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May 2006

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The Central Garden in Bloom

Getty Gardens

Central Garden at the Getty Center
The Central Garden at the Getty Center in peak bloom

Robert Irwin's Central Garden at the Getty Center is at its annual peak—don't miss it! Roses are perfuming the air, poppies are blazing orange and red, and the bougainvillea and azaleas are an electric pink.

See what's blooming and what not to miss.


Carmontelle's Transparency: An 18th-Century Motion Picture
through June 18
The Getty Center

Current Exhibitions

Future Exhibitions

Twelve feet long by a foot and a half wide, Figures Walking in a Parkland by Louis Carrogis, known as Carmontelle, was a forerunner of the modern motion picture. Revealed section by section through a hand-cranked viewing box, it delighted 18th-century audiences with its technological and artistic wizardry.

Learn more about this exhibition.

Stroll through the parkland yourself in this online video.

Figures Walking in a Parkland / Carmontelle
Figures Walking in a Parkland (detail), Louis de Carmontelle, about 1783–1800
The Cult of Saints
through July 16
The Getty Center
Saint Christopher / M Guillaume Lambert
Saint Christopher Carrying the Christ Child (detail), Master of Guillaume Lambert, 1478

Role models, performers of miracles, intercessors with God—saints were the cornerstone of a medieval Christian's faith. Explore the devotion to saints in a new manuscripts exhibition featuring exquisite images of saints, their pious deeds, and the relics that were believed to continue their miracles beyond the grave.

Learn more about this exhibition.

Read an interview with curator Thom Kren about saints, relics, and miracles.

Also on View at the Getty Center

Closing Soon—Courbet and the Modern Landscape (through May 14)
Robert Adams: Landscapes of Harmony and Dissonance (through May 28)
Degas at the Getty (through June 11)
Agitated Images: John Heartfield and German Photomontage, 1920–1938 (through June 25)
A Renaissance Cabinet Rediscovered (ongoing)

On View at the Getty Villa

Antiquity & Photography: Early Views of Ancient Mediterranean Sites (through May 1)
The Getty Villa Reimagined (through May 8)
Molten Color: Glassmaking in Antiquity (through July 24)

E V E N T  H I G H L I G H T S

Russian Ark with Edward Goldman (film)
May 4, 7:00 p.m.
The Getty Center

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

Explore the Hermitage in St. Petersburg on film with Edward Goldman, host of KCRW's Art Talk and a former museum educator at the Hermitage. Goldman introduces Aleksandr Sokurov's cinematic masterpiece Russian Ark, a dreamlike voyage through the fabled Russian museum captured in one single, continuous shot.

Free; reservations required.

Learn more and make reservations.

Still from Russian Ark
Still from Russian Ark by Aleksandr Sokurov
New York Chamber Soloists (Gordon Getty Concert)
May 6, 8:00 p.m.
The Getty Center
New York Chamber Soloists
The New York Chamber Soloists
Photo: Glenn Moody

The New York Chamber Soloists give new energy to chamber music with a diverse repertoire and creatively programmed concerts.

In this performance, the ten distinguished musicians showcase their impressive range with works by Stravinsky, Milhaud, and Satie to complement the current exhibition Degas at the Getty.

"Delicately presented and impeccably played" says the New York Times. Tickets $20; students/seniors $15.

Learn more and hear a music sample from the performers.

Selected Shorts: A Celebration of the Short Story
Food Fictions! (performance)
May 19 and 20, 8:00 p.m., and May 21, 3:00 p.m.
The Getty Center

Great actors read great literature about great food in this year's Selected Shorts. John Lithgow, Shohreh Aghdashloo, Alfred Molina, Jane Kaczmarek, and other accomplished actors of stage and screen bring alive tales of meals and cooking that range from the humorous to the poignant.

Tickets for Friday's performance are $30 and include a reception; Tickets for Saturday and Sunday are $20, students/seniors $15. Call (310) 440-7300 for tickets.

Learn more about this event.

John Lithgow
John Lithgow reads on Friday, May 19
Gallery Courses: Adams, Ensor, Degas
The Getty Center
Getty Museum gallery course
Artist and teacher Zhenya Gershman brings enthusiasm to a gallery course on James Ensor

Treat yourself to a day—or two or three—of learning about art in the galleries of the Getty Museum and two sister museums. Inspiring and knowledgeable instructors guide you through current exhibitions with an emphasis on discussion and discovery.

Robert Adams/Ansel Adams: Photographers of the American West
May 2, 3:00–5:00 p.m., and September 30, 1:00–3:30 p.m.
Immerse yourself in Robert Adams' photographs in part one of this course, which continues at the Autry Museum in September with a look at Ansel Adams.

Love, Death, and Anarchy: The Many Faces of James Ensor
May 11 and 18, 3:00–5:00 p.m.
Explore madness, masks, and fin-de-siècle mayhem in the prints of James Ensor.

Degas in Two and Three Dimensions
May 23 and 25, 9:30 a.m.–noon
Explore the artistry of Edgar Degas at the Getty Center on May 23 and the Norton Simon Museum on May 25.

Two-part courses are $20; part one of the Robert Adams course is $15. Call (310) 440-7300 to sign up. Space is limited.

F O R  F A M I L I E S

Family Festival
May 20, 10:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m.
The Getty Villa

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Myths and legends of the ancient world come alive in this first Family Festival at the Getty Villa.

You and your kids can enjoy performances of Italian, Greek, and Balkan folk music, tales of Hercules and The Odyssey, and vase decoration and wreath- and mask-making.

Didn't get your tickets during our special e-Getty subscriber offer on April 20? More are available on Tuesday, April 25, at 9:00 a.m.—call (310) 440-7300 to check availability.

Learn more and see the day's full schedule.

Girl wearing wreath at an art-making workshop
Make your very own wreath at one of three art-making workshops
Photo: Aaron Paley
Find More Events at the Getty Center and the Getty Villa
Event Calendar

Browse our online event calendar for lots of events in May.

Join a tour of Agitated Images on May 4 or experience the opulent taste of the Romanovs in a free lecture on Russian decorative arts on May 7.

Reservations are also available beginning April 25 at 9:00 a.m. for two events at the Getty Villa: a lecture on gardens of the Roman world and Liz Estrada, the second installment of the Villa Playreading Series.

Most events are FREE.

Calling book lovers of all ages—come visit us at the Festival of Books at UCLA on April 29 and 30. Swing by Booth 515 near the flagpole for new, popular, and discounted titles, as well as kids' books and great gifts from the Museum Store.

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