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Grave treasures from the Republic of Georgia, the Chimaera of Arezzo, Saturdays Off the 405, French landscapes, Garden Concerts for Kids, and more

August 2009

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Free family fun continues all summer at the Getty! See the line-up on our Free Family Fun page, where you can also click to great kids' programs at other L.A. destinations.

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The Golden Graves of Ancient Vani
Through October 5
The Getty Villa
The ancient settlement of Vani, in what is now the Republic of Georgia, was rich in gold and enjoyed a vibrant cultural exchange with the Greeks and Persians. See spectacular objects uncovered at Vani, including intricate jewelry and elegant vessels from the tombs of the elite, as well as enigmatic figurines and newly discovered bronze lamps that reveal tantalizing clues about this vanished culture.

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Treasures from Vani's golden graves, on view now
Necklace with Turtle Pendants (detail), Colchian, about 450 B.C. Georgian National Museum. Photo: Amiran Kiladze. Banner image: Multicolored Beads, possibly Eastern Mediterranean, 350–300 B.C. Georgian National Museum. Photo: Rob Harrell, Freer and Sackler Galleries

The Chimaera of Arezzo
Through February 8, 2010
The Getty Villa
One of the greatest masterpieces of Etruscan art comes to the Getty Villa on rare loan from the National Archaeological Museum in Florence. Meet the Chimaera—the fire-breathing hybrid monster of ancient myth—and explore how the creature and the hero who slew her were portrayed on vases and cups, coins and rings across five centuries of ancient art.

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A triple-headed fire-breathing monster, on view now
The Chimaera of Arezzo (detail), Etruscan, about 400 B.C. Soprintendenza per i Beni Archeologici della Toscana—Museo Archeologico Nazionale, Firenze. Photo by Ferdinando Guerrini

Capturing Nature's Beauty: Three Centuries of French Landscapes
July 28–November 1
The Getty Center
See how the masters of French art, including Nicolas Poussin, Claude Lorrain, François Boucher, Jean-Honoré Fragonard, and Camille Pissarro, transformed rocks, water, sky, and vegetation into a new art form: landscape. The beautiful drawings in this exhibition reveal how artists of the 1600s, 1700s, and 1800s struggled to represent, and sometimes improve upon, the natural world.

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Landscapes of France, on view starting July 28
Landscape with a Bare Tree and a Plowman, Léon Bonvin, 1864
Jo Ann Callis's provocative photographs, closing August 9
Jo Ann Callis: Untitled (Doughnut), #12 (detail), 1993. © Jo Ann Callis

Also on View
Closing August 9 are Jo Ann Callis: Woman Twirling and Paul Outerbridge: Command Performance, which present daring and innovative photographs by two modern masters.

Temptation and Salvation: The Psalms of King David, featuring beautiful manuscript illuminations of the Psalms, closes August 16.

Rediscovering French bronze sculpture, on view now
Cast in bronze: Pluto Abducting Proserpine (detail), François Girardon, 1693–1710

Cast in Bronze: French Sculpture from Renaissance to Revolution, featuring masterpieces of the 1500, 1600s, and 1700s, continues through September 27.

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Saturdays Off the 405
Saturday, August 8, 2009, 6:00–9:00 p.m.
The Getty Center
Exit Getty Center Drive for L.A.'s coolest open-air party! This month, the Dodos create an energetic sound with guitar and drums—music that perfectly complements a summer night outdoors, and in the galleries. DJ Turquoise Wisdom opens and closes. It's free, no reservations required—and parking is FREE after 5:00 p.m.

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Saturdays Off the 405, August 8

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Outdoor Theater Production at the Getty Villa: Aristophanes' Peace
Previews: Thursday–Saturday, September 3–5, 8:00 p.m.
Performances: Thursday–Saturday, September 10–October 3, 8:00 p.m.
The Getty Villa
The comic heroes of Culture Clash and guest director Bill Rauch invoke the revolutionary spirit of Aristophanes in freely adapting his zany and visionary utopian satire for the Getty Villa. Tickets are $42, students/seniors $36. A few tickets are left for the three previews, only $20.

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Culture Clash tackles Aristophanes - tickets on sale now
Culture Clash gets ready to take on Aristophanes.

L E C T U R E S   &   C O N V E R S A T I O N S

Paul Martineau's lecture on Paul Outerbridge, originally scheduled for July 9, will take place on Sunday, July 26. Learn more.

Lectures and Conferences

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The Art of Translation: French Bronzes and Their Making
Thursday, August 6, 7:00 p.m.
The Getty Center
Explore the complex techniques used to create French bronze sculptures of the 1500s, 1600s, and 1700s, subject of the current exhibition Cast in Bronze: French Sculpture from Renaissance to Revolution. Art historian Francesca G. Bewer reveals the process of creating graceful forms in unwieldy bronze, as well as the politics and personalities behind the masterpieces. Free; reservations required.

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Lecture on French bronzes, August 6
Jupiter (detail), Michel Anguier, cast 1652–1700

Prospects and Promenades: French Landscapes from Claude to Monet
Sunday, August 16, 3:00 p.m.
The Getty Center
When Pissarro looked at a tree, did he see a thing of beauty, or raw natural material to be improved upon? Art historian Richard Rand explores the tension between the ideal and the real in the French landscape tradition to complement the exhibition Capturing Nature's Beauty: Three Centuries of French Landscapes. Free; reservations required.

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Lecture on landscape, August 16
Louveciennes, Route de Saint-Germain (detail), Camille Pissarro, 1871

F O R  F A M I L I E S

Free Family Fun

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Garden Concerts for Kids
Saturdays and Sundays, August 15 & 16, 22 & 23, and 29 & 30, 4:00–5:30 p.m.
The Getty Center
Enjoy the best of children's music in the great outdoors at Garden Concerts for Kids, offering three weekends of kid-tastic, sing-along fun in the Central Garden courtesy of Recess Monkey, Trout Fishing in America, and Justin Roberts. Make it an afternoon—come early to browse the galleries, wander the gardens, and picnic on the grass. Free; no reservations required.

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Garden Concerts for Kids, weekends in August
Trout Fishing in America performs twangy tunes on August 22 and 23

10-Year Anniversary Celebration for the Art & Language Arts Program
Saturday, August 15, 1:00–4:00 p.m.
The Getty Center
Join us for an afternoon of family fun celebrating 10 years of our Art & Language Arts Program, which introduces K–5 teachers to strategies for developing students' skills in language and visual arts. Enjoy storytelling and student performances, see student artwork, and more! Free; registration required. Call (310) 440-7300 to register.

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Family fun celebrates education in the arts, August 15
Celebrate ten years of teaching and learning with free family activities at the Getty Center.

Event Calendar

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Event Calendar

Get a day-by-day list of everything we offer on our event calendar.

Sketch in the Getty Center's Central Garden at Getty Drawing Hour on August 2, and handle replicas of ancient gems and the tools used to carve them at special gem-handling sessions on Thursdays at the Getty Villa from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m.

Learn how to paint lifelike sculpture, cast your own bronze medallion, explore moments of transition in art history, and more at our many courses and demonstrations.

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