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Rediscovering Jean-Leon Gerome, documentary photography since the 60s, femmes fatales, and more

June 2010

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This great close-up of flowers in the Central Garden is courtesy of visitor Lauren Davis. See more fantastic garden photos in our Flickr group.

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The Spectacular Art of Jean-Léon Gérôme
June 15–September 12
The Getty Center
Controversial in the 19th century, forgotten in the 20th, Jean-Léon Gérôme is rediscovered in this new exhibition organized by the J. Paul Getty Museum and the Musée d'Orsay. See Gérôme's masterful, provocative paintings of exotic subjects, such as gladiators in the Roman arena and snake charmers on the streets of Cairo, and explore his pioneering use of photography and mixed-media sculpture.

Rediscovering Gerome's art - opens June 15
Pollice Verso (Thumbs Down) (detail), Jean-Léon Gérôme, 1872. Phoenix Art Museum. Museum purchase. Photograph by Craig Smith

Engaged Observers: Documentary Photography since the Sixties
June 29–November 14
The Getty Center
Get an in-depth look at powerful work by photographers who have combined their skills as reporters and artists, contributing to the development of the documentary approach in photography. The show features four decades of work by key photographers: Leonard Freed, Lauren Greenfield, Philip Jones Griffiths, Mary Ellen Mark, Susan Meiselas, James Nachtwey, Sebastião Salgado, W. Eugene & Aileen M. Smith, and Larry Towell.

Documentary photography since the 60s - opens June 29
Lillie with Her Rag Doll, Seattle (detail), Mary Ellen Mark, 1983. © Mary Ellen Mark

The Old Testament in Medieval Manuscript Illumination
June 1–August 8
The Getty Center
The Old Testament was one of the richest sources for narrative art in the Middle Ages. Drawn from the Museum's collection of manuscripts, this exhibition features stories of the Hebrew Bible in a wide variety of books, including Bibles, private devotional manuscripts, books for the mass, and world histories.

Old Testament stories - opens June 1
Samson Fighting a Lion (detail), Franco-Flemish, about 1270
Urban Panoramas closes June 6

Closing This Month
Closing June 6—A Record of Emotion: The Photographs of Frederick H. Evans and Urban Panoramas: Opie, Liao, Kim

Closing June 20—Leonardo da Vinci and the Art of Sculpture: Inspiration and Invention

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Interactive Feature and Augmented Reality Experience
Explore an intricate collector's cabinet in two innovative ways: an interactive feature that invites you to explore its luxurious materials and intricate construction, and an augmented reality experience that lets you virtually spin, tilt, and open the cabinet using your webcam.

Both features complement the New Galleries for Medieval and Renaissance Sculpture and Decorative Arts, now open in the Getty Center's North Pavilion.

Hold a collector's cabinet in your hands
Explore a 17th-century collector's cabinet through interactive technology.


Performances and Films

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Saturdays Off the 405
Mayer Hawthorne & the County
Saturday, June 12, 6:00–9:00 p.m.
The Getty Center
Our open-air music happening features the Motown groove of retro crooner Mayer Hawthorne, a new-school soul sensation who blends heartfelt nostalgia with serious vocal chops. The galleries will be open throughout the night, and free gallery tours take off at 6:00 and 7:00 p.m. It's free, no reservations required, and parking is FREE after 5:00 p.m.

Learn more and see what else is coming up this summer.

Saturdays Off the 405 goes Motown - June 12
We heart Meyer Hawthorne. Photo: Schiko


Performances and Films

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The Other Conquest (La Otra Conquista)
Wednesday, June 23, 7:30 p.m.
The Getty Villa
This epic film brings to life the world of 1520s Mexico, exploring the changes brought about by European colonization and the clash of cultures that gave birth to modern Latin America. Following the screening, writer/director Salvador Carrasco discusses the movie and answers your questions. Free; a ticket is required.

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La Otra Conquista - June 23

Film Series: The Ornament and the Enchantress
Saturday, June 26, 3:00 and 7:00 p.m., and Sunday, June 27, 12:00 and 3:00 p.m.
The Getty Center
Inspired by the seductive paintings of Jean-Léon Gérôme going on view this month, we screen four classics featuring history's sexiest vixens:

Salome: Sat., June 26, 3:00 p.m.
Cleopatra: Sat., June 26, 7:00 p.m.
Samson and Delilah: Sun., June 27, 12:00 p.m.
Mata Hari: Sun., June 27, 3:00 p.m.

The series is free; a separate reservation is required for each film.

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Exotic temptresses on screen - June 26 and 27
Greta Garbo as Mata Hari. Photo: Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer / Photofest

L E C T U R E S   &   C O N V E R S A T I O N S

Lectures and Conferences

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Envisioning a New World
Wednesday, June 2, 7:30 p.m.
The Getty Villa
Mary Miller, a renowned authority on Mesoamerican art, investigates the intersections of Aztec mythology and classical antiquity in the 1500s, when the Toltec capital of Tollan was compared with imperial Rome, and deities such as Tlaloc and Tlazolteotl were depicted as New World equivalents of Apollo and Venus. Complements the exhibition The Aztec Pantheon and the Art of Empire. Free; a ticket is required.

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Old World meets New World - June 2
Tlaloc (detail), from the Codex Ixtlilxochitl, Bibliothèque Nationale, Paris (ms. Mex. 65-71). Image reproduction by Akademische Druck - u. Verlagsanstalt, Graz, Austria, 1976

Panel Discussion: Creating Cinematic Worlds
Tuesday, June 8, 7:00 p.m.
The Getty Center
Production designer Alex McDowell (Fight Club, Tim Burton's Corpse Bride), veteran production researcher Lisa Jackson, and filmmaker and art historian Boris Hars-Tschachotin explore the process of production design—the transformation from paper, to set, to film—and discuss the essential role of research and the growing impact of digital media. Free; reservations required.

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Creating cinematic worlds - June 8
Still from Minority Report directed by Steven Spielberg: precogs lying in a tank within the Precrime headquarters (Twentieth Century Fox, 2002)

Old Testament Imagery: An Interfaith Dialogue
Sunday, June 13, 1:30 p.m.
The Getty Center
Different faiths interpret Old Testament stories in distinct and revealing ways. Greek Catholic priest Alexei Smith, rabbi Ed Feinstein, and art historian Jeremy Glatstein explore the differences and discuss illuminated manuscripts in the exhibition The Old Testament in Medieval Manuscript Illumination, opening June 1. Free; reservations required.

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Old Testament stories across faiths - June 13
Moses Receiving the Tablets of the Law (detail), Master of Jean de Mandeville, about 1360–70

Gérôme Then and Now
Thursday, June 17, 7:00 p.m.
The Getty Center
Why should we care about Jean-Léon Gérôme? Mary Morton and Scott Allan, co-curators of the Gérôme exhibition opening June 15, discuss the controversial reception of his art in the 19th century, its neglect in the 20th century, and the importance of revisiting his work today. Free; reservations required.

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Why does Gerome's art matter? June 17
The Duel After the Masquerade (detail), Jean-Léon Gérôme, about 1857–59. Walters Art Museum


Courses and Demonstrations

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Wagner's Mythology: Roots and Inspiration
Saturday, June 19, 9:00 a.m.–4:30 p.m.
The Getty Villa
Explore the sources of Richard Wagner's Ring Cycle in myth, art, folklore, and drama in a daylong seminar at the Getty Villa. Enjoy talks by local scholars, a presentation by LA Opera maestro James Conlon, tours of the antiquities collection, and a musical performance.

Part of Ring Festival LA, a citywide cultural event. Course fee (includes lunch) $95; $75 students.

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Daylong course on Wagner's sources - June 19

F O R  F A M I L I E S

Family Activities

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Saturdays and Sundays, June 12–September 5 (plus Monday, September 6), 11:00 a.m.–4:00 p.m.
The Getty Villa
Learn about ancient art through fun games and hands-on art projects. Sleuth your way through the galleries to defeat ancient monsters and become a hero, then drop by our art-making tables to create your very own mosaic. Free with your advance, timed ticket to the Getty Villa.

Learn more and book your free tickets to the Getty Villa.

Play heroes and monsters at ArtQuest!
Play a gallery game and make a colorful mosaic to show off at home.

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June at a Glance
At the Getty Center this month

C L O S I N G   T H I S   M O N T H
A Record of Emotion: The Photographs of Frederick H. Evans (June 6)
Urban Panoramas: Opie, Liao, Kim (June 6)
Leonardo da Vinci and the Art of Sculpture: Inspiration and Invention (June 20)

O P E N I N G   T H I S   M O N T H
The Old Testament in Medieval Manuscript Illumination (June 1)
The Spectacular Art of Jean-Léon Gérôme (June 15)
Engaged Observers: Documentary Photography since the Sixties (June 29)

H O T   T I C K E T S
Panel: Creating Cinematic Worlds (June 8)
Music: Saturdays Off the 405 (June 12)
Film Series: The Ornament and the Enchantress (June 26 & 27)

At the Getty Villa this month

H O T   T I C K E T S
Lecture: Envisioning a New World (June 2)
Film: The Other Conquest (June 23)

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