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December 2007

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The Getty Center Turns 10
Anniversary celebration: Saturday, December 15, 10:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m.
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A place to enjoy and learn about art, a community gathering spot, and a cultural destination that's helped to establish Los Angeles on the international cultural map—the Getty Center has made an impact on Los Angeles and the world.

Help us launch our next decade by participating in a reflective line-up of events and exhibitions held throughout the year—both at the Getty Center and around Los Angeles. Start with a day of fun on December 15 featuring family activities, a photo booth, free refreshments, and more

Learn more about upcoming 10th anniversary exhibitions and events.


Medieval Treasures from the Cleveland Museum of Art
through January 20, 2008
The Getty Center

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See 1,300 years of art—armor, carved ivories, tapestries, gold and silver treasures, illuminated manuscripts, marble sculptures, and more—from one of the great collections of medieval art. Explore the worlds of religious devotion, aristocratic opulence, and knightly combat in this exhibition that brings the Middle Ages vividly alive.

Lectures, Performances, and More
Join us for an array of exciting events complementing the exhibition, including a performance by Ciaramella on Saturday, December 1, and a lecture on the formation of the Cleveland Museum's collection on Thursday, December 13.

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Saint Lawrence / Riemenschneider
Saint Lawrence (detail), Tilman Riemenschneider, about 1502. The Cleveland Museum of Art, Leonard C. Hanna, Jr. Fund 1959.42
The Decorated Letter
through January 27, 2008
The Getty Center
Illuminated initial D from an English book of psalms
This initial D from a 15th-century English psalter is exuberant with flowers and foliage.

Marvel at the unbridled inventiveness of medieval illuminators, who used brilliant pigments and gold to craft letterforms bursting with flowers and foliage, dragons and demons, saints and sinners. The exhibition features a range of decorated initials in manuscripts from the 800s through the 1500s from the collection of the J. Paul Getty Museum.

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China on Paper: European and Chinese Works from the Late 16th to the Early 19th Century
through February 10, 2008
The Getty Center

At the dawn of the era of global trade, China and Europe met through merchants, missionaries, and the ideas carried in books, prints, and maps. Trace the fascinating story of early cultural exchange between two equally complex societies in this exhibition of rare works on paper from the special collections of the Getty Research Institute.

Papers on China: Lecture and Symposium
Continuing the spirit of lively exchange, a keynote address and two-day symposium on Thursday and Friday, December 13 and 14, present new research on European-Chinese cultural contact.

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Jesuit Missionaries hold map of China
Jesuit missionaries Matteo Ricci and Adam Schall von Bell hold a map of China in this detail from a 17th-century engraving.
More to See at the Getty Center and the Getty Villa

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La Frontera / Iturbide
La Frontera, Tijuana, Mexico (detail), Graciela Iturbide, 1990. © Graciela Iturbide

Browse all nine exhibitions currently on view at the Getty Center and the Getty Villa at current exhibitions. Plus, don't miss Julius Shulman's Los Angeles at the Central Library, and two new installations: Bill Viola's Emergence at the Getty Center and The Herculaneum Women at the Getty Villa.

Two new photographs exhibitions open December 18: The Goat's Dance: Photographs by Graciela Iturbide and André Kertész: Seven Decades. Get details on future exhibitions.

E V E N T   H I G H L I G H T S

Gordon Getty Concert: Ciaramella (performance)
Saturday, December 1, 7:30 p.m.
The Getty Center

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Reservations, tickets, and information:
(310) 440-7300

This virtuosic ensemble brings the energy and spontaneity of live jazz to the performance of Renaissance music. Voice, percussion, organ, woodwinds, and the occasional bagpipe riff create beautiful and flat-out exhilarating interpretations of early music that pulse with joy and life. Complements Medieval Treasures from the Cleveland Museum of Art.

Tickets $25; $20 students/seniors. Call (310) 440-7300 for tickets.

Learn more and hear a sound sample.

Ciaramella blends grace with a hint of spice.
The Roman Triumph: the Dangers of Winning a War (lecture)
Monday, December 3, 2007, 8:00 p.m.
The Getty Villa
Spring / Alma-Tadema
Lawrence Alma-Tadema imagined ancient Rome in pastel tones in his painting Spring (detail), but the reality may have been much darker.

Lavish processions followed Rome's greatest victories and bloodiest massacres, in which kings, soldiers, gold, silver, bullion, and artworks were paraded past the cheering hordes of Rome. Pioneering classicist Mary Beard explores the magnificence of such triumphal processions and the questions they raise about the glorification of military might.

Free; a ticket is required.

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Early 18th-Century Music Making in the Amsterdam Canal Houses—New Dutch Academy Chamber Soloists Ensemble (performance)
Thursday, December 6, 7:00 p.m.
The Getty Center

Talented musicians from this renowned Dutch ensemble create string fireworks in a chamber concert that illuminates the sound and style of music in Holland in the early 1700s. This is a rare chance to hear artists from the New Dutch Academy, which has been praised for its "fantastic flair" and "powerful, exuberant, and energetic performances."

Free; reservations required.

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The Music Lesson / Ter Borsch
The Music Lesson (detail), Gerard Ter Borsch, about 1688
Friday Nights at the Getty: Dengue Fever (performance)
Friday, December 1, 7:30 p.m.
The Getty Center
Dengue Fever
Dengue Fever serves up Cambodian pop with a psychedelic L.A. edge.

Dengue Fever raises the Fahrenheit at the Getty Center with its infectious brew of Khmer crooning and volcanic '60s lounge rhythms. One sip and you'll get the fever for their genius blend of seductive Cambodian vocals and California psych-pop.

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

Learn more, make reservations, and see what else is coming up in Friday Nights at the Getty.

From Chateau Fashion to the Forest of Fontainebleau: New Arrivals in the 19th-Century Paintings Galleries (gallery course)
Friday, December 7, 1:00–3:00 p.m.
The Getty Center

Meet an elegant marquise and stroll through a magical evening landscape in this gallery course, which focuses on two paintings that have just joined the collection of the J. Paul Getty Museum. Get to know these and other masterpieces of 19th-century French art through a lecture and gallery tours.

Course fee $15. Open to 100 participants. Call (310) 440-7300 to sign up.

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Marquise de Miramon / Tissot
Elegance in silk: Portrait of the Marquise de Miramon (detail), Jacques Joseph Tissot, 1866

F O R  F A M I L I E S

Family Storytelling
Sundays, December 16 and 30, 11:30 a.m. and 1:30, 2:30, and 3:30 p.m.
The Getty Center

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Ina Buckner-Barnette performs in the Getty Center galleries
Ina Buckner-Barnette combines humor, history, and art into a musical family adventure.

Beasties are loose in the galleries! Join in the furry fun with master storytellers Jim Cogan and Ina Buckner-Barnette, who conjure a land ruled by bugs and a musical mouse named Jean Claude. Let your fantasy run wild as you participate in tall tales and get to know two wonderful works of art in the Getty's collection.

Ina Buckner-Barnette performs on December 16; Jim Cogan performs on December 30.

Free; sign up beginning at 10:00 a.m. on the morning of each performance.

Learn more and see the complete fall and winter storytelling schedule.

Find More Events at the Getty Center and the Getty Villa

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Plan your visit to the Getty Center and the Getty Villa with our comprehensive event calendar, which now includes links to museum events happening throughout Los Angeles.

Bring the whole family to the Getty Center for Art Stops, offered every weekend as well as Tuesday, Wednesday, and Friday of Thanksgiving week, or choose from a wide array of tours and gallery talks

Looking ahead, reservations are available now for Graciela Iturbide in Conversation in January. Plus, tickets go on sale December 3 for two Concerts at the Villa featuring De Organographia, who perform ancient Greek music on instruments of their own making.

Fridays Off the 405 takes a break from December through February, back in March. Rest up and get ready to dance come spring.

Most events are FREE.

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