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Consuming passion, manuscript treasures, Eugenia Leon in concert, family festival, and more

March 2008

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Consuming Passion: Fragonard's Allegories of Love
through May 4
The Getty Center

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Smoldering desire, undying devotion, and delirious irrationality pulse through the dramatic late paintings and drawings of Jean-Honoré Fragonard. Discover the hidden meanings in Fragonard's voluptuous allegories and learn how they reflect changing attitudes toward love, marriage, and the happily-ever-after in 18th-century Europe.

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College Night College Night!
Calling all college students for a night of art, food, drink, and intimate talk featuring Dr. Drew Pinsky of Loveline. Free admission and parking to all students with ID! Learn more and make reservations.

Sacrifice of the Rose / Fragonard
The Sacrifice of the Rose (detail), Jean-Honoré Fragonard, about 1785–88. Lynda and Stewart Resnick, Beverly Hills. At top: The Fountain of Love (detail), Jean-Honoré Fragonard, about 1785
Rare Finds: Ten Years of Collecting Manuscripts
through April 20
The Getty Center
Creation of the World / German
The Creation of the World from the Stammheim Missal, German, about 1170s

See some of the Getty Museum's most opulent and fascinating manuscripts, from a book of beasts featuring a fantastic multiple-headed hydrus to a precious 800-year-old manuscript that had been displayed in public only twice before it came to the Getty in 1997. Find out how curators navigate the art market and choose what to acquire, and experience the excitement of making that "rare find" that will strengthen the collection.

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Coming in March: California Video and The Color of Life

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The wait is almost over for California Video, the first major survey of video art made in California. Opens March 15 at the Getty Center.

Book your free tickets to the Getty Villa now to see The Color of Life, which explores the role of color in sculpture from antiquity to the present. Opens March 6 at the Getty Villa. Get your free Villa tickets now.

Also not to miss this month are two literary seascapes by Claude Lorrain, featuring a new acquisition and a special loan from the Metropolitan Museum of Art.

California Video opens March 15 at the Getty Center

E V E N T   H I G H L I G H T S

The Villa Council Presents "Writing Historical Fiction: The Ancient World in Modern Literature" (panel discussion)
Thursday, March 6, 7:30 p.m.
The Getty Villa

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Steven Saylor and Steven Pressfield
Steven Saylor (left) and Steven Pressfield (right) reveal how they bring ancient worlds vividly alive in their historical novels.

Novelists Steven Saylor and Steven Pressfield create gripping dramas of action and erudition set in ancient Greece and Rome. In a panel discussion moderated by Patt Morrison, they discuss how they make the ancient world relevant to modern audiences and how they create a balance between art and historical authenticity. This is the inaugural event of an annual program made possible by the Villa Council.

Free; a ticket is required. Tickets available beginning Thursday, February 21, at 9:00 a.m.

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Gordon Getty Concerts: Eugenia León (performance)
Friday, March 7, and Saturday, March 8, 7:30 p.m.
The Getty Center

World superstar and consummate artist Eugenia León performs Mexican music with intelligence, style, and pasión. León presents songs by contemporary composers as well as traditional rancheras and boleros in two exhilarating concerts to complement to the exhibition The Goat's Dance: Photographs by Graciela Iturbide.

Tickets $25; $20 students/seniors.

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Eugenia Leon
Eugenia León combines a commanding presence with sultry, dynamic vocals.
Building the Getty Collection (panel discussion)
Wednesday, March 12, 7:00 p.m.
The Getty Center
Pearblossom Highway / Hockney
Learn how masterpieces like David Hockney's Pearblossom Hwy., 11–18th April 1986, #2, joined the collection in this panel discussion. © 1986 David Hockney

Discover the stories of some of the greatest treasures in the Getty Museum's collection: a medieval book hidden from view for 800 years, a series of Renaissance drawings that may be the world's first graphic novel, a group of dramatic daguerreotypes of ancient ruins, and more. Curators Thomas Kren, Lee Hendrix, and Weston Naef reveal how they secured these pieces for the Museum and discuss the philosophy that guides their collecting.

Free; reservations required.

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Concerts at the Villa: De Organographia (performance)
Saturday, March 15, 8:00 p.m., and Sunday, March 16, 1:00 p.m. (family concert)
The Getty Villa

The sounds of ancient Greece come to the Getty Villa as De Organographia performs ancient music on historically accurate recreations of the Greek zither, lute, trumpet, flute, tambourine, panpipes, kettle drum, and more. A special family concert on March 16 offers a kid-friendly introduction to the music and the instruments.

Tickets for Saturday are $15; $10 students/seniors. Tickets for Sunday are $10; $5 children.

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De Organographia
De Organographia—Gayle and Philip Neuman—performs the music of ancient Greece on faithful reproductions of period instruments.
Fridays Off the 405 (performance)
Friday, March 21, 6:00–9:00 p.m.
The Getty Center
Something in Spanish
Light therapy: Bask in the ultraviolet cool of Something in Spanish.

405 is back! Head for the hill for the best night of gallery browsing, musical adventuring, and cocktail-clinking in L.A. This month: Something in Spanish presents their unique avant-pop, which fuses elements of '50s pop, exotic lounge, experimental electronic, and free jazz.

Free; no reservations required.

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More Music in March
Check out more free music with Sounds of L.A. on March 1 and 2 featuring Maria de Barros, Ricardo Lemvo, and Waldemar Bastos, and Friday Nights at the Getty on March 14 with the Savoy Family Band.

Memory Inversion (video screening)
Wednesday, March 26, 7:30 p.m.
The Getty Center

Rita Gonzalez, artist and assistant curator at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, hosts a program that focuses on video art from the late 1980s and early 1990s. This is the first of six free video screenings held in conjunction with the exhibition California Video. The program features videos by Lawrence Andrews, Steve Fagin, Erika Suderburg, and others.

Free; reservations required. Reservations available beginning Thursday, February 21, at 9:00 a.m.

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California Video
Still from Memory Inversion (Los Angeles) by Lynne Kirby and Erika Suderburg, 1988. Courtesy of the artists
The Past in Perspective (lecture)
Thursday, March 27, 7:30 p.m.
The Getty Center
Work on Nefertari's tomb in Egypt
A conservator working in Nefertari's tomb in Egypt uses a scalpel to partially lift a section of plaster on an image of Osiris. The Conservation Institute works on field, science, and education projects around the world.

Explore the tombs of Egypt, the Silk Road in China, and Roman mosaics of Tunisia with Jeanne Marie Teutonico of the Getty Conservation Institute, who shares some of the Institute's most important projects of the last 15 years. Learn how scientists and conservators have preserved Nefertari's Tomb, developed conservation strategies for wall paintings and mosaics, analyzed modern paints, and undertaken dozens of other projects to save works of art and cultural heritage around the world.

Free; reservations required.

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F O R  F A M I L I E S

Family Festival
Saturday, March 29, 10:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m.
The Getty Center

Tips for Families

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Family Room at the Getty Center

Family Forum at the Getty Villa

Bring the family to the Getty Center to explore the arts and cultures of Latin America. Sing along to music from Oaxaca, thrill to Mexican cuentas and Latin American folktales, and make your own crown or wall hanging inspired by the photographs in The Goat's Dance: Photographs by Graciela Iturbide.

Free; no reservations required.

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Ballet Folklorico Nueva Antequera
Ballet Folklorico Nueva Antequera presents indigenous music and dance representing the seven regions of Oaxaca.
Find More Events at the Getty Center and the Getty Villa

Event Calendar

Event Calendar

See our full line-up of events and exhibitions on our event calendar.

More this month: Sounds of L.A. continues on March 1 and 2 with African vocalists Maria de Barros, Ricardo Lemvo, and Waldemar Bastos, and Friday Nights at the Getty presents the Savoy Family Band on March 14. See classic Mexican films Nazarín and Enamorada in a special encore presentation of our Classic Mexico film series on March 9.

Examine the talents and legacy of the magnificent Piranesi in a free panel discussion at the Getty Villa on March 1, and learn the Romans' secrets for watering an empire on March 27.

Plus, make plans now for a panel discussion on April 10 and family-friendly tours on April 13 celebrating the bridges of the Los Angeles River.

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