December 20, 2016–April 30, 2017 | The Getty Center
Beginning in the 1960s, artists increasingly turned to news media—both printed and televised—as a rich source of inspiration. This exhibition presents work by artists who have employed appropriation, juxtaposition, and mimicry, among other means, to create photographs and videos that effectively comment on the role of the news media in determining the meaning of images.
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Continuing This Month
Theodas with the Book of Magic and the Devil (detail), 1469, Workshop of Diebold Lauber. Ink, colored washes, and tempera colors on paper. The J. Paul Getty Museum, Ms. Ludwig XV 9 (83.MR.179), fol. 280
The Alchemy of Color in Medieval Manuscripts
Through January 1, 2017 | The Getty Center
During the Middle Ages, the vibrant color we appreciate today for its aesthetic qualities was also understood for its material, scientific, and medicinal properties. The manufacturing of colored pigments and inks was part of the science of alchemy, the forerunner of modern chemistry. This exhibition presents current research into the materials used to produce the sumptuous colors that enliven manuscript pages and reveals a rainbow of hues derived from plants, minerals, and metals.
Study for Heinrich von Kleist's "The Broken Jug," about 1877, Adolf von Menzel. Graphite. The J. Paul Getty Museum, Gift of Dr. Richard A. Simms in honor of Lee Hendrix
Drawing: The Art of Change
Through January 1, 2017 | The Getty Center
More than any other medium, drawing conveys the evolution of artistic ideas with great immediacy. Drawing sheets often bear traces—crossed-out lines, repositioned figures, cut and pasted forms—of an artist's change of mind during the creative process. Drawn entirely from the Getty's permanent collection, the works in this exhibition showcase the crucial role revision plays in artistic practice.
The Adoration of the Magi, 1427, Giovanni di Paolo. Tempera and gold leaf on panel. Kröller-Müller Museum, Otterlo, the Netherlands
The Shimmer of Gold: Giovanni di Paolo in Renaissance Siena
Through January 8, 2017 | The Getty Center
Giovanni di Paolo was a master at creating magical effects through his use of gold and paint on panel and parchment in early Renaissance Siena. This exhibition reunites several panels from one of his most important commissions—an altarpiece for the Branchini family chapel in the church of San Domenico in Siena—for the first time in modern history, and presents illuminated manuscripts and paintings by Giovanni and his close collaborators and contemporaries.
Mercury, "The Hypocritical Planet," watercolor. From Book of Wonders and Oddities, Istanbul, 1553, p. 29. Getty Research Institute
The Art of Alchemy
Through February 12, 2017 | The Getty Center
Alchemy was the precursor to modern chemistry and has influenced artistic practice from antiquity through the modern age. Alchemists may be notorious for attempting to make synthetic gold, but their goals were far more ambitious: to harness the powers of creation and transform natural matter into the man-made materials of synthetic artifice. Drawn primarily from the collections of the Getty Research Institute and the Getty Museum, this exhibition examines the legacy of alchemy in today's world.
Diana and Callisto Surrounded by a Hunt (detail), A.D. 175–200, Villelaure, France. Stone and glass. Los Angeles County Museum of Art, the Phil Berg Collection. Image: www.lacma.org
Roman Mosaics across the Empire
Through January 1, 2018
| The Getty Villa
Roman decor was unique for the elaborate mosaic floors that transformed entire rooms into spectacular settings of vibrant color, figural imagery, and geometric design. Scenes from classical mythology, daily life, the natural world, and spectacles reflected the cultural ambitions of wealthy patrons. Drawn primarily from the Getty Museum's collection, this exhibition presents the artistry of mosaics, as well as the contexts of their discovery across Rome's expanding empire.
The Getty Center and the Villa will open for extra days during the winter holidays, and will close early on Christmas and New Year's Eve. Check out special winter holiday hours at the Getty Center and the Getty Villa.
The Pianohouse by Trimpin, 2014.
Ways of Seeking: Art, Science, and Spirituality
Sunday, December 4, 3:00 p.m. | The Getty Center
On the 35th anniversary of the MacArthur Fellowship Program, eight past fellows reflect on what the fellowship inspired them to attempt in their artistic, scientific, and spiritual pursuits. Participants include multimedia artist and activist Joan Abrahamson, astrophysicist Andrea Ghez, artist Liza Lou, physicist Hideo Mabuchi, space scientist Michael C. Malin, religion scholar Jack Miles, artist Elizabeth Turk, and sound sculptor Trimpin. Free; advance ticket required.
Portrait of J. Paul Getty, 1941, Armando Drechsler. Oil on canvas. The J. Paul Getty Museum. Copyright: Status undetermined
J. Paul Getty as Art Collector
Sunday, December 11, 3:00 p.m. | The Getty Center
Forty years after the death of J. Paul Getty, current and former Getty Museum curators discuss his art collecting, and how his legacy impacts the Museum's collections today. Speakers include Davide Gasparotto and Anne Woollett, curators of paintings; Charissa Bremer-David, curator of sculpture and decorative arts; Kenneth Lapatin, curator of antiquities; and Burton Fredericksen, former chief curator, who worked directly with Mr. Getty. Free; advance ticket required.
Statue of a Victorious Youth, Greek, 300–100 B.C. Bronze with inlaid copper. The J. Paul Getty Museum
Sculpting the Human Form
Sunday, December 11, 10:00 a.m.–4:30 p.m.
| The Getty Villa
Explore human anatomy, form, and proportion while sculpting from a live nude model in this daylong workshop led by artist Peter Zokosky. Following a gallery tour, return to the studio for sculpting demonstrations and exercises. Each participant takes home a 16-inch sculpture in oil-based clay. Course fee $125 (includes materials and lunch). Complimentary parking. Ticket required.
Tuesday–Saturday, December 23–30 11:00 a.m., 11:45 a.m., 1:00 p.m., 2:00 p.m. | The Getty Center
Get up close and personal with a single work of art at this half-hour, hands-on gallery experience geared toward families with children ages 5 and up. Sign up begins 15 minutes before the program start time at the Information Desk. Free; no ticket required.
A Cinderella Christmas
December 8, 2016–January 8, 2017
The Pasadena Playhouse and Lythgoe Family Panto presents A Cinderella Christmas starring Disney's Lauren Taylor as Cinderella. The age-old story is set to modern music with audience interaction. The show features dancing, a comical twist, incredible magic and live ponies! Buy 4 tickets for $99 with code FAM4PK, restrictions apply.