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October 2009

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Molten Color: Glassmaking in Antiquity
October 8, 2009–ongoing
The Getty Villa
See colorful, beautifully crafted works of ancient glass as this popular exhibition returns for a long-term engagement at the Getty Villa beginning October 8. Molten Color features stunning vessels ranging from the earliest period of glass production in Mesopotamia about 2500 B.C. through Roman glass of the fifth century A.D. Videos and texts explain the techniques used to manufacture the objects.

Learn more about this exhibition.

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The art of glass, on view starting October 8
Two-Part Eye-Makeup Container with an Applicator, Roman, A.D. 200–400. Banner image: Perfume Flask with Blue, Black, White, and Gold Swirls (detail), Greek or Roman, 25 B.C.–A.D. 25 Glass
Don't miss Irving Penn: Small Trades - on view now
Commis—Larue, Paris (Busboy—Larue, Paris), Irving Penn. Negative, 1950; print, 1967. Partial gift of Irving Penn. © Irving Penn

Now Open
Irving Penn: Small Trades features portraits of workers that offer "a marvelous pictorial meditation on character, nationality, and livelihood" (Vogue).

Closing Soon
The Golden Graves of Ancient Vani closes at the Getty Villa on October 5.
Walls of Algiers: Narratives of the City closes at the Getty Center on October 18.

Visit LACMA for Pompeii and the Roman Villa through October 4 and you'll get instant access to the Getty Villa, plus a store discount.

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Drawings by Rembrandt and His Pupils: Telling the Difference
December 8, 2009–February 28, 2010
The Getty Center
Scholars have spent centuries trying to tell Rembrandt's drawings from those of his students. Opening December 8, the major exhibition Drawings by Rembrandt and His Pupils: Telling the Difference invites you to explore how art historians discern a true Rembrandt from the work of a pupil or follower.

Enjoy a preview by playing our new art challenge created just for the exhibition.

Learn more and take the Rembrandt quiz!

Drawings by Rembrandt opens December 8 - play our art challenge!
A Young Woman—Hendrickje—Sleeping, Rembrandt Harmensz. van Rijn, about 1654. Image courtesy of the British Museum, London and © the Trustees of the British Museum

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Outdoor Theater Production at the Getty Villa: Aristophanes' Peace
Thursdays–Saturdays through October 3, 8:00 p.m.
The Getty Villa
A few tickets are left for the final weekend of this hilarious take on the ancient Greek comedy Peace from fearless satirists Culture Clash. The Latino comedy trio joins forces with actors John Fleck and Amy Hill, plus an onstage trio of singing musicians led by the Mariachi Divas' Suzanne Garcia. Tickets are $42, students/seniors $36. The play contains bawdy humor that might not be suitable for children.

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Peace is kidnapped, and hilarity ensues! See Culture Clash at the Villa through October 3
Culture Clash captures the "ribald lunacy and satirically snapping spirit" of Aristophanes' comedy (L.A. Times).


Performances and Films

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Saturdays Off the 405
Saturday, October 10, 6:00–9:00 p.m.
The Getty Center
It's the last Saturdays Off the 405 of the season! Squeeze the last drop out of summer at this evening featuring gallery browsing, a cash bar, and music from Dent May, plus sets by DJ Nobody of the dublab collective to open and close. Free; no reservations required. Parking is FREE after 5:00 p.m.

Learn more about Saturdays Off the 405.

Last Saturdays Off the 405 of the season, October 10


Lectures and Conferences

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Peripheral Visions: Colonization, Resistance, Representation
USC's Thirteenth Annual "Expanding the Visual Field" Graduate Student Symposium
Saturday, October 3, 9:30 a.m.–5:00 p.m.
The Getty Center
Inspired by the exhibition Walls of Algiers: Narratives of the City (closing October 18), this symposium examines issues around the French colonization of Algeria with an emphasis on the role of visual sources, such as photographs, featured in the exhibition. Co-sponsored by the USC Graduate and Professional Student Senate and the USC Visual Studies Graduate Certificate. Free; reservations required. Open to students, scholars, and the general public.

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Symposium examines colonial history of Algeria, October 3
Algiers, taken from the Casbah (detail), in Vues d'Algérie prises au dauguerréotype, 1847

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Lectures and Conferences

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Getty Perspectives: Errol Morris and Ricky Jay
Thursday, October 8, 7:00 p.m.
The Getty Center
Filmmaker Errol Morris (The Thin Blue Line) and master sleight-of-hand artist Ricky Jay explain why deception and perception go hand in hand in this freewheeling evening of discussion about art, truth, lies, and the delicious pleasures of illusion. Free; reservations required.

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Errol Morris and Ricky Jay on art and perception, October 8
Errol Morris (left) and Ricky Jay (right). Morris photo: Sumaya Agha; Jay photo: Jesse Dylan

A World Alongside: Images in the Margins of Medieval and Renaissance Illuminated Manuscripts
Sunday, October 18, 3:00 p.m.
The Getty Center
Meet the fantastic characters that populate the margins of medieval and Renaissance illuminated manuscripts in this lecture by Margot McIlwain Nishimura of the Rhode Island School of Design. Then get a close look at the manuscripts themselves in the exhibition Out-of-Bounds: Images in the Margins of Medieval Manuscripts, on view through November 8. Free; reservations required.

Learn more, make reservations, and see other events related to the exhibition.

Lecture on images in the margins, October 18
Figures play the guessing game of hot cockles in a detail from a 14th-century breviary

California Missions: History, Art, and Preservation
Tuesday, October 20, 7:00 p.m.
The Getty Center
In conjunction with a landmark book on California missions just released by Getty Publications, this panel discussion explores the rich history and art of Spanish missions and addresses the complex issues involved in preserving them. A book signing follows. Free; reservations required.

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Panel discusses California's mission heritage, October 20

Herculaneum: Conserving and Interpreting the Roman Past
Saturday, October 24, 2:00 p.m.
The Getty Villa
Architect Gionata Rizzi surveys the excavation and restoration history of this ancient city buried in the eruption of Vesuvius. Rizzi discusses some of the specific conservation challenges of the site, such as introducing new protective structures and architectural elements as part of the Herculaneum Conservation Project, while minimizing their impact on the existing landscape. Free; a ticket is required.

Learn more and get tickets.

Lecture on conserving Herculaneum, October 24
Rendering of a partially preserved ancient structure at Herculaneum

Also in October
Curator Spotlight: Lacquer without Borders
Wednesday, October 7, 3:00 p.m.

Ruins between East and West
Thursday, October 29, 7:30 p.m.


Courses and Demonstrations

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Drawing from the Old Masters: Foreshortening
Wednesday, October 7, 1:00–4:00 p.m.
The Getty Center
Master the technique of foreshortening through close looking in the Museum galleries and hands-on practice in the Museum Studios. Your guide is accomplished artist and popular instructor Peter Zokosky. Course fee $25; open to 25 participants. Course repeats on Sunday, November 15.

Learn more, sign up, and see other upcoming studio courses.

Learn to draw like the Old Masters, October 7
Artist Peter Zokosky and students in the galleries

Also in October
Art Circles
Saturday, October 3, 6:00–8:00 p.m.

Getty Drawing Hour
Sundays, October 4 and 18, 3:30–5:30 p.m.

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Family Activities

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Family Forum
Daily except Tuesdays, 10:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m.
The Getty Villa
Make a trip to the Getty Villa a hit with kids by visiting the Family Forum. Decorate an "ancient" vase, experiment with three-dimensional puzzles, and act out your own epic scenes in a shadow-play area. Docents are on hand to provide free activity guides and direct you to other family-friendly activities at the Villa. It's free, and each Villa ticket allows you to bring up to three children ages 15 and under with you in one car.

Learn more and book your free tickets to the Getty Villa.

Fun in the Getty Villa's Family Forum
Watch your kids transform into a living work of Greek art in the shadow-play area.

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Make your art glitter with a master glass on gilding on October 3, and create your very own relief sculpture in a three-part bronze-casting course starting October 7.

Parla italiano? Celebrate Italian Language Week at the Getty Villa with tours of the Chimaera of Arezzo in Italian on October 21, 24, and 25. See our complete talk and tour schedule for details.

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