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Pacific Standard Time preview, final days for a Roman god and early photographs, free outdoor music, and more

September 2011

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From Start to Finish: De Wain Valentine's Gray Column
September 13, 2011–March 11, 2012
The Getty Center
Gray Column was one of the largest sculptures De Wain Valentine ever cast with polyester resin—the material with which he worked through the 1960s and 1970s to create his dazzling circles and columns. This monumental, free-standing slab, measuring 12 feet high and 8 feet wide, will be displayed to the public for the first time. The exhibition, the first to open at the Getty Center as part of Pacific Standard Time, tells the story of how this extraordinary piece was made and features preparatory drawings and maquettes, videos documenting the fabrication process, interviews with the artist, and a discussion of the conservation of this sculpture.

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A rare De Wain Valentine work goes on view - opens September 13
Gray Column, De Wain Valentine, 1975–76. Lent by De Wain Valentine. Courtesy Ace Gallery. Artwork © De Wain Valentine

A Nation Emerges: The Mexican Revolution Revealed
September 8, 2011–June 3, 2012
The Los Angeles Public Library
On view at the downtown Central Library, this exhibition chronicles the Mexican Revolution of 1910 to 1920, a complex event that transformed the nation. See postcards, prints, photographs of dramatic moments, including pitched battles and the assassination of Pancho Villa, in facsimiles of rare materials from the special collections of the Getty Research Institute (GRI). Organized by the GRI with support from Edison International. Admission is free.

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Images of the Mexican Revolution - at the Los Angeles Public Library
Mujeres listas para recivir a Rábago (Women ready to receive Rábago) (detail), Walter H. Horne, 1911

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Current Exhibitions

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Photographs of the Holy Land - closes September 12
The Pool of Hezekiah (detail), Félix Bonfils, 1870s

In Search of Biblical Lands: From Jerusalem to Jordan in Nineteenth-century Photography
Closes September 12
The Getty Villa
Over 100 photographs of Palestine made between the 1840s and 1900 reveal the beginnings of tourism and mass travel to the Holy Land.

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Apollo from Pompeii - closes September 12
Apollo as an Archer (Apollo Saettante) (detail), Roman, 100 B.C.–before A.D. 79. Soprintendenza Speciale per i Beni Archeologici di Napoli e Pompei

Apollo from Pompeii: Investigating an Ancient Bronze
Closes September 12
The Getty Villa
A close look at a beautiful, newly conserved bronze statue from the National Archaeological Museum in Naples and its intriguing restoration history.

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See What's New at the Getty
Get a behind-the-scenes look at the collection, exhibitions, and more on our blog, The Iris.

– Read reflections from our new president and CEO James Cuno on his first days at the Getty;

– Learn how CSI techniques helped conservators and curators interpret an ancient Greek vase;

– See time-lapse video of the recent conservation of Roy Lichtenstein's Three Brushstrokes;

– Get a peek inside the Sam Wagstaff papers at the Getty Research Institute;

– Add glamour to your phone with an elegant 18th-century ringtone.

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See what's new on our blog, The Iris!
President and CEO James Cuno greets new colleagues at the Getty Center

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Performances and Films

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Trojan Women (after Euripides)
Thursdays–Saturdays, September 8–October 1, 8:00 p.m.
The Getty Villa
A few tickets are left for the Thursday and Friday evening performances of Euripides' powerful drama, performed by the renowned SITI Company. Begin the evening with a special three-course dinner served at 6:15 p.m. Tickets $42; $38 students/seniors. Saturday night performances are sold out.

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Read about SITI Company's bold 21st-century approach to this new Trojan Women »

Trojan Women - performances begin September 8


Performances and Films

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Saturday Nights at the Getty: Dark Blushing
Saturday, September 10, 7:30 p.m.
The Getty Center
Some of the brightest stars in contemporary poetry—including Patricia Smith, Ilya Kaminsky and others—present new work inspired by the exhibition Luminous Paper: British Watercolors and Drawings, interwoven with celebrity readings and lush live music. Presented in collaboration with the Write Now Poetry Society. Free; reservations required. Reservations available beginning Tuesday, August 23, at 9:00 a.m.

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Music, poetry, and art - September 10
Poet Patricia Smith joins other poets and artists at "Dark Blushing"

Saturdays Off the 405: Surfer Blood
Saturday, September 17, 6:00–9:00 p.m.
The Getty Center
See De Wain Valentine's Gray Column and photographs from Cuba, grab a drink, and check out sing-along indie rock from Surfer Blood, a band that met as Ivy League astrophysics majors and recorded their debut album in their dorm room. DJs open and close. Free; no reservations required. Parking is FREE after 5:00 p.m.

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Surfer Blood on the travertine - September 17
Surfer Blood. Photo: Dan Monick

Gordon Getty Concert
Marvelous to Behold: Zulal
Saturday, September 24, 7:30 p.m.
The Getty Center
The talented a capella trio presents a sublime evening of music drawn from Armenia's expansive reservoir of folk, traditional, and church music to complement the new exhibition "In the Beginning Was the Word": Medieval Gospel Illumination. Tickets $20; $15 students/seniors.

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Zulal performs Armenian vocal music - September 24
Zulal. Photo: Mher Ajamian

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Lectures and Conferences

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Michelangelo's Sculptures: How He Manipulated Anatomy
Sunday, September 11, 2:00 p.m.
The Getty Center
Surgeon and sculptor Robert Klapper reveals how Michelangelo used his knowledge of the human form to coax emotion from solid rock. Afterwards join educators for a guided tour of sculpture at 3:00 p.m. Free; reservations required. Only a few seats are left for this popular program.

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Michelangelo's anatomical genius - September 11
The Holy Family (detail), Michelangelo Buonarroti, about 1530

Legends, Fictions, and the Manuscripts That Illustrate Christ's Story
Thursday, September 22, 7:00 p.m.
The Getty Center
Explore historical and fictional accounts of Jesus's life in words and pictures with religion scholar Bart D. Ehrman. He explains how legends and fallacies influenced artists who illuminated medieval manuscripts—several of which are on view in the exhibition In the Beginning Was the Word: Medieval Gospel Illumination.

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Christ stories, Biblical and fictional - September 22
Saint Matthew (detail), from a Bible, Isfahan, about 1637–38

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Courses and Demonstrations

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Watercolor Workshop
Wednesday, September 14, 10:30 a.m.–5:00 p.m.
The Getty Center
Spend a day exploring watercolor materials, techniques, colors, light, and composition under the guidance of artist Richard Houston. Draw inspiration from the exhibition Luminous Paper: British Watercolors and Drawings, then work both in the studio and outdoors. Course fee $130 (includes materials and lunch). Open to 25 participants. Also offered on Wednesday, October 5.

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Spend a day with watercolor - September 14
Long Ship's Lighthouse, Land's End (detail), Joseph Mallord William Turner, about 1834–35

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Family Programs

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Family Forum
Daily except Tuesdays
The Getty Villa
Ancient art comes alive in this fun, hands-on space for families! Experiment with three-dimensional puzzles, grab a sword and shield and act out an epic scene in the shadow-pose area, and decorate your own vase. Your creation could appear in our photo gallery of visitor masterpieces! The Family Forum is free with your advance, timed ticket to the Getty Villa (also free).

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Step into a living Greek vase at the Villa's Family Forum
Grab a foam prop and star in your own shadow-play Greek epic!

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One-of-a-Kind Jewelry in Bold, Beautiful Designs
Our new tagua nut collection is 100% natural, sustainable, and organic jewelry ethically handmade in Colombia. This beautiful necklace is a composition of concentric circular beads and tiny spheres, creating a playful combination of shape and color. Each piece in the collection—including rings, earrings, bracelets, and necklaces—is crafted from the seed of the ivory-nut palm, which grows wild in the rainforests of South America. $35–$115.

Learn more about this collection and browse the Museum Store for unique books and gifts »

Sustainable wood jewelry, starting at $35
Sustainably beautiful: a tagua nut concentric disc necklace
September 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
From Start to Finish: De Wain Valentine's Gray Column (Sept. 13)
A Nation Emerges: The Mexican Revolution Revealed (Sept. 8 at the Central Library)

H O T   T I C K E T S
Saturday Nights at the Getty: Dark Blushing (Sept. 10)
Lecture: Michelangelo's Sculptures (Sept. 11)
Saturdays Off the 405: Surfer Blood (Sept. 17)

M A R K   Y O U R   C A L E N D A R
Reservations are available Monday, August 22 for:
An Evening with De Wain Valentine (Nov. 2)

At the Getty Villa this month

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In Search of Biblical Lands: From Jerusalem to Jordan in Nineteenth-century Photography (Sept. 12)
Apollo from Pompeii: Investigating an Ancient Bronze (Sept. 12)

M A R K   Y O U R   C A L E N D A R
Tickets are available Thursday, September 1 for:
David Greenspan in Poetics & Plays (Nov. 11–13)

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