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Evening (The Parish Priest), about 1842–43, Théodore Rousseau. Oil on panel. Courtesy of Toledo Museum of Art, Gift of Arthur J. Secor. Photo: Chris Ridgway

Opening This Month

  Mountain Stream in the Auvergne, 1830, Théodore Rousseau. Oil on paper, mounted on canvas. Courtesy of National Gallery of Art, Washington, Chester Dale Fund, 1997.24.1

Unruly Nature: The Landscapes of Théodore Rousseau

June 21–September 11, 2016 | The Getty Center
Théodore Rousseau was one of the giants of French landscape painting in the second half of the 19th century, and his pictures were avidly collected across Europe and North America. Bringing together more than 70 paintings and drawings, this major international loan exhibition explores the astonishing technical and stylistic variety of Rousseau's work, revealing him to be one of the most exciting and experimental artists of his day.

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Continuing This Month

  Lion Attacking an Onager (detail), late 2nd century, Tunisia, Africa. Stone and glass tesserae. The J. Paul Getty Museum

Roman Mosaics Across the Empire

Through September 12, 2016 | The Getty Villa
Examine the details of elaborate mosaic floors featuring intricate patterns and narrative scenes that were found in wealthy Roman homes. Beyond domestic settings, other significant mosaics in the exhibition embellished the interiors of a variety of public buildings, including baths, temples, and churches. Drawn primarily from the Getty Museum's collection and recovered from various archaeological contexts, these mosaics provide a glimpse into the richly embellished architecture of the ancient world.

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  Detail, Replica of Cave 285 at the Getty Center. Mogao Grottoes, Dunhuang, China

Cave Temples of Dunhuang: Buddhist Art on China's Silk Road

Through September 4, 2016 | The Getty Center
On the edge of the Gobi Desert, the Mogao cave temples, dating from the 4th century, are filled with exquisite wall paintings and sculpture. Explore full-size, hand-painted replica caves; visit the galleries to view paintings on silk, embroideries, and rare manuscripts and printed texts—including the Diamond Sutra, the world's oldest complete printed book, dated 868 CE; and step into a 3D virtual immersive experience to examine the details of a beautifully decorated 8th-century cave.

This exhibition is made possible by the support of The Robert H. N. Ho Family Foundation, Presenting Sponsor; East West Bank, Lead Corporate Sponsor; Air China Limited, Official Airline; Henry Luce Foundation, Lead Sponsor; yU+co, Dunhuang Foundation, and Blakemore Foundation, Virtual Immersive Experience Sponsors; and the generous support of China COSCO Shipping.

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  Self-Portrait , 1988, Robert Mapplethorpe. Platinum print. Jointly acquired by the J. Paul Getty Trust and the Los Angeles County Museum of Art; partial gift of The Robert Mapplethorpe Foundation; partial purchase with funds provided by the J. Paul Getty Trust and the David Geffen Foundation. © Robert Mapplethorpe Foundation

Robert Mapplethorpe: The Perfect Medium

Through July 31, 2016 | The Getty Center
This major retrospective exhibition re-examines the arc of Mapplethorpe's photographic work from its humble beginnings in the early 1970s to the culture wars of the 1990s. Featuring portraits, nudes, still lifes, and the controversial X Portfolio, the exhibition explores Mapplethorpe's studio practice and the creation of his foundation, which has shepherded his legacy into the 21st century.

Concurrent presentations at the J. Paul Getty Museum and the Los Angeles County Museum of Art highlight different aspects of the artist's complex personality.

Support for this exhibition and its international tour has been provided by the Terra Foundation for American Art. Additional support for the Getty's installation has been provided by Sotheby's.

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  Edna St. Vincent Millay, about 1917, Arnold Genthe. Toned gelatin silver print. The J. Paul Getty Museum

The Thrill of the Chase: The Wagstaff Collection of Photographs

Through July 31, 2016 | The Getty Center
View a selection of photographs celebrating the keen eye of influential art curator, patron, and collector Samuel J. Wagstaff Jr. in this exhibition. From neglected French photographers of the 1850s to modernists Man Ray and Edward Weston to late 20th-century photographers Larry Clark, Joel-Peter Witkin, and Peter Hujar, these photographs span the history of the medium.

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Closing This Month

Traversing the Globe through Illuminated Manuscripts
Through June 26, 2016 | The Getty Center


  O Século/The Century (detail), 2011, Cinthia Marcelle and Tiago Mata Machado. Color video. © Cinthia Marcelle and Tiago Mata Machado


Wednesday, June 8, 7:00 p.m. | The Getty Center
This screening features video artworks that highlight opposing and often discordant realities as they are lived in different contexts within Latin America. The tension resulting from the often uncomfortable encounter of disparate gender, class, and political realities, among others, is uniquely performed in a variety of artist videos ranging from the 1970s until today. Free; advance ticket required.

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  From right: Kaitlyn Aurelia Smith; Michael Parker & Wesley Hicks’ Juicerinas

Friday Flights

Friday, June 10, 6:00 p.m. | The Getty Center
Friday Flights is a series of interdisciplinary happenings that brings together a wide range of Los Angeles–based artists to transform the Getty experience. The first program includes music by Kaitlyn Aurelia Smith and Chris Kallmyer, a site-wide performance by Michael Parker and Wesley Hicks, a film program presented by Veggie Cloud, and a limited-edition poster by artist David Horvitz. Free; no ticket required.

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  Moses Sumney

Saturdays Off the 405: Moses Sumney

Saturday, June 18, 6:00 p.m. | The Getty Center
Los Angeles phenom Moses Sumney brings his incomparable style—blending prismatic digital layers of vocalizations with breathy, intricately phrased singing—for a dynamic live performance that infuses guitar-based indie-folk with honeyed soulfulness. Free; no ticket required.

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  UCLA Music of China Ensemble

Family Festival

Saturday, June 11, 10:00 a.m.–6:00 p.m. | The Getty Center
Discover the cultures of the Silk Road and beyond in this family festival featuring hands-on workshops and interactive events. Make your own book, try your hand at shufa—the Chinese art of calligraphy, be entranced by stories of Buddha in animal forms, and feel the world's interconnectedness through music and dance from China to Peru. Free; no ticket required.

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  Cornelia Funke at the Getty Center in June 2015

Cornelia Funke's Voyage into the Caves of the Thousand Buddhas

Sunday, June 19, 11:00 a.m.
Award-winning children's author Cornelia Funke returns to read her latest Getty story featuring William Dampier, a pirate and ghost tasked with keeping at bay other ghosts and spirits haunting the Getty Center. This time around, Pirate Dampier will explore ancient Buddhist caves. A book signing will follow. Recommended for families and kids ages 8 and up. Free; advance ticket required.

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  Detail from the Diamond Sutra, 868. Ink on paper. London, British Library, Or.8210/P.2. © The British Library Board

The Diamond Sutra: A Story of Printing, Piety and Preservation on the Silk Road

Sunday, June 5, 4:00 p.m. | The Getty Center
Susan Whitfield, the director of the International Dunhuang Project, explores the many facets of the Diamond Sutra (868 CE), a sacred Mahayana Buddhist text that is the world's oldest dated complete printed book. Free; advance ticket required.

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  Geoff Dyer (left), photo: Matt Stuart. Steve Martin, photo: Danny Clinch

Geoff Dyer, White Sands

Thursday, June 16, 7:00 p.m. | The Getty Center
Author Geoff Dyer and actor-curator-writer-comedian Steve Martin discuss Dyer's latest book, White Sands: Experiences from the Outside World. Dyer takes us from Tahiti, in the footsteps of Gauguin, to the Watts Towers; from Walter De Maria's Lightning Fields in New Mexico to Venice, California, offering observations on travel, awareness, and stepping outside of ourselves. Free; advance ticket required.

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  Pericles' Funeral Oration (detail), 1853, Philipp von Foltz.

How Does Democracy Survive Demagoguery?

Tuesday, June 21, 7:30 p.m. | The Getty Villa
Do demagogues inevitably unravel democracies, as thinkers from the aristocratic Greek historian Polybius to James Madison have argued, or can they help renew the system? Presented in partnership with Zócalo Public Square, this discussion with Eric Robinson, ancient historian and Greek democracy expert, Indiana University; Roman historiography and conspiracy specialist Victoria Emma Pagàn, University of Florida; and Jennifer Mercieca, communications professor and rhetorician, Texas A&M University, explores how democracies produce—and survive—their demagogues. Seema Mehta, political correspondent for the Los Angeles Times, moderates. Free; advance ticket required.

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  Guiding (Yinlu) Bodhisattva, ca. 850–900. Ink and pigments on silk with gold leaf. London, British Museum, 1919,0101,0.47. © The Trustees of the British Museum

Heaven and Hell on the Silk Road

Sunday, June 26, 4:00 p.m. | The Getty Center
Drawing on the scrolls, paintings, and texts from Dunhuang, John Kieschnick, The Robert H.N. Ho Family Foundation Professor of Buddhist Studies at Stanford University, will discuss the introduction of the concepts of karma and rebirth into China.

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Exhibition Catalogue: Cave Temples of Dunhuang: Buddhist Art on China's Silk Road

The Mogao Grottoes in northwestern China, located near the town of Dunhuang on the fabled Silk Road, constitute one of the world's most significant sites of Buddhist art. This sumptuous catalogue accompanies the exhibition of the same name. The volume includes essays by leading scholars, an illustrated portfolio on the replica caves, and comprehensive entries on all objects in the exhibition.

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More from the SIlk Road


The Music of Strangers: Yo-Yo Ma and the Silk Road Ensemble

Opens June 10
This new documentary tells the extraordinary story of the renowned international musical collective created by legendary cellist Yo-Yo Ma. It follows this group of diverse instrumentalists, vocalists, composers, arrangers, visual artists, and storytellers as they explore the power of music to preserve tradition, shape cultural evolution, and inspire hope.

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Highlights at a Glance—June 2016

Opening This Month

Unruly Nature: The Landscapes of Théodore Rousseau (June 21–Sept. 11)

Continuing This Month

Robert Mapplethorpe: The Perfect Medium (Through July 31)
The Thrill of the Chase: The Wagstaff Collection of Photographs (Through July 31)
Cave Temples of Dunhuang: Buddhist Art on China's Silk Road (Through Sept. 4)

Closing This Month

Traversing the Globe through Illuminated Manuscripts (Through June 26)

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Talk: The Diamond Sutra (June 5)
Film: Dissonance (June 8)
Family Festival (June 11)
Talk: Geoff Dyer with Steve Martin (June 16)
Performance: Saturdays Off the 405 (June 18)
Famliy: Cornelia Funke Storytelling (June 19)
Talk: Heaven and Hell on the Silk Road (June 26)

Continuing This Month

Roman Mosaics Across the Empire (Through Sept. 12)

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Talk: How Does Democracy Survive Demagoguery? (June 16)


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