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French bronzes, the illustrated psalms, Saturdays Off the 405, Paul Outerbridge's artful commerce, Harryhausen's special effects, and more

July 2009

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Beginning July 1, parking at the Getty Center and the Getty Villa will be $15, but FREE after 5:00 p.m. for all evening events, as well as for Saturday evening hours at the Getty Center (till 9:00 p.m.). Make it a Saturday night at the Center—no traffic, no lines, and no parking fee!

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Cast in Bronze: French Sculpture from Renaissance to Revolution
June 30–September 27
The Getty Center
Opening at the Getty Museum after critically acclaimed presentations at the Louvre and The Metropolitan Museum of Art is this exhibition of spectacular French bronzes, many of which barely survived the upheaval of the French Revolution of 1789. Myths, monarchs, and maidens were brought to life by the few who mastered this exalted and uniquely demanding art form. The first comprehensive exhibition of French bronze sculpture, Cast in Bronze also presents a view of French culture at its apogee in the 1500s, 1600s, and 1700s.

Special treat—Visit the exhibition on July 5, 9, and 10 and you can pick up a free cookie (or two) from Lu Biscuits, maker of Petit Écolier.

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French sculpture from Renaissance to revolution opens June 30
Pluto Abducting Proserpine (detail), François Girardon, 1693–1710 (Banner: detail of Proserpine and Pluto)

Foundry to Finish: The Making of a Bronze Sculpture
The Getty Center
Get a rare look inside the process used to create bronze sculpture in this new long-term exhibition. Through 13 step-by-step models, you'll explore the process of direct lost-wax casting, which yields a unique bronze cast of an artist's original clay-and-wax model. The exhibition complements Cast in Bronze: French Sculpture from Renaissance to Revolution, an international touring exhibition on view beginning June 30.

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The making of a bronze sculpture, on view now
Explore the steps in creating a bronze, from preparation to polish.

Temptation and Salvation: The Psalms of King David
Through August 16
The Getty Center
The Psalms and their illustrations played a central role in Christianity of the Middle Ages. King David's journey of redemption—from shepherd and sinner to divinely chosen king—was prominently featured in these songs of praise, thanks, and lamentation. This exhibition presents beautifully painted manuscripts of the Psalms and explores how King David's failures, as much as his successes, helped to inspire medieval Christians to follow his path to salvation.

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The Psalms of King David, on view now
Initial D: David Pointing to His Mouth (detail), Master of the Ingeborg Psalter, after 1205

In Focus: Making a Scene
June 30–October 18
The Getty Center
This newest installment in our thematic look at the Museum's photographs collection presents a variety of staged photos, from daguerreotypes to Polaroids, that illustrate how photography often poses fiction as truth. Spanning the 1800s to today, works by Lewis Carroll, Julia Margaret Cameron, Man Ray, Lucas Samaras, and others use stagecraft and occasional darkroom trickery to tell intriguing stories.

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Photos of fiction as truth go on view June 30
Rrose Sélavy (Marcel Duchamp), Man Ray, 1920–23. © Man Ray Trust ARS-ADAGP

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Future Exhibitions

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The Golden Graves of Ancient Vani
July 16–October 5
The Getty Villa
Dazzling jewelry, grave goods, and figurines from the ancient site of Vani, in what is now the Republic of Georgia, reveal the culture and history of the vanished kingdom of Colchis, land of the legendary Golden Fleece. Book your free tickets to the Getty Villa.

The Chimaera of Arezzo
July 16, 2009–February 8, 2010
The Getty Villa
This spectacular Etruscan sculpture of the Chimaera, the multi-headed, fire-breathing monster of ancient myth, is on rare loan from the National Archaeological Museum of Florence. Book your free tickets to the Getty Villa.

Capturing Nature's Beauty: Three Centuries of French Landscapes
July 28–November 1
The Getty Center
A selection of drawings surveys the French landscape tradition from the 1600s to the 1800s, with works by Poussin, Claude, Fragonard, Seurat, van Gogh, and others.

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Rembrandt's Saint Bavo and Portrait of a Rabbi
The Getty Center
Two portraits by Rembrandt van Rijn have temporarily joined the Museum's own Saint Bartholomew in the East Pavilion paintings galleries at the Getty Center. Saint Bavo, newly cleaned of thick overpaint and yellowed varnish by Getty conservators, is on view through November 29, 2009; Portrait of a Rabbi is on loan from a private collection through March 2010.

To discover even more Rembrandts in the L.A. area, see, our virtual exhibition of Rembrandt paintings spanning five museums from Pasadena to San Diego.

Rembrandt's portrait of Saint Bavo on view now
Saint Bavo, Rembrandt Harmensz. van Rijn, about 1662–65. Göteborgs konstmuseum, Göteborg, Sweden

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Villa Theater Series: Aristophanes' Peace
Tickets on Sale July 1
Previews: Thursday–Saturday, September 3–5, 8:00 p.m.
Performances: Thursday–Saturday, September 10–October 3, 8:00 p.m.
The Getty Villa
Tickets go on sale July 1 for Culture Clash's vision of Aristophanes' ribald and scathing assault on the military-industrial complex of Athens, circa 421 B.C. Tickets are $42, students/seniors $36. Previews $20.

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See Culture Clash take on Aristophanes - tickets on sale July 1
Tickets go on sale July 1 for Peace, the annual outdoor theater production at the Getty Villa.


Performances and Films

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Ray Harryhausen: Master of Myth, Magic, and Monsters
Saturday and Sunday, July 25 and 26, 11:00 a.m.
The Getty Villa
Two masterpieces of stop-motion animation from filmmaker Ray Harryhausen explore the myths and legends of the ancient world. Jason and the Argonauts screens on Saturday and Clash of the Titans on Sunday. Recommended for kids ages 10 and up. Free; a ticket is required for each attending argonaut, including pint-sized.

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Films by Ray Harryhausen screen July 25 and 26
Holy harpies! It's heroes v. monsters in Harryhausen's magical movies.


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Saturdays Off the 405
Saturdays, July 11 and 25, 6:00–9:00 p.m.
The Getty Center
Next up at this outdoor musical happening is DJ collective Mas Exitos, bringing their semi-monthly international music event to the Getty. Local band Domingo Siete rounds out the evening. July 25 features world-renowned DJ Cut Chemist, along with avant-garde group We Are the World. It's free, no reservations required—and parking is free after 5:00 p.m.!

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Mas Exitos performs July 11, Cut Chemist July 25
DJ collective Mas Exitos keeps things spinning in Highland Park.

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Lectures and Conferences

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Dancing on the Head of a Pin: Paul Outerbridge and the Art of Commerce
Thursday, July 9, 7:00 p.m.
The Getty Center
Paul Outerbridge's photography helped close the divide between art for art's sake and commercial art. Paul Martineau, curator of the exhibition Paul Outerbridge: Command Performance, currently on view at the Getty Center, looks at the balance of aesthetics and economics in Outerbridge's work. Free; reservations required.

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Lecture on Paul Outerbridge's art, July 9
The Shower (detail), Paul Outerbridge, 1937. Paul Outerbridge, Jr. © 2008 G. Ray Hawkins Gallery, Beverly Hills, California

From Excavation to Exhibition: Beyond Vani's Golden Graves
Saturday, July 18, 2:00 p.m.
The Getty Villa
Why was the ancient city of Vani so rich in gold? Jennifer Chi of the Institute for the Study of the Ancient World at NYU explores the treasures excavated at Vani and featured in the upcoming exhibition The Golden Graves of Ancient Vani, revealing their art historical and cultural significance. Free; a ticket is required.

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Lecture on golden treasures from ancient Vani, July 18
Headdress Ornament with Animals and Birds (detail), Colchian, made in Vani, 350–300 B.C. Georgian National Museum. Photo: Amiran Kiladze

The Pleasures of Empire: Food and Cooking in Ancient Rome
Thursday, July 23, 7:00 p.m., repeating Saturday, July 25, 5:00 p.m.
The Getty Villa
Explore the culinary pleasures of the Roman empire with historian Andrew Dalby and chef Sally Grainger, authors of The Classical Cookbook, at an evening for the mind and the senses. The program stimulates with a lecture, then satisfies with a tasting of Roman delicacies. Tickets are $35.

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An imperial Roman feast, July 23 and 25
Enjoy culinary pleasures, Roman-style. (Detail from A Roman Feast, Roberto Bompiani, late 1800s)

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Free Family Fun

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Family Art Lab
July 5–September 6, 11:00 a.m.–3:30 p.m.
The Getty Center
See and make art at this free, fun program that combines gallery exploration with a hands-on art project. Sessions from July 5 to August 2 focus on celebrations and festivities; sessions beginning August 8 look at the many faces of weather in art. Free; just drop by!

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Family Art Lab, launching July 5
Make a masterpiece inspired by the art in the galleries!

Event Calendar

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Event Calendar

Spend a summer day with art, architecture, and gardens—see our event calendar for all listings.

Get outdoors and put your hand to paper for the Getty Drawing Hour in the Central Garden on July 5 and 19. Or stay indoors and put your mind to the puzzle of a great artwork at our Art Circles session on July 18. Learn about a remarkable Psalm book made for a powerful 14th-century woman in a lecture on the Taymouth Hours on July 22.

If you've got a day to learn, ply ancient tools with a master craftsman and make a gem impression at the gallery course on the allure of gems and their impressions on July 17, 18 or 19. Plus: Contemporary artist Chavdar Chushev demonstrates ancient gem-carving techniques at the Getty Villa July 9 through 13, from 1:00 to 3:00 p.m.

Most events are FREE.

Get a free cookie from Lu

Pick up a free cookie from Lu Biscuits, maker of the buttery, chocolatey Petit Écolier and other crunchy French-style cookies, on July 5, 9, and 10 (and again on September 6, 11, and 12) to complement your visit to the exhibition Cast in Bronze: French Sculpture from Renaissance to Revolution.

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