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May 2005

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For Your Approval: Oil Sketches by Tiepolo
May 3–September 4

Current Exhibitions

Future Exhibitions

Ceiling frescoes and altarpieces by 18th-century virtuoso Giambattista Tiepolo grace some of the grandest churches and palaces of Europe.

See how Tiepolo used oil sketches to develop his monumental compositions—many of which have vanished forever.

You can also see drawings by Tiepolo starting May 17 in the related exhibition Light and Water: Drawing in Eighteenth-Century Venice.

House of Loreto / Tiepolo
House of Loreto (detail), Giambattista Tiepolo, about 1744
American Visions Series
May 10–September 4
Portrait / Strand
Portrait—New York (detail), Paul Strand, 1916

The American Visions photography series kicks off with a look at two 20th-century masters.

Bold abstractions, dynamic city views, and heroic portraits emerge from the lens of modernist pioneer Paul Strand. Three Roads Taken: The Photographs of Paul Strand surveys his work through 1954.

Don't miss the related gallery course on May 19 and 26 and free point-of-view talks on May 27.

The sublime and the surreal unite in Frederick Sommer's impeccably crafted, sometimes gruesome scenes. The Photographs of Frederick Sommer: A Centennial Tribute celebrates his poetry of decay.

Also on View

Masterpieces in Miniature: Italian Manuscripts from the Middle Ages and Renaissance (through June 12)
The Making of Furniture (through October 16)

E V E N T  H I G H L I G H T S

Poetry: Relative Duration
May 1, 3:00 p.m.

Information & Reservations: (310) 440-7300

Poets James Ragan and Anne Waldman read from their works, focusing on how poetry changes the way we experience time. A discussion moderated by artist Elena Byrne and a reception follow.

Presented by the Getty Research Institute. Free; reservations required. Parking is free with event reservation.

Learn more and make reservations.

James Ragan
James Ragan
Photograph: Tera Ragan, 1999
Sounds of L.A.: Emeline Michel (music)
May 14, 7:00 p.m., and May 15, 3:00 p.m.
Emeline Michel
Emeline Michel

Haitian singer Emeline Michel fuses socially conscious lyrics with jazz, rock, samba, and Haitian rhythms. This marks her Southern California debut.

Free; reservations required.

Learn more and make reservations.

Building Communities through Heritage (Conservation Matters lecture)
May 19, 7:00 p.m.

Can neighborhoods preserve their past and still have a thriving economy? English Heritage chairman Sir Neil Cossons thinks so.

Cossons will discuss recent preservation work in England and show how it is helping to build sustainable communities.

Free; reservations required.

Learn more and make reservations.

Building in the Birmingham Jewellery Quarter
Historic buildings and modern technology coexist happily in the Birmingham Jewellery Quarter
Crown copyright. NMR
Selected Shorts 2005
The Love Story Weekend
May 20 and 21, 8:00 p.m., and May 22, 3:00 p.m.
William H. Macy
William H. Macy reads on May 22

Join actors from stage and screen as they read short fiction by Charles Johnson, V.S. Pritchett, Julie Otsuka, and others about love, marriage, the single life, and the joys and struggles along the way.

Each performance features different actors, including William H. Macy, Regina King, Alec Baldwin, and Shohreh Aghdashloo (House of Sand and Fog). Tickets $20, students/seniors $15.

Learn more about this event.

F O R  F A M I L I E S

Art Detective Cards

More Family Activities:

For Families

Family Room

Programas Para Familias

Find the artwork and solve the mystery with this free gallery activity. You'll have fun while getting to know works of art at your own pace.

Pick up Art Detective Cards at the Family Cart and the brochure rack outside the Family Room.

Learn about other free family programs at the Getty Center.

Art Detective Cards
Art Detective Cards
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Event Calendar

Visit our May event calendar for even more events—a panel on artists' books, music by Inara George, new research on the Bayeux Tapestry, and more.

Most events are FREE.

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