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December 2011

Event Calendar


Current Exhibitions

Future Exhibitions

Museum Collection

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In Focus: Los Angeles, 1945–1980
December 20, 2011–May 6, 2012
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Don't miss the fourth and final Pacific Standard Time exhibition to open at the Getty!

This latest installment in our In Focus series, which showcases photographs from the Getty Museum's permanent collection, features both iconic and little-known visions of L.A.'s people and places by artists as varied as Judy Fiskin, Robert Heinecken, Anthony Hernandez, Jo Ann Callis, Man Ray, Edmund Teske, and Garry Winogrand. Images are loosely grouped around the themes of experimentation, street photography, architectural depictions, and the film and entertainment industries.

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Photographs of Los Angeles - opens December 20
Los Angeles International Airport, Garry Winogrand, 1964. © 1984 The Estate of Garry Winogrand

Banner image: Double Head, Francesco Primaticcio, about 1543–56. More about this new acquisition »

Gothic Grandeur: Manuscript Illumination, 1200–1350
December 13, 2011–May 13, 2012
The Getty Center
The word "Gothic" evokes visions of soaring spires, graceful flying buttresses, and sparkling stained glass. The term is also applied to the style of manuscript illumination that reigned in Europe from around 1200 to 1350. The Gothic illuminated manuscripts in this exhibition, drawn from the Getty Museum's collection, are characterized by whimsical marginal decorations, vivid narratives, and a naturalistic style of painting. On February 27, the pages of the manuscripts will be turned to reveal additional treasures.

Throughout the exhibition, curator Elizabeth Morrison will be highlighting fascinating details from these exquisite manuscripts in an occasional column on our blog, The Iris.

Gothic illuminations - opens December 13
The Dragon Pursues the Woman Clothed in the Sun Who Receives the Wings of an Eagle (detail) in the Dyson Perrins Apocalypse, English, about 1255–60

Images of the Artist
Through February 12, 2012
The Getty Center
A creative look at identity and image-making, Images of the Artist investigates how artists have represented themselves, their fellow artists, and their trade over the past five centuries in drawings, prints, photographs, paintings, and sculpture.

Works include sensitive self-portraits, poignant and humorous visions of artists laboring at their craft, and experimental photographs by André Kertész, Lucas Samaras, and Andy Warhol.

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Images of the Artist - open now
Self-Portrait (detail), Charles Samuel Keene, about 1845

Also Not to Miss

Modern Antiquity: Picasso, de Chirico, Léger, and Picabia in the Presence of the Antique
At the Getty Villa through January 16

Pacific Standard Time: Crosscurrents in L.A. Painting and Sculpture, 1950–1970
At the Getty Center through February 5

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Performances and Films

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Day Without Art
Thursday, December 1
The Getty Center and The Getty Villa
Join us for our 22nd annual observance of Day Without Art, when the international arts community unites to remember and respond to the AIDS crisis. The short film Last Address, which takes us to the houses, apartment buildings, and lofts where prominent New York artists were living at the time of their deaths from AIDS, screens throughout the day at the Getty Center and the Getty Villa.

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Day Without Art is December 1

Performances and Films

Pacific Standard Time at the Getty

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IGLU and Tell Me
Saturday, December 10, 7:00 p.m., and Sunday, December 11, 3:30 p.m.
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A few reservations are still available for these two performances of Guy de Cointet's pioneering plays IGLU and Tell Me. Both works are carefully restaged with their signature simple and colorful props, presenting a delightfully entertaining combination of sense, beyond sense, and nonsense. Free; reservations required. Parking is $15 before 5:00 p.m., $10 after.

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IGLU and Tell Me - December 10 and 11
IGLU a play by Guy de Cointet and Robert Wilhite. Photo: Tom Vinitz

S A V E   T H E   D A T E
Pacific Standard Time Performance and Public Art Festival
January 19–29, 2012
Across Los Angeles
Southern California will be transformed for 11 days in January with more than 25 performances and large-scale outdoor sculptures. The festival will feature restagings and reinventions of works created and performed by L.A. artists between 1945 and 1980.

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Coming in January - Pacific Standard Time Performance Festival
Los Angeles Contemporary Exhibitions will present Suzanne Lacy's Three Weeks in January, originally performed in 1977. Photo: Suzanne Lacy
L E C T U R E S   &   C O N V E R S A T I O N S

Lectures and Conferences

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Rebels and Martyrs: The Changing Image of the 19th-century Artist
Thursday, December 1, 7:00 p.m.
The Getty Center
How did artists come to be seen—and to see themselves—as tormented geniuses rebelling against society? Art historian Alexander Sturgis explores the question on the occasion of the new exhibition Images of the Artist. Free; reservations required. Parking is $15 before 5:00 p.m., $10 after.

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Artist as Romantic hero - December 1
Self-Portrait (detail), Edgar Degas, about 1857–58

Also in December

Modern Art in Los Angeles: Frank Gehry and the Los Angeles Art Scene
Tuesday, December 13, 7:00 p.m.
This event is sold out, but a standby line will open at 6:00 p.m.

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Courses and Demonstrations

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Ancient Art on the Modern Mind: 20th-Century Reinventions of Antiquity
Saturday, December 3, 1:00–4:00 p.m.
The Getty Villa
Explore the exhibition Modern Antiquity: Picasso, de Chirico, Léger, and Picabia in the Presence of the Antique with exhibition co-curator Jens Daehner and John Tain of the Getty Research Institute. Learn the history behind the exhibition, then visit the galleries to discuss how classical works inspired 20th-century artists. Course fee $35; $28 students. Parking is $15. Open to 25 participants.

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Modernism and antiquity - December 3
Mixing Vessel with Dionysos and His Followers (detail), Greek, about 520 B.C. Gift of Seymour Weintraub

In Studio: Artist Series
Sundays, December 11 and 18, 2011; January 8 and 22, and February 12, 2012
Artists' Studios in the L.A. Area
Meet five artists featured in the Getty's Pacific Standard Time exhibitions—Frederick Eversley, Ed Moses, John Mason, Larry Bell, and De Wain Valentine—as they open their studios and share insights on their work, inspiration, and process. Course fee $25 per studio visit.

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Meet the artists of Pacific Standard Time
John Mason in his L.A. studio, 1959–60. Image courtesy John Mason Studio. © Robert Bucknam
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Family Activities

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Art Detective Cards
Daily except Mondays
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Turn your next museum visit into a sleuthing adventure with Art Detective Cards, which take you through the galleries to solve artistic riddles. Search the North Pavilion for a plate full of wriggly creatures, a cabinet held up by lions, a songbird, and a woman sitting on a bubble! Pick up your free cards at the Family Cart in the Museum Courtyard.

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Find the art and solve the mystery! Free every day
December at a Glance
At the Getty Center this month

C L O S I N G   T H I S   M O N T H
In Focus: The Sky (Dec. 4)
La Roldana's Saint Ginés: The Making of a Polychrome Sculpture (Dec. 11)

H O T   T I C K E T S
Talk: The Changing Image of the 19th-Century Artist (Dec. 1)
Course: Getty Drawing Hour (Dec. 4 & 18)
Performance: IGLU and Tell Me (Dec. 10 & 11)
Conversation: Frank Gehry and the Los Angeles Art Scene (Dec. 13)—sold out; standby only

M A R K   Y O U R   C A L E N D A R
– Reservations are available beginning Tuesday, December 20, for:
Dream a Little Dream: Artists in Film (Jan. 14 & 15)

At the Getty Villa this month

H O T   T I C K E T S
Course: Ancient Art on the Modern Mind (Dec. 3)
Course: Drawing from Antiquity (Dec. 10)

M A R K   Y O U R   C A L E N D A R
Tickets are available beginning Tuesday, December 20, for:
Villa Theater Lab: Critical Mass Performance Group Presents An Alcestis Project (Feb. 17–19)

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