Colorful and glittering tapestries, handwoven after designs by the most renowned artists, were the ultimate expression of status, power, taste, and wealth. As patron, heir, and collector, Louis XIV, vastly augmented the prestigious French royal collection of tapestries. With rare loans from the French state, this exhibition presents a selection of monumental tapestries that evoke the brilliance of the Sun King's court.
An ox stuffed with various smaller animals (detail), 1535–39, from Nikolas Hogenberg, Procession of Pope
Clement VII and the Emperor Charles V after the coronation at Bologna on the 24th February, MDXXX. Hand-colored etching pasted on canvas scroll. The Getty Research Institute
The Edible Monument: The Art of Food for Festivals
Through March 13, 2016 | The Getty Center
Imagine towering centerpieces made of candy, sculpted landscapes of meat and cheese, and pastry-filled trees. In early modern Europe, these fanciful creations were a reality, crafted for festivals and celebrations. Explore the enticing designs for these ornate and tasty creations in this exhibition, organized by the Getty Research Institute, which also features early cookbooks and serving manuals.
For the past forty years Ishiuchi Miayko has interwoven the personal with the political in her work—specifically the shadows cast by American occupation over her native Japan following World War II. This exhibition presents work from all phases of her career, culminating in the powerful series ひろしま/hiroshima, in which she presents images of garments and objects that survived the atomic bombing of Hiroshima, even when their owners did not.
The Younger Generation: Contemporary Japanese Photography
Through February 21, 2016 | The Getty Center
The history of Japanese photography, long dominated by men, experienced a dramatic change at the turn of the 21st century when a number of young women photographers rose to prominence by turning their cameras on themselves. This exhibition presents the photographs of five Japanese women challenging the status quo: Kawauchi Rinko, Onodera Yuki, Otsuka Chino, Sawada Tomoko, and Shiga Lieko.
View of the Parthenon from the Propylaea, Athens, 1805, Simone Pomardi. Sepia. The Packard Humanities Institute
Greece's Enchanting Landscape: Watercolors by Edward Dodwell and Simone Pomardi
Through February 15, 2016
| The Getty Villa
In 1805, Greece was still part of the Ottoman Empire. In that year, English antiquarian Edward Dodwell and Italian artist Simone Pomardi traversed the country and together produced around 1,000 watercolors and drawings of monuments, ancient sites, and picturesque vistas. Often drawn using a camera obscura, their images are photographic in their detail and accuracy, and provide a remarkable picture of a landscape now much changed.
The Duchess of Chaulnes as a Gardener in an Allée, 1771, Louis Carrogis de Carmontelle. Watercolor and gouache over black and red chalk on off-white paper. The J. Paul Getty Museum
Art of the Fold: Drawings of Drapery and Costume
Through January 10, 2016 | The Getty Center
Explore how artists harnessed the expressive potential of cloth to convey meaning in this exhibition. Cloth—folded, hanging, wrapped, and fluttering—was full of expressive potential, and drapery studies helped convey such emotions as anger, piety, and religious fervor. With their focus on the relationship between the body and cloth, these drawn studies evoke moods, shape character, and tell stories.
The Israelites Collecting Manna from Heaven (detail), about 1400–10. Tempera colors, gold, silver paint, and ink on parchment. The J. Paul Getty Museum, Ms. 33, fol. 81v
Eat, Drink, and Be Merry: Food in the Middle Ages and Renaissance
Through January 3, 2016 | The Getty Center
Food in the Middle Ages and Renaissance often filled engaging stories and scenes in illuminated manuscripts. This exhibition presents food-related scenes that were integral to all aspects of life— including Christian devotional practices, biblical stories and saintly miracles, and depictions of feasting tables, both grand and modest.
The Getty Center is open Monday, December 21, and Monday, December 28, 10:00 a.m.–5:30 p.m., in addition to its regular schedule of Tuesdays–Sundays. Through January 2, you can also enjoy festive holiday lights and complimentary warm cider on Saturday evenings.
The Getty Villa is open Tuesday, December 22, and Tuesday, December 29, 10:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m., in addition to its regular schedule of Wednesdays–Mondays.
#GettyInspired: A world of inspiration. Created by you.
At the Getty there are endless opportunities for inspiration! Painter and graffiti artist Joe Reza (aka Prime), a founding member of the groundbreaking Los Angeles graffiti crew K2S and a master of typeface, was inspired by classic works from the Getty Research Institute Special Collections that have withstood the test of time. The sense of immortality these works provide compels him to create art that he hopes will also live on to inspire future artists.
Saturday, December 5, 7:30 p.m. | The Getty Center
OOIOO is an extraordinary, all-female music project based in Japan. In a rare U.S. appearance, the group brings the powerful and joyous energy of its unique musical language to the Getty Center. Under the leadership of Yoshimi, a founding member of pioneering noise rock band Boredoms, the group has subverted expectations and warped perceptions of what constitutes pop and experimental music, making OOIOO a definitive example of artistically adventurous women working in music today. Tickets $20.
For this entertaining evening of lively presentations, the Getty provides the venue and gives Los Angeles' most imaginative architecture and preservation firms the opportunity to present a quick snapshot of a recent project, highlighting a particular conservation challenge or demonstrating an innovative solution. This program is part of the Getty Conservation Institute's Conserving Modern Architecture Initiative. Free; a ticket is required.
Saturday, December 5, 11:30 a.m. and 2:30 p.m.
| The Getty Villa
Join the members of the Legion Six Historical Society for a pageant of arms and armor from the Greco-Roman empires, narrated by Minerva, goddess of war and wisdom. Armor, such as the Greek linothorax, the Roman muscle cuirass, and the dramatic cavalry sports panoply, is modeled and discussed in relation to artworks in the Museum's collection. Free; advance ticket required.
Become a Getty Volunteer! Volunteers help visitors make the most of their day at the Getty Center and the Getty Villa. As a volunteer you'll meet people from around the world, enjoy beautiful surroundings, and get to know friendly fellow volunteers. No art experience required. Applications are being accepted through the end of December.
Visit The Getty Store for a unique selection of fine gift items, such as hand-blown glass objects utilizing techniques that date back to the ancient world, jewelry inspired by the museum's collection, and beautiful sculptural reproductions that bring the art world into home or office.