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Treasures of printmaking from the vaults of the Getty Research Institute

May 2012

Event Calendar

The Getty Research Institute: Recent Print Acquisitions
Through September 2 | The Getty Center

Current Exhibitions

Future Exhibitions

Research Institute Collection

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Featuring masterpieces from 400 years of printmaking, this exhibition showcases the range and quality of the prints that the Getty Research Institute acquires. See a first edition of Piranesi's Prisons, beautifully hand-painted designs for Mozart's operas, and a rare portfolio of prints by Bauhaus masters. Also on view are several masterful woodcuts by Albrecht Dürer, including a complete suite of his Life of the Virgin.

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400 years of printmaking - on view through September 2
Saint Christopher, Albrecht Dürer, 1511

Banner image: Opera Set Decoration for the Magic Flute (detail), Carl Friedrich Thiele after Karl Friedrich Schinkel, about 1824
Opening in May

In Focus: Picturing Landscape
May 22–October 7
Selections from the Getty Museum's collection explore how photographers have depicted natural landscapes through the camera lens.

Heaven, Hell, and Dying Well: Images of Death in the Middle Ages
May 29–August 12
Delightful and disturbing visions in the pages of illuminated manuscripts.

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In Focus: Picturing Landscape opens May 22
Sandbars, Cape Cod, Massachusetts, William A. Garnett, 1966. © Estate of William A. Garnett
Closing in May

In Focus: Los Angeles, 1945–1980
Closes May 6
Photographers explore L.A. and use the camera for documentary and creative expression. Learn more »

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Saturdays Off the 405: Dum Dum Girls
Saturday, May 19, 6:00–9:00 p.m. | The Getty Center

Performances and Films

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Outdoor music is back for the summer! Browse Herb Ritts: L.A. Style, grab a drink, and explore the Getty Center at sunset. On the travertine stage is girl-gang force Dum Dum Girls, who combine guitar-propelled rock with deeply personal songwriting. Free; parking is $10 after 5:00 p.m.

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Outdoor music is back! Saturdays Off the 405 returns May 19
Dum Dum Girls. Photo: Lauren Dukoff
T H E A T E R   A T   T H E   V I L L A
Villa Theater Lab: Hugh Lupton and Helen Chadwick perform Hymns to Aphrodite
Friday–Sunday, May 18–20 | The Getty Villa

Performances and Films

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Hugh Lupton is one of Britain's greatest living storytellers, Helen Chadwick a celebrated composer and singer. Together they conjure tales of the Greek and Roman gods of love in a work-in-progress complementing the exhibition Aphrodite and the Gods of Love. Tickets $7.

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Aphrodite inspires stories and music - May 18, 19, and 20
Helen Chadwick and Hugh Lupton bring the ancient gods alive through story and song.
F I L M   S E R I E S
What Becomes a Legend
Saturday & Sunday, May 5 & 6 | The Getty Center

Performances and Films

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Our film series celebrating Herb Ritts: L.A. Style continues in May with four movies featuring charismatic characters that smolder on screen.

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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Sexy and suave characters on screen - May 5 and 6
Marlon Brando in A Streetcar Named Desire. Warner Bros./Photofest © Warner Bros.
L E C T U R E S   &   C O N V E R S A T I O N S
Who Made Etruscan Art?
Thursday, May 3, 7:30 p.m. | The Getty Villa

Lectures and Conferences

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Archaeologist Gregory Warden discusses recent research that sheds new light on the culture of Etruria from the 7th to the 5th centuries B.C., revealing how ancient artists produced the splendid luxury goods that graced tombs of the Etruscan elites. Free; a ticket is required.

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Luxury goods from Etruscan tombs - May 3
Detail from a pair of gold Etruscan earrings, 525–500 B.C.
FILM and Film
Thursday, May 10, 7:30 p.m. | The Getty Center

Artist Tacita Dean is known for her artistic use of film to capture fleeting moments of light and subtle shifts in movement. She talks about FILM, her installation at Tate Modern in London, and discusses her innovative use of analog filmmaking techniques. Free; reservations required.

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Artist Tacita Dean on film, analog and digital - May 10
Artist Tacita Dean. Photo: Jim Rakete
Out in the Open: Conservation Challenges of Outdoor Public Art
Tuesday, May 15, 7:00 p.m. | The Getty Center

Join a panel of professionals charged with the care of public art collections as they explore issues related to the management and conservation of outdoor artworks, including the physical environment, vandalism, funding, and public awareness. Free; reservations required.

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How do you conserve art that's outdoors? May 15
Enteractive by Electroland, 2006. Located at 11th and Flower, Los Angeles, California. © Electroland
Also in May

Aide/AIDS-mémoire: Herb Ritts and the Picture of Health
May 3

Are We All Paparazzi?
May 16

Getty Perspectives: Endless Summer
May 23

Making a Good Death in the Later Middle Ages
May 31

Culinary Workshop: Aphrodisiacs
Saturdays & Sundays, April 28 & 29 and May 19 & 20, 11:00 a.m.–2:30 p.m. | The Getty Villa

Courses and Demonstrations

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Learn about the role that erotic magic and food played in ancient courtship and marriage with chef and educator Maite Gomez-Réjon, followed by a hands-on cooking class and communal lunch. Course fee $75.

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Explore, cook, and eat erotic foods! April 28 and 29, May 19 and 20
Explore how today's foods were used as aphrodisiacs in ancient times.
Highlights at a Glance—May 2012
At the Getty Center this month

C O N T I N U I N G   T H I S   M O N T H
Herb Ritts: L.A. Style (through Aug. 26)

O P E N I N G   T H I S   M O N T H
In Focus: Picturing Landscape (May 22)
Heaven, Hell, and Dying Well: Images of Death in the Middle Ages (May 29)

C L O S I N G   T H I S   M O N T H
In Focus: Los Angeles (May 6)

H O T   T I C K E T S
Film Series: What Becomes a Legend (May 5 and 6)
Course: Impressionist Landscape (May 11)
Lecture: Conserving Outdoor Art (May 15)
Lecture: Peter Plagens (May 23)

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 (through July 9)

H O T   T I C K E T S
Lecture: Etruscan Art (May 3)
Course: Roman Poetry (May 12)
Villa Theater Lab: Hymns to Aphrodite (May 18–20)

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