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Meet Aphrodite, the goddess of love - March 28 at the Getty Villa

March 2012

Event Calendar

Aphrodite and the Gods of Love
Opens March 28 | The Getty Villa

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How well do you know Aphrodite, the fabled goddess of love? For the Greeks as well as the Romans (who knew her as Venus), Aphrodite's power extended far beyond the realms of sex, desire, and marriage. She also played a key role in civic harmony, warfare, even the fates of sailors. Though often kind, she could be manipulative and destructive in matters of the heart.

Organized by the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, in association with the J. Paul Getty Museum, the exhibition presents all sides of Aphrodite through beautiful objects ranging from large-scale sculpture to delicate jewelry drawn from both museums' collections, as well as major loans from Italian institutions.

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Aphrodite, more than seductress - March 28
Venus (The Venus of Capua) (detail), Roman, A.D. 117–138. Soprintendenza Speciale per i Beni Archeologici di Napoli e Pompei. Image ©
Banner image: Venus (detail), Roman, A.D. 175–200. The J. Paul Getty Museum
Renaissance Drawings from Germany and Switzerland, 1470–1600
Opens March 27 | The Getty Center

See drawings and watercolors from one of the high points in German art. Organized by region, the exhibition features beautiful works from the Getty Museum's permanent collection by masters such as Albrecht Dürer, Martin Schongauer, Lucas Cranach the Elder, and Hans Holbein the Younger. It explores the drawings' wide range of functions and captivating subject matter, from mercenary soldiers to scenes of courtly love.

Drawings from Germany and Switzerland - opens March 27
Studies of Peonies (detail), Martin Schongauer, about 1472–73
Closing in March

Three exhibitions close March 11 at the Getty Center:

From Start to Finish: De Wain Valentine's Gray Column
The story of a pioneering Light and Space sculpture and its conservation.

Lyonel Feininger: Photographs, 1928–1939
Photographs by the German painter, along with a selection of Bauhaus works.

Narrative Interventions in Photography
Three contemporary photographers explore storytelling, truth, and secrets.

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Gordon Getty Concert
Rose Ensemble Presents Gothic Voices
Saturday, March 24, 7:30 p.m. | The Getty Center

Performances and Films

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Enjoy a glorious program of medieval music inspired by the Getty Museum's manuscripts collection. Complementing the exhibition Gothic Grandeur: Manuscript Illumination 1200–1350, the concert includes rarely performed vocal pieces as well as a newly commissioned work by Rose Ensemble member Linda Kachelmeier. Tickets $20; students/seniors $15.

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Masterpieces of Gothic music - March 24
Rose Ensemble. Photo: Michael Haug
Also in March

Selected Shorts: Objects of Desire
March 3 & 4

Saturday Nights at the Getty: Abigail Washburn
March 31

T H E A T E R   A T   T H E   V I L L A
Villa Theater Lab
Rogue Artists Ensemble Presents Songs of Bilitis
Friday–Sunday, March 23–25 | The Getty Villa

Performances and Films

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Rogue Artists Ensemble, whose unique "hypertheater" features puppets, masks, music, and movement, delves into one of the greatest literary hoaxes of all time—the daring forgery of ancient Greek poetry by an impoverished 19th-century novelist. Features erotic imagery and nudity. Tickets $7.

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Poetry meets puppetry - March 23, 24, and 25
Masks and puppets like you've never seen before—Rogue Artists Ensemble
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Getty Perspectives
The Book of Revelation: Its Cultural Impact on Art, Music, and Politics
Tuesday, March 20, 7:30 p.m. | The Getty Center

Lectures and Conferences

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The Book of Revelation—the strangest and most controversial book in the Bible—has had an enormous impact on art, music, and politics. Historian of religion Elaine Pagels, author of the new book Revelations, explores why. Free; reservations required.

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Elaine Pagels takes on the apocalypse - March 20
Elaine Pagels. Photo: Jerry Bauer
Screening and Conversation
Thomas Demand's Pacific Sun
Thursday, March 29, 6:30 p.m. | The Getty Center

Artist Thomas Demand, film director Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck, art historian Michael Fried, and Getty Research Institute Director Thomas W. Gaehtgens discuss photography and film, art and memory, and aesthetics and technology on the occasion of the sneak preview of Demand's 100-second film Pacific Sun, which screens on a loop prior to the conversation. Free; reservations required.

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Thomas Demand's innovative new film - March 29
Still from Thomas Demand's film Pacific Sun. © Thomas Demand, VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn / ARS, New York 2011. Courtesy Mathew Marks Gallery, New York
Also in March

Sam Wagstaff: From Minimalism to Mapplethorpe
March 14

March 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
From Start to Finish: De Wain Valentine's Gray Column (Mar. 11)
Lyonel Feininger: Photographs, 1928–1939 (Mar. 11)
Narrative Interventions in Photography (Mar. 11)

O P E N I N G   T H I S   M O N T H

Renaissance Drawings from Germany and Switzerland, 1470–1600 (Mar. 27)

H O T   T I C K E T S
Selected Shorts (Mar. 3 & 4)
Demonstration: Gilding (Mar. 4 & 18)
Getty Perspectives: Elaine Pagels (Mar. 20)
Concert: Rose Ensemble (Mar. 24)
Conversation and Screening: Thomas Demand's Pacific Sun (Mar. 29)

M A R K   Y O U R   C A L E N D A R
Reservations are available Thursday, March 22 for:
Sounds of L.A.: Les Charbonniers de l'Enfer (Apr. 14 & 15)

Reservations are available now for:
College Night at the Getty Center (Apr. 16)

At the Getty Villa this month

O P E N I N G   T H I S   M O N T H
Aphrodite and the Gods of Love (Mar. 28)

H O T   T I C K E T S
Course: Daily Life in Ancient Rome (Mar. 3)
Villa Theater Lab: Rogue Artists Ensemble (Mar. 23–25)

M A R K   Y O U R   C A L E N D A R
Tickets are available Thursday, March 22 for:
Villa Theater Lab: Hugh Lupton and Helen Chadwick (May 18–20)

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