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Life in 18th-century Paris, early Chinese cinema, public reading of the Iliad, hands-on fun for families, and more

April 2011

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Paris: Life & Luxury
April 26–August 7
The Getty Center
Evoking the elegant, prosperous world of 1700s Paris, this major international loan exhibition brings to life the activities that took place inside a Parisian town house over the course of a typical day—from dressing and letter writing to dining, music, and evening entertainments. See beautiful examples of furniture, fashion, silver, paintings, sculpture, musical instruments, clocks, and books and explore the roles they played in the fine art of 18th-century Parisian living.

The life of luxury in Paris - opens April 26
Lady Fastening Her Garter or "La Toilette" (detail), 1742, François Boucher. Courtesy of and © Museo Thyssen-Bornemisza, Madrid. Banner image: Portrait of Gabriel Bernard de Rieux (detail), Maurice-Quentin de La Tour, about 1739–1741

Spirit of an Age: Drawings from the Germanic World, 1770–1900
March 29–June 19
The Getty Center
Unveiling recent acquisitions that reflect a new area of the Museum's collection, this exhibition features about 40 beautiful German and Austrian drawings and watercolors, including city views, panoramas of the Italian countryside, and scenes from myth, legend, and history.

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Drawings from Germany and Austria - on view March 29
Portrait of Peder Hjort, Carl Barth, about 1818–19

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Photography from the New China
Closes April 24 | The Getty Center
A selection of compelling work by eight artists produced since the 1990s. Learn more »

Felice Beato: A Photographer on the Eastern Road
Closes April 24 | The Getty Center
A look at pioneering 19th-century photographer Felice Beato. Learn more »

The Agrigento Youth
Closes April 19 | The Getty Villa
A rare marble sculpture on loan from the Museo Archeologico Regionale in Agrigento, Sicily. Learn more »

Photography from the New China - closes April 24
New Women (detail), Wang Qingsong, 2000. © Wang Qingsong. On view in Photography from the New China.

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The Getty supports arts initiatives around the world through the Getty Foundation, the Getty Conservation Institute, the Getty Research Institute, and the J. Paul Getty Museum. Here is one program currently underway:

Protecting Earthen Buildings from Earthquakes
To improve the structural performance and safety of earthen buildings, the Getty Conservation Institute (GCI) has joined with the Ministerio de Cultura del Perú, the University of Bath in the U.K., and the Pontificia Universidad Católica del Perú to form the Seismic Retrofitting Project. The project combines traditional construction techniques and materials with high-tech methodologies to design and test easy-to-implement seismic retrofitting techniques and maintenance programs.

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Protecting earthen buildings from earthquakes
The Church of Kuño Tambo, a 16th-century ecclesiastical building made of mud brick with a truss roof, in Acomayo, Cusco, Peru. Photo: Wilfredo Carazas, for the GCI

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Performances and Films

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Public Reading of Homer's Iliad
Saturday, April 30, 10:00 a.m.–7:00 p.m.
The Getty Villa
Participate in the ancient oral tradition at this daylong reading of the Iliad. Readers of all ages and backgrounds are invited participate and share their interpretations of this tale of kings and heroes, battles and sorrow. Register in advance; $20 fee includes parking, refreshments, and a reception.

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Read Homer's Iliad with us! April 30
A Homeric image: Wine Cup with an Eagle Battling a Snake, attributed to the Hunt Painter, Greek, about 530 B.C.


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Saturday Nights at the Getty
Kristin Hersh presents Rat Girl Live
Saturday, April 9, 7:30 p.m.
The Getty Center
Best known as the lead singer and songwriter for Throwing Muses, Kristin Hersh presents a solo spoken word and musical performance drawing on her experiences as a teenager wrestling with mental illness, creativity, pregnancy, and sudden fame. Free; reservations required. Reservations available beginning Thursday, March 24, at 9:00 a.m.

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Solo show by Kristin Hersh - April 9
Kristin Hersh. Photo: Dina Douglass

Gordon Getty Concert
Metropolitan Opera Artists
Saturday, April 16, 7:30 p.m.
The Getty Center
Some of classical music's most distinguished instrumental and vocal performers present compositions by Mozart, Schubert, Schumann, and Strauss to complement the exhibition Spirit of an Age: Drawings from the Germanic World, 1770–1900. The evening features clarinetist Anthony McGill, pianist Caroline Stoessinger, bass-baritone Terry Cook, and soprano Monica Yunus. Tickets $20; students/seniors $15.

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Performance by the Met Opera - April 16
Clarinetist Anthony McGill


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Scenes of City Life
Sunday, April 17, 2:00 p.m.
The Getty Center
Never before shown outside China, director Yuan Muzhi's innovative 1935 fantasy uses live action, still photographs, animation, and even a peep show to depict the love triangle in Shanghai. Subtitled in English. The screening complements the Getty Research Institute exhibition Brush & Shutter: Early Photography in China. Free; reservations required.

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Rare Chinese film from the 1930s - April 17
Still from Scenes of City Life, 1935, directed by Yuan Muzhi


Lectures and Conferences

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"No Day Without a Line": Drawing in 19th-Century German Art
Tuesday, April 12, 7:00 p.m.
The Getty Center
Why was drawing so important to German artists and theorists throughout the 1800s? Art historian Françoise Forster-Hahn explores this question, presenting beautiful examples of drawings and watercolors from the exhibition Spirit of an Age: Drawings from the Germanic World, 1770–1900. Free; reservations required.

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Exploring German drawings - April 12
Figure Studies (detail), Adolf von Menzel, 1872

The Conservation of the Mosaic of the Transfiguration in the Monastery of Saint Catherine in Sinai
Thursday, April 14, 7:00 p.m.
The Getty Center
Conservator and archaeologist Roberto Nardi describes the conservation and safeguarding of the Transfiguration mosaic, a jewel of early Byzantine art, in the basilica of the Holy Monastery of Saint Catherine in the Sinai. Free; reservations required.

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Conserving a sacred mosaic in Sinai - April 14
Mosaic of the Transfiguration, in the basilica of the Holy Monastery of Saint Catherine, Sinai. Photo: Robert S. Nelson

Blogging Now and Then
Thursday, April 28, 7:00 p.m.
The Getty Center
Long before the Internet, Europeans exchanged information in ways that anticipated blogging. Robert Darnton, director of the University Library at Harvard, examines the fascinating history of the 18th-century anecdote. Free; reservations required.

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Blogging, 18th-century style - April 28
A Parisian street singer, 1789. Bibliothèque nationale de France, Département des Estampes

Also in April

Why Do We Love Trees?
Thursday, April 21, 7:00 p.m. | The Getty Center
A writer, an artist, an environmentalist, and a farmer discuss trees. Free.
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Street Songs and Sedition in 18th-Century Paris
Saturday, April 30, 7:30 p.m. | The Getty Center
A cabaret-lecture with historian Robert Darnton and chanteuse Hélène Delavault. Free.
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Courses and Demonstrations

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Experiencing the Getty Collection
Fashion Forward: Dress and Style throughout the Centuries
Saturdays, April 9, May 21, and June 25, 10:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m.
The Getty Center
Explore the history of dressing and accessorizing in art with educator Lilit Sadoyan. The April session looks at daily dress; the May class explores fashion and fancy; and the June meeting concludes with hairstyles and accessories. Attend one session or all three. Course fee $15 per session. Open to 35 participants.

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Fashion in art - course starts April 9
Woman's Dress and Petticoat, French, about 1760–65. Courtesy of the Los Angeles County Museum of Art. Gift of Mrs. Aldrich Peck. Digital image © 2011 Museum Associates/LACMA, Licensed by Art Resource, NY

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Family Programs

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Repair, Restore, Rebuild: Conservation at the Villa
Daily, April 17–May 1 (except Tuesdays and Sunday, April 24), 11:00 a.m.–3:00 p.m.
The Getty Villa
Explore how ancient works of art are restored by museum conservators through this fun, hands-on activity for the whole family. Try your hand at repairing a replica Greek vase and learn how works in the galleries were repaired and rebuilt. Free with your advance, timed ticket to the Getty Villa; no sign-up required—just drop by!

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Learn about conservation through hands-on fun! Starts April 17
Dad and daughter work together to repair a replica Greek vase as they learn about conservation at the Villa.

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Luxurious Jewels for Mother's Day
This striking rosette jewelry is based on a pair of Etruscan disk earrings from 525–500 B.C. in the Getty Museum's collection. Using filigree and granulation, Etruscan goldsmiths created luxurious and showy jewelry. Large disk earrings, such as the pair that inspired our adaptations, were popular in Etruria and are frequently seen on figures depicted in Etruscan art. $75–$250.

Learn more and browse other unique gift ideas for Mother's Day in the online Museum Store »

Beautiful historically inspired jewelry for Mother's Day
April at a Glance
At the Getty Center this month

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Paris: Life & Luxury (Apr. 26)

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Felice Beato: A Photographer on the Eastern Road (Apr. 24)
Photography from the New China (Apr. 24)

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Concert: Kristin Hersh (Apr. 9)
Talk: Conservation in Sinai (Apr. 14)
Film: Scenes of City Life (Apr. 17)
Talk: Blogging Then and Now (Apr. 28)

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Tickets are available starting Thursday, March 24 for
Gordon Getty Concert: The Omar Sosa Afreecanos Quintet (May 14)

At the Getty Villa this month

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The Agrigento Youth (Apr. 19)

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Public Reading of Homer's Iliad (Apr. 30)

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Tickets are available starting Thursday, March 24 for
Villa Theater Lab: The Madness of Hercules (May 20–22)

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