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February 2010

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Urban Panoramas: Opie, Liao, Kim
February 2–June 6, 2010
The Getty Center
Three contemporary photographers see three cities: Catherine Opie drives by L.A.'s ubiquitous mini-malls, Jeff Chien-Hsing Liao rides the 7 subway from Queens to Manhattan, and Soo Kim looks down on Reykjavík during the summer solstice. Their carefully composed, large-format images, including several new additions to the Museum's collection, capture the character and tempo of three dramatically different urban environments.

Get the inside story on these photographs as some of the artists discuss their work at a free panel discussion on Thursday, February 18. Reserve early to get a seat!

Three photographers, three cities - opens February 2
Midnight Reykjavík #5, Soo Kim, negative, 2005; print, 2007. © Soo Kim. Banner image: Untitled #17 (detail), from Mini-Malls, Catherine Opie, 1998. © Catherine Opie

A Record of Emotion: The Photographs of Frederick H. Evans
February 2–June 6, 2010
The Getty Center
Frederick H. Evans was a meticulous craftsman and a poet of light and space. He created a richly atmospheric record of Victorian and Edwardian England: soaring stone cathedrals, majestic landscapes, portraits of literary greats, Arts and Crafts interiors. The exhibition features over 100 of his photographs as well as a slide projection of his glass plates.

Accompanying the exhibition are free artist-at-work demonstrations offered on Sundays from February 7 through April 11.

Frederick Evans's gorgeous platinum prints - opens February 2
"A Sea of Steps"—Wells Cathedral: Stairs to the Chapter House, Frederick H. Evans, 1903. Royal Photographic Society at the National Media Museum/Science & Society Picture Library. © Mrs. Janet M. Stenner, sole granddaughter of Frederick H. Evans
Last chance for Drawings by Rembrandt - closes February 28

Closing Soon
Six exhibitions close in February! Not to miss:

Drawings by Rembrandt and His Pupils: Telling the Difference (Feb. 28), hailed as "exceptional" by the Los Angeles Times

The Chimaera of Arezzo (Feb. 8), featuring the stunning Etruscan bronze beast

The Medieval Scriptorium (Feb. 14), a medieval romp for kids and families

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Performances and Films

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Villa Theater Lab
Big Dance Theater: Euripides' Alkestis
Friday, February 19, 8:00 p.m.
Saturday, February 20, 3:00 and 8:00 p.m.
Sunday, February 21, 3:00 p.m.
The Getty Villa
Villa Theater Lab is back for 2010! Translator Anne Carson and experimental troupe Big Dance Theater create a dynamic movement-theater version of Alkestis, Euripides' oldest surviving work and one of his most mysterious. Tickets $7. Tickets available beginning Thursday, January 21, at 9:00 a.m.

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Euripides as movement-theater - February 19, 20, and 21
Big Dance Theater takes on Euripides' story of the self-sacrificing princess Alkestis

Villa Play-Reading Series
Launching March 2010
The Getty Villa
Desperate for drama? Seeking satire? Check out this soon-to-launch free series featuring "script-in-hand" renditions of lesser-known Greek and Roman plays. The curtain rises in March 2010 with Euripides' tragicomic Helen.

Learn more about the new series.


Performances and Films

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Gordon Getty Concert: Repast
Saturday, February 6, 7:30 p.m.
The Getty Center
Acclaimed ensemble Repast presents a musical voyage to golden-age Amsterdam with a cosmopolitan program of European Baroque music complementing the exhibition Drawings by Rembrandt and His Pupils: Telling the Difference. Tickets $20; $15 students/seniors.

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Music of Rembrandt's Amsterdam - February 6
Repast creates the sound of Baroque Amsterdam on period strings.

Sounds of L.A.: Mythili Prakash
Saturday, February 13, 7:30 p.m., and Sunday, February 14, 3:00 p.m.
The Getty Center
Sounds of L.A., our free annual world music series, continues with two appearances by Mythili Prakash, a mesmerizing performer and innovative composer of Bharata Natyam, the classical dance of South India. Free; reservations required. Reservations available beginning Thursday, January 21, at 9:00 a.m.

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Mythili Prakash performs Indian dance - February 13 and 14
Mythili Prakash brings a contemporary sensibility to classical Indian dance.

Saturday Nights at the Getty: Money Mark and Emily Wells
Saturday, February 27, 7:30 p.m.
The Getty Center
Bleeding-edge violinist Emily Wells and indie keyboardist Money Mark (Mark Ramos-Nishita) present a special collaborative performance combining classical, hip-hop, funk, folk, Afro-Cuban, and Latin-inspired jams. Free; reservations required. Reservations available beginning Thursday, January 21, at 9:00 a.m.

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Emily Wells and Money Mark jam - February 27
Money Mark brings the funk.

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Lectures and Conferences

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Earthquake, Volcano, Tsunami: Natural Disasters and Political Change
Saturday, February 6, 2:00 p.m.
The Getty Villa
New evidence suggests that the eastern Mediterranean was rocked by a series of natural disasters during the Bronze Age. Archaeologist Alexander "Sandy" MacGillivray links the eruption of Thera (present-day Santorini) to the destruction of Minoan Crete, the rise of Mycenae, and Hatshepsut's ascension to the throne of Egypt. Free; a ticket is required.

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Lecture explores ancient disasters - February 6
Alexander "Sandy" MacGillivray and soil scientist Hendrik Bruins look for clues in tsunami deposits in Crete. Image courtesy of Evan Hadingham

Curator Spotlight Series
F. H. Evans: Pictorial Treatment in the Realm of the Inanimate
Wednesday, February 10, 3:00 p.m.
The Getty Center
Photographer Frederick H. Evans created paintings in light—beautifully composed, soft-focus images worlds away from the hard-edged work of the Modernists that followed. Curator Anne Lyden explores this Pictorialist approach to photography in conjunction with the exhibition A Record of Emotion: The Photographs of Frederick H. Evans, opening February 2. Free; reservations required.

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Curator's talk on Frederick Evans - February 10
Wells Cathedral, Across the West Nave (detail), Frederick Henry Evans, 1890–1903. © Mrs. Janet M. Stenner, sole granddaughter of Frederick H. Evans

Rembrandt and Frans Hals as Portraitists: A Comparison
Sunday, February 28, 3:00 p.m.
The Getty Center
Rembrandt and Frans Hals had much in common as artists, yet their work bears the stamp of their unique styles, techniques, and personalities. Art historian Sir Christopher White compares and contrasts the rivals' portraits, revealing the telling details that make their work distinct.

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Rembrandt vs. Frans Hals - February 28
An Old Man in Military Costume (detail), Rembrandt, about 1630–31


Courses and Demonstrations

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Drawing from Antiquity
Saturdays beginning February 6, 9:30 a.m.
The Getty Villa
Be inspired by the art, architecture, and gardens of the Getty Villa at this popular course, now on a new day and with a new format! Sessions alternate between guided lessons with artist Peter Zokosky and independent practice with fellow participants. Sign up for one month at $65, or six months at $350.

Learn more and sign up online.

New Saturday course at the Villa - starts February 6
Spend a relaxing Saturday morning sketching in the galleries and gardens at the Getty Villa.

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Family Activities

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New on the Web: Looking at Art with Kids
Make the most of any museum visit with this new Web resource, which offers easy and fun ideas to help your family enjoy looking at art together. Get tips for improvisational games to play in the galleries, and find out what questions to ask to unlock your kids' curiosity about art.

Tips for Exploring Art at the Getty Center
Tips for Exploring Art at the Getty Villa

New Web resource for exploring art with kids
I spy . . . fun at the museum!

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Featured Item
Miniature Terra Cotta Vases
These miniature reproductions of ancient Greek vases are inspired by full-sized exquisite ancient vases in the collection of the J. Paul Getty Museum at the Getty Villa.

Each small black-figure ceramic vase is handmade in the ancient tradition in Greece and is hand-painted with an authentic detail from a vase in the Museum's collection. Eight designs available. $18.00 each.

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Inspired by ancient art: terra cotta vases in eight designs
One of eight designs: a woman playing the double aulos
February 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
The Medieval Scriptorium (Feb. 14)
Drawings by Rembrandt and His Pupils: Telling the Difference (Feb. 28)
Drawing Life: The Dutch Visual Tradition (Feb. 28)

H O T   T I C K E T S
Sounds of L.A.: Mythili Prakash (Feb. 13 and 14)
Urban Panoramas: Panel Discussion (Feb. 18)

At the Getty Villa this month

C L O S I N G   T H I S   M O N T H
The Chimaera of Arezzo (Feb. 8)
Collector's Choice: J. Paul Getty and His Antiquities (Feb. 8)
Reconstructing Identity: A Statue of a God from Dresden (Feb. 8)

H O T   T I C K E T S
Villa Theater Lab: Euripides' Alkestis (Feb. 19, 20, and 21)
The Villa Council Presents "Tracking the Cosmos: The Technology of the Antikythera Mechanism" (Mar. 4, tickets available Feb. 4)

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