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March 2013
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Johannes Vermeer, Woman in Blue Reading a Letter
Through March 31 | The Getty Center

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Before her return to Amsterdam for the triumphant reopening of the Rijksmuseum, experience the exquisitely nuanced masterpiece Woman in Blue Reading a Letter by celebrated Dutch master Johannes Vermeer.

Video: Directors Wim Pijbes and Timothy Potts discuss the power of Vermeer »

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Imagine the untold story of the solitary young woman, cast in soft morning light and delicate hues of blue, as she reads the compelling letter grasped between her hands.

Vermeer's masterpiece Woman in Blue - through March 31
Woman in Blue Reading a Letter, about 1663–64, Johannes Vermeer. Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam. On loan from the City of Amsterdam (A. van der Hoop Bequest)
Looking East: Rubens's Encounter with Asia
Opens March 5 | The Getty Center

Discover Peter Paul Rubens's fascination with Asia in the 17th century and the rich history of Korean culture. Centered on his intriguing drawing Man in Korean Costume, with its masterful strokes of black chalk and touches of red, this exhibition explores what the illustrious Flemish artist, court painter, and diplomat might have known about Asia.

A special fashion show copresented with the Korean Cultural Center will showcase an elegant perspective on the colorful history of hanbok, a form of traditional dress in Korea.

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Peter Paul Rubens and Asia - opens March 5
Man in Korean Costume (detail), about 1617, Peter Paul Rubens
Also on View

In Focus: Robert Mapplethorpe
Through March 24 | The Getty Center
See Robert Mapplethorpe's early mixed-media objects, stylized portraits, provocative nudes, and inventive still lifes. Learn more »

Drama and Devotion: Heemskerck's Ecce Homo Altarpiece from Warsaw
Through April 7 | The Getty Center
This exhibition showcases one of the most admired Netherlandish painters, Maerten van Heemskerck, revealing his influences from Italian painters. Learn more »

Farewell to Surrealism: The Dyn Circle in Mexico
Through April 14 | The Getty Center
Extended through April 14 by popular demand, this intriguing exhibition presents the influential art journal Dyn and its forgotten creators, an international group of surrealist artists and writers who took refuge in Mexico City in the 1940s. Learn more »

Untold Stories: Collecting and Transforming Medieval Manuscripts
Through May 12 | The Getty Center
Explore the ways in which manuscripts have been refashioned conceptually and physically, and trace their long and eventful history since the Middle Ages. Learn more »

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Coming in Late March

Japan's Modern Divide: The Photographs of Hiroshi Hamaya and Kansuke Yamamoto
March 26–August 25 | The Getty Center
Two celebrated photographers of the 20th century, Hiroshi Hamaya and Kansuke Yamamoto, took the same path as teens, experimenting with formal approaches and techniques. See how their work diverged into separate visions as their careers evolved, reflecting two important strains in Japanese photography that mirror the complexity of modern Japan.

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Villa Play-Reading Series: Oedipus, the Man
Saturday and Sunday, March 9 and 10, 2:00 p.m. | The Getty Villa

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The many bloody legends of the royal house of Thebes and its ill-fated king, Oedipus, have been distilled into an original drama written by noted playwright Kenneth Cavander. This work will be read aloud at the Getty Villa by the actors of Antaeus Company. Under the direction of Casey Stangl, this accomplished classical theater ensemble explores the multiple dimensions of the Oedipus myth. Free; a ticket is required.

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Hear an original adaptation of Oedipus, the Man - March 9 and 10
Owiso Odera as Oedipus in Oedipus, the Man
Hanbok: Mesmerizing Beauty
Friday, March 22, 7:00 p.m. | The Getty Center

Enjoy the lavish and colorful spectacle of traditional Korean dress known as hanbok, accompanied by a troupe of dynamic Korean dancers, in this exciting fashion show featuring 200 costumes by noted designer Hyun-Sook Lee. Lee's designs were inspired by historical royal garments, revealing the rich history of Korea. Copresented with the Korean Cultural Center, Los Angeles. Tickets $25.

Complements the exhibition Looking East: Rubens's Encounter with Asia.

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Hankbok fashion show - March 22
Hanbok: Mesmerizing Beauty, copresented with the Korean Cultural Center, Los Angeles
S P O K E N   W O R D
Selected Shorts: Passions and Pursuits
Saturday, March 23, 3:00 and 7:00 p.m. | The Getty Center
Sunday, March 24, 3:00 p.m. | The Getty Center

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Hear stories come alive with Leonard Nimoy, Jane Kaczmarek, Robert Sean Leonard, Kate Burton, Alison Pill, and other stellar actors who star in this very popular public-radio series performed at the Getty.

From baking to ballroom dancing, card playing to movie watching, and knitting to sex, this year's program features live readings about leisure activities by short fiction writers Etgar Keret, Tess Gallagher, Joyce Carol Oates, John Cheever, and the inimitable Dorothy Parker. Tickets $20; $15 students/seniors.

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Nimoy, Kaczmarek, Leonard read Selected Shorts 2013 - March 23 & 24
Jane Kaczmarek hosts Selected Shorts 2013 at the Getty
L E C T U R E S   &   C O N V E R S A T I O N S
The Multiple Lives of the Work of Art
Sunday, March 17, 3:00 p.m. | The Getty Center

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How might the meaning of works of art and viewers' response to them shift over time as a result of a change of context and transformation? Philippe de Montebello, director emeritus of The Metropolitan Museum of Art, examines these questions, while considering that transformations of works of art may involve deliberate alterations and natural degradation, iconoclasm, and vandalism—as well as renewal and regeneration. Free; reservations required.

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The Multiple Lives of the Work of Art - March 17
Philippe de Montebello. Courtesy of The Metropolitan Museum of Art
Also in March

Symposium—Crossing Borders, Drawing Boundaries: Contextualizing Rubens's Man in Korean Costume
March 15

Greek and Roman Humor: From Slapstick to Satire
Saturday, March 9, 1:00–4:00 p.m. | The Getty Villa


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So you think you know funny? Explore with educator Eric Bruehl the humor of the Greeks and Romans, often politically incorrect and sarcastic in its own time. Observe the way an ancient sense of humor shares—and diverges from—motivations and values today, then tour the galleries to discover how humor is conveyed by everyday objects. Course fee $30.

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Greek and Roman Humor - March 9
Wine Jug with a Drunken Man Singing, about 470 B.C., attributed to the Oionokles Painter
Also in March

Drawing the Masculine Ideal
March 9, 16, & 23

Art Circles
March 23

Highlights at a Glance—March 2013
At the Getty Center this month

O P E N I N G   T H I S   M O N T H
Looking East: Rubens's Encounter with Asia (Mar. 5–June 9)
Japan's Modern Divide: The Photographs of Hiroshi Hamaya and Kansuke Yamamoto (Mar. 26–Aug. 25)

C L O S I N G   T H I S   M O N T H
In Focus: Robert Mapplethorpe (through Mar. 24)
Johannes Vermeer, Woman in Blue Reading a Letter (through Mar. 31)

H O T   T I C K E T S
Fashion Show: Hanbok (Mar. 2)
Talk: The Multiple Lives of the Work of Art (Mar. 17)
Spoken Word: Selected Shorts (Mar. 23 & 24)

At the Getty Villa this month

C O N T I N U I N G   T H I S   M O N T H
Lion Attacking a Horse from the Capitoline Museums, Rome (Through May 6)

H O T   T I C K E T S
Course: Greek and Roman Humor (Mar. 9)
Villa Play-Reading Series: Oedipus, the Man (Mar. 9 & 10)
Course: Drawing the Masculine Ideal (Mar. 9, 16, & 23)

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