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September 2009

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Outdoor Theater Production at the Getty Villa: Aristophanes' Peace
Thursdays–Saturdays, September 10–October 3, 8:00 p.m.
The Getty Villa
Peace has arrived in a new and naughty adaptation of Aristophanes' zany, utopian satire! Culture Clash, the celebrated Chicano-Latino troupe, joins forces with guest director Bill Rauch to stage this rarely seen gem by the irreverent father of comedy. Tickets are $42, students/seniors $36. The play contains bawdy humor that might not be suitable for children.

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Outdoor Theater at the Getty Villa - premiere is September 10
Culture Clash: Richard Montoya, Ric Salinas, and Herbert Siquenza

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Irving Penn: Small Trades
September 9, 2009–January 10, 2010
The Getty Center
Irving Penn is renowned for his innovative contributions to portrait, still life, and fashion photography. In this series of over 200 full-length portraits—never before displayed in its entirety—Penn brings the elegant simplicity and meticulous rigor of his style to the professions of charwoman, waiter, and seamstress, revealing the dignity of the working-class people he photographed in Paris, London, and New York in 1950 and 1951.

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Photographs by Irving Penn, on view starting September 9
Seamstress Fitter, London. Irving Penn. Negative, 1950; print, 1951. Partial gift of Irving Penn. © 1951, restored 1996 Condé Nast Publications, Ltd.

Out-of-Bounds: Images in the Margins of Medieval Manuscripts
September 1–November 8
The Getty Center
In the Middle Ages, the margins of books were often embellished with exuberant, profound, and witty images. This exhibition plunges into the rich visual world of the medieval margin, which teems with fantastic creatures, visual puns, and human drama. It also explores how marginal images commented on the lofty text that accompanied them, and how they sometimes poked fun at human foibles.

An interactive feature online and in the gallery allows you to explore the fantastic margins in two of the Getty's manuscripts.

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Images in the margins, on view starting September 1
Initial D: A Fool in the Bute Psalter (detail), French, about 1270–80
French bronzes close September 27

Also on View
Don't miss monumental sculpture from the age of monarchs in Cast in Bronze: French Sculpture from Renaissance to Revolution, closing September 27 at the Getty Center.

Plus, see ancient sculpture on a miniature scale in Carvers and Collectors: The Lasting Allure of Ancient Gems, closing September 7 at the Getty Villa.

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New Installation of German and Italian Art, 1680–1750
The Getty Center
Gallery E103 in the East Pavilion has reopened with a new presentation of German and Italian sculpture, decorative arts, and paintings from the Rococo period, when art exploded with exuberant forms full of movement and color.

Combining a variety of art forms to present a rich picture of a historic period, this thematic approach is also being used to reinstall the Renaissance galleries in the North Pavilion. The completely renovated galleries are scheduled to reopen in late 2009.

German and Italian art of the Rococo, on view now
Arts of the Rococo in a new installation. In the foreground: Christ Child, possibly Genoa or southern Italy, about 1700


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Gordon Getty Concert: Les Paladins
Sunday, September 13, 3:00 p.m.
The Getty Center
Hailing from France, this dynamic ensemble performs classics of the French Baroque age by Couperin, Lully, Charpentier, and Rameau to celebrate the final weeks of the exhibition Cast in Bronze: French Sculpture from Renaissance to Revolution. Tickets $20; $15 students/seniors.

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Les Paladins perform September 13
Les Paladins bring refined elegance to music from the age of monarchs.

Saturdays Off the 405
Saturday, September 26, 6:00–9:00 p.m.
The Getty Center
Enjoy an evening of music in the fall air as Kyp Malone brings his much-anticipated solo project, Rain Machine, to Saturdays Off the 405. His new songs are emotionally raw and passionate, yet still experimental and full of surprises.

It's free, no reservations required—and parking is free after 5:00 p.m.!

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Saturdays Off the 405, September 26


Lectures and Conferences

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French Royal Bronze Collections from Louis XIV to the Revolution
Sunday, September 6, 3:00 p.m.
The Getty Center
Explore the luxurious art collections of French kings Louis XIV, XV, and XVI, who shared a passion for bronze sculpture. Art historian Stéphane Castelluccio explains how the kings' collections were presented at Versailles and traces how, during the Revolution, the kingly treasures came to be housed in public museums. Complements the exhibition Cast in Bronze: French Sculpture from Renaissance to Revolution. Free; reservations required.

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Lecture on French kings and their bronzes, September 6
Pluto Abducting Proserpine (detail), François Girardon, 1693–1710

Working Class: Irving Penn's Small Trades Series in the Context of His Career
Tuesday, September 15, 7:00 p.m.
The Getty Center
In the summer of 1950, while on assignment in Paris for Vogue magazine, Irving Penn photographed tradespeople. The masterful series of photographs that eventually resulted changed the course of Penn's career—and of photography. Prominent photo historian Colin Westerbeck explains why and situates the Small Trades series in the context of Penn's wider career. Complements the exhibition Irving Penn: Small Trades, opening September 9. Free; reservations required.

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Lecture on Irving Penn, September 15
Pompier, Paris (Fireman, Paris). Irving Penn. Negative, 1950; print, 1951. Partial gift of Irving Penn. © 1951, restored 1996 Les Editions Condé Nast S.A.

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Family Festival
Saturday, September 12, 10:00 a.m.–6:00 p.m.
The Getty Center
Vive la France! This free day of family fun whisks you to France though music, dance, storytelling, and art making. Discover the addictive sound of the accordion with the Mad Alsacians, hear myths from master narrator David Prather, make your own French hat, and more! Free; no reservations required.

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Family Festival celebrates France, September 12
Unleash your inner Parisian with performances by the Mad Alsacians. Photo: Aaron Paley

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Event Calendar

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Summer's not over yet! A great lineup of free family programs continues through Labor Day at the Getty Center and the Getty Villa—see our Free Family Fun page for details.

Sketch in the galleries at Getty Drawing Hour on September 6 and 20, and get to know a masterpiece of painting at Art Circles on September 5. Explore plants in ancient art and on the grounds of the Getty Villa at a gallery course on gardens on September 27. Plus, create your very own relief medallion in bronze in a three-part bronze-casting course starting September 9.

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