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Cambodian bronzes, creative storytelling in books, hula artistry, ghost stories and art, more

March 2011

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Gods of Angkor: Bronzes from the National Museum of Cambodia
February 22–August 14
The Getty Center
From the 800s to the 1400s, Cambodian sculptors took the art of bronze casting to new heights, creating profound images of Hindu and Buddhist divinities. This selection of important loans from the National Museum of Cambodia features some of the finest of these Angkor-period masterpieces and explores the international cooperative effort to conserve them.

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Cambodian bronzes - now open
Vishnu-Vasudeva-Nārāyaṇa (detail), Cambodian, Angkor period, late 1000s–1150s, bronze. Banner image: Ganesha (detail), Cambodian, Angkor period, 1200s, bronze. Both images: National Museum of Cambodia, Phnom Penh
Conserving Cambodian bronzes
Conservator Seng Bopha at work in the Metal Conservation Laboratory. Photo: S. J. Staniski

Support for Conservation
The Getty's connection to the National Museum of Cambodia goes back to an initial project to survey the museum's bronzes, which had suffered due to political turmoil and lack of resources. In 2005 the Getty Foundation awarded the Smithsonian Institution's Freer and Sackler Galleries a grant to enable staff to travel to Cambodia to survey the condition of the collection, to perform conservation treatment on the most at-risk objects, and to help the National Museum develop a long-term strategic plan for its bronze conservation program.

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Gods of Angkor - exhibition catalogue

Exhibition Catalogue
The accompanying catalogue highlights 36 spectacular objects from the National Museum of Cambodia and presents the origins, uses, and techniques of bronze casting, as well as the development of a distinctly Cambodian style.

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Stories to Watch: Narrative in Medieval Manuscripts
February 22–May 15
The Getty Center
The illuminators of medieval manuscripts devised creative, and often unexpected, ways to tell stories through pictures. Drawn from different periods and regions, these illuminations from the Getty Museum's collection present a fascinating variety of visual storytelling techniques, from scampering creatures in the margins to unusual frames and points of view.

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Storytelling techniques in books - now open
Two Fishermen on a Sea Creature (detail) in a Bestiary, Franco-Flemish, about 1270

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In Search of Biblical Lands: From Jerusalem to Jordan in Nineteenth-century Photography
March 2–September 12
The Getty Villa
In the 1800s, explorers, excavators, and entrepreneurs came to the Holy Land, creating the first photographic records of places that fused geography with history and belief. Drawing on the collections of the Getty Museum and the Getty Research Institute, this exhibition presents over 100 early photographs of Jerusalem, Jaffa, Bethlehem, Petra, and other key sites, ranging from landscapes and architectural sites to scenes of pastoral life. It also explores how beliefs and expectations colored what was—and was not—photographed.

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Photographs of the Holy Land - opens March 2
The Pool of Hezekiah (detail), Félix Bonfils, 1870s

Apollo from Pompeii: Investigating an Ancient Bronze
March 2–September 12
The Getty Villa
This beautiful bronze sculpture of the god Apollo was buried during the eruption of Mount Vesuvius and lay undiscovered until the 1800s. The result of 18 months of study and conservation work conducted in collaboration with the National Archaeological Museum in Naples, this exhibition tells the story of the statue's creation, discovery, and early restoration, and offers a behind-the-scenes look at its recent conservation at the Getty Villa.

A newly conserved sculpture of Apollo - opens March 2
Apollo as an Archer (Apollo Saettante), Roman, 100 B.C.–before A.D. 79. Soprintendenza Speciale per i Beni Archeologici di Napoli e Pompei

Also Opening in March

Spirit of an Age: Drawings from the Germanic World, 1770–1900
Opens March 29 | The Getty Center
Recently acquired German and Austrian drawings and watercolors that reflect change and ferment in the Germanic world.

Closing in March

Obsidian Mirror-Travels: Refracting Ancient Mexican Art and Archaeology
Closes March 29 | The Getty Center
Photographs, prints, books, and sculptures of Mexican archaeological objects and sites. Learn more »

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Performances and Films

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Sounds of L.A.
Halau Keali'i O Nalani
Saturday March 5, 7:00 p.m., and Sunday, March 6, 3:30 p.m.
The Getty Center
Keali'i Ceballos and his halau (hula school) present a special program that explores the interconnectedness of music and dance and blends hula traditions ancient and modern. Free; reservations required. Reservations available beginning Thursday, February 24, at 9:00 a.m.

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Hula, ancient and modern - March 5 and 6
Keali'i Ceballos. Photo: Jorge Vismara

Gordon Getty Concert
From Heaven's Mirror: An Evening of Classical Cambodian Music and Dance
Saturday, March 12, 7:00 p.m.
The Getty Center
Musician Ho Chan, master of traditional Cambodian pin peat wind and percussion instruments, joins forces with acclaimed dancer Charya Cheam Burt and their respective ensembles for a dynamic evening of sound, movement, and visual beauty inspired by the exhibition Gods of Angkor: Bronzes from the National Museum of Cambodia. Tickets $15; students/seniors $10.

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Music from Cambodia - March 12
Cambodian master musician Ho Chan

Wu Man in Concert
Sunday, March 20, 1:30 p.m. and 3:00 p.m.
The Getty Center
Wu Man, the world's leading exponent of the pipa—a Chinese lute-like instrument—has specially designed this program to complement the exhibition Brush & Shutter: Early Photography in China. Presented in partnership with the Da Camera Society of Mount Saint Mary's College. Tickets $55.

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Chinese music - March 20
Wu Man, world master of the pipa


Lectures and Conferences

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The Villa Council Presents
The Revolutionary Architecture of the North Baths at Morgantina, Sicily
Wednesday, March 2, 7:30 p.m.
The Getty Villa
Explore ancient Greek baths and bathing culture with classicist Malcolm Bell and archaeologist Sandra Lucore, who discuss their field research on the ancient city of Morgantina, its history, art and architecture, and the elaborate baths dating to the 200s B.C. Free; a ticket is required. Only a few tickets remain for this popular program.

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Ancient Greek baths - March 2
Excavation of the North Baths at Morgantina, Sicily. Photo: Angelo Pitrone

Traveling through Bible Lands: The Dream and the Reality
Saturday, March 26, 2:00 p.m.
The Getty Villa
What drew so many 19th-century travelers and pilgrims to the Holy Land? In conjunction with the exhibition In Search of Biblical Lands: From Jerusalem to Jordan in Nineteenth-century Photography, curator Kathleen Stewart Howe considers what people traveled to find, what they photographed and what they passed by, and how that constructed an enduring site of pious imagination. Free; a ticket is required.

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Traveling through Bible lands - March 26
The Ecce Homo Arch (detail), Othon Von Ostheim, 1861


Lectures and Conferences

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Between Theory and Practice: Rethinking Latin American Art in the 21st Century
Friday–Sunday, March 11–13, 9:00 a.m.–6:30 p.m.
The Getty Center and MOLAA
An international group of scholars, curators, museum directors, and artists discuss new approaches to the study and presentation of Latin American art in the 21st century. Geared to scholars but open to all. Free; a separate reservation is required for each day.

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Rethinking Latin American art - March 11, 12, and 13
When, if ever, does one draw a line under the horrors of history in the interest of truth and reconciliation?, Carlos Motta, 2009. MOLAA Permanent Collection

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Courses and Demonstrations

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Artist-at-Work Demonstration: Mosaics
Saturdays & Sundays, March 5 & 6, 12 & 13, and 26 & 27; and Fridays, March 11 and 25
11:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m.
The Getty Villa
Ever wonder how mosaics are made—and how long it takes to create one? Artist Lillian Sizemore demonstrates ancient techniques and answers your questions in this hands-on, drop-in program. Free with your advance, timed ticket to the Getty Villa.

Lillian Sizemore also gives free Point of View talks in the galleries on Thursdays, March 24 and 31, at 11:30 a.m. and 2:30 p.m.

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See how mosaics are made - weekends in March
See how ancient artists made intricate works like this Roman mosaic floor with Medusa (detail) made about 115–50 B.C.

Turns of the Screw: Haunting Visions in the Arts
Saturday, March 12, 10:00 a.m.–4:00 p.m.
The Getty Center
Immerse yourself in ghost stories, obsessions, and forbidden knowledge in a day of lectures, guided gallery discussions, and a voice and piano recital. James Conlon of LA Opera, along with Museum educators and guest scholars, explore Benjamin Britten's opera The Turn of the Screw in the context of Henry James's ghost story and objects from the Museum's collection. Course fee $80; $65 LA Opera members and students.

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Opera, ghost stories, and art - March 12
Scene from the new LA Opera production of The Turn of the Screw. Photo: Mike Hoban

More Courses in March

Photography Workshop: Hand-Colored Prints
Wednesday, March 16 | The Getty Center
Create hand-colored photographs using 19th-century techniques.
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F O R  F A M I L I E S

Family Programs

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Family Festival Celebrates Asia
Saturday, March 19, 10:00 a.m.–6:00 p.m.
The Getty Center
Discover the richness and beauty of the arts and cultures of India, Japan, and China. Experience traditional Chinese opera, listen to Chinese folktales told by a master storyteller, and be dazzled by amazing Indian, Japanese, and Chinese music and dance. Perfect for all ages! Free; no reservations required.

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Family Festival - March 19
Acclaimed Beijing Opera artist Hu Wen-ge will perform at the festival.

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From the Garden to the Studio: An Eco-Friendly Paint Kit
These botanically crafted colors are made from fruits, vegetables, flowers, and spices with natural food-grade ingredients and organic extracts—completely non-toxic and biodegradable. The vibrant water-soluble pigments become paint just by adding water. This kit includes everything you need to get started on a variety of craft activities. $15.

Learn more about this paint kit in our online Museum Store.

Paint from plants! An eco-friendly paint kit
March at a Glance
At the Getty Center this month

O P E N I N G   T H I S   M O N T H
Drawings from the Germanic World (Mar. 29)

C L O S I N G   T H I S   M O N T H
Obsidian Mirror-Travels (Mar. 27)

H O T   T I C K E T S
Sounds of L.A.: Halau Keali'i O Nalani (Mar. 5 & 6)
Course: Turns of the Screw (Mar. 12)
Gordon Getty Concert: Cambodian Music and Dance (Mar. 12)

M A R K   Y O U R   C A L E N D A R
Tickets are available starting Thursday, February 24 for
Gordon Getty Concert: Metropolitan Opera Artists (Apr. 16)

At the Getty Villa this month

O P E N I N G  T H I S  M O N T H
In Search of Biblical Lands (Mar. 2)
Apollo from Pompeii (Mar. 2)

H O T   T I C K E T S
The Villa Council Presents (Mar. 2)
Traveling through Bible Lands (Mar. 26)

M A R K   Y O U R   C A L E N D A R
Tickets are available starting Thursday, March 24 for
Villa Theater Lab: The Madness of Hercules (May 20–22)

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