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J. Paul Getty as collector, rare books on science, the making of medieval books, free family film series, and more

December 2009

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Collector's Choice: J. Paul Getty and His Antiquities
Through February 8, 2010
The Getty Villa
With his first antiquities purchase in 1939, J. Paul Getty embarked on a lifelong pursuit of "true and lasting beauty." Celebrating 70 years of collecting, this exhibition presents some of Getty's favorite antiquities, along with personal memorabilia that reveal the story of his collection and his love of the classical Mediterranean world.

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J. Paul Getty as collector, on view through February 8
J. Paul Getty at Inspiration Point, Malibu, 1947. Banner image: One of Getty's first antiquities—a Roman bust of a woman made about A.D. 130

Migrations of the Mind: Manuscripts from the Lawrence J. Schoenberg Collection
Through April 18, 2010
The Getty Center
See over 50 illustrated books that provide a fascinating look at science and ideas of the Middle Ages and Renaissance. Manuscripts from Europe, India, Persia, and the Arab world invite you into the realms of alchemy, ciphers, herbalism, astronomy, and more.

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Rare books from a private collection, on view through April 18
The Cosmic Mind, Germany, 1400s

The Medieval Scriptorium
Through February 14, 2010
The Getty Center
An exhibition designed specially for kids and families! Become a scribe for a day as you explore the world of the medieval scriptorium, or manuscript workshop. Learn how medieval artists told stories, discover the parts of a manuscript page, and try your hand at creating your own illuminated masterpiece. Fun for scribblers ages five and up.

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A look at medieval scribes and artists, on view through February 14
Eadmer, a medieval scribe, in the scriptorium. Eadmer of Canterbury Writing (detail), Flemish, about 1140–50

Reconstructing Identity: A Statue of a God from Dresden
Through February 8, 2010
The Getty Villa
Returning for an encore presentation, this exhibition examines an enigmatic Roman statue of a god that was given various identities—and corresponding heads—over the centuries. Severely damaged during World War II, the statue was recently reassembled at the Getty Villa and will return permanently to the Dresden State Art Collections after the close of the exhibition.

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An enigmatic Roman statue, on view through February 8
Statue of a God (detail), Roman, A.D. 100–200. Skulpturensammlung, Staatliche Kunstsammlungen Dresden

Drawing Life: The Dutch Visual Tradition
Through February 28, 2010
The Getty Center
See how the master draftsmen of Dutch art, such as Rembrandt, van Ruisdael, and Cuyp, captured evocative scenes of city and country life through the seasons. Featuring 36 Dutch drawings from the Museum's collection, Drawing Life provides context for the major presentation of Rembrandt's drawings opening December 8.

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Dutch drawings of the Golden Age, on view through February 28
View of Eindhoven from the Northeast (detail), Isack van Ostade, 1645

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Drawings by Rembrandt and His Pupils: Telling the Difference
December 8, 2009–February 28, 2010
The Getty Center
Since Rembrandt's death, scholars and collectors have struggled to tell the difference between his drawings and those by his pupils and followers. This major loan exhibition tells this fascinating story and invites you to find the subtle clues that separate the work of master and student. Rembrandt and His Pupils draws on recent scholarly research that has yielded new insights about Rembrandt's work.

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Rembrandt exhibition opens December 8
Study of Hendrickje Sleeping, Rembrandt, about 1654–55. The British Museum, London. Image © The Trustees of the British Museum


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Day Without Art
Tuesday, December 1, 10:00 a.m.–5:30 p.m.
The Getty Center
Join us for our 20th annual observance of Day Without Art, when the international arts community unites to remember and respond to the AIDS crisis. Aristide Maillol's sculpture L'Air on the Museum steps will be shrouded, and special tours at 11:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m. will explore the cycle of life. Free; no reservations required.

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Join us for Day Without Art, December 1


Performances and Films

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Swashbuckling Days and Daring Knights
Saturdays and Sundays, December 5 & 6, 2009, and January 23 & 24, 2010
The Getty Center
Step back to medieval times with four movies featuring chivalrous heroes, fair maids, and dastardly villains:

Camelot: Sat., Dec. 5, 1:00 p.m.
Ivanhoe: Sun., Dec. 6, 1:00 p.m.
The Adventures of Robin Hood: Sat., Jan. 23, 1:00 p.m.
Knights of the Round Table: Sun., Jan. 24, 1:00 p.m.

The series is free; a separate reservation is required for each film. Suitable for ages nine and up.

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Medieval adventure on film, December 5 and 6
Errol Flynn (as Robin Hood) demonstrates proper swashbuckling form.

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Lectures and Conferences

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Art as Evidence: The Scientific Investigation of Works of Art
Tuesday, December 1, 7:00 p.m.
The Getty Center
Science is changing the way we examine, conserve, and even think about works of art. Join David Bomford, associate director for collections at the Museum, and a group of conservators and scientists for a lively discussion of the relationship of science of art, and of the conflicts that can arise when new evidence challenges long-held beliefs. Free; reservations required.

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Panel discussion on art as evidence, December 1
Getty Conservation Institute scientist Karen Trentleman hunts for evidence in a 17th-century manuscript.

Getty Perspectives
Art and Craft: An Old, Unhappy Marriage
Thursday, December 3, 7:00 p.m.
The Getty Center
Why do we make arbitrary distinctions between art and craft, between the work of the mind and the work of the hand? Sociologist, author, and cellist Richard Sennett gets to the root of our "craftsmanship deficiency" in conjunction with the photographs exhibitions Irving Penn: Small Trades and In Focus: The Worker. Free; reservations required.

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Richard Sennett on craftsmanship, December 3
Richard Sennett. Photo: Thomas Struth

A Closer Look: Drawings by Rembrandt and His Pupils
Sunday, December 13, 3:00 p.m.
The Getty Center
How do experts tell a true Rembrandt from the work of a student or follower? Peter Schatborn of the Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam reveals how an art historical sleuth uncovers the truth in a lively talk complementing the exhibition Drawings by Rembrandt and His Pupils: Telling the Difference. Free; reservations required.

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Peter Schatborn on Rembrandt's drawings, December 13
Christ as Gardener Appearing to Mary Magdalene, Rembrandt, about 1640. Rijksprentenkabinet, Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam. Gift of Mr. and Mrs. De Bruijn- Van der Leeuw, 1949


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Myth, Allegory, Emblem: The Many Lives of the Chimaera of Arezzo
Friday and Saturday, December 4 & 5
The Getty Villa
This scholarly colloquium brings together an international group of art historians, archaeologists, and conservators to discuss the latest research on the Chimaera of Arezzo, which is currently on view at the Getty Villa. Friday session $10; Saturday session $20 (students $10). Advance registration for each day required.

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Colloquium on the Chimaera of Arezzo, December 4 and 5
The Chimaera of Arezzo (detail), Etruscan, about 400 B.C. Soprintendenza per i Beni Archeologici della Toscana–Museo Archeologico Nazionale, Firenze

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Family Activities

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Family Art Stops
Special Holiday Schedule
The Getty Center
School holidays are coming up! Drop by the Getty Center for this half-hour art program that combines a gallery visit with fun activities such as puzzles, drawing, and role-plays. Art Stops are offered on these special upcoming dates during the holidays, in addition to our regular schedule:

• Tues., Weds., and Fri., Nov. 24, 25, and 27, 2:00 and 2:30 p.m.
• Tues., Weds., and Thurs., Dec. 22, 23, and 24, 2:00 and 2:30 p.m.
• Tues., Weds., and Thurs., Dec. 29, 30, and 31, 2:00 and 2:30 p.m.

Free; sign up at the Museum Information Desk a half hour before the session.

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Special winter hours for Family Art Stops
Have an adventure at the Museum this winter break!

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Center Theatre Group presents Palestine, New Mexico
December 3, 2009–January 24, 2010
Mark Taper Forum
If you loved Culture Clash's Peace at the Getty Villa, don't miss their new world premiere at Center Theatre Group. Palestine, New Mexico explores loss, identity, and the notion of occupied homelands in the context of an intensely personal story that mixes humor and emotion.

Special offer! Purchase tickets starting at only $20 for performances December 3–27. Use code GETTY when you book online or by phone at (213) 628-2772.

Learn more and get discount tickets online.

See Culture Clash's newest play at the Mark Taper Forum

LA Phil presents The Art of the State—A "West Coast, Left Coast" Symposium
Saturday, December 5, 2:00 p.m.
Dorothy Chandler Pavilion
Following last Sunday's performance by Pauline Oliveros and Stuart Dempster at the Getty, LA Phil's "West Coast, Left Coast" series continues with this lively panel discussion on California's music scene featuring composers John Adams and Thomas Newman, musician Phil Lesh, and historian Kevin Starr.

Special offer! Tickets are regularly $10, but FREE for the first 100 e-Getty subscribers. Call (323) 850-2000 and mention code GETTY for your free tickets.

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Learn more about "West Coast, Left Coast."

Get free tickets to a panel discussion from LA Phil on December 5

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Featured Items
Modern Takes on Classic Cameras
New in the store—three retro cameras perfect for photography lovers and design buffs:

Blackbird, Fly twin-lens reflex camera—a high-style accessory for the budding photojournalist ($140)
Russian book hidden camera—spy cam or obscure foreign novel? Only you will know. ($28)
Diana F+ camera—a loving replica of the '60s cult classic that shoots incredible images ($50)

All three cameras and books related to photography are available online and in the Museum Store at the Getty Center.

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Snap in style with retro cameras, starting at $28
From left: Blackbird, Fly; Russian book; Diana F+
Browse all events on our event calendar

Enjoy a holiday getaway to the Getty Center or the Getty Villa; consult our event calendar for daily events, including free talks and tours.

At the Getty Center, master the art of pastels on December 8 and drop by Getty Drawing Hour on December 6 and 20.

At the Getty Villa, our Art Odyssey family program takes place each weekend, and glass-handling sessions are held in the Reading Room on Thursdays from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m., and on Saturdays from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

This holiday weekend, hear highlights from past Selected Shorts on KCRW (and the live channel on Tune in Thursday and Friday, November 26 and 27, at 7:00 p.m. PST.

Looking ahead to January 2010, save Thursday, January 28, for "Smith on Smith," a free event at the Hammer Museum celebrating the Getty Research Institute publication Harry Smith: The Avant-Garde in the American Vernacular and featuring Patti Smith.

Most events are FREE.

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