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A New Display of the Getty Villa’s Collection

Opening Wednesday, April 18 | The Getty Villa
After a year of construction, the Getty Villa will debut newly reinstalled galleries for its antiquities collection next month. Previously displayed thematically, the new presentation will be a chronological arrangement that follows the historical development of classical art from the Neolithic Period through the late Roman Empire. With almost 3,000 square feet more gallery space, the Villa will also dedicate gallery space to the theme of the “Classical World in Context,” featuring artworks from the varied cultures that engaged with ancient Greece and Rome.

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  Detail of Play-Doh sculpture by Jeff Koons Play-Doh (detail), 1994–2014, Jeff Koons; polychromed aluminum. Collection of the artist. © Jeff Koons. Photo: Tom Powel Imaging

Plato in L.A.: Contemporary Artists’ Visions

On view April 18–September 3, 2018 | The Getty Villa
Plato is one of the founding figures of Western civilization. His legacy encompasses ethics, politics, theology, and poetics. In this exhibition at the Getty Villa, a museum exploring classical art and culture, some of today’s most celebrated artists consider Plato’s impact on the contemporary world. In the form of sculptures, paintings, drawings, and large-scale installations, they respond to his contribution to philosophy—from defining the ideal to understanding the human condition—while fostering the ultimate Platonic experience: contemplation.

Participating artists: Paul Chan, Rachel Harrison, Huang Yong Ping, Mike Kelley, Jeff Koons, Joseph Kosuth, Paul McCarthy, Whitney McVeigh, Raymond Pettibon, Adrian Piper, and Michelangelo Pistoletto.

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  The Beauty of Palmyra, a limestone sculpture, AD 190 through 210 The Beauty of Palmyra” (detail), AD 190–210, limestone and pigment. Ny Carlsberg Glyptotek, Copenhagen

Palmyra: Loss and Remembrance

On view April 18–May 27, 2019 | The Getty Villa
Between the first and third centuries AD, the inhabitants of Palmyra, an ancient Syrian caravan city at the crossroads between the Roman and the Parthian empires, embellished their tombs with distinctive funerary portraits. These vivid likenesses of finely dressed men, women and children, often accompanied by inscriptions naming local families, illuminate cultural exchanges taking place in the eastern Mediterranean. This installation presents sculpture from the collections of the Ny Carlsberg Glyptotek in Copenhagen on long-term loan to the Getty alongside historical engravings and photographs from the Getty Research Institute.

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  The Q Brothers. Photo: Christina Noel The Q Brothers. Photo: Christina Noel

The Madness of Love Mixtape

Friday, April 27, at 7:30 p.m.; Saturday, April 28, at 3:00 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.; Sunday, April 29, at 3:00 p.m. | The Getty Villa
Can two brothers who access the world and their place in it with seemingly opposite approaches find common ground? The Madness of Love Mixtape, a remix of Plato's Phaedrus, explores themes of madness, the soul, love, and the art of discourse itself in the form of a hip-hop mixtape. Tickets $7

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  Photo: Craig Schwartz


Saturday–Sunday, April 21–April 22, at 10:45 a.m., 12:45 p.m., 1:45 p.m., and 3:00 p.m. | The Getty Villa
As part of the Getty Villa’s Family Days on April 21–22, beloved theatrical group The Troubies pay homage to a treacherous, tumultuous journey of pitfalls and perils. No, not the 405 on a Friday...but Homer’s The Odyssey. The twelve-thousand-one-hundred-and-ten-line epic poem will be about twelve-thousand lines short. It’s a speedy, 12-minute, commedia-flavored, opera buffa essayed al fresco to give guests direct access to the actors—and give the Troubies direct access to the audience!

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  Artist-lawyer Vanessa Place Artist-lawyer Vanessa Place. Photo: Epp Kubu

The Audible Shadow:
A Performance-Talk by Vanessa Place

Sunday, April 22, at 4:00 p.m. | The Getty Villa
Artist and lawyer Vanessa Place takes inspiration from Plato’s Allegory of the Cave to consider ideas about perception, illusion, and the ideal. In this performance-talk, Place challenges Plato’s idea that the reality we see around us is merely an imitation of an unseen perfect truth. The voices and echoes we hear, including our own, harmonize both the seen and unseen into something that “rings true.” A conversation with Donatien Grau, guest curator of Plato in LA: Contemporary Artists’ Visions, follows.

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  Person drawing a monster

Drawing from Antiquity

Saturday, April 7, 11:00 a.m.­­–12:30 p.m.; Saturday, May 19, 11:00 a.m.­­–12:30 p.m | The Getty Villa
In April, find images of monsters and learn the ancient myths associated with them. Draw composite creatures from objects in the galleries. In May, turn your eyes towards birds. Birds were often linked to mythology and acted as symbols in ancient paintings, sculptures, and everyday objects. Supplies are provided, and all skill levels are welcome. Sign up begins 15 minutes before the start of the program at the Tour Meeting Place. This is a free program.

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  Mummy portrait of a woman, Roman-Egyptian, wearing gold and gemstones Mummy Portrait of a Woman, AD 100, attributed to the Isidora Master. The J. Paul Getty Museum

Roman Gems and Jewelry: The Art of Adornment

Saturday, April 14, 1:00–4:00 p.m. | The Getty Villa
Explore the world of Roman self-adornment with specialist Ruth Allen. Learn about jewelry and precious stones in the classroom and handle materials and replicas of ancient gems. Then tour the galleries to look closely at exquisite details and investigate the ways jewelry signals gender, status, and identity. Course fee $25 (includes refreshments). Complimentary parking.

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  Inner peristyle garden at the Getty Villa

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