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May 2007

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The Old Order and the New: P.H. Emerson and Photography, 1885–1895
through July 8
The Getty Center

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"Sublime beauty" was the subject of Peter Henry Emerson's decade-long photographic journey into eastern England's rivers, lakes, and marshes. His mesmerizing images capture the gentle rhythms of a vanishing agrarian life, the beauty of water against sky, and the eloquence of the landscape.

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Coming Home from the Marshes / Emerson
Coming Home from the Marshes, Peter Henry Emerson, 1886
Top: The Old Order and the New (detail), 1886
A Place in the Sun: Photographs of Los Angeles by John Humble
through July 8
The Getty Center
Headwaters, the Los Angeles River / Humble
Headwaters, the Los Angeles River, Confluence of Arroyo Calabasas and Bell Creek, Canoga Park, John Humble, 2001
© John Humble, courtesy of Jan Kesner Gallery

John Humble's photographs capture the unexpected beauty in our urban surroundings, with their stubborn dignity and ironic juxtapositions. Experience Los Angeles and its 51-mile concrete river through Humble's perceptive and sometimes provocative lens.

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Browse All Exhibitions at the Getty Center and the Getty Villa

Photographs, illuminated manuscripts, German paintings from Dresden, and more—see current exhibitions to explore what's on now, and future exhibitions for a preview of more exhibitions opening this month.

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Learn about Art, Artists, and Art-Making Techniques in Our New Video Gallery

Video Gallery

Explore the collections, exhibitions, and history of the J. Paul Getty Museum in our new online Video Gallery, featuring over 50 videos. Go behind the scenes with artists and conservators, learn about J. Paul Getty's life and the building of the Getty Center, discover Dorothea Lange's documentary photographs, watch demonstrations of ancient glassmaking techniques, and more!

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Still from Making Manuscripts
An artist applies gold leaf to a page in this video from our "Making Art" series
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Learn about lectures, symposia, seminars, and other events at the Getty Villa in Exploring Antiquity, a monthly e-newsletter designed for students and scholars of classical antiquity. Delve into the art, culture, and daily life of the ancient world in presentations by leading scholars from across the world. The newsletter is free, and you can unsubscribe at any time.

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Radical Communication: Japanese Video Art 1968–1988 (video screenings)
April 18 and May 2, 7:30 p.m., The Getty Center
May 23, 7:30 p.m., The Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles

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See rarely screened video art spanning two decades in this series complementing the exhibition Art, Anti-Art, Non-Art: Experimentations in the Public Sphere in Postwar Japan, 1950–1970. The program at the Getty Center on May 2 features eight short works including a political documentary, a poetic meditation on water, an exploration of the body as musical instrument, and a humorous look at tech-obsessed Tokyo youth. The program at MOCA on May 23 features a 74-minute series of "video letters" that is one of the most influential achievements of early Japanese video art.

Free; reservations required.

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Still from Image of Image
Smash your TV: Still from Image of Image—Seeing by Kawaguchi Tatsuo, Muraoka Saburō, and Uematsu Keiji
Villa Theater Lab: The Bacchae (performance)
May 4 and 5, 8:00 p.m., and May 5 and 6, 3:00 p.m.
The Getty Villa
Gulu Monteiro
Director Gulu Monteiro, a pioneer of gesture-based theater

The Ipanema Theater Troupe shakes up ancient Greek theater with martial arts, dance, and drumming that evoke the ecstatic madness of the cult of Dionysos. The god of wine and theater challenges the traditional Greek order in Euripides' classic drama, transformed by director Gulu Monteiro into "an intense mystical and ritualistic experience."

Free; a ticket is required. Tickets available beginning Thursday, April 19, at 9:00 a.m.

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Friday Nights at the Getty: J-Town/Bronzeville Suite (performance)
May 11, 7:30 p.m.
The Getty Center

Witness a poignant meeting of Japanese American and African American culture in this new musical work by contemporary composer Dave Iwataki. Performed by master musicians, Japanese flute and koto first confront, then merge joyfully with jazz as they recount the wartime history of Little Tokyo, which became a cultural mecca for black artists during the period of Japanese incarceration.

Free; reservations required. Reservations available beginning Thursday, April 19, at 9:00 a.m.

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Photograph of Little Tokyo
One of the historic photographs of Little Tokyo that inspired composer Dave Iwataki
Gift of the Kenji Kikuchi Family, Japanese American National Museum (97.305.4)
Lectures on Animals in Art and the Imagination
The Getty Center
Unclean Spirits / English
The beasts of the apocalypse from an English manuscript of the 1200s

Beasts, real and fantastic, are the subject of two free lectures complementing the exhibitions Medieval Beasts and Oudry's Painted Menagerie, both opening May 1.

Imagination or Reality? Fantastical Beasts in Medieval Art and Thought
May 17, 7:00 p.m.
Manuscripts curator Elizabeth Morrison is your guide to the dragons and demons, griffins and gorgons that populated the medieval mind.

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Peter Singer
Peter Singer with a rescued pig at Farm Sanctuary in Watkins Glen, New York
Photo © Derek Goodwin

Looking at Animals
May 24, 7:00 p.m.
Philosopher and animal rights advocate Peter Singer considers what art tells us about animals—and about our prejudices toward other species.

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Introduce your whole family to the art, gardens, and family fun of the Getty Villa with just one ticket. Now each free ticket to the Getty Villa allows you to bring up to three children ages 15 and under with you in one car. Decorate a Greek vase in the Family Forum, take an Art Odyssey through the galleries, and explore the fountains and wall paintings in the gardens.

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Children at the Getty Villa
Introduce the whole family to the wonder of ancient times at the Getty Villa
Find More Events at the Getty Center and the Getty Villa
Event Calendar

May is full of events at the Getty Center and the Getty Villa—find them all on our event calendar.

Don't miss Fridays Off the 405 on May 4 featuring the intelligent dance music of Bluetech and Nalepa. Hear music by Yoko Ono and other avant-garde Japanese composers, explore the art and career of Jean-Baptiste Oudry, catch The Knitters in concert at Friday Nights at the Getty, and sort fact from fiction in a free lecture about human sacrifice in antiquity. Plus, enjoy a wide range of studio and gallery courses on photographic techniques, modern sculpture, German Romanticism, and more.

Most events are FREE.

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