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November 2011

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Lyonel Feininger: Photographs, 1928–1939
Through March 11, 2012
The Getty Center
Lyonel Feininger was one of the most important Modernist painters of the 20th century. But he was also a photographer—a side of his work that this exhibition, organized by the Harvard Art Museums, is the first to reveal. See Feininger's innovative and experimental work with the camera, along with a selection of over 90 photographs made at the Bauhaus and drawn from the Getty Museum's extensive collection.

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Lyonel Feininger and Bauhaus photographers - open now
Bauhaus, Lyonel Feininger, March 22, 1929. Harvard Art Museums/Busch-Reisinger Museum, Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Lyonel Feininger. © Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York / VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn

Narrative Interventions in Photography
Through March 11, 2012
The Getty Center
Storytelling and the notion of narrative—implied, real, or revised—take center stage in three distinct and powerful bodies of works by contemporary photographers Eileen Cowin, Carrie Mae Weems, and Simryn Gill.

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Contemporary women photographers - now open
I See What You're Saying (detail), Eileen Cowin. Diptych of inkjet prints, negatives, 2002; prints, 2005. Gift of the artist. © Eileen Cowin

Modern Antiquity: Picasso, de Chirico, Léger, and Picabia in the Presence of the Antique
November 2, 2011–January 16, 2012
The Getty Villa
Discover an extraordinary episode in the history of European modernism, when artists Pablo Picasso, Giorgio de Chirico, Fernand Léger, and Francis Picabia reinvented and transformed the artistic legacy of antiquity, making it their own. The exhibition features juxtapositions of ancient and modern art, set in the unique environment of the Getty Villa and its antiquities collection.

Opening week events include a lecture on Picasso and a symposium on modern art and the classical vision.

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Modernists respond to antiquity - opens November 2
Head of Apollo (detail), Roman, A.D. 175–200

Images of the Artist
November 15, 2011–February 12, 2012
The Getty Center
A creative look at identity and image-making, Images of the Artist investigates how artists have represented themselves, their fellow artists, and their trade over the past five centuries in drawings, prints, photographs, paintings, and sculpture.

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Artists draw themselves - opens November 15
Self-Portrait (detail), Charles Samuel Keene, about 1845

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Explore the birth of the Los Angeles art scene! Hear interviews with artists and curators, see artworks and period photos, and learn about L.A.'s unique contribution to the art world. The app covers all four exhibitions presented at the Getty as part of Pacific Standard Time, now in full swing with exhibitions and events across Southern California.

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Performances and Films

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David Greenspan: Poetics and Plays
Friday, November 11, 8:00 p.m.; Saturday, November 12, 3:00 and 8:00 p.m.; Sunday, November 13, 3:00 p.m.
The Getty Villa
Playwright and actor David Greenspan marries two of the most influential treatises ever composed on theater—Aristotle's Poetics and Gertrude Stein's Plays—in an enthralling evening of solo performance. Tickets $15; $12 students/seniors.

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Aristotle meets Gertrude Stein - November 11, 12, and 13
David Greenspan, Obie Award-winning playwright, director, and performer


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Gordon Getty Concert
Carl Stone: Sonic Excursions from Al-Noor to Zang
Saturday, November 12, 7:30 p.m.
The Getty Center
Carl Stone, composer and pioneer of live computer music, presents both early works and world premieres with fellow musicians Gloria Cheng on piano and Min Xiao-Fen on pipa. Tickets $15; $10 students/seniors.

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Carl Stone presents computer music - November 12
Carl Stone with his instruments: computer and keyboard

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Lectures and Conferences

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Modern Art in Los Angeles
An Evening with De Wain Valentine
Wednesday, November 2, 7:00 p.m.
The Getty Center
Artist De Wain Valentine appears at the Getty Center for a discussion with conservation scientist Tom Learner on the challenges of making, conserving, and displaying his monumental polyester resin sculptures, including the recently conserved Gray Column. Free; reservations required.

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De Wain Valentine on his work - November 2
De Wain Valentine polishing Gray Column in 1976. © De Wain Valentine. Photo courtesy of De Wain Valentine

Modern Art in Los Angeles
Assemblage and Politics
Wednesday, November 16, 7:00 p.m.
The Getty Center
Artists Ed Bereal, Mel Edwards, George Herms, Nancy Reddin Kienholz, and Betye Saar discuss the political implications of assemblage—sculpture made from found objects—and how this art form continues to thrive as a tool of social critique and transformation. Free; reservations required.

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Assemblage as political act - November 16
The Phrenologer's Window, Betye Saar, 1966. Private collection, courtesy of Michael Rosenfeld Gallery, LLC, New York, NY. © Betye Saar

How Los Angeles Invented the World
Saturday, November 19, 2:00–7:00 p.m.
The Getty Center
From movies to pop music to surfing, Los Angeles has created many of the world's most iconic cultural symbols. Three panel discussions explore how Los Angeles's unique culture was built and how it spread throughout the world. Free; reservations required.

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Los Angeles, symbol of the world? November 19
Freeway, Vija Celmins, 1966. Oil on canvas. 17 1/2 x 26 3/8 in. Collection of Harold Cook, Ph.D. © Vija Celmins. Image courtesy McKee Gallery, New York

Luxury Living in Late Roman Sicily: The Villa at Piazza Armerina
Wednesday, November 30, 7:30 p.m.
The Getty Villa
Archaeologist Roger Wilson introduces you to a Roman villa in Sicily rich with mosaic floors, marble wall decoration, statuary, and fountains, and explains how it reveals clues about the lives of the Roman rich and famous in the waning years of empire. Free; a ticket is required.

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A late Roman villa and the luxury of empire - November 30
Mosaic floor in the fourth-century Roman villa near Piazza Armerina, Sicily. Photo: Roger Wilson

Also in November

Antiquity in the Twentieth Century: Modern Art and the Classical Vision »

The Making and Meaning of Polychrome Sculpture »

Artists & Archives: A Pacific Standard Time Symposium »

Degas's Milliners and the Craft of Painting »

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Courses and Demonstrations

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A Ruined Past Revived: the Avant-garde and the Antique
Saturday, November 12, 1:00–4:00 p.m.
The Getty Villa
Spend the afternoon exploring the exhibition Modern Antiquity: Picasso, de Chirico, Léger, and Picabia in the Presence of the Antique with talks and activities that investigate the connections between modernist works and classical art. Course fee $35; $28 students/seniors. Open to 25 participants.

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Modernism and antiquity - November 12
Fragment of a lost past: Head of a Young Woman, Greek, about 320 B.C.

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Family Activities

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Family Drawing Hour
Saturdays, November 5 and 12, 3:30 p.m.
The Getty Center
Yes, you can draw! Spend an hour with your family browsing and sketching in the galleries. Two themes are offered this month: Put Your Best Face Forward on November 5, and Exploring Color on November 12. Free; sign up at the Museum Information Desk beginning at 3:00 p.m. on the day of the program (spots fill quickly).

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Sketch faces, experiment with color - November 5 and 12
Everyone's an artist at Family Drawing Hour, offered twice a month on Saturdays.

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Irises Boxed Note Cards
This expressive card set highlights one of the Museum's most popular paintings, Irises by Vincent van Gogh. Set includes 20 note cards and envelopes, in four different designs, packaged in a beautiful box with a magnetic lid closure. $12.95.

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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
Images of the Artist (Nov. 15)

C L O S I N G   T H I S   M O N T H
In the Beginning Was the Word: Medieval Gospel Illumination (Nov. 27)

H O T   T I C K E T S
An Evening with De Wain Valentine (Nov. 2)
Gordon Getty Concert: Carl Stone (Nov. 12)
Assemblage and Politics (Nov. 16)

M A R K   Y O U R   C A L E N D A R
Reservations are available beginning Tuesday, November 22 for:
Saturday Nights at the Getty: Los Angeles Free Music Society (Dec. 5)
IGLU and Tell Me (Dec. 10 and 11)

At the Getty Villa this month

O P E N I N G   T H I S   M O N T H
Modern Antiquity: Picasso, de Chirico, Léger, and Picabia

H O T   T I C K E T S
Picasso's Classic Realisms (Nov. 3)
David Greenspan: Politics and Plays (Nov. 11–13)
Luxury Living in Roman Sicily (Nov. 30)

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