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Pioneering women, free outdoor music, Fridays Off the 405, secrets of a mummy, and more

July 2008

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July Wednesdays at the Getty Villa
This July only, the Villa is open on Wednesdays! Enjoy art, architecture, gardens, and Pacific breezes. Book your free tickets now.


Current Exhibitions

Future Exhibitions

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Maria Sibylla Merian & Daughters: Women of Art and Science
through August 31
The Getty Center
See extraordinary illustrations of flowers and insects by 17th-century German artist Maria Sibylla Merian, a pioneer in art and science at a time when both fields were dominated by men. Chart her adventures, from her studies of insects while still a girl through her daring move to South America at age 52 to conduct field studies for The Insects of Suriname, one of the greatest illustrated natural history books of all time.

Also on display are spectacular insect specimens, including a large Morpho butterfly in its various stages of metamorphosis.

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Download free coloring sheets based on Merian's illustrations.

Banana with Automeris liberia moth / Merian
Banana with Automeris liberia Moth, Maria Sibylla Merian, 1705. Universitätsbibliothek Johann Christian Senckenberg, Frankfurt. Banner image: Blackthorn Branch and Various Metamorphoses (detail), Maria Sibylla Merian, about 1691–99. Special Collections, University of Amsterdam (UVA)
Culture Crawl L.A.
Pink-toed Tarantula (detail), Maria Sibylla Merian, 1719. Research Library, The Getty Research Institute

Culture Crawl L.A.—Family Fun with Bugs
The bugs are here! Snare a free bug kit, then stalk free souvenir bugs as you enjoy insect-themed activities at cultural institutions across L.A. Spin your web from the Getty Center to the L.A. Zoo, the Natural History Museum, the California Science Center, and Kidspace Children's Museum. It's free!

Launch your bug adventure now at

Also on View at the Getty Center and the Getty Villa
Current Exhibitions—Last chance for Imagining Christ, closing July 27. Ten Years in Focus: The Artist and the Camera is on through August 10.

Future ExhibitionsThe Marvel and Measure of Peru: Three Centuries of Visual Histories, 1560–1880 opens July 8 at the Getty Center.

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Tickets and Information:
(310) 440-7300

Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays, September 4–27, with previews August 28–30
The Getty Villa
Director Stephen Wadsworth presents Aeschylus' explosive drama, which dissects how a family turns the violence of war in on itself. Agamemnon is the third annual classical play in the Outdoor Classical Theater. Tickets $38; $32 students/seniors. Previews $15.

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Agamemnon at the Getty Villa
See drama under the setting sun at the Getty Villa's Outdoor Classical Theater.


Performances and Films

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(310) 440-7300

Fridays Off the 405
Friday, July 11, 6:00–9:00 p.m.
The Getty Center
Get off the blacktop and onto the hilltop for this no-holds-barred Friday night featuring gallery browsing, ice-cold cocktails, and raging, maxed-out party music with bonus light show from Baltimore DJ Dan Deacon. Free; no reservations required.

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Fridays Off the 405
Dan Deacon's shows feature hypnotic beats and fluorescent glows.

Summer Sessions
Saturdays, July 12, 19, and 26, 6:00–9:30 p.m.
The Getty Center
Our free outdoor concert series returns with three nights of genre-bending world music. Performances include transcendent South Asian beats by Cheb i Sabbah on July 12, African-inspired grooves by The Budos Band on July 19, and global electronica with El Guincho on July 26. Free; no reservations required.

Learn more and hear music samples from the performers.

Cheb i Sabbah
Master spinner and global spiritualist Cheb i Sabbah performs on July 12.


Lectures and Conferences

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(310) 440-7300

Getting to Know Herakleides: Exploring a Red-Shroud Mummy from Roman Egypt
Saturday, July 12, 3:00 p.m.
The Getty Villa
Learn how modern technology is uncovering the secrets of a 2,000-year-old mummy. Marie Svoboda, associate conservator of antiquities at the J. Paul Getty Museum, reveals what we know about the Museum's unusual mummy and how we know it. Free; a ticket is required.

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Mummy of Herakleides / Roman
The Mummy of Herakleides prepares for his CAT scan at the UCLA medical center.

A Pretty Piece of Painting? Thoughts on Gauguin's Arii Matamoe (The Royal End)
Sunday, July 13, 4:00 p.m.
The Getty Center
Why a severed head? Plumb the depths of this recently acquired painting by Paul Gauguin with Scott Allan, assistant curator of paintings at the J. Paul Getty Museum. He delves into the meaning of this painting and investigates its place in Gauguin's art. Free; reservations required.

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Arii Matamoe / Gauguin
Paul Gauguin's Arii Matamoe (The Royal End): What does it mean?

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Courses and Demonstrations

Reservations, Tickets, and Information:
(310) 440-7300

Artist-at Work Demonstration: Rendering Plants and Flowers
Thursdays and Sundays, July 3–31, 1:00–3:00 p.m.
The Getty Center
Botanical artists demonstrate how to depict plants and flowers using the lush plants of the Central Garden as models. Free; drop by any time during the demonstrations.

Learn more and see a schedule of upcoming artist-at-work demonstrations.

Artist demonstration in the Central Garden
See botanical artists capture the vibrant flowers of the Central Garden in free demonstrations on Thursdays and Sundays in July.

Art Circles
Friday, July 18, 6:00–8:00 p.m.
The Getty Center
Launch your weekend with art at this stimulating new evening program. This month, artist and gallery teacher Elliott Kai-Kee leads a small group in close looking and discussion of David Hockney's Pearblossom Hwy., 11–18th April 1986, #2. $15 course fee includes a dinner voucher. Open to 25 participants. Hurry, only a few spots are left!

Learn more and sign up online.

Pearblossom Highway / Hockney
Explore David Hockney's Pearblossom Hwy through discussion and close looking.

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Family Activities

Tips for Families

Family Room at the Getty Center

Family Forum at the Getty Villa

Family Fun: Art-Making and Gallery Activities
Who needs summer camp when you can be an art adventurer at the Getty Center and the Getty Villa all summer long?

Gallery programs—Enjoy hands-on creative activities with our hour-long gallery programs, Art Odyssey at the Getty Villa and Art Adventures at the Getty Center. And take a midweek artistic nibble with 30-minute Art Stops at the Getty Center.

Art-making—Create your own masterpiece with our drop-in workshops, ArtQuest at the Getty Villa and Family Art Lab at the Getty Center.

All programs are free and geared for families with children ages 5 and up.

Learn more about visiting the Getty Villa and the Getty Center as a family.

Family fun at the Getty
Enjoy art-making, gallery activities, garden strolls, and more this summer at the Getty Center and the Getty Villa.
Event Calendar

Event Calendar

Event Calendar

Plan your summer visit using our comprehensive event calendar.

Also coming up: Explore exotic subjects and motifs in Western art in a four-part gallery course, learn about the collecting of newspaper tycoon William Randolph Hearst, and peek behind the scenes of a new documentary about Maria Sibylla Merian.

Plus, Getty Drawing Hour goes outdoors for evening sessions in the Central Garden.

Most events are FREE.

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Closed Tuesdays. Open Wednesdays as of October 14, 2009.

Admission to the Getty Villa is always FREE. A ticket is required. Each Villa ticket allows you to bring up to three children ages 15 and under with you in one car. Please note that this does not apply to tickets for events, such as lectures and performances. Check current ticket availability online or call (310) 440-7300. Ticket availability is updated weekly for a two-month period. Same-day tickets may also become available online without advance notice. Groups of 15 or more must make reservations by phone. Parking is $15, but FREE for evening events after 5:00 p.m.

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