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Krishna Uprooting the Parijata Tree (detail), 1525–1550. Opaque watercolor and ink on paper. Los Angeles County Museum of Art, from the Nasli and Alice Heeramaneck Collection, Museum Associates Purchase. Photo © Museum Associates/LACMA


  Articulated Crown, 15th century, Bohemian. Silver gilt, pearls, glass paste. Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Gift of the Judas Collection. Image:

Pathways to Paradise: Medieval India and Europe

May 1–August 5, 2018 | The Getty Center
Buddhists, Muslims, and Christians living across Europe and Asia conceived paradise as a place of perfect harmony, but the path for locating such a site or achieving this state of mind varied between these religions. By exploring the terrestrial and celestial realms, this exhibition highlights the spiritual motivations for creating and owning portable and devotional artworks.

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  Mary, Milwaukee, WI, 2014, Alec Soth. Inkjet print. The J. Paul Getty Museum, Gift of Richard Lovett. © Alec Soth/Magnum Photos

In Focus: Expressions

May 22–October 7, 2018 | The Getty Center
The human face has been the subject of fascination for photographers since the medium's inception. This exhibition includes posed portraits, physiognomic studies, anonymous snapshots, and unsuspecting countenances caught by the camera's eye, offering a close-up look at the range of human stories that facial expressions—and photographs—can tell.

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  Still from In Our Time, David Lamelas, 2018. © David Lamelas

In Our Time: An Evening of Film with David Lamelas

Tuesday, May 8, 7:00 p.m. | The Getty Center
The Getty Research Institute presents the world premiere of David Lamelas's new short film, In Our Time (2018), with scenes filmed at the Getty Center. Time, location, memory, and love play out in front of artist James Ensor's masterpiece, Christ's Entry into Brussels in 1889 (1888). This event will also include a screening of Lamelas's short film, The Invention of Dr. Morel (2000), and a conversation between the artist and curators Kristina Newhouse (University Art Museum, California State University, Long Beach) and Glenn Phillips (Getty Research Institute).

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Off the 405: Allah-Las

Saturday, May 19, 6:00 p.m. | The Getty Center
Forging a sound steeped in sun-bleached nostalgia, Allah-Las pulls inspiration from the British Invasion, West Coast psychedelia, surf, and garage rock. The band has risen to play major festivals such as Coachella and Desert Daze, and on May 19 rocks the Museum Courtyard, kicking off the Getty's annual outdoor summer concert series Off the 405.

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  Painted Garden (detail), Villa of Livia, 30–20 B.C., Roman. Fresco. Museo Nazionale Romano, Palazzo Massimo, Rome. Wikimedia Commons. Photo by Amphipolis.

What Can the Ancient World Teach Us about Living Sustainably?

Wednesday, May 2, 7:30 p.m. | The Getty Villa
Ancient peoples had sophisticated ideas about living in harmony with nature. What can they teach us about how collective moral values and social habits impact the world around us? Princeton political scientist Melissa Lane, Mesoamerican archaeologist Anabel Ford, and Yale historian of Ptolemaic Egypt Joseph Manning explore what ancient civilizations can teach us about how to live with nature today. Co-presented with Zócalo Public Square.

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  Christian Greco

The Villa Council Presents
Egyptology Meets Science: Giving Ancient Objects a Voice

Sunday, May 6, 3:00 p.m. | The Getty Villa
Christian Greco, director of the Egyptian Museum of Turin, shows how his museum breathes new life into old discoveries and prevents artifacts from "dying." The insights that grow from multidisciplinary research and dialogue generate new ways to tell the stories of the 6,500 objects on display, while cutting-edge scientific collaboration contributes to their long-term preservation.

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  Perseus with the Head of Medusa (1545–1554) by Bevenuto Cellini. Photo courtesy of Wikimedia Commons.

Can We Appreciate the Great Art of Bad People?

Wednesday, May 16, 7:30 p.m. | The Getty Center
Does an artist's bad behavior diminish the quality of his or her artwork? What does it mean for arts institutions to reject art on moral grounds? Cultural historian and film critic Neal Gabler, USC popular culture scholar Todd Boyd, and University of Notre Dame art historian Ingrid Rowland examine how, and whether, we can value the art of miscreants and criminals. Co-presented with Zócalo Public Square.

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  Exploring, from Plato's Cave, Rothko's Chapel, Lincoln's Profile, 1985, Mike Kelley. Synthetic polymer paint on paper pinned to canvas, 76 1/2 x 64 in. The Museum of Modern Art, New York. Gift of the Friends of Contemporary Drawing, the Contemporary Arts Council, and the Junior Associates of the Museum of Modern Art. Digital Image © The Museum of Modern Art/Licensed by SCALA/Art Resource, NY. Art © Mike Kelley Foundation for the Arts. All Rights Reserved/Licensed by VAGA, New York, NY

Plato in America: Edward Hopper, Mark Rothko, Mike Kelley

Saturday, May 19, 2:00 p.m. | The Getty Villa
How do philosophical ideas drive artistic expression? Art historian John C. Welchman traces the influence of Plato's thinking on three emblematic American artists. Welchman begins with a discussion of Edward Hopper's enigmatic painting Excursion into Philosophy created in 1959. He explores the Platonic ideas that influenced Mark Rothko's aesthetic, and describes how Mike Kelley "backed into" a relationship with Plato in one of the live performances and associated installations that launched his career, Plato's Cave, Rothko's Chapel, Lincoln's Profile, first seen in 1986.

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  Unicode by L. N. Tallur, 2011. Bronze, coins, and concrete. Kiran Nadar Museum of Art

India and the World: A History in Nine Stories

Wednesday, May 23, 7:00 p.m. | The Getty Center
When telling the history of the world from a national perspective, how does one avoid falling into the pitfalls of overblown patriotism or competitiveness? Naman Ahuja, curator of Indian art at Jawaharlal Nehru University, discusses his recent exhibition India and the World, which presented extraordinary masterpieces to place Indian history in a global context.

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Drawing from the Masters: Paper Dimensions

Sunday, May 6, 3:30–5:30 p.m. | The Getty Center
Learn to create the illusion of space through drawing on paper. Then transform your drawings into real three-dimensional artworks using simple geometric origami techniques with artist Marissa Magdelena.

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  Robert J. Lang

Artist at Work: Origami

Saturday and Sunday, May 12 and 13, 10:30 a.m., 1:00 p.m. | The Getty Center
Robert J. Lang, one of the world's foremost origami artists/theorists and former NASA laser physicist, creates a large-scale origami work starting with a six-foot square sheet of paper. By exploring the intersection of origami, mathematics, and science, Lang produces seemingly impossible origami designs noted for their detail and realism.

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  Hummingbird and Trumpet Vine by Robert J. Lang

The Origami Garden

Saturday and Sunday, May 12 and 13, 10:30 a.m.–2:30 p.m. | The Getty Center
Get ready to have fun and be inspired during this origami adventure weekend. Join physicist and world-renowned origami artist Robert J. Lang as he creates large, life-like paper animals and insects. Enjoy free, drop-in origami making and learn to fold paper flowers and other garden creatures. Add your creations to the eye-catching Origami Garden installation and watch it grow!

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Art Circles

Saturday, May 12, 6:00–8:00 p.m. | The Getty Center
Enrich your Saturday nights. Join an open-ended discussion in the galleries to heighten your appreciation and understanding of the visual arts by exploring one masterpiece with an educator. The chosen work of art changes every session, making each visit a new experience.

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  Mosaic Fragment with Peacock Facing Left (detail), Roman, 5th–6th century, mosaic

Drawing from Antiquity: Birds

Saturday, May 19, 11:00 a.m.–12:30 p.m. | The Getty Villa
Images of birds are found in some of the earliest examples of ancient art in the Getty Villa's collection. In this workshop, discover fascinating mythological stories and draw from objects that depict birds from ancient myths. Supplies are provided, and all skill levels are welcome.

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  Play-Doh, 1994–2014, Jeff Koons. Polychromed aluminum. © Jeff Koons

Play-Doh Play

Saturdays, May 5–26, 11:30 a.m.–3:30 p.m. | The Getty Villa
What if Plato played with Play-Doh? In this free drop-in family workshop, create play-dough sculptures inspired by art in the Getty Villa. Add to a communal sculpture and make your own play-dough to take home. This program complements the exhibition Plato in L.A.: Contemporary Artists' Visions.

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  Detail from Bástyasétány hetvennégy (Singing on the Treadmill), 1974

Gyula Gazdag and Cold War Hungarian Cinema

Saturday, June 2, 4:30 p.m. | The Getty Center
Two seminal films by renowned Hungarian film director Gyula Gazdag—Selection (1970) and Singing on the Treadmill (1974)—feature this filmmaker's subtle satire of the regime that ruled Hungary at the time. Both films were banned for years due to their provocative messages. Vera Mijojlic, director of the South East European Film Festival, will introduce the films. Following the screenings, Mijojlic will be joined in conversation by award-winning documentary filmmakers Gabor Kalman and Endre Hules.

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Bacchus Uncorked: Drinking and Thinking

Saturdays, June 2 and 16, 5:00–8:00 p.m. | The Getty Villa
Ancient Greeks took wine and conversation seriously. Come celebrate drinking and thinking at the reinstalled Getty Villa, where our focus is on the exhibition Plato in LA: Contemporary Artists' Visions. Learn about Plato's relevance today from classicist and Plato expert Kathryn Morgan of UCLA, then enjoy wine, appetizers, and conversation with fun-loving philosophers in the picturesque outdoor setting of the Getty Villa.

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California Science Center

In a dramatic new presentation, dazzling multimedia complements over 150 authentic artifacts from King Tut's celebrated tomb to take guests on an immersive journey into the pharaoh's quest for immortality. Don't miss this once-in-a-lifetime exhibition! SAVE with promo code TREASURES.

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City National Bank

City National Bank is proud to sponsor the exhibition Rembrandt and the Inspiration of India (through June 24), an exploration of Rembrandt's drawings made in the style of artists serving the Mughal court in India. The bank believes that supporting the arts is essential to building vibrant communities.

Founded in Los Angeles by a group of entrepreneurs more than 60 years ago, City National offers a full complement of banking, trust, and investment services in 72 offices around the country to entrepreneurs, professionals, their businesses, and their families. City National is an RBC company.

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Highlights at a Glance—May


Robert Polidori: 20 Photographs of the Getty Museum, 1997 Through May 6, 2018
Harald Szeemann: Museum of Obsessions Through May 6, 2018
Paper Promises: Early American Photography Through May 27, 2018
Cut! Paper Play in Contemporary Photography Through May 27, 2018
Rembrandt and the Inspiration of India Through June 24, 2018
Pastels in Pieces Through July 29, 2018
Beyond the Nile: Egypt and the Classical World Through September 9, 2018
A Queen's Treasure from Versailles: Marie-Antoinette's Japanese Lacquer Through January 6, 2019


Plato in L.A.: Contemporary Artists' Visions Through September 3, 2018
Palmyra: Loss and Remembrance Through May 27, 2019


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