Cowboy Elektra

Friday, January 24, 7:30 p.m.; Saturday, January 25, 3:00 and 7:30 p.m.; Sunday, January 26, 3:00 p.m. | The Getty Villa
Encounter a dusty crossroads where California history and Greek tragedy collide. Set in a saloon in 1869, Elektra's investigation of her father's death leads to a tragic revenge plot against her mother. This modern feminist tale features original songs, a mostly female ensemble, vintage puppetry, and multimedia. The Rogue Artists Ensemble debuts a visual, emotional collage that asks: how much can we truly control our fate? By award-winning playwright Meghan Brown, directed by Sean Cawelti, with songs by Z. Lupetin. Tickets $7.

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  Fear of Evolution, 1988–89, David Wojnarowicz. Acrylic photograph and collage on wood. Courtesy of the estate of David Wojnarowicz and P•P•O•W, New York. © Estate of David Wojnarowicz

Saturday Nights at Getty: ITSOFOMO

Saturday, January 11, 7:30 p.m. | The Getty Center
ITSOFOMO (In the Shadow of Forward Motion) is a multimedia performance created in 1989 by David Wojnarowicz in collaboration with composer and musician Ben Neill. Integrating music, text, and video in a multi-dimensional format, the work embodies the act of acceleration and its sensory manifestations. It is through this frame that Wojnarowicz addressed the accelerating AIDS crisis and the politics of AIDS in the United States at that time.

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  3MA. Photo: Cyrille Choupas

Sounds of L.A.: 3MA

Saturday, January 18, 7:00 p.m. and Sunday, January 19, 4:00 p.m. | The Getty Center
Formed in 2006, 3MA features Ballaké Sissoko and Driss El Maloumi on the lute-like instruments kora and oud, and Rajery on valiha, an instrument described as part-zither, part-lute. The three, hailing from Mali, Morocco, and Madagascar, create new compositions inspired by their respective traditions and deep friendship. The band's shared musical language brims with energy, harmony, and poetry.

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  Untitled (Self-Portrait with Bare-Chested, Tattooed Latino Man), 1986, Madoka Takagi. Platinum and palladium print. The J. Paul Getty Museum. © Estate of Madoka Takagi

In Focus: Platinum Photographs

January 21–May 31 | The Getty Center
Revered for its velvety matte surface and neutral palette, the platinum process, introduced in 1873, helped establish photography as a fine art. The process was championed by prominent photographers until platinum was embargoed during World War I, but it attracted renewed interest during the mid-20th century from a relatively small but dedicated community of practitioners. This exhibition draws from the J. Paul Getty Museum's collection to showcase some of the most striking prints made with platinum and the closely related palladium processes.

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  Photo: Matt Reiter

Artist at Work: Fashion and Impressionism

Saturday, January 11, 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, and bonnets 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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  Gus Casely-Hayford. Photo: Brad Simpson

Trade and Empire: African Art's Golden Age

Sunday, January 12, 2:00 p.m. | The Getty Center
During the Middle Ages, West Africa was home to rich and dynamic cultures that created objects whose power and beauty continue to resonate today. Most spectacular were those made of gold. In this talk, Gus Casely-Hayford, director of the Smithsonian's National Museum of African Art, traces the history of gold and the growth of West Africa's empires. By exploring this network, which includes the powerful emperor of Mali, Mansa Musa, he reveals the impact these former kingdoms continue to have on contemporary values and cultural expression.

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  Inspiration (detail), 1904 or 1905, Käthe Kollwitz. Getty Research Institute, 2016.PR.34. Partial Gift of Dr. Richard A. Simms

Iconic Intelligence—How Kollwitz Made Pictures Talk

Tuesday, January 28, 7:00 p.m. | The Getty Center
Käthe Kollwitz was a political artist, at least in the sense that she wanted to have an impact on viewers. But how do her images deliver messages without words? Annette Seeler, an independent scholar and former curator of the Käthe-Kollwitz-Museum Berlin, examines the unique strategy of pictorial communication that Kollwitz developed over seven years while producing her series Peasants' War (1901–1908).

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  Manhattan Midnight, about 1930, Ellison Hoover. Lithograph. The Huntington Library, Art Museum, and Botanical Gardens. Gift of Hannah S. Kully. On view at the Getty Center through January 19 in True Grit: American Prints and Photographs from 1900 to 1950.

Drawing from the Masters: The Art of Darkness

Sundays, January 5 and 19, 3:30–5:30 p.m. | The Getty Center
Discover the expressive power of light and shadow to create dramatic and evocative drawings with artist Kaitlynn Redell.

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  The Café-Concert, about 1879, Édouard Manet. Oil on canvas. The Walters Art Museum, Baltimore, Maryland, 37.893

Drinking in the Past: The Intoxicating Art of Impressionism
Talk and Tasting

Wednesday, January 8, and Friday, January 10, 6:00–9:00 p.m. | The Getty Center
French café and bar culture inspired discourse, drinking, and subject matter for many Impressionists. Join Maite Gomez-Rejón (ArtBites) in an exploration of the multilayered history of Édouard Manet's late-19th-century Paris. Then, raise a glass to Manet and discover four fabulous champagnes curated by Ian Blackburn (WineLA) at the wine tasting to follow in the Getty Restaurant (includes hearty appetizers). Tickets $75; ages 21 and over.

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  Bust of Commodus, A.D. 180–185, Roman. Marble. The J. Paul Getty Museum

Beautiful Folds: Sculpted Drapery

Saturday, January 11, 11:00 a.m.–12:30 p.m. | The Getty Villa
The depiction of fabric in ancient sculpture can create movement, enhance the human body, and even identify a figure. In this workshop, first explore the Villa's galleries looking closely at different types of fabric folds in marble and bronze, and then draw a sculpture that inspires you.

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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, January 18 and 25, 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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Art Circles

Saturday, January 18, 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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  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 for rare audiotaped interviews and fresh perspectives on what it meant—and still means—to be a woman making art.

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  Installation photograph, Fiji: Art and Life in the Pacific, Los Angeles County Museum of Art, through July 19, 2020. Photo © Museum Associates/LACMA

Fiji at LACMA

Through July 19, 2020
Now open, Fiji: Art and Life in the Pacific features 280 works from the Fiji Museum, British Museum, Smithsonian, and other major international collections—including portable temples, handmade weapons, and a 26-foot seaworthy sailing canoe.

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Highlights at a Glance—January


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
Museum Acquisitions 2019: Director's Choice Through March 1, 2020
Unseen: 35 Years of Collecting Photographs Through March 8, 2020
Käthe Kollwitz: Prints, Process, Politics Through March 29, 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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