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January 2008

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The Goat's Dance: Photographs by Graciela Iturbide
through April 13, 2008
The Getty Center

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Graciela Iturbide creates unforgettable images of the many faces of Mexican and Mexican-American culture: formidable Zapotec women in Juchitán, gritty landscapes along the U.S.-Mexico border, tough-as-nails gang members in East L.A., and the bloody and erotic ritual of the dancing of the goat among the Mixtec Indians of Oaxaca. See more than 140 of her starkly beautiful photographs spanning three decades, and learn about her work with a brochure and audio commentary in both Spanish and English.

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Events: Mexico in Word and Image
Join us for conversations, performances, films, and tours exploring the themes of the exhibition, including Graciela Iturbide in Conversation on Tuesday, January 8, Classic Mexico: Three Films by Cinematographer Gabriel Figueroa on Friday and Saturday, January 11 and 12, and a panel discussion on Chicano Culture in the Arts on Sunday, January 27.

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La frontera / Iturbide
La frontera, Tijuana, México (The Border, Tijuana, Mexico), Graciela Iturbide, 1990. At top: Nuestra Señora de las Iguanas, Juchitán, Oaxaca (Our Lady of the Iguanas, Juchitán, Oaxaca)(detail). Both images © Graciela Iturbide
André Kertész: Seven Decades
through April 13, 2008
The Getty Center
Broken Plate, Paris / Kertesz
Broken Plate, Paris, André Kertész, negative, 1929; print, 1970s. © Estate of André Kertész

One of the most poetic and original photographers of the 20th century, André Kertész was a master at revealing the visual interest and emotional resonance of commonplace objects and situations. This focus exhibition features images captured in Budapest, Paris, and New York across Kertész's 70-year career.

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The Magnificent Piranesi
through March 10, 2008
The Getty Villa

Giovanni Battista Piranesi's images of Rome were so sumptuous and dramatic that to some tourists the real city looked disappointing by comparison. Experience the monuments, ruins, and vistas of Rome through the eyes of this wildly imaginative 18th-century artist, writer, architect, and promoter of Roman grandeur.

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Trajan's Column / Piranesi
View of the Principal Prospect of the Column of Trajan (detail), Giovanni Battista Piranesi, 1774
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The Nightmare / Gauguin
Paul Gauguin's Eve ("The Nightmare") (detail) is featured in 10 Years of Drawings, opening January 29

Browse all 11 exhibitions currently on view at the Getty Center and the Getty Villa at current exhibitions. Plus, don't miss the final month of Julius Shulman's Los Angeles at the Central Library.

Opening January 29 at the Getty Center is 10 Years of Drawings: What, How, and Why, one of the exhibitions and events reflecting on the 10th anniversary of the Getty Center.

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Technique and Technology: Reproducing Roman Glass in the 19th Century (lecture)
Saturday, January 12, 2008, 3:00 p.m.
The Getty Villa

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Roman glass was rediscovered in the 1700s and 1800s, inspiring European glassmakers to new technical and creative heights. Discover why German glass artists were drawn to the new Roman finds and learn the stories behind their remarkable recreations of ancient vessels, several of which are on view in the exhibition Reflecting Antiquity: Modern Glass Inspired by Ancient Rome.

Free; a ticket is required.

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Pitcher within a pitcher / German
Ehrenfeld reproduction of an Oinochoe (Pitcher) with Interior Oinochoe, Rheinische Glashütten A.G., late 1800s. Römisch-Germanisches Museum, Cologne. Photo: Rheinisches Bildarchiv Cologne
Considering Rembrandt (gallery course)
Friday, January 18, 2008, 1:00–3:00 p.m.
The Getty Center
Portrait of a Girl / Rembrandt
Portrait of a Girl Wearing a Gold-Trimmed Cloak (detail), Rembrandt Harmensz. van Rijn, 1632. Private collection, New York

Explore the beauty and technique of Rembrandt's early work in this afternoon course. Learn about Rembrandt's style and subjects in a slide lecture by curator Anne Woollett, then enjoy guided gallery tours focusing on history paintings and portraits including Portrait of a Girl Wearing a Gold-Trimmed Cloak, a loan from a private collection that has not been seen publicly for decades.

Course fee $15; open to 100 participants. Call (310) 440-7300 to sign up.

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Friday Nights at the Getty: John Doe (performance)
Friday, January 18, 2008, 7:30 p.m.
The Getty Center

John Doe has been setting the standard for L.A. cool for three decades. Ranging across punk, folk, rockabilly, and country, blending urban poetry, textured guitar, and achingly sincere vocals, Doe returns to Friday Nights at the Getty for a special performance for the Getty Center's 10th anniversary.

Free; reservations required. Reservations available beginning Thursday, December 20, at 9:00 a.m.

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John Doe
John Doe is one of four artists returning to Friday Nights at the Getty to celebrate its 10th anniversary season. Photo: Autumn De Wilde
Sounds of L.A.: Corey Harris and Paula Fuga (performance)
Saturday, January 19, 2008, 8:00 p.m., and Sunday, January 20, 2008, 3:00 p.m.
The Getty Center
Corey Harris and Paula Fuga
Corey Harris (left) and Paula Fuga present two reggae-drenched concerts to launch Sounds of L.A.'s 10th anniversary season.

Two brilliant singers and instrumentalists kick off the 10th anniversary season of this cutting-edge world music series with performances fueled by the passionate spirit of reggae. Harris takes reggae back to its African roots with a rare acoustic performance, while Fuga forges a cross-cultural Hawaiian sound that reveals the deep soul of the ukelele and nose flute.

Free; reservations required. Reservations available beginning Thursday, December 20, at 9:00 a.m.

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Object in Transition: Contemporary Voices (panel discussion)
Thursday, January 24, 2008, 7:30 p.m.
The Getty Center

Is contemporary art made to last? Artists Robert Gober, Rachel Harrison, and Paul McCarthy, who create art from materials as perishable and improbable as wax, human hair, Styrofoam, and ketchup, consider the challenges of creating and conserving contemporary art in a panel discussion with curator Elisabeth Sussman and conservator Christian Scheidemann.

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Alexander the Great / Harrison
Alexander the Great (detail), Rachel Harrison, 2007. Photo: Jean Vong. Image courtesy of Greene Naftali, New York

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The Family Forum
Thursday–Monday, 10:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m.
The Getty Villa

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Explore the ancient world through hands-on activities in the Family Forum.

Step into a hands-on world of fun inspired by the many facets of Greek vases. Paint your own vase with erasable pens, grab a prop and transform yourself into a character from a Greek epic, tackle three-dimensional puzzles to create your own vase profiles, and more. All activities are available in Spanish and English.

The Family Forum is free with your advance, timed ticket to the Getty Villa.

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See everything that's coming up at the Getty Center and the Getty Villa on our event calendar.

Explore African-American avant-gardes with a conversation on January 16 that reunites four African American artists who worked with organized collaboratives in the 1970s and 1980s.

Learn about individuality in Roman portraiture with a free lecture at the Getty Villa on January 10, spend Friday night sketching in the galleries with Getty Drawing Hour, and make reservations now for a panel discussion on museum architecture on Sunday, March 16—seats are filling fast.

Plus, book tickets online for two Concerts at the Villa featuring De Organographia, who perform ancient Greek music on instruments of their own making.

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