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November 2010

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Imagining the Past in France, 1250–1500
November 16, 2010–February 6, 2011
The Getty Center
This major new exhibition explores one of the greatest chapters in the history of French art and the development of the French nation. In medieval France, monarchs and nobles employed the finest artists of the day to paint the heroic tales of bygone eras on the pages of lavish books. These illustrations helped the French understand their present and plan their future by celebrating an epic past.

Bringing together masterpieces of manuscript illumination from more than 25 of the world's finest museums and libraries, the exhibition features beautiful portrayals of dramatic moral dilemmas, valiant battles, and chivalrous derring-do.

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Manuscripts of French history - on view from November 16
The Story of Emperor Conrad, Paris, 1400–1405. Image courtesy of and © Bibliothèque municipale de Besançon, Ms. 1150, fol. 213v. Banner image: The Performance of a Crusade Play at King Charles V's Feast (detail), Paris, 1375–80. Bibliothèque nationale de France, Paris. Ms. fr. 2813, fol. 473v

Obsidian Mirror-Travels: Refracting Ancient Mexican Art and Archaeology
November 16, 2010–March 27, 2011
The Getty Center
See Mexico through the eyes of explorers, artists, cartographers, and archaeologists. Photographs, books, maps, and engravings from the collection of the Getty Research Institute depict Mexican archaeological objects and sites from the Colonial era to the present in the context of key historical events, such as the Spanish conquest, the 19th-century French intervention in Mexico, and the presidency of Porfirio Díaz.

Views of Mexico - on view from November 16
Detail of the frontispiece in Alfredo Chavero, México a través de los siglos (Barcelona, 1888–89), vol. 2

The Secret Life of Drawings
November 23, 2010–February 13, 2011
The Getty Center
Discover how drawings in the Getty Museum's collection were made and how they have been studied and cared for over time. The exhibition explores restoration techniques for works on paper and reveals exciting finds, such as hidden watermarks, previously unknown drawings on the backs of certain sheets, and evidence of cutting and reassembling.

Explore the secrets hidden in drawings - from November 23
Drawing at center: Study of Three Skulls (detail), unknown maker, South German, about 1530

Also This Month
Illuminated Manuscripts from Belgium and the Netherlands enters its second phase of installation on November 9—the pages of the manuscripts will be turned to reveal new illuminated riches.

Closing This Month
Engaged Observers: Documentary Photography since the Sixties, presenting powerful documentary photographs, closes November 14.

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The Agrigento Youth
Through April 19, 2011
The Getty Villa
The Agrigento Youth, one of the masterpieces of the Museo Archeologico Regionale di Agrigento in Sicily, is on temporary view at the Getty Villa. A rare example of a kouros, or idealized nude young man, the sculpture was carved by an anonymous artist during the early classical period, about 480 B.C.

The loan is part of a long-term collaboration between the Getty Museum and the Sicilian Ministry of Culture and Sicilian Identity.

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The Agrigento Youth - on view through April 2011
Statue of a Kouros (The Agrigento Youth) (detail), Greek, about 480 B.C. Museo Archeologico Regionale, Agrigento, Sicily. Photo © Angelo Pitrone

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The Getty supports arts initiatives around the world through the Getty Foundation, the Getty Conservation Institute, the Getty Research Institute, and the J. Paul Getty Museum. Here is one program currently underway:

Conservation and Management of the Tomb of Tutankhamen
The discovery by Howard Carter in 1922 of the tomb of Tutankhamen and its spectacular funerary treasure created a sensation. Concerns about the tomb's condition recently led Egypt's Supreme Council of Antiquities to invite the Getty Conservation Institute to undertake a five-year partnership to conserve and manage the site.

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Listen to an NPR interview with GCI Associate Director Jeanne Marie Teutonico about the project.

Getty Conservation Institute helps conserve King Tut's tomb
Detail of painting on the north wall of Tutankhamen's burial chamber showing Osiris, lord of the underworld, embracing Tutankhamen. Photo: Lori Wong/GCI


Performances and Films

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Gordon Getty Concert: Piffaro
Saturday, November 13, 7:30 p.m.
The Getty Center
The world-renowned early music ensemble presents the elegant sounds of the northern Renaissance on shawms, sackbuts, recorders, dulcians, and bagpipes. The program features both refined courtly melodies and lively arrangements of popular tunes. Complements the exhibition Illuminated Manuscripts from Belgium and the Netherlands. Tickets $20; students/seniors $15.

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Music of the Northern Renaissance - October 16
Members of Piffaro with their impressive range of brass and woodwinds

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Spoken Word: Metamorphoses and The Trojan War
Metamorphoses: Friday and Saturday, November 12 and 13, 8:00 p.m.
The Trojan War: Saturday and Sunday, November 13 and 14, 3:00 p.m.
The Getty Villa
Celebrated bardic storyteller Daniel Morden offers four thrilling performances in the great oral tradition. The evening events (for adults and teens) feature Roman poet Ovid's darkly humorous and moving stories of transformation. The family matinees (for ages 9 and up) present the most dramatic moments from the epic Trojan War. Evening performances $12; matinees $8 adults, $5 children.

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Rousing spoken-word performances by Daniel Morden - November 12, 13, and 14
Storyteller Daniel Morden. Photo: Mark Simmons


Lectures and Conferences

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How the French Made History: Manuscripts and Images of the Past in Medieval France
Thursday, November 18, 7:00 p.m.
The Getty Center
In this richly illustrated lecture, art historian Anne D. Hedeman examines how medieval artists made history come alive for their readers through images in opulently hand-painted books, and how these pictures helped to shape perceptions of the past. Free; reservations required.

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How manuscripts told history - November 18
King Louis IX Facing a Storm at Sea (detail), Paris, about 1330–40. Biblioth–que nationale de France, Paris, Ms. fr. 5716, p. 40


Courses and Demonstrations

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Workshop: The Making of a Satyr Play
Friday, November 19, 2:00–5:00 p.m., repeating Saturday, November 20, 2:00–5:00 p.m.
The Getty Villa
Enjoy a rare opportunity to see Sophocles' Trackers performed—and learn more about the fascinating genre of satyr plays—in this workshop complementing the exhibition The Art of Ancient Greek Theater. Michael Hackett, chair of the UCLA theater department, directs the workshop; curator Mary Louise Hart gives a lively talk on the exhibition and the plays.

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Explore fascinating satyr plays - November 19
Mixing Vessel with a Satyr Chorus (detail), Greek, made in Apulia, South Italy, 410–380 B.C. Nicholson Museum, The University of Sydney, Australia, NM 47.5

Beyond Rembrandt: From Hoet to Boilly
Saturday, November 13, 2:00–5:00 p.m.
The Getty Center
Rembrandt is the most famous artist of the Dutch Golden Age, but not the only one who had a powerful influence on European art. Join art historian Barbara Gaehtgens and curator Anne Woollett for an eye-opening conversation on the development of Dutch painting and its influence on French art from the late 1600s to the early 1800s. Course fee $30 (includes tea). Open to 30 participants.

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Discover Dutch painting beyond Rembrandt - November 13
The Death of Cleopatra (detail), Gerard Hoet, about 1700–1710

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Family Programs

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Art Odyssey for Families
Saturdays and Sundays at 2:00 p.m., plus Friday, November 26, at 2:00 p.m.
The Getty Villa
Meet and greet the gods, heroes, and monsters of the ancient world at this 45-minute gallery program, which combines a tour of selected objects with hands-on activities you can do together as a family—including art-making projects and games. Free with your advance, timed ticket to the Getty Villa; sign up at 1:45 p.m. at the Tour Meeting Place.

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Draw together as a family - October 16 and 23
Meet the fascinating characters of antiquity in this free, hands-on gallery program.

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November 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
Imagining the Past in France, 1250–1500 (November 16)
Obsidian Mirror-Travels: Refracting Ancient Mexican Art and Archaeology (November 16)
The Secret Life of Drawings (November 23)

C L O S I N G   T H I S   M O N T H
Engaged Observers: Documentary Photography since the Sixties (November 14)

H O T   T I C K E T S
Course: Beyond Rembrandt (November 13)
Concert: Piffaro (November 13)
Lecture: How the French Made History (November 18)

At the Getty Villa this month

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Workshop: The Making of a Satyr Play (November 19 & 20)
Course: Drawing from Antiquity (Every Saturday)

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