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Drawings by Rembrandt, Harry and Patti Smith, swashbuckling films, free world music, and more

January 2010

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Drawings by Rembrandt and His Pupils: Telling the Difference
Through February 28, 2010
The Getty Center
Scores of unsigned drawings were found in Rembrandt's studio after his death. How do we know who made them?

Scholars have long struggled to distinguish drawings by Rembrandt's students—many of which rival his in beauty and execution—from those of the master himself. Inspired by recent breakthroughs in art historical scholarship, this exhibition tells this fascinating story and invites you to try your skills at deciphering the subtle but essential differences that separate Rembrandt from his talented pupils.

"A magnificent show." —Los Angeles Times

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Drawings by Rembrandt on view now
Study of Hendrickje Sleeping (detail), Rembrandt, about 1654–55. The British Museum, London. Image © The Trustees of the British Museum. Banner image: Landscape with the House with the Little Tower (detail), Rembrandt, about 1651
Photographs by Irving Penn close January 10
Commis—Larue, Paris (Busboy—Larue, Paris), Irving Penn. Negative, 1950; print, 1967. Partial gift of Irving Penn. © Irving Penn

Closing Soon
Irving Penn: Small Trades closes January 10! Don't miss the photography show of the year, featuring over 250 portraits by one of the 20th century's most respected photographers.

More on Penn: Hear exhibition co-curator Virginia Heckert discuss Penn's work in a New York Times special feature.

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Museum Programs

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We've also launched a new Web destination for families, listing upcoming events, ideas for looking at art, and tips on visiting the Museum. See our new Kids and Families section for all the details.

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Harry Smith: The Avant-Garde in the American Vernacular
Get to know the many faces of Harry Smith—filmmaker, musicologist, ethnographer, bohemian, and occultist—in the Getty Research Institute's new book Harry Smith: The Avant-Garde in the American Vernacular.

Learn more about the new book.

Don't miss these great events held in conjunction with the book release:

Book Signing and Conversation
Tuesday, January 5, 7:00 p.m.
Coeditors Andrew Perchuk and Rani Singh, along with special guests, discuss and sign the new book at Book Soup in West Hollywood.

Learn more about the book signing at Book Soup.

An Evening Featuring Patti Smith and Friends
Thursday, January 28, 7:00 p.m.
Join musician Patti Smith and friends at the Hammer Museum for "Smith on Smith," a night of film, live music, and remembrance of Harry Smith. Free; get tickets at the Hammer starting at 6:00 p.m. the night of the event.

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Celebrating Harry Smith: book signing and concert with Patti Smith
Two events celebrate Harry Smith (left), including a special evening with Patti Smith (right) on January 28 at the Hammer.

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Swashbuckling Days and Daring Knights
Saturday and Sunday, January 23 and 24, 1:00 p.m.
The Getty Center
Two all-time adventure classics screen in free family matinees at the Getty Center. Head for the Getty with your band of Merry Men for a swashbuckling good time!

The Adventures of Robin Hood
   Saturday, January 23, 1:00 p.m.
Knights of the Round Table
   Sunday, January 24, 1:00 p.m.

Free; a separate reservation is required for each film.

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Medieval adventure on film, January 23 and 24
See the Errol Flynn classic on January 23. Photo courtesy of Warner Bros./Photofest

Performances and Films

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Sounds of L.A.: Mamak Khadem
Saturday, January 16, 7:30 p.m., and Sunday, January 17, 3:00 p.m.
The Getty Center
Vocalist Mamak Khadem kicks off the 2010 season of Sounds of L.A., our free annual world music series. Performing melodies from the Middle East and the Mediterranean on traditional and contemporary instruments, Khadem reveals why she is "one of the wonders of world trance music" (Los Angeles Times). Free; reservations required.

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Hear Mamak Khadem perform on January 16 and 17
Mamak Khadem. Photo: Afshin Javadi
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Lectures and Conferences

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Thursday, January 14, 7:00 p.m.
The Getty Center
What was it like to be Rembrandt's pupil, sketching alongside him in the studio and the Dutch countryside? This documentary film takes you into Rembrandt's world and explores his work and that of his students. Lee Hendrix, senior curator of drawings, introduces the film and leads a lively discussion afterwards. Free; reservations required.

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Rembrandt documentary screens January 14
Rembrandt's countryside: Cottage and Farm Buildings with a Man Sketching (detail), Rembrandt, about 1641. Norton Simon Art Foundation, Pasadena, California
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Courses and Demonstrations

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Becoming Rembrandt: The Man, the Myth, the Legend
Fridays, January 22 and 29, 10:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m.
The Getty Center
Explore the many facets of Rembrandt—as artist, teacher, man, and consummate master of draftsmanship—in this two-session course. Museum educators Zhenya Gershman and Keri Jhaveri bring Rembrandt's world and work alive through close looking and discussion. The course is also offered on Saturdays, February 6 and 13. Course fee $35; $25 students.

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Gallery course explores Rembrandt, January 22 and 29
Who was Rembrandt? An Artist in His Studio (detail), Rembrandt, about 1630
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Family Activities

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Family Drawing Hour
Saturdays, January 9 and 23, 3:30 p.m.
The Getty Center
Come improvise with us! Experiment with materials and draw with your family as our Family Drawing Hour kicks off the new year with fun, hands-on themes, including improvisation, exploring color, making three-dimensional shapes, and using line. Free; space is limited. Sign up at the Museum Information Desk 30 minutes before the program.

Learn more and see the full schedule.

Family Drawing Hour goes improv! Join us on January 9
Go improv in the galleries as you create your own work of art inspired by the collection.
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Featured Item
New! Silk Scarf Featuring Van Gogh's Irises
Instead of cold and wintry thoughts, warm up the season with this expressive scarf that captures a detail of one of the Museum's most popular paintings, Irises by Vincent van Gogh.

Reproducing brilliant colors that highlight the artist's brushstrokes, the airy silk calls to mind a gentle ripple through the irises at Saint-Rémy. $65.00.

Learn more and order online.

Irises in silk - our new scarf inspired by Van Gogh
Irises in silk, inspired by Van Gogh
January is L.A. Arts Month

January is L.A. Arts Month! The Getty is proud to be a partner in this annual initiative showcasing our city's vibrant culture and creativity.

Learn more and see a calendar of arts events happening citywide at

Visit Us During the Holidays
Both the Getty Center and the Getty Villa are closed on December 25 and January 1, but open on December 24 and 31. See daily events on our event calendar.

At the Getty Center, learn how Rembrandt created his drawings in free artist-at-work demonstrations on Sundays through January 3. Explore the art of antiquity, drawing from masterpieces, and more in our studio courses.

At the Getty Villa, glass-handling sessions continue every Thursday, Saturday, and Sunday.

Catch the Getty at home as Selected Shorts airs on KCRW (89.9 FM) and the live channel on at 7:00 p.m. PST on December 28, 29, 30, 31, and January 1.

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