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Annual Outdoor Theater Production:

Bacchae by Euripides

Thursdays through Saturdays, September 6–29,
8:00 p.m.
| The Getty Villa
Packed with striking scenes, frenzied emotion, and choral songs of great power and beauty, Bacchae endures as one of Euripides's greatest surviving plays. Dionysus, the god of wine, ritual madness, fertility, and theater, arrives in disguise at his birthplace in Greece. As revenge for a personal slight, he begins to spread his cult among the people of Thebes. King Pentheus, fearing the ensuing disorder, imprisons him. This misguided attempt to thwart divine will leads to catastrophe.

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Off the 405: Vagabon

Saturday, September 15, 6:00 p.m. | The Getty Center
The Getty Center's annual outdoor concert series brings some of today's most exciting bands to the stage for a memorable experience amid stunning architecture and breathtaking sunset views. September 15: Vagabon, the indie-pop project of Laetitia Tamko. Blending elements of African music with punk and electronic-leaning instrumentation, Vagabon's powerfully personal songs, buoyed by a soaring, emotional tenor and intricate guitar work, explore questions of community and family from her distinct and original perspective. DJ set by Nicole Miglis of Hundred Waters.

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  Installation view of Icons of Style: A Century of Fashion Photography, 1911–2011. In foreground: Woman's Coat, "Seashell," 1985, Issey Miyake. Cotton, linen, nylon knit. Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Gift from the Collection of Regina J. Drucker

Family Festival

Sunday, September 9, 10:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m. | The Getty Center
Dance to the sounds of a century of music as you delve into the world of fashion, image, style, beauty, and photography. This free, daylong and creatively interactive festival is inspired by the exhibition Icons of Style: A Century of Fashion Photography, 1911–2011. Vogue, vamp, and pose at our photo booth, then design a magazine cover with your photo as the feature. Glam it up at the Getty for this day of hands-on, stylish fun!

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Ancient Accessories

Saturdays, September 8 and 22, 11:30 a.m.–3:30 p.m. | The Getty Villa
Portraits from ancient Palmyra show people accessorizing with beautiful and ornate jewelry. Elaborate bracelets, earrings, and headpieces paired with intricately patterned clothing tell us that these ancient people had serious style. Explore the exhibition Palmyra: Loss and Remembrance with your family and make your own unique piece of jewelry to take home.

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  State dinner with the President of France and Mrs. Macron (Official White House Photo by Andrea Hanks)

An American Court: A Conversation with Former White House Curator William Allman

Wednesday, September 5, 7:00 p.m | The Getty Center
William Allman, former head curator of the White House collection, and manuscripts curator Larisa Grollemond discuss how the White House, with a collection of arts and furniture that communicates political values, serves as the American version of a Renaissance court. Their conversation reveals the history of the White House collection, how it is maintained, and how various presidents have used art to help define their administrations and deliver cultural messages.

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  Theater directors Anne Bogart (photo by Craig Schwartz) and Tazewell Thompson (photo by Fabian Obispo)

Why Perform Greek Tragedy Today?
A Conversation with Theater Luminaries Anne Bogart and Tazewell Thompson

Saturday, September 8, 3:00 p.m. | The Getty Villa
Plays written 2,500 years ago continue to lure directors and actors to the stage. What is it about these ancient stories that makes them endure? Acclaimed directors Anne Bogart and Tazewell Thompson discuss contemporary reasons for staging Greek tales of war, betrayal, and revenge, the struggle to stay true to the ancient voice, and why Euripides's Bacchae pushes the boundaries of Greek tragedy.

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  Diderot Project, page spread introducing the section "Imagination: The Senses," Ken Botnick, 2015. The Getty Research Institute, 2015-B2

The Diderot Project: Transparency as Metaphor

Thursday, September 13, 7:00 p.m. | The Getty Center
Eighteenth-century French philosopher and art critic Denis Diderot advocated for transparency in society with a call for less mystery and more mastery. This concept has fueled printer and publisher Ken Botnick's search for a contemporary visual metaphor expressed in design, material, and print. What began as a book about Diderot's Encyclopédie (1751–77) evolved over time into a multivoiced conversation on the nature of craft, tools, memory, and imagination, while provoking questions about authorship in artists' books.

This lecture complements the exhibition Artists and Their Books / Books and Their Artists, on view at the Getty Research Institute through October 28, 2018.

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Drawing from the Masters: Foreshortening

Sundays, September 2 and 16, 3:30–5:30 p.m. | The Getty Center
Explore the dynamics and simple mechanics of foreshortening to create life-like drawings with artist Peter Zokosky.

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  Nude Woman with a Snake, about 1637, Rembrandt Harmensz. van Rijn. Red chalk with white gouache heightening. The J. Paul Getty Museum

Artist at Work: Rembrandt's Drawing Materials and Techniques

Sundays, September 2 and 16, 1:00–2:00 p.m. | The Getty Center
Rembrandt, one of the most skilled and prolific draftsmen of the Dutch Golden Age, created drawings of impressive economy, spontaneity, and nuanced expression. Discover the drawing materials and techniques favored by Rembrandt including black and red chalks, ink with quill and reed pens, and various brushes and washes in this interactive demonstration led by artist Peter Zokosky. Complements the exhibition Masterful Likeness: Dutch Drawings of the Golden Age.

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Art Circles

Saturday, September 8, 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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  Water Jar with Herakles and Iolaos Attacking the Hydra, about 525 BC, attributed to Eagle Painter. Terracotta. The J. Paul Getty Museum

Drawing from Antiquity: Vase Stories

Saturday, September 15, 11:00 a.m.–12:30 p.m. | The Getty Villa
Greek vases tell stories from myth, daily life, and even ancient theater. Learn about the fascinating stories on several vases in the Villa and imagine a story you might tell. Then draw your own composition on vase-shaped paper.

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  Model in the demonstration

Artist at Work: French Fashion

Saturday, September 29, 12:30–2:30 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. This free, drop-in program complements A Queen's Treasure from Versailles: Marie-Antoinette's Japanese Lacquer.

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Summer Book Sale

50% Off Selected Getty Publications

Have you ever wanted to immerse yourself in the epic adventures of a medieval nobleman? Or find out how Rome fell over 1600 years ago? Or discover the hidden meanings in works of art? Shop our Summer Book Sale and find out! Offer valid online and in our Center and Villa stores through September 30.

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The Get Animated Invasion Is Crash-Landing in LA!

Limited tickets available. On display
August 18–September 9.
The GRAMMY Museum has teamed up with Warner Bros. to present The Get Animated Invasion. Celebrate the music that generations have come to know and love, and experience the music of your favorite cartoons like Bugs Bunny, Scooby-Doo, Tom and Jerry, and more at the GRAMMY Museum! Tickets on sale now.

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  The Punchinello Riding a Camel at the Head of a Caravan, late 1790s, Giovanni Domenico Tiepolo. Brush and brown ink over black chalk. The J. Paul Getty Museum

The Flight into Egypt: Drawings in Context

September 18–December 9, 2018 | The Getty Center
To celebrate the acquisition of Giovanni Domenico Tiepolo's The Punchinello Riding a Camel at the Head of a Caravan, the Museum has displayed it with two other drawings that offer creative reflections of the biblical Flight into Egypt theme.

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Highlights at a Glance—September


Beyond the Nile: Egypt and the Classical World Through September 9, 2018
Icons of Style: A Century of Fashion Photography, 1911–2011 Through October 21, 2018
In Focus: Expressions Through October 28, 2018
Artists and Their Books / Books and Their Artists Through October 28, 2018
Masterful Likeness: Dutch Drawings of the Golden Age Through October 28, 2018
All that Glitters: Life at the Renaissance Court Through December 2, 2018
A Queen's Treasure from Versailles: Marie-Antoinette's Japanese Lacquer Through January 6, 2019
LA #UNSHUTTERED: Teens Reframing Life in Los Angeles Through January 20, 2019
Art of Three Faiths: A Torah, a Bible, and a Qur'an Through February 3, 2019


Plato in L.A.: Contemporary Artists' Visions Through September 3, 2018
Palmyra: Loss and Remembrance Through May 27, 2019


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