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June 2009

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Current Exhibitions

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Walls of Algiers: Narratives of the City
Through October 18
The Getty Center
Explore the people and places of the Algerian capital through photographs, posters, postcards, and other 19th- and 20th-century visual sources from the collections of the Getty Research Institute. Featuring panoramic city views, portraits of indigenous peoples, and first-person voices, the exhibition probes how French rule split Algiers into Arab and French quarters, re-mapping the city and driving it toward modernity.

Visit the Getty Research Institute on Flickr Commons to view a selection of early 20th-century postcards of Algiers.

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People and places of Algiers, on view now at the Getty Research Institute
Algerian Woman (detail), Marc Garanger, 1960. © Marc Garanger

Current Exhibitions

Last Chance for Three Villa Exhibitions
Three behind-the-scenes exhibitions close June 1 at the Getty Villa: Fragment to Vase, revealing the art of restoring ancient ceramics; The Getty Commodus, analyzing a puzzlingly modern-looking ancient bust; and Reconstructing Identity, examining the restoration history of a monumental statue.

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Future Exhibitions

Illustrated Psalms, opening June 9

Opening in June: Illustrated Psalms
Opening June 9 at the Getty Center is the manuscripts exhibition Temptation and Salvation: The Psalms of King David, which explores how medieval artists illustrated the Psalms and celebrates the importance of these verses in medieval devotion.

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Roman Ephebe from Naples
through March 2011
The Getty Villa
This exquisite Roman bronze, unearthed from Pompeii in 1925, is on long-term loan to the Getty Villa from the Museo Archeologico Nazionale in Naples. A second bronze sculpture from Naples will go on view at the Getty Villa following conservation treatment. The loans complement the Getty Villa's collection of ancient art from Greece, Rome, and Etruria.

Learn more about this loan.

Treasure from Naples museum on view now at the Getty Villa
Statue of an Ephebe (Youth) as a Lamp Bearer (detail), Roman, from Pompeii, about 20–10 B.C. Soprintendenza Speciale per i Beni Archeologici di Napoli e Pompei, Naples, Italy


Performances and Films

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The Battle of Algiers
Saturday, May 31, 7:30 p.m.
Max Palevsky Theatre at the Aero Theatre, Santa Monica
The Getty Research Institute and the American Cinematheque present this landmark 1965 docudrama about the Algerian struggle for independence in conjunction with the exhibition Walls of Algiers: Narratives of the City. Made in an ultra-realistic style, the film weaves a morally complex, riveting tapestry that presents a balanced yet passionate view of revolution. Screens at the Aero Theater, 1328 Montana Avenue, Santa Monica. Tickets $10; $7 Cinematheque members.

Get ticketing information on the American Cinematheque's Web site.

Learn more about the screening and the related colloquium.

The Battle of Algiers screens May 31


Performances and Films

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Saturdays Off the 405
Saturday, June 20, 6:00–9:00 p.m., with dates in July and August
The Getty Center
Spend your Saturday night atop L.A. enjoying free outdoor music, gallery browsing, and killer city views, plus a stocked cash bar. This new summer series kicks off with the addictive synth-pop of Brooklyn-based trio Chairlift, plus Dublab's DJ Frosty and DJ Ale. Free; no reservations required.

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Chairlift performs June 20 at the Getty Center
Chairlift's song "Bruises" is so catchy Apple used it in an iPod ad.


Performances and Films

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Yvonne Rainer: RoS Indexical and Spiraling Down
Thursday–Saturday, June 25–27, 8:30 p.m.
Sunday, June 28, 3:00 p.m.
REDCAT at Walt Disney Concert Hall, Downtown L.A.
Avant-garde dance and film pioneer Yvonne Rainer presents two works: RoS Indexical, a radical re-vision of The Rite of Spring, and Spiraling Down (commissioned by the J. Paul Getty Museum, Getty Research Institute, and World Performance Project at Yale), a new work that takes inspiration from influences as varied as soccer moves, old movies, and Steve Martin. Tickets $20/$25.

Learn more and get tickets on REDCAT's Web site.

Yvonne Rainer's RoS Indexical June 25-28
Yvonne Rainer's RoS Indexical, 2007. Photo © Paula Court. Courtesy of Performa

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Lectures and Conferences

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Cultural Rights—Past and Future
Tuesday, June 2, 7:00 p.m.
The Getty Center
Do artists have a right to a prominent and engaged presence in public life? Bill Ivey, head of President Obama's transition team on arts and the humanities, and cultural critic Lewis Hyde discuss this question and consider our right to have culture and creativity play a role in our national dialogue. The program is the first installment of a new series, Getty Perspectives, which invites distinctive voices to the Getty to discuss the arts. Free; reservations required.

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Bill Ivey speaks on Cultural Rights June 2
Bill Ivey. Photo: Steve Green

Alain de Botton: The Pleasures and Sorrows of Work
Thursday, June 11, 7:00 p.m.
The Getty Center
Work is one of the most exciting, and most painful, of human activities. Alain de Botton, author of the new book The Pleasures and Sorrows of Work, turns a philosophical eye on our addiction to work, teasing out the confusing factors that render jobs either fulfilling or soul-destroying. Free; reservations required.

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Alain de Botton discusses his new book on work June 11
Alain de Botton. Photo: Roderick Field

Why Do We Lust for Objects?
Tuesday, June 16, 7:00 p.m.
The Getty Center
Deyan Sudjic, director of the Design Museum in London and author of the new book The Language of Things, analyzes our unquenchable thirst for the shiny and new. In a world of aerodynamic toasters and high-concept frozen yogurt, where do beauty and utility end, and seduction and excess begin? Free; reservations required.

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Deyan Sudjic speaks on June 16
Deyan Sudjic. Photo: Luke Hayes


Courses and Demonstrations

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Paul Outerbridge: An American Photo Modernist
Saturday, June 13, 10:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m.
The Getty Center
Explore the art of Paul Outerbridge, whose inventive and sometimes provocative photographs bridged the gap between commercial and fine art. The course includes a talk by photography scholar Graham Howe, followed by tours and discussion of the exhibition Paul Outerbridge: Command Performance. Course fee $20.

Participants are also invited to sign up for a free Point-of-View Artist Talk by photographer Reece Vogel at 2:30 p.m. on the day of the course.

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Gallery course explores Paul Outerbridge on June 13
Images de Deauville, Paul Outerbridge, 1936. Museum of Modern Art, New York. Gift of Mrs. Ralph Seward Allen, 1942. Digital image courtesy the Museum of Modern Art/Licensed by SCALA/Art Resource, New York. Paul Outerbridge, Jr. © 2008 G. Ray Hawkins Gallery, Beverly Hills, California

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Visit the Getty Center and the Getty Villa this summer and enjoy family-friendly activities that are sure to inspire your child's inner artist. There's something fun to do every day, all summer long! Choose from hands-on workshops, gallery voyages, storytelling, family festivals, concerts, and more, all FREE!

Bonus for AAA members: show your card at the Museum Store, café, and coffee carts and receive 10% off.

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Free Family Fun at the Getty, all summer long!

Event Calendar

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Event Calendar

Plan your artistic getaway using our event calendar.

Our Curator Spotlight Series continues on June 3 with a look at rococo masterpieces in context. It's tea time at the Getty Center on June 7 as the Restaurant offers a lecture on tea plus a six-course food and tea tasting. Plus, our Art Circles discussion program continues on June 6.

Most events are FREE.

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