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Final days for Parisian luxury and Cambodian bronzes, Saturdays Off the 405, free outdoor music for kids, and more

August 2011

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Paris: Life & Luxury
Closes August 7
The Getty Center
Don't miss the final days of this beautiful exhibition, which invites you into the world of an elite 18th-century Parisian. See exquisite furniture, fashion, silver, paintings, sculpture, musical instruments, clocks, and books and learn the secrets of their artistry, as well as how they were once used.

The exhibition features international loans along with selections from the Getty Museum's collection of decorative arts, "universally recognized as superlative" (L.A. Times).

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Download a free gallery game for kids on our blog, The Iris »

The life of luxury in Paris - closes August 7!
Exhibition gallery reimagining a Parisian town house in the 18th century. Banner image: Clock on Bracket (detail), Jean Romilly, Charles Cressent, and Jean-Joseph de Saint-Germain, about 1758

Fashion in the Middle Ages
Closes August 14
Costumes, historical and fanciful, in the pages of medieval manuscripts. Learn more »

Gods of Angkor: Bronzes from the National Museum of Cambodia
Closes August 14
Masterpieces of Khmer sculpture from the Hindu and Buddhist traditions. Learn more »

Display & Art History: The Düsseldorf Gallery and Its Catalogue
Closes August 21
A revealing look at the making of an early princely art gallery and its catalogue. Learn more »

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"In the Beginning Was the Word": Medieval Gospel Illumination
August 30–November 27, 2011
The Getty Center
See how artists brought the gospels of Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John to life with pigment and gold leaf on the pages of illuminated manuscripts. The exhibition explores the varied approaches to illustrating the life of Christ, presenting a wide variety of books including Armenian, Ethiopian, Byzantine, and Western European examples. Opens Tuesday, August 30.

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Gospels in medieval manuscript illumination - opens August 30
Saint John the Evangelist (detail) in an Armenian gospel book, 1615
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The Getty Conservation Institute

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The Getty supports arts initiatives around the world. Here is one program currently underway:

Workshops to Help Preserve Photographs in the Middle East
The Getty Conservation Institute is collaborating with the Qatar Museums Authority, the Art Conservation Department at the University of Delaware, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, and the Arab Image Foundation on a new series of training workshops that will focus on photographic collections in the Middle East. The first workshop is scheduled to take place in Beirut in November 2011.

Learn more about the Getty Conservation Institute's role in preserving photographic collections in the Middle East.

Training conservators to preserve photographs in Middle Eastern collections
Salted paper prints, created by participants in a previous workshop, are hung to dry.
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Performances and Films

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Trojan Women (after Euripides)
Thursdays–Saturdays, September 8–October 1, 8:00 p.m.
The Getty Villa
Tickets are on sale now for the world premiere of this newly commissioned adaptation of Euripides' powerful drama, performed by SITI Company. Among the greatest of all antiwar plays, Trojan Women is a timeless meditation on the moments of individual choice that separate death and life, despair and hope, future and past. Tickets $42; $38 students/seniors. Previews are sold out.

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Trojan Women - tickets on sale now

Performances and Films

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Orquesta Buena Vista Social Club® featuring Omara Portuondo
Ninety Miles featuring Stefon Harris, David Sanchez, Christian Scott
Wednesday, August 24, 8:00 p.m.
The Hollywood Bowl
Complementing the citywide festival ¡Sí Cuba! SoCal and our exhibition A Revolutionary Project: Cuba from Walker Evans to Now, this special Cuban-themed evening features scorching traditional rhythms, infectious improvisations, and nostalgic torch songs.

Special offer for e-Getty subscribers: Use code GETTY to save 20% on certain seats for this performance.

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Buena Vista Social Club at the Hollywood Bowl - August 24
Orquesta Buena Vista Social Club®

Saturdays Off the 405
Charles Bradley
Saturday, August 27, 6:00–9:00 p.m.
The Getty Center
Browse the galleries, grab a drink, check out the views, and enjoy Charles Bradley's rough-hewn vocals and soul-inspired instrumentals in the Museum Courtyard. It's FREE, and parking is free after 5:00 p.m.

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Charles Bradley at Saturdays Off the 405 - August 27
Charles Bradley & the Menahan Street Band
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Lectures and Conferences

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The Medieval Clotheshorse
Thursday, August 4, 7:00 p.m.
The Getty Center
Explore the dramatic "fashion revolution" of the late Middle Ages with art historian Roger Wieck of the Morgan Library, and learn how artists used clothing to indicate people's status and character. Complements the exhibition Fashion in the Middle Ages. Free; reservations recommended.

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An early fashion revolution - August 4
The Competition in Sittacene and the Placating of Sisigambis (detail), attributed to the Master of the Jardin de vertueuse consolation, about 1470–75

How Do Americans Imagine Cuba?
Thursday, August 25, 7:00 p.m.
The Getty Center
Artists and scholars explore how visual and literary images of Cuba have shaped and complicated its relationship with Americans. Olga Garay moderates the discussion with artist Virginia Beahan, scholar Lillian Guerra, and musician Ned Sublette. Complements the exhibition A Revolutionary Project: Cuba from Walker Evans to Now. Free; reservations recommended.

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Explore how three contemporary photographers have viewed Cuba on our blog, The Iris »

How do Americans see Cuba? August 25
Citizen in Downtown Havana (detail), Walker Evans, 1933
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Courses and Demonstrations

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Handling Sessions: Glassmaking Techniques
Thursdays, 1:30–3:30 p.m.; Saturdays and Sundays, 11:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m. and 3:30–4:30 p.m., beginning August 1
The Getty Villa
Learn all about glassmaking in these drop-in sessions facilitated by friendly educators. Handle works by contemporary glassmakers and examine the tools and recipes used to make glass objects from antiquity to the present. Free with your advance, timed ticket to the Getty Villa.

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Explore the making of glass art - starting August 1
Explore glassmaking techniques through handling and close looking.
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Family Programs

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Garden Concerts for Kids
Saturdays & Sundays, August 6 & 7, 13 & 14, and 20 & 21, 4:00–5:30 p.m.
The Getty Center
Enjoy kid-tested, toe-tapping music under the summer sky. Browse the galleries, bring a picnic, and enjoy music by Lucky Diaz and the Family Jam Band (August 6 & 7), Brady Rymer and the Little Band That Could (August 13 & 14), and Frances England (August 20 & 21). Free, no reservations required—just drop by!

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Free outdoor music in August!
Frances England sings her creative and offbeat takes on family life August 20 & 21.
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Celebrate Summer with the Music of Cuba!
Cuba: I Am Time is a four-CD box set that spotlights Cuban artists past and present. The set is packaged in a faux cigar box and includes a booklet of essays, interviews, and information about the music, art, and culture of Cuba. $52.

Special offer for e-Getty subscribers: Enjoy a 20% savings on any online order through August 31, 2011! Enter coupon code CUBA at checkout.

Learn more and browse other unique gifts in the online Museum Store.

Music of Cuba, now and then
Cigar box? Yes...but with music inside!
August at a Glance
At the Getty Center this month

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"In the Beginning Was the Word": Medieval Gospel Illumination (Aug. 30)

C L O S I N G   T H I S   M O N T H
Paris: Life & Luxury (Aug. 7)
Gods of Angkor: Bronzes from the National Museum of Cambodia (Aug. 14)
Fashion in the Middle Ages (Aug. 14)
Display & Art History: The Düsseldorf Gallery and Its Catalogue (Aug. 21)

H O T   T I C K E T S
Talk: The Medieval Clotheshorse (Aug. 4)
Conversation: How do Americans Imagine Cuba? (Aug. 25)
Concert: Saturdays Off the 405 (Aug. 27)

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Tickets are available Tuesday, August 23 for
Saturday Nights at the Getty: Dark Blushing (Sept. 10)

At the Getty Villa this month

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Family Activity: ArtQuest! (every Sat & Sun)
Handing Sessions: Glassmaking (every Thu, Sat, & Sun)

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