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The fine art of Parisian living, Saturdays Off the 405, Cuban jazz, and more

May 2011

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Paris: Life & Luxury
April 26–August 7
The Getty Center
Step into Paris of the 1700s, the cultural epicenter of Europe and the capital of fine living. Explore morning, noon, afternoon, and evening in a luxurious household—the rituals of the toilette, the art of sumptuous dining, the candlelit elegance of the night, and more.

Featuring beautiful objects from the Getty Museum's collection as well as international loans, the exhibition presents exquisite furniture, fashion, silver, paintings, sculpture, musical instruments, clocks, and books and explains their artistry and the context in which they were used.

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The life of luxury in Paris - opens April 26
Before the Ball (detail), Jean-François de Troy, 1735. Banner image: Mantel Clock (detail), Étienne-Augustin Le Roy and Étienne Martincourt, about 1772
Three views of Cuba - Opens May 17
Stevedore, Walker Evans, 1933. © Walker Evans Archive, The Metropolitan Museum of Art

A Revolutionary Project: Cuba from Walker Evans to Now
Opens May 17
Three critical periods in Cuba's history as witnessed by photographers.

Fashion in the Middle Ages
Opens May 31
Costumes, historical and fanciful, in the pages of medieval manuscripts.

Display and Art History: The Düsseldorf Gallery and Its Catalogue
Opens May 31
A revealing look at the making of the first modern museum catalogue.

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Current Exhibitions

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China's earliest photographs - Closes May 1
Portrait of Li Hongzhang in Tianjin (detail), Liang Shitai, 1878

Brush & Shutter: Early Photography in China
Closes May 1
How Chinese painters adapted the medium of photography, combining it with traditional aesthetic conventions. Learn more »

Stories to Watch: Narrative in Medieval Manuscripts
Closes May 15
Visual storytelling in illuminated manuscripts. Learn more »

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Getty Research Institute

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Getty Research Journal, No. 3
Our annual scholarly journal features a wide range of contributions by art historians, curators, conservators, librarians, and other specialists. Essays reveal the fascinating stories told by objects from our archives, library, and art collections on topics ranging from contemporary Islamic art to French literary criticism.

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Read about the editorial philosophy of the Getty Research Journal on our blog, The Iris. »

Getty Research Journal Number 3 - now available

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Performances and Films

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Villa Theater Lab
Not Man Apart Theatre Ensemble: The Madness of Hercules by Seneca the Younger
Friday–Sunday, May 20–22
The Getty Villa
How does a man survive his own unforgivable crimes? One of the finest tragedies of the Roman philosopher and playwright Seneca, The Madness of Hercules tells the stirring and grotesque legend of the half-god, half-man's greatest sin—the slaughter of his own innocent wife and children. Tickets $7.

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Hercules' crimes on stage - May 20, 21, and 22
Not Man Apart Theatre Ensemble. Photo: Michelle Magdalena


Performances and Films

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Saturdays Off the 405
Avi Buffalo
Saturday, May 7, 6:00–9:00 p.m.
The Getty Center
Free outdoor music is back for the summer! First up: catchy-but-sophisticated indie pop from local phenomenon Avi Buffalo. It's FREE, and parking is free after 5:00 p.m.

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Avi Buffalo on the travertine stage - May 7
Avi Buffalo. Photo: Eydie McConnell

Gordon Getty Concert
Now and Again: An Evening With the Omar Sosa Quintet
Saturday, May 14, 7:30 p.m.
The Getty Center
Grammy-nominated pianist Omar Sosa and his ensemble present their unique style of Afro-Cuban jazz in a joyous concert to complement the upcoming exhibition A Revolutionary Project: Cuba from Walker Evans to Now. Tickets $20; students/seniors $15.

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Cuban jazz - May 14
Omar Sosa. Photo: David Sproule

Also in May

Gordon Getty Concert: Philharmonia Baroque Chamber Players
Saturday, May 21, 7:30 p.m.
A luminous program of French music inspired by Paris: Life & Luxury. Tickets $20; students/seniors $15. Learn more »


Lectures and Conferences

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Questioning the Standard: New Narratives of Art in Los Angeles
Friday, May 13, 9:30 a.m.–5:00 p.m.
The Getty Center
Join curators, scholars, and educators working on the Pacific Standard Time initiative as they address some of the myths and stereotypes that pervade accounts of Los Angeles art in the postwar period. Geared to scholars but open to all. Free; reservations required.

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Pacific Standard Time - May 13
Drive-in Theater (detail), Julius Shulman, 1948. Julius Shulman Photography Archive, the Getty Research Institute


Lectures and Conferences

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Curator Spotlight Series
Books as Beads: Praying the Rosary with Pictures in the Late Middle Ages
Sunday, May 1, 3:00 p.m.
The Getty Center
Curator Kristen Collins explores how illustrations in manuscripts delighted the eye and gave medieval viewers an entry point to their devotions. Free; reservations recommended.

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Pictures as aids to sacred devotion - May 1
Harrowing of Hell (detail) in an illustrated Vita Christi, English, 1100s

Getty Perspectives
The Ruins Lesson
Thursday, May 5, 7:00 p.m.
The Getty Center
Why are we drawn to ruins? Poet and critic Susan Stewart examines the ruin as a subject for printmaking and poetry, exploring it both as experienced phenomenon and as a problem in representation. Free; reservations recommended.

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Ruins, decay, representation, and beauty - May 5
The Ruins of the Imperial Palaces in Rome (detail), Carl Rottmann, about 1831

Exhibition and Experiment: A History of the Royal Bourbon Museum
Thursday, May 5, 7:30 p.m.
The Getty Villa
Art historian Andrea Milanese discusses one of Italy's great museums—the Royal Bourbon Museum in Naples, now known as the National Archaeological Museum—and its approaches to restoring ancient artifacts. Complements the exhibition Apollo from Pompeii: Investigating an Ancient Bronze. Free; a ticket is required.

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Explore one of Italy's great museums - May 5
Ancient bronzes from Herculaneum and Pompeii in the National Archaeological Museum, Naples (detail), Giorgio Sommer, about 1865. Cornell University Library

Also in May

Restoring Ancient Bronzes in the Nineteenth Century
Friday, May 6, 9:30 a.m.–5:30 p.m.
Speakers explore methods, materials, and approaches to restoring bronze sculpture in the 1800s. Free. Learn more »

Eyes on Cuba: Reflections of a Photographer and an Anthropologist
Wednesday, May 18, 7:00 p.m.
Alex Harris and Ruth Behar discuss their work in Cuba. Free. Learn more »

Representing Interiors in French 18th-Century Portraits
Sunday, May 22, 3:00 p.m.
Xavier Salmon from the Château of Fontainebleau delves into the fascinating genre of domestic portraiture. Free. Learn more »

Coming in June

Uncorking the Past: Ancient Ales, Wines, and Extreme Beverages
June 4 and 5, 5:00 p.m.
Trace the story of humanity's quest for the perfect drink—then taste it yourself! $25. Learn more »


Courses and Demonstrations

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Mothers and Children
Sunday, May 8, 2:00–5:00 p.m.
The Getty Center
Celebrate Mom at the museum with a unique Mother's Day event that includes an illustrated lecture on mothers and children in art, tea and conversation, and guided visits to the galleries. Course fee $30 (includes tea). Open to 100 participants.

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Mother's Day at the museum - May 8
John, Fourteenth Lord Willoughby de Broke, and His Family (detail), Johann Zoffany, about 1766

Photographing the Holy Land
Friday, May 20, 1:00–4:00 p.m.
The Getty Villa
Explore the exhibition In Search of Biblical Lands: From Jerusalem to Jordan in Nineteenth-century Photography in depth with curator Kathleen Howe. See what early photographers found when they journeyed to the Holy Land and how their photographs fulfilled—or upended—viewers' expectations. Course fee $35; $28 students. Open to 25 participants.

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Explore early voyages to the Holy Land - May 20
"Pharaoh's Treasury," Petra (detail), Louis Vignes, negative, 1864; print, 1866–74

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Family Programs

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Family Art Stops
Through May 22: Saturdays and Sundays, 2:00 and 2:30 p.m.
May 31–September 2: Tuesdays–Fridays, 10:30 a.m., 2:00 p.m., and 2:30 p.m.
The Getty Center
See art, make art, share art! Family Art Stops is a free, half-hour gallery experience that introduces you to one special object in the collection, then invites you to do a fun activity inspired by what you've seen. A perfect introduction to the museum experience for families with kids ages 5 and up.

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Enjoy art together as a family with Art Stops!
Get into the fun as a family with Art Stops!

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Miniatures Inspired by Rococo Decorative Arts
Modeled after 18th-century French furniture pieces typical of the Rococo period, these reproductions are crafted in resin and metal—with functioning timepieces in the clocks. Objects similar to the ones on which these are based can be found in the collection of the Getty Museum. Bring a touch of Parisian luxury to your life with one of these elegant miniatures. $30–$45.

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Tell time, Rococo style - $30 to $45
Tell time, Parisian style
April 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
A Revolutionary Project: Cuba from Walker Evans to Now (May 17)
Fashion in the Middle Ages (May 31)
Display and Art History: The Düsseldorf Gallery and Its Catalogue (May 31)

C L O S I N G   T H I S   M O N T H
Brush & Shutter: Early Photography in China (May 1)
Stories to Watch: Narrative in Medieval Manuscripts (May 15)

H O T   T I C K E T S
Getty Perspectives: Susan Stewart (May 5)
Saturdays Off the 405 (May 7)
Mother's Day at the Museum (May 8)
Workshop: Pacific Standard Time (May 13)

At the Getty Villa this month

H O T   T I C K E T S
Talk: The Royal Bourbon Museum (May 5)
Villa Theater Lab: The Madness of Hercules (May 20–22)

M A R K   Y O U R   C A L E N D A R
Tickets are available now for
Villa Theater Lab: The Byrds (June 9–12)

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