Allegory of Fortune (detail), about 1530, Dosso Dossi. Oil on canvas. The J. Paul Getty Museum
OPENING THIS MONTH
Vanitas, 1485, Hans Memling. Oil on oak panel. Musée des Beaux-Arts,
Strasbourg. Photo: M. Bertola
The Renaissance Nude
October 30, 2018–January 27, 2019 | The Getty Center
Inspired by a renewed interest in classical sculpture and closer study of nature, Renaissance artists made the nude body ever more vibrant, lifelike, and central to their practice. Yet, pious European Renaissance society was troubled by the nude and its new sensuality—a conflicted response echoed in the world today, where images of nudity have become ubiquitous. This exhibition, with more than 100 objects by Leonardo da Vinci, Raphael, Michelangelo, Dürer, and others, traces the nude's controversial emergence and its transformative effect on European art and culture.
Tablet with Instructions for the Deceased in the Underworld, 350–300 BC, Greek.
Gold. The J. Paul Getty Museum. Gift of Lenore Barozzi
Underworld: Imagining the Afterlife
October 31, 2018–March 18, 2019
| The Getty Villa
What did ancient Greeks believe would happen to them after they died? Organized around a monumental funerary vessel on loan from National Archaeological Museum in Naples and recently conserved at the Getty Villa, this exhibition explores depictions of the underworld in the art of Greece and southern Italy. Beyond tales of famous wrongdoers and rulers of the dead, the works on view highlight the desire for a blessed existence after death and the ways in which individuals sought to achieve a happier afterlife.
An Anthology of Chance Operations, ed. La Monte Young, designed by George Maciunas, 1962, frontispiece pages, Getty Research Institute, Los Angeles
Introduction to Fluxus
Sunday, October 14, 2:00 p.m. | The Getty Center
In a co-presentation with the LA Philharmonic, leading Fluxus
scholar Natilee Harren uses the Getty's extensive archives
of Fluxus-related ephemera to present the movement in its
historical context. Then, Christopher Rountree and members of
the LA Phil perform from original Fluxus scores. The
program is followed by an outdoor participatory workshop
with Rebekah Heller of the International Contemporary
Ensemble designed around the music of Pauline Oliveros.
Felicia Rice with her book DOC/UNDOC. Still from "VISIONARIES," PBS, 2018
Screening of Craft in America: "VISIONARIES"
Saturday, October 20, 2:00 p.m. | The Getty Center
The Getty Research Institute presents the world premiere of the newest episode from PBS's award-winning documentary series Craft in America. This episode features book artist Felicia Rice, weaver Kay Sekimachi, textile designer and founder of LongHouse Reserve Jack Lenor Larsen, collector Forrest L. Merrill, and artists of Black Mountain College.
Getty Research Institute curator Marcia Reed will provide opening remarks.
This screening complements the exhibition Artists and Their Books / Books and Their Artists, on view at the Getty Research Institute through October 28.
Ivan Shaw, photography director for Condé Nast, leads a discussion with prominent fashion photography professionals about changes in the industry at the end of the 20th century. Participants include fashion designer Andrea Lieberman, photographer Glen Luchford, and fashion model Carolyn Murphy (schedule permitting).
The Body Politic Hilton Als and Paul Sepuya: Intimate Bodies
Saturday, October 13, 7:00 p.m. | The Getty Center
Informed by a critical understanding of art history, photographer Paul Sepuya complicates the relationship between artist and subject, challenging conventions in the genres of the nude and self-portraiture. New Yorker theater critic Hilton Als joins Sepuya to discuss representation, nudity, and intimacy.
Portrait of Cicero, 1st century AD, Roman; marble. Capitoline Museums, Rome
Cicero on Friendship: Ancient Wisdom for Modern Times
Sunday, October 21, 3:00 p.m.
| The Getty Villa
Social media and easy online relationships make true friendship more important than ever. Over 2,000 years ago, the Roman politician and philosopher Cicero wrote a short guide to finding, keeping, and appreciating friends that remains compelling today. For as Cicero said, life without friends is not worth living. Classics professor Philip Freeman presents key ideas from his recent translation of Cicero's timeless work.
Mask of a Satyr, 200–100 BC, Greek. Terracotta with polychromy (brownish red, orange red, white, black, pink, sky blue). The J. Paul Getty Museum. Gift of Barbara and Lawrence Fleischman
Drawing from Antiquity: Expression
Saturday, October 13, 11 a.m.–12:30 p.m.
| The Getty Villa
Using theater masks and other objects in the Villa collection, practice drawing techniques to make your work striking and dynamic. Learn how to use line drawing to make facial features look expressive.
Saturday, October 13, 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 in this free, drop-in program. Complements the installation and exhibitions: A Queen's Treasure from Versailles: Marie-Antoinette's Japanese Lacquer, All That Glitters, and Eighteenth-Century Pastel Portraits.
Saturday, October 13, 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.
Sunday, October 14, 11:00 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. | The Getty Center
How did knights get their shining armor? Join master blacksmith Tony Swatton, proprietor of the local armory The Sword and The Stone, and discover how medieval and Renaissance arms and armor were made. Then explore gauntlets, helmets and more at the interactive touch table. Complements the exhibition All that Glitters: Life in the Renaissance Court.
Saturdays, October 20 and 27, 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.
Susan Hill's acclaimed ghost story arrives in Pasadena! A man obsessed, believing his family has been cursed by a ghostly woman in black, tells his terrifying story to exorcise the fear that grips his soul. This thrilling production will keep you on the edge of your seat and awake at night for days to come.
Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays, November 8, 9, 10, and 15, 16, 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.