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Herb Ritts: L.A. Style opens April 3

April 2012

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Herb Ritts: L.A. Style
Opens April 3 | The Getty Center

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With stunning imagination and technical skill, Herb Ritts created distinctive photographs of fashion models, nudes, and celebrities that successfully bridged the gap between art and commerce.

This major exhibition—which presents for the first time works acquired by the J. Paul Getty Museum in 2011—features nearly 100 photographs, including a selection of Ritts's vintage prints, magazine covers, Polaroids, and commercial video projects.

A special audio tour presents behind-the-scenes stories from Ritts's subjects and collaborators.

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Herb Ritts - fashion, nudes, celebrities - April 3
Mark Findlay I, Los Angeles, Herb Ritts, 1990
Banner image: Cindy Crawford, Ferré 3, Malibu (detail), 1993. Gifts of the Herb Ritts Foundation. © Herb Ritts Foundation
Also Opening in April

Portraits of Renown: Photography and the Cult of Celebrity
April 3–August 26
A selection from the Getty Museum's collection explores visual strategies used by photographers to picture the famous from the 1840s to the year 2000.

The Getty Research Institute: Recent Print Acquisitions
April 7–September 2
Explores the lure of the print through works by masters such as Albrecht Dürer, Giovanni Battista Piranesi, and the so-called French Michelangelo, Jean Cousin.

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F I L M   S E R I E S
Fred Zinnemann: The Cinema of Resistance
Tuesdays, April 3, 10, 17, and 24, 7:00 p.m. | The Getty Center

Performances and Films

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One of Hollywood's legendary directors, Fred Zinnemann (1907–1997) refused to conform to the studio system. Rethinking traditional film genres and telling stories about outsiders and nonconformists were essential qualities of this master director, who created a true cinema of resistance. A conversation follows each screening. Free; a separate reservation is required for each film.

The Seventh Cross: April 3
The Search: April 10
High Noon: April 17
Julia: April 24

35mm prints courtesy collection of the George Eastman House (The Seventh Cross), the Academy Film Archive (The Search), and 20th Century Fox (Julia).

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The cinema of resistance - Tuesdays in April
Montgomery Clift, Ivan Jandl, and Fred Zinnemann on the set of The Search. Image courtesy of the Margaret Herrick Library of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. © Warner Bros.
What Becomes a Legend
Saturdays & Sundays, April 28 & 29 and May 5 & 6
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To celebrate Herb Ritts's photographs, many of which recall the glamour of Hollywood's golden age, we screen eight movies whose characters changed culture and society.

The Sheik: April 28, 3pm
Pandora's Box: April 28, 7pm
Morocco: April 29, noon
Gilda: April 29, 3pm
A Streetcar Named Desire: May 5, 3pm
And God Created Woman: May 5, 7pm
Rebel without a Cause: May 6, noon
Jailhouse Rock: May 6, 3pm

Free; a separate reservation is required for each film.

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Legends on screen - April 28 and 29, May 5 and 6
Legend on screen: Rudolph Valentino is The Sheik
Sounds of L.A.: Les Charbonniers de l'Enfer
Saturday, April 14, 7:00 p.m., and Sunday, April 15, 3:30 p.m.
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Performances and Films

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Our annual world music series concludes with the a cappella ensemble les Charbonniers d'Enfer (the little coalminers from hell), who perform the traditional folk music of Quebec with exhilarating harmonies and exuberant footwork. Free; reservations required.

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Folk music from Quebec - April 14 and 15
The a cappella ensemble breathes new life into French Canadian music.
Celebrity Chef Series: Frances Mayes
Wednesday, April 4, noon | The Getty Villa

Celebrity Chef Series

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Hear renowned chefs and authors speak, taste unique cuisine, and participate in a book signing with the return of the Celebrity Chef Series!

First on the menu, renowned author Frances Mayes signs copies of her newly published Tuscan Sun Cookbook, gives a free talk about Italian life and cuisine, and joins visitors for a prix-fixe lunch to enjoy her new recipes.

– Book signing (free): 10:30 a.m.
– Lecture (free): noon
– Lunch ($75): 1:00–2:30 p.m.

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Meet Frances Mayes and sample her new recipes - April 4
Meet Frances Mayes, author of the new Tuscan Sun Cookbook
L E C T U R E S   &   C O N V E R S A T I O N S
Playing with Eros: Riddles and Rhymes
Thursday, April 19, 7:30 p.m. | The Getty Villa

Lectures and Conferences

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Aphrodite always had serious competition from her son Eros, the Greek god of desire. Eros was active everywhere in Greek and Roman daily life, and his interferences in the affairs of gods and mortals were as much a cause for celebration as for lamentation.

On the occasion of the new exhibition Aphrodite and the Gods of Love, Christine Kondoleon of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, discusses ancient perceptions of Eros and his role in the realm of human desire, sex, and love. Free; a ticket is required.

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Eros, nice or naughty (or both)? April 19
Eros Wearing a Lionskin, Greek, about 50 B.C. Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, Henry Lillie Pierce Fund
Resurrecting the English Country House
Thursday, April 19, 7:30 p.m. | The Getty Center

Explore Britain's magnificent historic houses and learn about plans to preserve them from Sir Simon Jenkins, chair of the National Trust of England, Wales, and Northern Ireland.

He discusses how the National Trust is bringing the past alive at a range of breathtaking sites—from a medieval moated castle to a 17th-century mansion adorned with Renaissance paintings. Free; reservations required.

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Bringing Britain's historic houses to life - April 19
Seaton Delaval Hall, Northumberland. Photo © NTPL/John Hammond
Also in April

Drawn to Blue: The History of Artists' Blue Paper
April 10

The Outer Limits: Marginal Illustrations in Gothic Manuscripts
April 12

Symposium: Excavating Aphrodite
April 20

F O R  F A M I L I E S
Family Festival Celebrates Aphrodite
Saturday, April 21, 10:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m. | The Getty Villa

For Families

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Enjoy a day of fun activities celebrating the love goddess Aphrodite, one of the most widely worshipped deities of the ancient world. Engaging workshops, enchanting storytelling, and inspiring performances of music and dance all reimagine Aphrodite in the world of 21st-century Los Angeles. Free; a ticket is required.

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Dance, workshops, storytelling and more - April 21
Helios Dance Theater performs as part of the daylong festival
April at a Glance
At the Getty Center this month

O P E N I N G   T H I S   M O N T H
Herb Ritts: L.A. Style (Apr. 3)
Portraits of Renown: Photography and the Cult of Celebrity (Apr. 3)
The Getty Research Institute: Recent Print Acquisitions (Apr. 7)

H O T   T I C K E T S
Sounds of L.A.: Les Charbonniers de l'Enfer (Apr. 14 & 15)
College Night at the Getty Center (Apr. 16)
Lecture: The English Country House (Apr. 19)
Course: Experiencing the Getty Collection (Apr. 20)

At the Getty Villa this month

C O N T I N U I N G   T H I S   M O N T H
Aphrodite and the Gods of Love

H O T   T I C K E T S
Course: Drawing from Antiquity (Apr. 7)
Culinary Workshop: Aphrodisiacs (Apr. 14, 15, 28, & 29)
Lecture: Playing with Eros (Apr. 19)
Symposium: Excavating Aphrodite (Apr. 20)
Family Festival (Apr. 21)

M A R K   Y O U R   C A L E N D A R
Tickets are available now for:
Villa Theater Lab: Hugh Lupton and Helen Chadwick (May 18–20)

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