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Experience America Tropical in its original location! Plus: photographs by Ray K. Metzker and Mapplethorpe, Pompeiian cinema, classical and Mexican folk music, more
October 2012
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América Tropical Goes on View October 9
El Pueblo de Los Angeles in Downtown L.A.

América Tropical

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Eighty years after it was first painted, the recently conserved América Tropical—the only U.S. public mural by famed Mexican artist David Alfaro Siqueiros still in its original location—will once again be on view to the public starting October 9. To celebrate, the Getty Conservation Institute, in partnership with the City of Los Angeles and others, is presenting a series of public events that explore the artistic, social, and historical significance of América Tropical.

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Join the celebration as America Tropical is unveiled for all to see
Roberto Berdecio, an associate of Siqueiros in the '30s, in front of América Tropical shortly after its completion. Banner image: Conservators cleaning the mural's surface. Mural © 2012 Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York/SOMAAP, Mexico City
The Photographs of Ray K. Metzker and the Institute of Design
September 25, 2012–February 24, 2013 | The Getty Center

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Formal elegance, technical precision, and optical innovation are the hallmarks of the work of photographer Ray K. Metzker. His finely crafted black-and-white images probe photography's expressive potential, offering a new view of our world and our interaction with it.

This exhibition offers a comprehensive overview of Metzker's five-decade career and situates his work in the tradition of the Chicago Institute of Design (ID), the profoundly influential art school where he studied in the '50s.

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Please note that the Getty Center is CLOSED Saturday and Sunday, September 29 and 30, when the 405 Freeway is closed for construction. The Getty Villa is open.

One of the pioneers of American photography - on view now
Chicago, negative 1958; print 1985, Ray K. Metzker. The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, Gift of the Hall Family Foundation, 2009.6.15. © Ray K. Metzker
Opening This Month

Farewell to Surrealism: The Dyn Circle in Mexico
Opens October 2 | The Getty Center
Explores the international group of writers and artists who created the pioneering art journal Dyn in Mexico City in the '40s.

In Focus: Robert Mapplethorpe
Opens October 23 | The Getty Center
A sampling of works by one of the great photographers of the second half of the 20th century.

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Closing This Month

In Focus: Picturing Landscape
Closes October 7 | The Getty Center
Landscape through the lens of photographers, from ocean to desert, detail to panorama. Learn more »

Messerschmidt and Modernity
Closes October 14 | The Getty Center
Franz Xaver Messerschmidt's strange and beautiful "Character Heads" and their lasting influence. Learn more »

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Outdoor Film Series: The Last Days of Pompeii
Friday & Saturday, October 12 & 13, 7:30 p.m. | The Getty Villa

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See Vesuvius erupt at the Getty Villa! This outdoor film series features two spectacular versions of The Last Days of Pompeii: the 1913 silent masterpiece and the 1959 extravaganza directed by Sergio Leone. See the exhibition The Last Days of Pompeii: Decadence, Apocalypse, Resurrection before each screening, and enjoy Pompeii-themed drinks and treats at the Cafe. Tickets $7.

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Outdoor movie weekend at the Getty Villa - October 12 and 13
The Last Days of Pompeii (Gli ultimi giorni di Pompei), 1959. United Artists/Photofest © United Artists
Gordon Getty Concert: Calder Quartet
Friday, October 5, 7:00 p.m. | The Getty Center

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This virtuosic young ensemble performs a special program inspired by the exhibition Messerschmidt and Modernity. Enjoy music from Messerschmidt's time by Mozart and others, as well as three newly commissioned pieces by L.A.-based film composers Bear McCreary, Don Davis, and Mark Mothersbaugh. Tickets $20; $15 students/seniors.

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Calder Quartet performs Viennese and L.A. music - October 5
Calder Quartet. Photo: Tyler Boye
Sounds of L.A.: Pasatono Orquesta
Saturday, October 6, 7:00 p.m. and Sunday, October 7, 3:30 p.m.
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Don't miss the West Coast debut of Oaxaca-based Pasatono Orquesta, which performs music created by "the people of the clouds" and influenced by American jazz of the 1920s and '30s. In addition to handcrafting the indigenous instruments on which they play, this ensemble is known for its extensive research on the culture of Mexico's Mixtec people and their rural folk orchestras. Free; reservations required.

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Pasatono Orquesta performs jazz-influenced Mexican folk music - October 6 and 7
Pasatono Orquesta. Rubén Luengas, Director. Photo: Estanislao Ortiz Escamilla
L E C T U R E S   &   C O N V E R S A T I O N S
Why the Smile?
Wednesday, October 3, 7:00 p.m. | The Getty Center

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Join noted British sculptor Tony Cragg, whose fascinating sculpture of stretched and morphing heads is a focal point of the exhibition Messerschmidt and Modernity, as he explores the issues of human expression revealed in the "Character Heads" of Franz Xaver Messerschmidt. Free; reservations recommended.

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Tony Cragg on sculpting the human face - October 3
Mental Landscape, 2007, Tony Cragg. Collection of Tony Cragg. Artwork © Tony Cragg. Photo by Charles Duprat
Pompeii on Display: Disaster into Art
Wednesday, October 24, 7:30 p.m. | The Getty Villa

From masterpiece paintings to a scene from The Simpsons, modern works of art, literature, and performance have found inspiration in the eruption of Mount Vesuvius in A.D. 79 and its destruction of Pompeii. Hear antiquities curator Kenneth Lapatin highlight some of his most unusual discoveries while developing the exhibition The Last Days of Pompeii. Free; a ticket is required.

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Pompeii, from ancient times to the Simpsons - October 24
"Last Days of Pompeii" March Two-Step (detail), sheet music, 1904, Caird M. Vandersloot (pseudonym of Harry J. Lincoln). Private collection
Of Cauliflower and Crayfish: The High Art of Dining in 18th-Century France
Thursday, October 25, 7:00 p.m. | The Getty Center

Many luxurious tablewares of mid-18th-century France were adorned with mini-sculptures portraying the ingredients of the food contained within. Curator Charissa Bremer-David explains how the naturalism of these elegant vessels reflected the broader interests of the Enlightenment—and the latest culinary trends. Free; reservations recommended.

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Art and culinary fashion in ancien regime France - October 25
Lidded Tureen (detail), 1744–50, Thomas Germain
Also in October

Closer to Van Eyck: Rediscovering the Ghent Altarpiece
October 4

Getty Perspectives: Is Anthropomorphism the Basis of Religion?
October 11

Getty Perspectives: Taryn Simon in Conversation
October 17

Living in Roman Luxury: Terrace House 2 in Ephesus
October 20

How to Win an Election: An Ancient Guide for Modern Politicians
October 27

Artist-at-Work Demonstration: Unstitching Ancient Garments
Saturdays, October 13 & 20, 11:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m. & 2:00–3:00 p.m. | The Getty Villa

Courses and Demonstrations

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Celebrate FashionWeekLA! Explore the draping of Greek and Roman costumes worn by women, and discover ancient men's couture, from the Roman toga to the classical tunic. Join reconstructionists from the Legion Six Historical Foundation, the Roman reenactment society, as they deconstruct ancient garments represented in the Getty Museum's collection. Free with your advance, timed-entry ticket to the Getty Villa.

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Explore ancient Roman men's and women's fashion - October 13 and 20
Member of Legion Six Historical Foundation modeling ancient Roman fashion
Highlights at a Glance—October 2012
At the Getty Center this month

O P E N I N G   T H I S   M O N T H
Farewell to Surrealism: The Dyn Circle in Mexico (Oct. 2)
In Focus: Robert Mapplethorpe (Oct. 23)

C O N T I N U I N G   T H I S   M O N T H
The Photographs of Ray K. Metzker and the Institute of Design (through Feb. 24)

C L O S I N G   T H I S   M O N T H
In Focus: Picturing Landscape (through Oct. 7)
Messerschmidt and Modernity (through Oct. 14)

H O T   T I C K E T S
Talk: Tony Cragg (Oct. 3)
Talk: The Ghent Altarpiece (Oct. 4)
Concert: Calder Quartet (Oct. 5)
Concert: Pasatono Orquesta (Oct. 6 & 7)
Getty Perspectives: Taryn Simon (Oct. 17)
Talk: Dining in 18th-Century France (Oct. 25)

At the Getty Villa this month

C O N T I N U I N G   T H I S   M O N T H
The Last Days of Pompeii: Decadence, Apocalypse, Resurrection (through Jan. 7)

H O T   T I C K E T S
Film Series: The Last Days of Pompeii (Oct. 12 & 13)
Artist-at-Work: Ancient Garments (Oct. 13 & 20)
Talk: Living in Roman Luxury (Oct. 20)
Talk: Pompeii on Display (Oct. 24)
Talk: How to Win an Election (Oct. 27)

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