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May 2010

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New Galleries for Medieval and Renaissance Sculpture and Decorative Arts
Opening May 18
The Getty Center
A new permanent installation of medieval and Renaissance art opens this May in the Getty Center's North Pavilion. Sculpture, ceramics, metalwork, furniture, and stained glass will be on view alongside paintings and illuminated manuscripts, all arranged by period and theme.

One gallery will also feature interactive touch screens that enable you to explore the intricate collector's cabinet shown here in amazing detail.

New galleries for medieval and Renaissance art - open May 18
Display Cabinet, German, about 1630; wood engravings by Albert Jansz. Vinckenbrinck. Banner image: Heraldic Panel with the Arms of the Eberler Family (detail), Swiss, about 1480–90


Current Exhibitions

Future Exhibitions

Research Institute Exhibitions

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Printing the Grand Manner: Charles Le Brun and Monumental Prints in the Age of Louis XIV
May 18–October 17, 2010
The Getty Center
French art of the late 1600s was dominated by one man: painter and designer Charles Le Brun. Drawn from the collection of the Getty Research Institute, this exhibition presents rarely displayed prints of Le Brun's paintings that he commissioned to extend his artistic reputation and glorify his patron, King Louis XIV. Feats of printmaking, the works are both exquisitely detailed and enormous in scale—some up to two meters wide.

Learn more and see other exhibitions coming up at the Getty Research Institute.

Printing the Grand Manner - opens May 18
Alexander the Great, Entry of Alexander into Babylon (detail), Gérard Audran after Charles Le Brun, 1675, etching and engraving

Continuing This Month
What the L.A. Times is saying:

Leonardo da Vinci and the Art of Sculpture: Inspiration and Invention "conjures a tantalizing mental picture of the artist's thinking in three dimensions." Through June 20.

The Aztec Pantheon and the Art of Empire is "the most impressive show the Getty Villa has organized since reopening." Through July 5.

See all current exhibitions >>

See all future exhibitions >>

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Gardens at the Getty

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National Public Gardens Day
Free Tours, Special Menu, and Discounts
Friday, May 7
The Getty Center and The Getty Villa
Visit us for the second annual National Public Gardens Day! Enjoy free "Getty Gardener's Perspective" tours, led by the professionals who manage them, at 11:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m. at the Getty Center and at 11:00 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. at the Getty Villa. Plus, choose from special menu items in the cafes and get a 20 percent discount on garden-related items in the Museum Stores.

See Your Garden Photos on Our BlogPost a picture of the Getty's gardens on our Flickr group. If you like, add a comment explaining what inspired the shot. We'll showcase several on our new blog, the Iris, and in the next e-Getty.

Celebrate National Public Gardens Day with us - May 7
The East Garden at the Getty Villa

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Performances and Films

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Selected Shorts 2010: At Home
Saturday, May 1, 3:00 and 7:00 p.m., and Sunday, May 2, 3:00 p.m.
The Getty Center
Jane Kaczmarek, René Auberjonois, and other talented actors of stage and screen read short fiction about home. Stories by such notable authors as A.M. Homes, Richard Ford, and Miranda July probe the dirty linens of domesticity, plumbing as metaphor, and how to deal with neighbors that pry—and neighbors that hammer. Tickets $20; $15 students/seniors. The Saturday evening performance has just sold out; tickets are still available for both matinees.

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Selected Shorts celebrates home - May 1 and 2
Jane Kaczmarek reads Sunday, May 2.


Performances and Films

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Saturdays Off the 405
Les Savy Fav
Saturday, May 8, 6:00–9:00 p.m.
The Getty Center
Outdoor music is back! Kicking off the summer series are post-punk provocateurs Les Savy Fav, who set jaunty pop on edge with dissonant guitar and brainy lyrics. Vivid antics and the occasional audience kiss will be courtesy of frontman Tim Harrington. The galleries are open throughout the night, and parking is FREE after 5:00 p.m.

Learn more and see what else is coming up this summer.

Saturdays Off the 405 is back! Blasts off May 8
Art students turned indie rockers Les Savy Fav

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Performances and Films

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Villa Theater Lab
Piedra de Sol (Sunstone)
Friday, May 14, 8:00 p.m., Saturday, May 15, 3:00 and 8:00 p.m., and Sunday, May 16, 3:00 p.m.
The Getty Villa
This multimedia theater work from CalArts' Center for New Performance (CNP) weaves passages in Spanish, English, and the Aztec language Nahuatl to dramatize the powerful love poem "Piedra de Sol" by Octavio Paz. The performance complements the exhibition The Aztec Pantheon and the Art of Empire. Tickets $7.

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Villa Theater Lab inspired by Octavio Paz - May 14, 15, and 16
Performance of Piedra de Sol. Photo: Scott Groller

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Lectures and Conferences

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Getty Perspectives
Geoff Dyer: How Do We Experience Art?
Thursday, May 13, 7:00 p.m.
The Getty Center
Polymathic writer Geoff Dyer, a self-described "scholarly gatecrasher" and author of the new novel Jeff in Venice, Death in Varanasi, presents an illuminating talk that challenges our assumptions about art, fiction, and sense of place, and rethinks the experience of art from the Venice Biennale to Burning Man. Free; reservations required.

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Geoff Dyer talks art and fiction - May 13
Man in Venice: Geoff Dyer

Modern Art in Los Angeles
The Industrialized Gesture: A Conversation with Peter Alexander, Helen Pashgian, and DeWain Valentine
Wednesday, May 19, 7:00 p.m.
The Getty Center
Join these L.A. artists as they discuss their experimentation with industrial and commercial materials in the 1950s and 60s. The event is part of Pacific Standard Time, a research project to document and preserve the history of postwar art in Southern California. Free; reservations required.

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L.A. artists discuss their process - May 19
Untitled, Helen Pashgian, 1969. Cast sphere and colored polyester resin. Photo by Brian Forrest, courtesy of the artist

Curator Spotlight
Leonardo da Vinci versus Michelangelo: Battles in the Palazzo Vecchio, Florence Sunday, May 30, 3:00 p.m.
The Getty Center
At the height of the Renaissance, Leonardo and Michelangelo were both commissioned to create murals for the walls of the main council chamber in the Palazzo Vecchio, Florence. Julian Brooks, co-curator of the exhibition Leonardo da Vinci and the Art of Sculpture: Innovation and Invention, tells this dramatic tale of acrimonious rivalry and looks at the artistic innovations that resulted, even though neither work was ever finished. Free; reservations required.

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Lectures and Conferences

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Zoom Out: The Making and Unmaking of the "Orient" through Photography
Thursday, May 6, 1:00–5:30 p.m., and Friday, May 7, 9:30 a.m.– 5:30 p.m.
The Getty Center
This wide-ranging scholarly event examines the role of North Africa and the Middle East—known to 19th-century Europeans as "the Orient"—in the development of photography. A joint project of the Getty Research Institute and the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation Grant for Transforming the Humanities at UCLA. Free; separate reservations required for each day.

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The Orient and photography - May 6 and 7
Groupe des ulémas (Docteur en religion) (detail), Emile Béchard, ca. 1870s. Ken and Jenny Jacobson Orientalist Photography Collection, The Getty Research Institute


Courses and Demonstrations

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Ring Cycle Festival
Enjoy three special events organized as part of this festival celebrating LA Opera's historic staging of Richard Wagner's Der Ring des Nibelungen:

Gallery CourseMythology: Classic and Contemporary
Saturday, May 1, 10:30 a.m.–2:30 p.m.
The Getty Center
Examine the influence of mythology on works of art from the 16th through the 19th centuries. Course fee $20.

Special ToursAntiquity and Wagner's Ring Cycle
Wednesdays, May 5 and 19, and Sundays, May 2 and 23, 2:30–4:00 p.m.
The Getty Villa
Guided discussions explore the connections between Wagner's operas, mythology, and ancient theater. Free; a ticket is required.

SeminarWagner's Mythology: Roots and Inspiration
Saturday, June 19, 9:00 a.m.–4:30 p.m.
The Getty Villa
Performance, gallery tours, and a presentation by LA Opera maestro James Conlon explore Wagner's sources. Includes boxed lunch. Tickets $95; $75 students.

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Ring Cycle Festival - events in May and June

Leonardo da Vinci and Renaissance Sculpture: Looking Closely
Saturday, May 8, 10:30 a.m.–2:30 p.m.
The Getty Center
Was Leonardo da Vinci, known to us as a draftman and painter, really a sculptor at heart? Explore the question and enjoy a special behind-the-scenes presentation on the making of the exhibition Leonardo da Vinci and the Art of Sculpture: Inspiration and Invention with curators Julian Brooks and Anne-Lise Desmas. Course fee $20.

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Explore Leonardo as sculptor - May 8
A sculptor's mind at work? Studies for the Christ Child with a Lamb (detail), Leonardo da Vinci, about 1503–6

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Family Activities

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Family Tours en español: The Aztec Pantheon and the Art of Empire
Saturday, May 8, 11:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m.
Saturday, May 15, 11:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m.
The Getty Villa
Offered entirely in Spanish, this 45-minute journey through the galleries of the exhibition The Aztec Pantheon and the Art of Empire is a fun, activity-filled experience for children (ages 5 and up) and adults to enjoy together. Discover the art of the ancient Aztecs and get to know their awe-inspiring deities, such as the fanged rain god Tlaloc shown here.

Free; a ticket is required for every attendee, including children. Call (310) 440-7300 for tickets.

See more events related to The Aztec Pantheon.

Family tours in Spanish - May 8 and 15
Water Vessel with Tlaloc (detail), 1440–69. Museo del Templo Mayor, Mexico City. CONACULTA-INAH-MEX © foto zabé. Reproduction authorized by the National Institute of Anthropology and History

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Featured item
Jewelry Inspired by Antiquity
Looking for something special for mum? The delicate design of this necklace (and its matching earrings) is based on jewelry in a mummy portrait of an elegant Egyptian woman in the Museum's antiquities collection. An inscription identifies the subject as Isidora. Both the earrings and the pendant are gold-plated brass with faux pearls. Earrings $75; necklace $55.

Learn more and browse our selection of unique art-inspired jewelry.

Necklace and earrings inspired by the collection
From mummy with love—jewelry for Mother's Day!
May 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
Building the Medieval World: Architecture in Illuminated Manuscripts (May 16)

O P E N I N G   T H I S   M O N T H
New Galleries for Medieval and Renaissance Sculpture and Decorative Arts (May 18)
Printing the Grand Manner: Charles Le Brun and Monumental Prints in the Age of Louis XIV (May 18)

H O T   T I C K E T S
Selected Shorts (May 1 & 2)
Saturdays Off the 405 (May 8)

At the Getty Villa this month

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Villa Theater Lab (May 14, 15, & 16)
The Aztec Pantheon: Family Tours en español (May 8 & 15)

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