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September 2010

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The Art of Ancient Greek Theater
Through January 3, 2011
The Getty Villa
This new exhibition explores how Greek plays and stagecraft inspired classical artists, whose works are often the only surviving evidence of the performing arts in antiquity. See sculptures, painted vases, and a rare fragmentary papyrus that bring to life the rich cultural history of Greek theater in all its aspects—music, sets, costumes, masks, and more.

The exhibition coincides with the sold-out Outdoor Theater production of Sophocles' Elektra, premiering September 9.

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See lectures, courses, and scholarly events organized around the exhibition.

The art of ancient Greek theater - on view now
Detail of an actor as Papposilenos from a red-figured volute krater, Greek, made in Athens, about 400 B.C. Soprintendenza Speciale per i Beni Archeologici di Napoli e Pompei. Museo Archeologico Nazionale, Naples. Banner image: Detail of an incense burner in the shape of a comic actor, Roman, A.D. 1–50

Illuminated Manuscripts from Belgium and the Netherlands
Through February 6, 2011
The Getty Center
In the region of the Netherlands—modern Belgium and Holland—book illumination had its greatest creative flowering in the 1400s and 1500s. See highlights from our celebrated collection of Netherlandish manuscripts, including masterworks of illumination depicting Christ's life, the Hundred Years' War, exotic beasts, the torments of hell, and more. Visit the exhibition twice; on November 9, the books' pages will be turned to reveal further illuminated riches.

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Flemish manuscripts - on view now
A Siren and a Centaur (detail), from a Bestiary authored by Hugo of Fouilloy, Flanders, about 1270
The Spectacular Art of Gerome - closes September 12

Closing This Month at the Getty Center
The Spectacular Art of Jean-Léon Gérôme, acclaimed as "the surprise blockbuster of the year" by The Wall Street Journal, closes September 12.

The Beffi Triptych, a gilded altarpiece representing the pinnacle of Gothic art, is on view through September 5.

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In Focus: Still Life
September 14, 2010–January 23, 2011
The Getty Center
Our popular In Focus series continues with a look at still life, which has been a key subject in photography since the invention of the medium in the 1830s. Ranging from early daguerreotypes to 21st-century digital prints, this selection from the Getty Museum's collection explores how still lifes can be both conventional and experimental and surveys the ways in which artists have refreshed this traditional genre.

Photographs from the Museum's collection - on view starting September 14
Bowl with Sugar Cubes, André Kertész, 1928. © Estate of André Kertész

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New Galleries for Neoclassical, Romantic, and Symbolist Sculpture and Decorative Arts
Opening August 31
The Getty Center
Explore European art of the 1700s and 1800s in this suite of newly designed sculpture and decorative arts galleries in the Getty Center's West Pavilion. The installation includes spectacular recent acquisitions, such as a beautiful bronze Venus de' Medici and a nine-foot-high vase covered with life casts of spiders, juniper branches, and scraps of lace. The galleries complement the new display of medieval and Renaissance sculpture and decorative arts that opened in May. Learn more about the new galleries.

New galleries for sculpture and decorative arts - on view starting August 31
Venus de' Medici (detail), Pietro Cipriani, 1722–24

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Performances and Films

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Witnesses in Action
Saturdays & Sundays, September 25 & 26 and October 2 & 3
The Getty Center
In conjunction with the exhibition Engaged Observers: Documentary Photography since the Sixties, we screen seven compelling examples of cinema as witness:

Manufactured Landscapes: Sept. 25, 4:00 p.m.
Burma VJ: Sept. 25, 7:00 p.m.
Kids and Money: Sept. 26, 1:00 p.m.
Streetwise: Sept. 26, 3:00 p.m.
Iraq in Fragments: Oct. 2, 4:00 p.m.
Restrepo: Oct. 2, 7:00 p.m.
War Photographer: Oct. 3, 3:00 p.m.

The series is free; a separate reservation is required for each film.

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Documentary film series - starts September 25
Still from Burma VJ, screening Saturday, September 25. Courtesy Oscilloscope Pictures


Lectures and Conferences

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My Journey from Film Fidelity to Digital Metaphor
Thursday, September 16, 7:00 p.m.
The Getty Center
Photographer Robert Weingarten, whose work ranges from classic black-and-white portraits to postmodern mashups, explores three of his radically different approaches to photography: using film to record nature, digital imaging to achieve abstraction, and sophisticated collage to create biographical portraits. Free; reservations recommended.

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Traditional and new approaches to photography - September 16
Portraits Without People: Dennis Hopper, Robert Weingarten, 2006. © Robert Weingarten


Courses and Demonstrations

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From Line to Light: Renaissance Drawing in Florence and Venice
Wednesday, September 22, 10:30 a.m.–5:00 p.m.
The Getty Center
Learn how Renaissance artists created masterpieces with nothing more than paper, chalk, and a touch of wash. Artist Richard Houston is your guide in this day of drawing, exploring materials and techniques, and close looking at works in the exhibition From Line to Light: Renaissance Drawing in Florence and Venice. Course fee $125 (includes materials and lunch). Open to 25 participants.

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How did Renaissance artists create their masterpieces? - September 22
Study of the Head of a Bearded Man (detail), Giovanni Girolamo Savoldo, about 1533

Experiencing the Getty Collection: Taste and Identity, Collecting and Display
Saturdays, September 25, October 23, and November 20, 10:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m.
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Discover how art indicates the power and status of those who possess it in this three-part course led by Museum educators Lilit Sadoyan and Noelle Valentino. The September session delves into the fascinating history of J. Paul Getty as collector. Course fee $15 per session. Open to 35 participants.

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Power, status, and art - course begins September 25
Portrait of John, Lord Mountstuart, later 4th Earl and 1st Marquess of Bute (detail), Jean-Étienne Liotard, 1763

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Family Programs

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Family Workshops at the Getty Villa
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Learn and play with your kids at these free hands-on workshops. Workshops are popular and fill quickly!

Gorgeous Gardens
One Sunday: September 26, 1:00–4:00 p.m.
Explore the gardens and create a botanical masterpiece. For families with kids ages 8 to 10.

You Don't Look a Day Over 1000!
Two Saturdays: September 25 and October 2, 10:00 a.m.–12:00 p.m.
Discover how ancient objects are repaired and restored. For families with kids ages 10 to 14.

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Explore art as a family - workshops filling now
Have fun as a family at our free hands-on workshops!

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Getty Conservation Institute

A New Database for Middle Eastern Antiquities
The Getty Conservation Institute is a partner in developing a new geographic information system that will revolutionize the management of archeological sites and monuments in the Middle East. The first release of this Arabic-English database, known as the Middle Eastern Geodatabase for Antiquities—"MEGA," for short—centralizes information on sites throughout Jordan into a single system.

Read about this project in the New York Times.

Read about the international collaboration behind this project on our blog, the Iris.

Learn about the technical details of the MEGA project.

Protecting archaeological sites of the Middle East
In Amman, Jordan, a Roman theater that once seated up to 6,000 spectators

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September at a Glance
At the Getty Center this month

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In Focus: Still Life (September 14)

C L O S I N G   T H I S   M O N T H
The Beffi Triptych (September 5)
The Spectacular Art of Jean-Léon Gérôme (September 12)

H O T   T I C K E T S
Music: Saturdays Off the 405 (September 11)
Lecture: Robert Weingarten on Photography (September 16)

At the Getty Villa this month

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The Art of Ancient Greek Theater (August 26)

H O T   T I C K E T S
Course: Drawing from Antiquity (Every Saturday)
Course: Papyrus (September 11)
Symposium: Theater in Ancient Greece (September 24 & 25)

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