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Final days for Crosscurrents and Greetings from L.A., music of the Bauhaus, Adam Gopnik on winter in art, more

February 2012

Event Calendar

Crosscurrents in L.A. Painting and Sculpture and
Greetings from L.A.
Both exhibitions close February 5 | The Getty Center

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February 5 marks the close of two major Pacific Standard Time exhibitions at the Getty Center.

Pacific Standard Time: Crosscurrents in L.A. Painting and Sculpture, 1950–1970
Crosscurrents surveys the rich diversity of painting and sculpture in postwar L.A., featuring over 75 works ranging from politically charged assemblages to hard-edge abstractions. "Not only confirms but solidifies L.A.'s place in the annals of art history," says the L.A. Times.

Greetings from L.A.: Artists and Publics, 1950–1980
Showcasing rare photos and documents from the Getty Research Institute's special collections, Greetings from L.A. reveals how artists experimented with new ways of making art, finding an audience, and tackling social issues.

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L.A. painting and sculpture - FINAL DAYS!
Inside Crosscurrents: Helen Lundeberg's Blue Planet, 1965 (The Marilynn and Carl Thoma Collection, © Feitelson Arts Foundation, courtesy Louis Stern Fine Arts) with John Mason's Vertical Sculpture, Spear Form, 1957 (Aichi Prefectural Ceramic Museum) and Orange Cross, 1963 (both © John Mason)
The Life of Art: Context, Collecting, and Display
Opens February 7 | The Getty Center

Get to know the hidden stories of four objects in the Museum's collection—a fanciful wall light, an aristocrat's chair, a cross-cultural bowl, and a precious silver fountain.

Examine them closely, explore their artistry and function, and learn how previous generations have seen and appreciated them.

The Life of Art - four objects and their unusual stories
Lidded Bowl (detail), Japanese porcelain with English mounts, about 1670
We Heart Our Visitors...
Visit on Valentine's Day for special treats

Valentines for Valentine's! Visit the Getty Center on Tuesday, February 14, when we'll give several lucky visitors tokens of our affection—including free copies of the catalog, DVD, and postcards for the exhibition From Start to Finish: De Wain Valentine's Gray Column, which continues through March 11.

Gordon Getty Concert: Philadelphia Virtuosi Chamber Orchestra
Saturday, February 25, 7:00 p.m. | The Getty Center

Performances and Films

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The renowned 17-person ensemble celebrates the Bauhaus, the legendary German school of art and design, with a program featuring early 20th-century musical masterpieces by Igor Stravinsky, Ernst Krenek, Ferruccio Busoni, Arnold Schonberg, and George Antheil. Complements the exhibition Lyonel Feininger: Photographs, 1928–1939. Tickets $20; $15 students/seniors.

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Music of the Bauhaus - February 25
Members of the Philadelphia Virtuosi Chamber Orchestra
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Villa Theater Lab: Critical Mass Performance Group Presents An Alcestis Project
Friday–Sunday, February 17–19 | The Getty Villa

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The latest work-in-progress by this ambitious experimental theater ensemble explores ancient myths of the faithful wife who descends to the realm of the dead.

Nancy Keystone directs this performance, which takes its name from the Greek heroine Alcestis, a queen and mother who volunteers to die in the place of her husband. Tickets $7.

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Experimental theater tackles ancient myth - February 17, 18, 19
Members of Critical Mass Performance Group. Photo: Roman Zenz
Getty Perspectives: Winter Scenes
Thursday, February 23, 7:30 p.m. | The Getty Center

Lectures and Conferences

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New Yorker contributor Adam Gopnik speaks about the vision of winter in modern art, from the Swiss vistas of J.M.W. Turner to the Japanese-inflected snowstorms of Claude Monet.

It's the latest installment in the Getty Perspectives lecture series, which invites artists and thinkers to reflect on issues in art and culture. Free; reservations required.

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Adam Gopnik goes deep into the snow - February 23
Adam Gopnik. Photo © Brigitte Lacombe
Also in February

New Faces from Egypt: Roman Panel Paintings
February 11

Bauhaus Reconsidered: When Collectivity Becomes Form
February 16

Unearthing Agamemnon's City: The Lower Town of Mycenae
February 23

Impulse and Insult: Roman Poems of Love and Hate
Sunday, February 12, 1:00–4:00 p.m. | The Getty Villa

Courses and Demonstrations

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Are you ready for Valentine's Day? Do you appreciate—or resent—its glorification of romantic love? Prepare for the onslaught by exploring Roman poems of love, longing, despair, and vituperation. Then explore the galleries to see how love is immortalized in Greek and Roman art.

Course fee $35; $28 students. Open to 25 participants.

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Despair, longing, love, anger - February 12
Longing, joy, despair: Seated Poet as Orpheus (detail), South Italian, 350–300 B.C.
Also in February

Experiencing the Getty Collection: Music in Art
February 11

Papyrus: The Ancient World and Beyond
February 18

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

Pacific Standard Time: Crosscurrents in L.A. Painting and Sculpture, 1950–1970 (Feb. 5)
Greetings from L.A.: Artists and Publics, 1950–1980 (Feb. 5)

H O T   T I C K E T S

Lecture: Bauhaus Reconsidered (Feb. 16)
Lecture: Adam Gopnik (Feb. 23)
Concert: Philadelphia Virtuosi Chamber Orchestra (Feb. 25)

M A R K   Y O U R   C A L E N D A R

Tickets are available now for:
Selected Shorts (Mar. 3 & 4)

Reservations are available beginning Tuesday, February 21, for:
Sounds of L.A.: Kayamanan Ng Lahi Philippine Folk Arts (Mar. 17 & 18)

At the Getty Villa this month

H O T   T I C K E T S

Lecture: New Faces from Egypt (Feb. 11)
Course: Roman Poems of Love and Hate (Feb. 12)
Villa Theater Lab: Critical Mass Performance Group (Feb. 17–19)
Lecture: Unearthing Agamemnon's City (Feb. 23)

M A R K   Y O U R   C A L E N D A R

Tickets are available now for:
Villa Theater Lab: Rogue Artists Ensemble Presents Songs of Bilitis (Mar. 23–25)
The Villa Council Presents: "Did the Ancient World Decide the Fate of the Ancient World?" (Mar. 1)

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