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L'Art Exchange: German Opera and Art (Gallery Course)

Date: Saturday, March 3, 2007
Time: 10:00 a.m.–4:00 p.m.
Location: Getty Center, Museum Lecture Hall and Museum galleries
Admission: $60, students/seniors $30 (course fee includes lunch). Open to 140 participants.

Discover connections between the visual and performing arts in this daylong course, a collaboration between the J. Paul Getty Museum and the LA Opera in celebration of the exhibition From Caspar David Friedrich to Gerhard Richter: German Paintings from Dresden and LA Opera's premiere of Richard Wagner's Tannhäuser.

Explore the works of Caspar David Friedrich and other German Romantic painters and delve into the artistry and historical context of the opera with illustrated lectures, guided gallery tours, and a recital with piano and voice. Plus, enjoy a box lunch outdoors on the Getty Center grounds.

Course Program

9:45–10:30 a.m.

Coffee, Registration, and Introductions

10:30–11:15 a.m.

German Unification: Wagner's Romantic Imagination and Bismarck's Realpolitik
Michael Meyer, Professor, Department of History, California State University Northridge

11:15 a.m.–12:00 p.m.

Wagnerians in Paint: Corot to Monet
Mary Morton, Associate Curator, Paintings Department, J. Paul Getty Museum

12:00–1:00 p.m.

Guided tours of the exhibition From Caspar David Friedrich to Gerhard Richter: German Paintings from Dresden
Keri Jhaveri, Robin Trento, Naomi Yamada, and Zhenya Gershman, Gallery Teachers, J. Paul Getty Museum

1:00–2:00 p.m.

Box lunches are included in the course fee and can be picked up outside the Museum Lecture Hall.

2:00–2:45 p.m.

Sonic Identifications: Space, Place, Genre, and Gender in Tannhäuser
Mitchell Morris, Associate Professor, Department of Musicology, UCLA

2:45–3:45 p.m.

German Romanticism in Song and Opera
Wald, Blume, Nachtigall und Mondnacht (Forest, Flower, Nightingale, and Moonlight)
Robin Buck (baritone), Suzan Hanson (soprano), and Victoria Kirsch (piano)

3:45 p.m.

Concluding Remarks
Clare Kunny, Manager, Public Education and Teaching, J. Paul Getty Museum

Tetschen Altar / Friedrich