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June 2007

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Oudry's Painted Menagerie
through September 2
The Getty Center

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Birds and beasts take over the Getty Center this summer! See life-size animal portraits by Jean-Baptiste Oudry, from the ferocious hyena to the elegant antelope, and meet Clara the celebrity rhino, 13 feet long from snout to tail. Plus, enjoy storytelling, Family Festivals, artists' demonstrations, and more to celebrate the summer of the beast.

Exhibition sponsored by Wachovia.

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Rhinoceros / Oudry
See Clara the rhino, immortalized by Jean-Baptiste Oudry in his 1749 painting Rhinoceros
Top: Demoiselle Crane, Toucan, and Tufted Crane (detail), 1745
Staatliches Museum Schwerin
Family Passport

Embark on a Summer Safari!
Journey through the wilds of L.A. with our free Family Passport, your guide to family adventure at the Getty Center, Skirball Cultural Center, Natural History Museum, and L.A. Zoo. 

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Medieval Beasts
through July 29
The Getty Center

Multi-headed monsters, enormous elephants, and genteel greyhounds jump off the pages of medieval manuscripts in this exhibition, which explores the role of animals in medieval art and life. Learn about the mystique of the warhorse and the power of the animal constellations, then tame the beasts with our family cards full of riddles for adults and kids to solve together.

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Dragon / Franco-Flemish
A colorful and exotic Dragon from a bestiary, Franco-Flemish, about 1270
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Photographs of the L.A. urban landscape, postwar Japanese art, a giant octopus, and more—see current exhibitions to explore what's on now, and future exhibitions to see what's opening in June, including Greeks on the Black Sea: Ancient Art from the Hermitage at the Getty Villa.


Draw from the Masters in Our New Sketching Gallery
The Getty Center

Sketching Gallery

Sketching Gallery
Discover your artistic side in the light-filled Sketching Gallery

Draw from the great art of the past in the Sketching Gallery, a drop-in studio filled with paintings and casts of sculptures from the J. Paul Getty Museum's collection. Take inspiration from a Renaissance portrait, a flower-filled landscape, or expressive busts of two sisters, then take your sketch home or mount it to the gallery board for all to admire.

Free; no reservations required. Drop by any time the Museum is open.

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E V E N T   H I G H L I G H T S

Craft at the Limits: Artist Panel (panel discussion)
June 2, 8:00 p.m.
The Getty Center

Reservations, tickets, and information:
(310) 440-7300

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Fiber revolution, Bauhaus teapots, totemic sculptures—craft has been associated with all of these things. Hear artists Sheila Hicks, John Mason, and Peter Shire discuss their pioneering work and the shifting boundaries between art and craft in this finale to the Getty Research Institute's three-day conference Craft at the Limits.

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Craft at the Limits
Both art and craft: Sheila Hicks' fiber work St. Gobain (detail), 1978
Fridays Off the 405: Camea and Drumcell (performance)
June 8, 6:00–9:00 p.m.
The Getty Center
DJ Camea
Get out of the heat with Camea's cool, smoldering sound

The heat is on! Chill out with this free evening of music, gallery browsing, and garden sauntering featuring the funky techno blend of Camea and the energetic acid house of SoCal native Drumcell.

Free; no reservations required.

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Gordon Getty Concert: The Parisii Quartet (performance)
June 9, 8:00 p.m.
The Getty Center

Immerse yourself in the colors and textures of Paris through the music of Claude Debussy and César Franck, two of the 19th century's boldest musical innovators. The Parisii Quartet, one of France's most accomplished and vibrant classical ensembles, performs in an evening complementing the exhibition Manet's Bar at the Folies-Bergère, opening June 5 at the Getty Center.

Tickets $20; $15 students/seniors. Call (310) 440-7300 for tickets.

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The Parisii Quartet
The Parisii Quartet combine elegance and artistry
The Belly of Paris: Flaubert, Maupassant, and Zola on Film (screenings)
June 14, 15, and 16, 7:30 p.m., and June 16, 4:00 p.m.
The Getty Center
Still from Madame Bovary
Beautiful illusions: Jennifer Jones in Vicente Minelli's Madame Bovary
Film still courtesy of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences

See a quartet of cinematic masterpieces inspired by the gritty visions of Gustave Flaubert, Guy de Maupassant, and Émile Zola. These films vividly evoke the dance floors, brothels, and washhouses of mid-19th-century Paris. Before the screenings, see France on paper and canvas in the exhibitions Manet's Bar at the Folies-Bergère and Defining Modernity: European Drawings, 1800–1900, both opening June 5 at the Getty Center.

Free; reservations required.

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Black Sea Film Series (screenings)
June 29, 8:00 p.m., and June 30, 1:00 p.m.
The Getty Villa

Two days, two radically different takes on Greek myth. Friday: get revenge with Medea in Lars von Trier's haunting Medea. Saturday: team up with the kids to root for Jason as he leads a band of heroes against the harpies, hydra, bronze giant, and army of skeletons to capture the Golden Fleece in Jason and the Argonauts, the '60s stop-motion classic. The series complements Greeks on the Black Sea: Ancient Art from the Hermitage, opening June 14 at the Getty Villa.

Free; a ticket is required. Tickets available beginning Tuesday, May 22, at 9:00 a.m.

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Jason and the Argonauts
Jason takes on a skeleton army in Jason and the Argonauts
Film still courtesy of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences

F O R  F A M I L I E S

Family Festival
June 3, 10:00 a.m.–6:00 p.m.
The Getty Center

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Japanese Festival Sounds
Here, kitty kitty...A fierce red lion dances with the taiko drummers of Japanese Festival Sounds

Unleash your animal side at this daylong festival starring fantastic stilted creatures, Aesop's animals, and Japanese and West African drummers. Join hands-on art workshops to make your own fabulous beasties inspired by the exhibitions Medieval Beasts and Oudry's Painted Menagerie.

Free; no reservations required.

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The gardens are blooming and the galleries are hopping at the Getty Center and the Getty Villa. Plan your visit using our event calendar.

Hear New Yorker writer Adam Gopnik discuss why Manet matters, be part of the audience as PRI's Studio 360 tapes live at the Getty Center, and explore the role of drawing in Impressionism, and discover the tale of Clara the rhinoceros.

Explore the ancient world at the Getty Villa with free lectures on the new Hellenistic and Roman galleries at the Metropolitan Museum of Art and the disputed Golden Age of Athens. Plus, ArtQuest, a free family workshop, resumes at the Getty Villa on June 2.

Most events are FREE.

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