The Getty Previous
Ten years of collecting, Afro-Cuban percussion, Jews in the Roman world, and more

February 2008

Find Events at the Getty Center and the Getty Villa

Share with a friend

Get the Latest News by E-Mail
Don't miss any of our free programs! Sign up for more free e-news from the Getty. Learn more and sign up now.


Ten Years of Drawings, Manuscripts, and Photographs
The Getty Center

Current Exhibitions

Future Exhibitions

In less than 30 years, the J. Paul Getty Museum has assembled remarkable collections of drawings, manuscripts, and photographs for Los Angeles. Learn how curators use passion, scholarship, and ingenuity to seek out rare finds in three exhibitions featuring some of the most beautiful works of art to arrive at the Museum since the opening of the Getty Center in 1997.

Ten Years of Drawings: What, How, and Why is on view from January 29 to May 4, and Rare Finds: Ten Years of Collecting Manuscripts runs from February 12 through April 20. Ten Years in Focus: The Artist and the Camera opens March 25.

Learn more about these exhibitions and see the full lineup of events planned for the Getty Center's 10th anniversary.

Eve / Gauguin
Eve ("The Nightmare"), Paul Gauguin, about 1899–1900
At top: Wisdom (detail) from the Stammheim Missal, German, about 1170s
More to See at the Getty Center and the Getty Villa

Current Exhibitions

Future Exhibitions

Fountain of Love / Fragonard
Jean-Honoré Fragonard's Fountain of Love (detail) is featured in Consuming Passion: Fragonard's Allegories of Love, opening February 12.

Browse all exhibitions currently on view at the Getty Center and the Getty Villa at current exhibitions. Don't miss In Focus: The Nude and China on Paper, which both close this month. Coming February 12 is Consuming Passion: Fragonard's Allegories of Love, which features dramatic depictions of all-consuming love.

Plus, there's still time to see Julius Shulman's Los Angeles at the Central Library—now extended through January 27.

E V E N T   H I G H L I G H T S

Friday Nights at the Getty: Peter Case, Ailish Tynan and Hugh Tinney, 3 Leg Torso (performance)
Fridays, February 1, 8, and 22, 7:30 p.m.
The Getty Center

Event Calendar

Reservations, tickets, and information:
(310) 440-7300

Friday Nights rocks with three concerts for every musical taste. On February 1, Peter Case performs gritty and moving folk songs from his latest album Let Us Now Praise Sleepy John. On February 8, soprano Ailish Tynan and pianist Hugh Tinney present songs by Brahms and Faure and arrangements of Irish folksongs. And on February 22, 3 Leg Torso lets loose its witty and beautiful blend of chamber music, tango, klezmer, and Latin and world music.

Free; reservations required. Reservations available beginning Tuesday, January 22, at 9:00 a.m.

Learn more, make reservations, and see what else is coming up in Friday Nights at the Getty.

3 Leg Torso
3 Leg Torso blends chamber music, eastern European melodies, and improvisation.
Villa Theater Lab: Penelope and Oedipus El Rey (performance)
Friday–Sunday, February 1–3 and 15–17
The Getty Villa
Luis Alfaro
Creative dynamo Luis Alfaro uses art to create social change.

Greek literature inspires exhilarating new work from two of today's most daring playwrights. On February 1, 2, and 3, Ellen McLaughlin offers her stunning one-woman piece Penelope, a modern reimagining of The Odyssey. And on February 15, 16, and 17, Luis Alfaro presents Oedipus El Rey, an adaptation of Sophocles' play Oedipus Rex set in the prisons and on the streets of contemporary California.

Tickets are $7. Tickets available beginning Tuesday, January 22, at 9:00 a.m.

Learn more and get tickets online.

Le Corbusier's Toward an Architecture: From the Bildungsroman to the Manifesto (lecture)
Thursday, February 7, 4:00 p.m.
The Getty Center

Toward an Architecture by Swiss architect Le Corbusier is one of the greatest manifestos of the modern age and one of the most influential books in the history of Western architecture. Discover why Le Corbusier's message still resonates in this lecture by architectural historian Jean-Louis Cohen, who wrote the introduction to the groundbreaking translation newly published by the Getty Research Institute. Stay for a free reception to purchase the book, which was picked as one of the best art and architecture titles of 2007 by The New York Times.

Free; reservations required.

Learn more and make reservations.

Toward an Architecture
Sounds of L.A.: Francisco Aguabella Afro-Cuban Ensemble and John Santos Quintet (performance)
Saturday, February 9, 8:00 p.m., and Sunday, February 10, 3:00 p.m.
The Getty Center
Francisco Aguabella and John Santos
The joy of drumming: Francisco Aguabella (left) and John Santos. Photo right: Jennifer Claire Hunter

Legendary percussionists join forces for two concerts featuring Afro-Latin rhythms. Master conguero Francisco Aguabella and virtuoso multi-instrumentalist John Santos bring their passion and positive energy to the Getty Center as the 10th anniversary season of Sounds of L.A. continues.

Free; reservations required. Reservations available beginning Tuesday, January 22, at 9:00 a.m.

Learn more, make reservations, and see what else is coming up in Sounds of L.A.

The Marriage of Venice and Rome: What Makes Piranesi Great (lecture)
Sunday, February 10, 3:00 p.m.
The Getty Villa

Giovanni Battista Piranesi was a creative visionary and one of the most successful printmakers in history. Art historian Andrew Robison, who has spent decades studying Piranesi's feverishly inventive etchings, describes the artist's innovative printmaking methods and reveals how his work combined the artistic influences of both Venice and Rome. Visit the galleries after the lecture to see The Magnificent Piranesi, which features some of Piranesi's most astoundingly detailed prints.

Free; a ticket is required.

Learn more and get tickets online.

View of the Piazza Navona / Piranesi
View of the Piazza Navona, Giovanni Battista Piranesi, 1773. Piranesi's views of Rome are beautiful and compelling.
Roman Statues, Rabbis, and Graeco-Roman Culture (lecture)
Thursday, February 28, 8:00 p.m.
The Getty Villa
Statuette of Jupiter / Gallo-Roman
Statuette of Jupiter (detail), Gallo-Roman, A.D. 100–200. What messages did statues like this communicate to Jews in the Roman world?

What was it like to be a Jew in the Roman world? Historian Yaron Z. Eliav considers one aspect of that question by examining how the Jews viewed Roman statuary, the "mass media" that surrounded them throughout the ancient world. Learn how Roman statues communicated political, religious, and social messages and how the Jews functioned in this visual environment.

Free; a ticket is required.

Learn more and get tickets online.

F O R  F A M I L I E S

Family Storytelling
Sundays, February 3 and 24, 11:30 a.m. and 1:30, 2:30, and 3:30 p.m.
The Getty Center

Tips for Families

All Family Activities

Family Room at the Getty Center

Family Forum at the Getty Villa

Get to know artworks in the Getty Museum's collection through lively tales told by two master storytellers this month.

Asha's Baba returns to the Getty Center with his fable inspired by Martin Puryear's That Profile on the Tram Arrival Plaza, and Debra Weller concocts an action-packed story inspired by a painting about an unruly group of brawling musicians. Asha's Baba performs on February 3; Debra Weller performs on February 24.

Learn more and see the full storytelling schedule.

Asha's Baba performs at the Getty Center
Asha's Baba draws on West African storytelling traditions to create a unique blend of word and song.
Find More Events at the Getty Center and the Getty Villa

Event Calendar

Event Calendar

See exhibitions and events planned for the next six months at the Getty Center and the Getty Villa on our event calendar.

Learn about the politics of a disputed Leonardo in a free lecture on February 12, and sharpen your drawing skills with Getty Drawing Hour on February 1 and 15.

Use pen and ink to sketch the Getty Villa, explore the remarkable history of the chair, and more with our many studio and gallery courses.

Don't miss Eugenia Léon in concert on March 7 and 8; tickets are on sale now.

General inquiries:
Press inquiries: or visit our Press Room
e-Getty feedback:

1200 Getty Center Drive
Los Angeles, CA 90049
(310) 440-7300

HOURS: Tues–Fri and Sun: 10 a.m.–5:30 p.m.
Sat: 10 a.m.–9 p.m., Closed Mondays

Admission to the Getty Center is FREE. Parking is $15, but FREE after 5:00 p.m. for Saturday evening hours and for evening events.

17985 Pacific Coast Highway
Pacific Palisades, CA 90272
(310) 440-7300

HOURS: Thurs-Mon: 10 a.m.–5 p.m.
Closed Tuesdays. Open Wednesdays as of October 14, 2009.

Admission to the Getty Villa is always FREE. A ticket is required. Each Villa ticket allows you to bring up to three children ages 15 and under with you in one car. Please note that this does not apply to tickets for events, such as lectures and performances. Check current ticket availability online or call (310) 440-7300. Ticket availability is updated weekly for a two-month period. Same-day tickets may also become available online without advance notice. Groups of 15 or more must make reservations by phone. Parking is $15, but FREE for evening events after 5:00 p.m.

C O P Y R I G H T © 2009 J. Paul Getty Trust | Privacy Policy

Back to Top
The J. Paul Getty Trust
The J. Paul Getty Trust
© J. Paul Getty Trust | Privacy Policy | Terms of Use