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April 2008

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California Video
through June 8
The Getty Center

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See over 70 videos in this first major survey of California video art from 1968 to today. Explore how artists have used video as sculpture, as political statement, and as extension of live performance. Provocative and philosophical, haunting and hilarious, the works featured in this exhibition provide a sampling of the rich history of video art. "A must-see," says the L.A. Times.

Preview excerpts from more than 50 videos on the exhibition Web site.
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California Video

Free Screenings and Discussion
Immerse yourself in video art with our California Video Screening Series continuing on April 2 and 9, and The David Ross Show on April 3 featuring John Baldessari and Bill Viola.

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Image top and on banner: Still from Tech-Knowledge, Nancy Buchanan, 1984. Image center: Still from Whacker, Harry Dodge and Stanya Kahn, 2005. Image bottom: Still from Solo Flight, Tony Labat, 1977. All images courtesy of the artists. Images top and bottom: Long Beach Museum of Art Video Archive, Research Library, The Getty Research Institute. Transferred by the Long Beach Museum of Art Foundation and the City of Long Beach, 2005.

Lessons from Bernard Rudofsky
through June 8
The Getty Center
Bernardo sandals / Rudofsky
A pair of Bernardo sandals, designed by Bernard Rudofsky, seen against the Paris skyline

A panoramic view through the artistic lens of designer and critic Bernard Rudofsky. Sketches, photographs, architectural models, fabrics, and footwear from the Bernard Rudofsky papers at the Getty Research Institute reveal his unconventional approach to architecture, anthropology, fashion, and design and illustrate how he challenged Western norms in a quest for a new "lifestyle of comfort."

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Free Panel Discussion
Designers and other experts weigh in on Rudofsky's ideas at Learning from Bernard Rudofsky, a free panel discussion on April 5.

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The Color of Life: Polychromy in Sculpture from Antiquity to the Present
through June 23
The Getty Villa

Explore the power of color in this exhibition that uncovers the ancient roots of polychromy, the use of multiple colors. See vivid portrait sculptures from antiquity to the present, along with vibrant re-creations of classical sculptures—full of color when first made, but long thought to be intentionally white.

Admission to the Getty Villa is free; an advance, timed ticket is required. Check ticket availability now.

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Dying Gaul / De Andrea
Dying Gaul (detail), John De Andrea, 1984. The Portland Art Museum, Oregon. Gift of Michael F. Rakosi and Robert Grossman, 85.125. © John De Andrea
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La frontera / Iturbide
La frontera, Tijuana, México (The Border, Tijuana, Mexico), Graciela Iturbide, 1990. © Graciela Iturbide

Ten Years of Photographs
Ten Years in Focus: The Artist and the Camera, featuring notable photographs that have entered the collection of the J. Paul Getty Museum in the past 10 years, opens on March 25 at the Getty Center.

New Gauguin Goes on View
Arii Matamoe, a spectacular painting by Paul Gauguin that has just joined the collection of the Museum, goes on view at the Getty Center on April 8.

Last Chance for Iturbide and Kertész
Don't miss out! The Goat's Dance: Photographs by Graciela Iturbide and André Kertész: Seven Decades both close April 13.

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Fridays Off the 405 (performance)
Friday, April 4, 6:00–9:00 p.m.
The Getty Center

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Calling all Angelenos for an outdoor party celebrating California Video. King Britt lays down some eclectic soul rooted in '70s Philly funk. The Power Douglas Trio open.

Free; no reservations required.

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More Friday Night Music: Iris DeMent
Singer-songwriter Iris DeMent returns to Friday Nights at the Getty on Friday, April 11. Reservations are available on Thursday, March 20, at 9:00 a.m., and will go fast!

Fridays Off the 405
King Britt mixes jazz, soul, funk, hip-hop, and Afro beats
Sounds of L.A.: Build an Ark featuring Dwight Trible (performance)
Saturday, April 5, 8:00 p.m., and Sunday, April 6, 3:00 p.m.
The Getty Center
Build an Ark
Faces of Build an Ark: musicians united for peace

Sounds of L.A., our annual concert series featuring the best of world music, concludes with jazz ensemble Build an Ark, led by virtuoso vocalist Dwight Trible. Bringing together some of the Southland's most electrifying jazz talent, Build an Ark bridges generations and genres to create exuberant music with a message of hope and peace.

Free; reservations required. Reservations available beginning Thursday, March 20, at 9:00 a.m.

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Spanning History: The Bridges of the Los Angeles River (panel discussion and tours)
Thursday, April 10, 7:00 p.m., and Sunday, April 13, 10:00 a.m.–4:00 p.m.
The Getty Center

Explore the majestic bridges of the L.A. River, monuments to L.A.'s explosive growth in the early 20th century. Hear experts and preservationists discuss the bridges' shifting fortunes in a free panel discussion on April 10 moderated Larry Mantle, host of KPCC's Air Talk. Then traverse the bridges yourself with a day of family-friendly tours and activities on April 13.

The panel is free, reservations required; tour tickets are $30/$10 children.

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Los Angeles River Bridge
View along the Los Angeles River. The panel discussion and tour explore the river's majestic and monumental bridges. Photo: Mark Lamonica
Villa Theater Lab: Philoktetes (performance)
Friday–Sunday, April 11–13
The Getty Villa
Michael Hackett and
Michael Hackett (left) and Henry Goodman join forces to create a powerful new interpretation of Sophocles' Philoktetes.

Sophocles' great meditation on war, honor, and the nature of truth, Philoktetes, gets a powerful new interpretation from director Michael Hackett and Olivier Award-winning actor Henry Goodman. The Greeks are embroiled in an endless war that is eroding their power throughout the world. Are trickery and betrayal justifiable when the fate of a society is at stake?

Tickets $7.

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The Arts in Los Angeles, 1997–2007 (panel discussion)
Thursday, April 17, 7:00 p.m.
The Getty Center

Los Angeles has rocketed to world prominence in the arts over the last decade. Commentator Patt Morrison and a panel of local arts experts, including CalArts president Steven Lavine, urban muralist Man One, and Olga Garay of L.A'.s Department of Cultural Affairs, discuss the city's cultural transformation. They debate the effects of museum construction, such as the Getty Center and BCAM, on the city's changing arts landscape.

Free; reservations required.

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Getty Center under construction
The Getty Center under construction in 1997. Panelists discuss how the L.A. arts landscape has changed over the past decade.
The Lifted Hem: Seduction and Betrayal at the Court of Versailles (film series)
Fridays and Saturdays, April 18 & 19 and 25 & 26
The Getty Center
Still of Norma Shearer in Marie Antoinette
Norma Shearer sparkles in the MGM classic Marie Antoinette. The series focuses on amorous escapades in pre-Revolutionary france.

This six-film series features wildly entertaining visions of French decadence, including sword fights, improbable musical numbers, and boudoir ravishings worthy of the erotic scenes in the exhibition Consuming Passion: Fragonard's Allegories of Love. The films in the series range from Madame DuBarry (1919), featuring silent-era femme fatale Pola Negri as Louis XV's mistress, to Start the Revolution without Me (1970), starring Gene Wilder and Donald Sutherland as fabulously foppish aristocrats.

Free; a separate reservation is required for each film.

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F O R  F A M I L I E S

Family Art Stops
Saturdays and Sundays, 2:00 and 2:30 p.m.
The Getty Center

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Enjoy a playful introduction to art with Family Art Stops, a half-hour gallery program featuring hands-on activities for the whole family to enjoy. Activities and works of art change frequently, making each visit a new experience. Suitable for kids age 5 and up.

Free; sign up at the Museum Information Desk beginning at 1:30 p.m. for the 2:00 p.m. program and at 2:00 p.m. for the 2:30 p.m. program, which is also offered in Spanish.

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Family Art Stops
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Find More Events at the Getty Center and the Getty Villa

Event Calendar

Event Calendar

See events and exhibitions planned for the next six months on our event calendar.

Art historian Beryl Barr-Sharrar reveals new discoveries about the Derveni Krater, an elaborate ancient vessel, on April 17, and artist Michal Rovner discusses her recent projects blending sculpture, architecture, and archaeology on April 27.

Explore the collection, draw from antiquity, see a demonstration of marquetry techniques, and more with our many courses and demonstrations.

Plus, tickets are available now for Selected Shorts, which returns to the Getty Center in May with a dashing lineup: Black Lizard crime tales on May 2, edge-of-your-seat spinetinglers on May 3, and dangerous women on May 4.

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