powell III, director of Washington Programs for the USC Annenberg School of Journalism, examine what journalists owe to society—and to the real people whose stories they tell.

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Drawing from the Masters: Drawing on the Edge

Sundays, September 1 and 15, 3:30–5:30 p.m. | The Getty Center
Discover how contour drawing can be used to investigate the form, shape, and movement in a human figure and more with Kaitlynn Redell. Materials are provided and all experience levels welcome.

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Art Circles

Saturday, September 21, 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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Artist at Work: The Camera

Sunday, September 22, 12:30–3:30 p.m. | The Getty Center
Drop by as photographer Luther Gerlach explores the art and science of photography through the evolution of historical cameras and lenses from daguerreotype to digital. View early "mouse traps," unusual panoramic cameras, mammoth plate cameras, microscope cameras, multi-lens cameras, and even cameras disguised as handbags. Complements the exhibition In Focus: The Camera.

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  Statue of a Victorious Youth, 300–100 B.C., Greek. Bronze with inlaid copper. The J. Paul Getty Museum

Drawing from Antiquity: Contrapposto

Saturday, September 28, 11:00 a.m.–12:30 p.m. | The Getty Villa
Human figures in classical Greek and Roman art appeared dynamic even when standing still. Discover the shifts in pose and balance that enliven bronze and marble statues in our galleries, and draw your favorite.

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  Equisetum sylvaticum (detail), 1853, Anna Atkins and Anne Dixon. Cyanotype. The J. Paul Getty Museum

Fun in the Sun: Photography Workshop

Sundays, September 15 and 22, 11:00 a.m.–2:30 p.m. | The Getty Center
Harness the power of the sun to make one-of-a-kind photographic prints—called cyanotypes—by arranging flowers, leaves, letters, stencils, and more on light-sensitive fabric. Each sun-soaked print makes a unique and surprising keepsake. Learn more about this free, drop-in program:

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  Cornelia Funke at the Getty Center in December 2017

A Colorful Afternoon: Cornelia Funke's Adventures through the Bauhaus

Sunday, September 29, 2:00 p.m. | The Getty Center
Award-winning children's author Cornelia Funke reads her latest Getty story featuring the pirate and ghost William Dampier, who protects the Getty Center from other ghosts and spirits. Funke's latest tale follows Pirate Dampier to the Bauhaus where he encounters an artistic world of shapes, colors, and materials on the occasion of the exhibition Bauhaus Beginnings.

A reception, craft project, and tour of Bauhaus Beginnings follow.

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New Van Gogh Tote

This vivid tote bag captures one of the J. Paul Getty Museum's most popular paintings, Irises, by Vincent van Gogh. The durable bag folds up and snaps shut to fit easily in a purse or pocket.

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  Photo: Lydia Lee

Your VIP Private View invitation to the Other Art Fair Los Angeles

Thursday–Sunday, September 5–8
The Other Art Fair, Barker Hangar, Santa Monica. Presented by Saatchi Art in partnership with BOMBAY SAPPHIRE®. Thousands of artworks to buy from 140 independent artists supported by a program of unique immersive experiences.

RSVP to the VIP Private View opening, Thursday, September 5 (6:00 p.m.–10:00 p.m.). Includes free Private View parking, Bombay cocktails, tote bag, and entry to all four fair days.

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Los Angeles Philharmonic: Beethoven's Ninth

Tuesday and Thursday, August 27 and 29, 8:00 p.m.
Experience one of the supreme achievements in Western music on August 27 and 29 at the Hollywood Bowl when the LA Phil brings to life Beethoven's 9th and final symphony, which was completely unheard by the deaf composer except in his imagination.

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Highlights at a Glance—September


Reading between the Lines: Drawing Illustrations Through September 15, 2019
John Martin: A New Acquisition Through October 6, 2019
Eighteenth-Century Pastel Portraits Through October 13, 2019
Bauhaus Beginnings Through October 13, 2019
Bauhaus: Building the New Artist (online exhibition) Ongoing
An Enduring Icon: Notre-Dame Cathedral Through October 20, 2019
Blurring the Line: Manuscripts in the Age of Print Through October 27, 2019
Gordon Parks: The Flávio Story Through November 10, 2019
Once. Again. Photographs in Series Through November 10, 2019
In Focus: The Camera Through January 5, 2020
Flight of Fancy: The Galle Chandelier Through April 19, 2020


Buried by Vesuvius: Treasures from the Villa dei Papiri Through October 28, 2019


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