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Contemporary art at the Villa, photographs of the American West, Sophocles through Peruvian eyes, Friday Nights at the Getty move to Saturdays, last chance for Bernini, and more

November 2008

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Dialogue among Giants: Carleton Watkins and the Rise of Photography in California
October 14, 2008–March 1, 2009
The Getty Center
Carleton Watkins arrived in California in 1850, when the gold rush and the medium of photography were both young. He captured stunning views of the frontier West—the gorges of Yosemite and the crags of the Pacific shore, the hills of San Francisco and the farming fields of Southern California. The exhibition explores how Watkins harnessed the elements of visual form to create iconic and beautiful photographs, and how he engaged in a visual dialogue with other pioneering landscape photographers of the 1800s.

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Yosemite Valley / Watkins
Yosemite Valley from the "Best General View," No. 2 (detail), Carleton Watkins, 1866
Banner image: Cape Horn, Columbia River, Oregon (detail), Carleton Watkins, negative, 1867; print by Isaiah West Taber, about 1881–3

Jim Dine: Poet Singing (The Flowering Sheets)
October 30, 2008–February 9, 2009
The Getty Villa
The first contemporary art project at the Getty Villa, this installation by artist Jim Dine combines sound, poetry, and over-life-size sculptures inspired by ancient Greek statues in the Museum's collection. The installation is accompanied by a documentary illuminating Dine's creative process and an evening of discussion with the artist on November 7, both of which will be available as streaming video online.

The installation opens Thursday, October 30. Be the first to see it—book your free tickets to the Getty Villa now.

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Poet Singing (The Flowering Sheets) / Dine
Poet Singing (The Flowering Sheets) (detail), Jim Dine, 2008

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Costanza Bonarelli / Bernini
Bernini closes Oct. 26!
Portrait of Costanza Bonarelli (detail), Gian Lorenzo Bernini, 1636–38. Museo Nazionale del Bargello, Florence. Image courtesy of the Istituti museali della Soprintendenza Speciale per il Polo Museale Fiorentino. Photo: Arrigo Coppitz

Also on View at the Getty Center and the Getty Villa

Current Exhibitions—Last days to see the exquisite sculptures in Bernini and the Birth of Baroque Portrait Sculpture at the Getty Center, closing October 26. And don't miss the ruins and revelry in The Society of Dilettanti at the Getty Villa, closing October 27.

The North Pavilion plaza-level galleries that house Renaissance sculpture and decorative arts close on November 9 for renovation. They'll reopen with a new thematic installation in May 2009.

Future Exhibitions—Books, medieval and modern, feature in two exhibitions opening November 18: The Belles Heures of the Duke of Berry and Tango with Cows: Book Art of the Russian Avant-Garde, 1910–1917, both at the Getty Center.

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New Games and Puzzles on GettyGames
Conquer new games and puzzles on GettyGames, our free games site for kids ages 9 to 90. We've added dozens more favorites from the J. Paul Getty Museum's collection, plus a variety of fun themes, from bodies to buildings. Spot details of hounds and hairdos, pair armchairs and armor, and puzzle together canals and cathedrals. And don't miss our free activity downloads to make your own masterpieces at home.

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GettyGames: Fun and games with art

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Performances and Films

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Friday–Sunday, November 14–16
The Getty Villa
See Sophocles' classic drama of the arrogance of power through contemporary Peruvian eyes in a searing new translation by poet José Watanabe and an electrifying solo performance by Teresa Ralli. Part of the FITLA International Latino Theatre Festival of Los Angeles. Tickets $20; $15 students/seniors.

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Teresa Ralli in Antigona
Teresa Ralli's powerful performance encourages us to see our reality through another lens.


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Friday Nights at the Getty: Ann Savoy & Her Sleepless Knights
Friday, November 21, 7:30 p.m.
The Getty Center
Ann Savoy and a group of virtuoso musicians spice up southern ballads and jazz standards with Louisiana rhythms, swinging vocals, and some down-home guitar and fiddlin'. Free; reservations required. Reservations available beginning Tuesday, October 21, at 9:00 a.m.

Learn more, make reservations, and hear a music sample from the performers.

We're Moving to Saturdays!
Starting this spring, Friday Nights at the Getty moves to Saturdays. Join us in February as we kick off our new evening with a performance by the fabulous Martha Wainwright. Learn more.

Ann Savoy and Her Sleepless Knights
Keeping old jazz songs alive and fun, with a plenty of local color: Ann Savoy & Her Sleepless Knights

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Lectures and Conferences

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My Gold Mine: David Levine Speaks about Art, Caricature, and Subjects of Our Time
Sunday, November 2, 4:00 p.m.
The Getty Center
Master caricaturist David Levine, an unparalleled connoisseur of the human condition, unleashes his intellect on literature, politics, science, and painting—and any other subject you dare to bring up. Free; reservations required.

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Self-caricature by David Levine
Caricature of the caricaturist: David Levine

Climate Change and Preserving Cultural Heritage in the 21st Century
Saturday, November 8, 3:00 p.m.
The Getty Center
What does global warming portend for our built environment—our cities, buildings, and monuments? A panel of environmentalists and cultural heritage experts discusses the effects of climate change on our communities and the actions we can and must take now. Free; reservations required.

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Global warming, a threat to cultural heritage
Global warming: how can we cope? Photo courtesy of the Natural Resources Defense Council

The Limbourg Brothers and the Triumph of the Belles Heures
Thursday, November 20, 7:00 p.m.
The Getty Center
What is so special about the Belles Heures, a prayer book made for a powerful French duke 600 years ago? Curator Timothy Husband from The Metropolitan Museum of Art discusses the breathtaking paintings in the book in conjunction with the upcoming exhibition at the Getty Center presenting over 80 of its most spectacular pages. Free; reservations required.

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The Heavenly Host in the Belles Heures / Limbourg
The Heavenly Host (detail) in the Belles Heures of the Duke of Berry, Limbourg brothers, 1405–8/9. Image © The Metropolitan Museum of Art, The Cloisters Collection

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Family Activities

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Family Storytelling
November 9 and 23, 10:30 and 11:30 a.m. and 1:30, 2:30, and 3:30 p.m.
The Getty Center
Uncover the wild stories hiding in works of art with two master storytellers this month. On November 9, Victoria Burnett presents a rollicking tale about Rambunctious Rumpus the Ram inspired by Jack Zajac's sculpture Big Skull and Horn in Two Parts II. And on November 23, Lou Stratten parties 18th-century style with a musical tale inspired by Nicolas Lancret's painting Dance before a Fountain.

Learn more and see the full fall and winter storytelling schedule.

Storyteller Victoria Burnett at the Getty Center
What's that mysterious bronze skull on the Getty Center plaza? Victoria Burnett reveals all in storytelling sessions on November 9.

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Plan your visit to the Center and the Villa with our comprehensive event calendar.

Explore what art reveals about the power of women in ancient Rome, hear artist Mark Klett and writer Rebecca Solnit discuss what it was like to photograph the West in the 1800s, and polish your sketching skills at Getty Drawing Hour. Plus, visit the Getty Villa between October 30 and November 3 to see mosaicist Lillian Sizemore demonstrate ancient and modern mosaic-making techniques.

Bringing the family? Art Stops and Art Odyssey continue every Saturday and Sunday afternoon.

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