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Contemporary sculpture, postwar Japanese art, Sounds of L.A., and more

April 2007

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Zoopsia: New Works by Tim Hawkinson
through September 9
The Getty Center

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Tim Hawkinson experiments with drawing, photography, modeling clay, and heat-shrunk Radio Shack bags to concoct a menagerie of animal forms full of surprise, wonder, and sly wit. Immerse yourself in his infectious zoopsias—visual halluciations of animals—and his music-playing Überorgan, one of the largest indoor sculptures ever created.

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Leviathon / Hawkinson
Leviathon (detail), Tim Hawkinson, 2007.
Top: Octopus (detail)
Both images © 2007 Tim Hawkinson
Courtesy of the artist
Art, Anti-Art, Non-Art: Experimentations in the Public Sphere in Postwar Japan, 1950–1970
through June 3
The Getty Center
Jacket design / Yokoo Tadanor
Background Image: Detail of jacket design by Yokoo Tadanori for Jōrō's Jon Siruba, 1969
© Yokoo Tadanori

"Engage in the newness!" was the rallying cry of Japanese artists after World War II. Redefining art for a post-Bomb age, artists staged multimedia events, forged works of anti-art from industrial castoffs, even rejected art altogether to initiate a new "non-art." Explore the many artistic movements that grew from Japan's "desert of ashes" into a vibrant avant-garde art scene. Materials in the exhibition are drawn from Research Institute collections, with the addition of Yoko Ono's interactive Telephone Piece (1964/2007). By courtesy of the artist, you will get to speak to Yoko Ono if she calls during your visit to the exhibition!

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Photography, manuscript illumination, German paintings from Dresden, and more—see current exhibitions to explore what's on now, and future exhibitions for a preview of more exhibitions opening this month.

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Looking at Los Angeles: John Humble and Phillip Rodriguez (panel discussion)
April 11, 7:00 p.m.
The Getty Center

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Take a fresh look at Los Angeles with photographer John Humble and documentarian Phillip Rodriguez, whose work examines how we see ourselves—and how we really are. Explore their images of L.A. past and present and share your views on life in our diverse, ever-changing, often chaotic megalopolis in a discussion inspired by the exhibition A Place in the Sun: Photographs of Los Angeles by John Humble, opening March 27.

Free; reservations required.

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Los Angeles River / Humble
The Los Angeles River from Main Street, Los Angeles, John Humble, negative 2001; print 2006
© John Humble, courtesy of Jan Kesner Gallery
Sounds of L.A.: Celso Duarte Ensemble (performance)
April 14, 8:00 p.m., April 15, 3:00 p.m.
The Getty Center
Celso Duarte
Beyond La Bamba: Celso Duarte brings beauty and versatility to Veracruzan music
Photo: Paul Parks

¡Viva la música mexicana! Harpist Celso Duarte and his ensemble represent a new generation of artists mastering the Afro-Mexican rhythms of son jarocho. Don't miss them in the festive finale of this year's Sounds of L.A. concert series.

Free; reservations required. Reservations available beginning Thursday, March 22, at 9:00 a.m.

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Radical Communication: Japanese Video Art 1968–1988 (video screenings)
April 18, 7:30 p.m.
The Getty Center

Since the 1960s, Japanese artists have been creating some of the world's most compelling video art. See provocative and humorous works by three generations of video makers in this screening that features several works never before shown in North America. Plus, arrive early to grab a drink and enjoy ambient video on the auditorium terrace.

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Video by Shimano Yoshitaka
Do not try this at home: still from TV Drama, Shimano Yoshitaka, 1987
© Shimano Yoshitaka
Conserving Mosaics of Tunisia (lecture)
April 26, 8:00 p.m.
The Getty Villa
Hare with Grapes / Roman
Hare with Grapes and a Pomegranate (detail), Roman, 200–250 A.D.
Image courtesy of République Tunisienne, Ministère de la Culture, Institut National du Patrimoine. Photography by Bruce M. White, 2005

The mosaics of animals, athletes, revelers, and gods on view in Stories in Stone: Conserving Mosaics of Roman Africa; Masterpieces from the National Museums of Tunisia are nearly two thousand years old. Learn how conservators are preserving their fragile stones for the future from Aïcha ben Abed, co-curator of the exhibition and one of the world's leading experts on mosaics.

Free; a ticket is required.

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Family Storytelling
April 8 and 29, 11:30 a.m., 1:30 p.m., 2:30 p.m., and 3:30 p.m.
The Getty Center

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Journey into Africa, pre-Revolutionary France, and your own imagination with two master storytellers this month. Follow a young man's journey from his homeland in Africa to Europe with Michael McCarty on April 8 and party 18th-century style with singer Lou Stratten on April 29—all without leaving the galleries!

Free; sign up at the Museum Information Desk the day of the program.

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Lou Stratten at Family Storytelling
Lou Stratten uses song and plenty of audience participation to bring art alive
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Ancient Traditions for Today's Cook

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Ancient Herbs

Unlock the secrets of the ancient kitchen with two beautifully illustrated new books to inspire your spring table. Stroll through a fragrant and colorful Roman garden in Ancient Herbs and learn to throw a banquet worthy of an emperor in Meals and Recipes from Ancient Greece.

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Try Zeno's lentil soup and a decadent fried dessert from Meals and Recipes from Ancient Greece.

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Check out what's coming up this month and beyond on our event calendar. More highlights:

Friday evenings rock at the Getty Center! Catch Dean & Britta and Josh Haden in a double bill on April 6 and Benji Hughes solo on April 20 at Friday Nights at the Getty, and enjoy a hip-hop/rock smorgasbord with Peanut Butter Wolf and Honeycut at Fridays Off the 405 on April 13.

Explore modern art—learn about Peter Henry Emerson's pioneering experiments in photography, discuss feminist art in Southern California, and take a self-driving tour of L.A. mosaics in a special program co-presented with the Los Angeles Conservancy.

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