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Los Angeles #1, 1969, Anthony Hernandez. Gelatin silver print. The J. Paul Getty Museum, Purchased in part with funds provided by the Photographs Council. © Anthony Hernandez


  Portrait of a Couple, about 1873, Reverend William Ellis. Albumen silver print. The J. Paul Getty Museum

Unseen: 35 Years of Collecting Photographs

December 17, 2019–March 8, 2020 | The Getty Center
Commemorating the 35th anniversary of the Museum's collection of photographs, this exhibition reveals the breadth and depth of the Getty's acquisitions through an array of its hidden treasures, none of which have been exhibited at the Getty before. Spanning the history of the medium from its early years to the present day, Unseen highlights visual associations between photographs from different times and places to encourage fresh discoveries and underscore a sense of continuity and change within the history of photography.

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  Figure adapted from The Black Anna, Käthe Kollwitz, 1903. Pencil with white and orange highlights on gray-brown laid paper. Dr. Richard A. Simms Collection. The Getty Research Institute, 2016.PR.34

Käthe Kollwitz: Prints, Process, Politics

December 3, 2019–March 29, 2020 | The Getty Center
Käthe Kollwitz, one of the foremost graphic artists of the 20th century, is celebrated for her affecting portrayals of the hardships of war, poverty, and injustice and for her technical virtuosity. A selection of works on paper from the Dr. Richard A. Simms Collection at the Getty Research Institute—
including rare preparatory drawings, working proofs, and trial prints—sheds light on Kollwitz's creative process and reveals the depth of her social and political engagement.

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  Virgin and Child with Saint Elizabeth and Saint John the Baptist, about 1540–45, Bronzino (Agnolo di Mariano Tori). Oil on panel. The J. Paul Getty Museum

Museum Acquisitions 2019: Director's Choice

December 10, 2019–March 1, 2020 | The Getty Center
The Getty is renowned for its ambitious collecting. This inaugural exhibition of recent acquisitions by the Getty Museum highlights the most important works of art added to the collection in the past year. Selected by the museum's director, Museum Acquisitions 2019 includes ancient gems and sculpture; Renaissance and 19th-century paintings; Renaissance sculpture; medieval manuscripts; old-master drawings; and 20th-century and contemporary photography.

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  Maxwell Barr reviews the fabric recreated from Manet's Jeanne (Spring). Photograph by Lauren Noble

Artist at Work: Fashion and Impressionism

Saturday, December 7, 1:00–3:00 p.m. | The Getty Center
Modern life, fashion, and art intersected in the works of the French Impressionists, rendering a new and influential Parisian aesthetic. Join costume historian Maxwell Barr and discover how corsets, bustles, bonnets, and more shaped 19th-century silhouettes, attitudes, and tastes as he outfits a live model in a series of period costumes, including a remarkable recreation of the dress featured in Édouard Manet's painting Jeanne (Spring) from the Getty collection. Complements the exhibition Manet and Modern Beauty.

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  Excavation box with papyri from Elephantine Island. Photograph by Sandra Steiss © Egyptian Museum and Papyrus Collection, The Berlin State Museums, SPK

Virtual Reading of Ancient Egyptian Papyri from Elephantine Island

Saturday, December 7, 3:00 p.m. | The Getty Villa
Thousands of ancient papyri and other manuscripts from Elephantine Island, on the Nile River near Egypt's southern border, trace 4,000 years of cultural history and everyday life. Egyptologist Verena Lepper shares her research on these precious documents and her larger project to make them digitally available through virtual unfolding techniques.

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  The Café-Concert, about 1878–79, Édouard Manet. Oil on canvas. The Walters Art Museum, Baltimore, Maryland, 37.893

Manet Weekend

Saturday, December 7: lecture at 4:00, concert at 7:30
Sunday, December 8: symposium 10:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m. | The Getty Center
Three events over one weekend celebrate the Getty Musuem's major fall exhibition, Manet and Modern Beauty. Join us for a behind-the-scenes conversation featuring Getty curators Scott Allan and Emily Beeny with Art Institute of Chicago curator Gloria Groom; a concert focusing on late 19th-century French music organized by professor Ambroise Aubrun; and a daylong public symposium showcasing the latest in Manet scholarship.

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  Chamonix, Mer de Glace, Mont Blanc Massif, June 1854. John Ruskin and Frederick Crawley. Daguerreotype. From the collection of the Ruskin Library

Why We Need Ruskin Now

Tuesday, December 10, 7:00 p.m. | The Getty Center
Art historian Tim Barringer proposes that the critical practice of Victorian-era art critic John Ruskin (1819–1900) offers the potential to renew art-historical thinking today. In words and images, Ruskin asked: What can we learn from the natural world and how should we care for it? How should historical monuments be understood and preserved? What is the role of art in education? And finally, how can we make a more just society?

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  Moss Roses in a Vase, about 1882, Édouard Manet. Oil on canvas. Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute, Williamstown, Massachusetts

Drawing from the Masters: Flowers

Sundays, December 1 and 15, 3:30–5:30 p.m. | The Getty Center
Join botanical artist Deborah Shaw to discover the art of drawing flowers and explore basic flower structure, gesture, and shading to create a unique floral portrait.

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  Relief panel (detail), about 883–859 B.C., Neo-Assyrian. Gypsum alabaster. The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Gift of John D. Rockefeller Jr. 1932

Making Scents of the Ancient World: Aromas of Mesopotamia

Saturdays, December 7 and 14, 11:00 a.m.–3:00 p.m. | The Getty Villa
Perfume was everywhere in the ancient world, from oils used to scent or heal the body to aromatic incense burned in homes and temples. The ancient Mesopotamians and Assyrians developed scented oils suitable for hair, beard, and body using fragrant plants, flowers, resins, and spices. Build your own perfume incorporating ingredients used in antiquity and bring the past home with you. Complements the exhibition Assyria: Palace Art of Ancient Iraq.

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  Mummy Portrait of a Woman (detail), A.D. 175–200, Romano-Egyptian. Tempera on wood. The J. Paul Getty Museum

Drawing from Antiquity: Mummy Portraits

Saturday, December 14, 11:00 a.m.–12:30 p.m. | The Getty Villa
Take part in the centuries-old tradition of sketching from ancient works by drawing from the Getty Museum's collection and sights at the Villa. Discover some surprisingly familiar-looking faces among the surviving images of Greco-Roman Egyptians. After looking closely at the Villa's collection of colorful mummy portraits, learn the different ways they were painted in antiquity and create your own artwork using tempera paints.

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  Alice Neel with paintings in her apartment, 1940. Photo: Sam Brody. © Estate of Alice Neel

Recording Artists: Radical Women

In this new series, art historian Helen Molesworth explores the lives and work of six artists—Alice Neel, Lee Krasner, Betye Saar, Helen Frankenthaler, Yoko Ono, and Eva Hesse. Listen today to hear rare audiotaped interviews and fresh perspectives on what it meant—and still means—to be a woman making art.

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The Medea Insurrection: Radical Women Artists Behind the Iron Curtain

at the Wende Museum

Through April 5, 2020
The Medea Insurrection highlights a generation of risk-taking Eastern European women artists whose work has rarely been exhibited before now, alongside works by present-day Los Angeles artists. This is the first major exhibition on critical, countercultural, and dissident women artists in Eastern Europe during the Cold War.

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Highlights at a Glance—December


Bauhaus: Building the New Artist (online exhibition) Ongoing
In Focus: The Camera Through January 5, 2020
Manet and Modern Beauty Through January 12, 2020
True Grit: American Prints and Photographs from 1900 to 1950 Through January 19, 2020
Balthazar: A Black African King in Medieval and Renaissance Art Through February 16, 2020
Flight of Fancy: The Galle Chandelier Through April 19, 2020
Peasants in Pastel: Millet and the Pastel Revival Through May 10, 2020


Assyria: Palace Art of Ancient Iraq Through September 5, 2022


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