J. Paul Getty Trust Report 2014: Digital Humanities at the Getty features essays from the Getty programs—the Getty Conservation Institute, the Getty Foundation, the Getty Research Institute, and the J. Paul Getty Museum—and experts in the field regarding the creation of a new digital future for the arts. Also included are the many acquisitions, exhibitions, projects, and grants made in fiscal year 2014.
At a time when digital technologies offer increasingly sophisticated options for producing, storing, and disseminating images, the seven contemporary artists in this exhibition explore the essence of photography—distilling it to its basic components of light-sensitive emulsions and chemical development. Whether they use expired photographic papers, archival negatives, custom-built cameras, or forego the use of a camera or film all together, they all revel in materials and process, employing darkroom techniques that shift our understanding of photography from a medium that merely records the world.
This exhibition explores leisure and play through a selection of photographs that span the history of the medium. While ideas of what constitutes leisure have changed over the past 150 years, the prints included illustrate some of the many ways people have chosen to spend their free time. The images also demonstrate inventive and improvised approaches, like unusual vantage points and jarring juxtapositions that photographers have employed to capture the spontaneity of playfulness..
During his lifetime, J. M. W. Turner was the most celebrated landscape painter in Europe, admired as much for his historical landscapes as for his arresting naturalism. Capturing fleeting effects of light and atmosphere through abstracted and innovative techniques, the stunning paintings and watercolors in this exhibition provide opportunities for contemplation on humanity's role in history and place in the natural world.
This exhibition was organized by Tate Britain, in association with the J. Paul Getty Museum and the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco. It is supported by an indemnity from the Federal Council on the Arts and Humanities.
Ring, A.D. 1–100, Roman. Gold, pearls, and emerald. Bibliothèque nationale de France, Département des monnaies, médailles et antiques, Paris
Ancient Luxury and the Roman Silver Treasure from Berthouville
Through August 17, 2015
| The Getty Villa
Discover new insights about ancient art, technology, religion, and cultural interaction through a spectacular hoard of Roman silver found in 1839. Following four years of meticulous conservation and research at the Getty Villa, these intricate treasures are presented together with precious gems, jewelry, and other Roman luxury objects from the royal collections of the Cabinet des Médailles at the Bibliothèque nationale de France.
Master Storytellers Hugh Lupton and Daniel Morden at the Getty Villa
Friday and Saturday, April 10 and 11, 8:00 p.m. Sunday, April 12, 2:00 p.m.
| The Getty Villa
The myths of the ancient Greeks still have the power to charm and chill us today, remaining part of our consciousness millennia after they were first imagined. British storytellers Hugh Lupton and Daniel Morden are renowned for their passionate, lucid, and accessible retellings of Greek myths. Their program illuminates the images in the exhibition Dangerous Perfection: Funerary Vases from Southern Italy, including Jason's hunt for the Golden Fleece. Suitable for children over 10. Tickets $20; $15 student/senior.
Saturday Nights at the Getty: Julianna Barwick and Matthew Brandt
Saturday, April 25, 7:30 p.m. | The Getty Center
Ethereal Brooklyn-based singer Julianna Barwick uses dazzling loops and layers to create absorbing vocal constructions that transport you to otherworldly sonic landscapes. In a special collaboration, she is joined by Los Angeles photographic artist Matthew Brandt, whose signature chromatic alchemy—on view in the exhibition Light, Paper, Process: Reinventing Photography—creates a lush and evocative visual counterpoint.
Modern Rome – Campo Vaccino, exhibited 1839, Joseph Mallord William Turner. Oil on canvas. The J. Paul Getty Museum
Sonnets and Sonatas presents Swan Song: On Late Style
Wednesday, April 1, 7:00 p.m. | The Getty Center
To what extent are late works significant in artists' careers? What light does it shed on their earlier work and in what way does it influence their followers? What kind of legacy is the so-called "swan song?" Starting from those questions and inspired by philosophers like Theodore Adorno and Edward Said, this program of lecture and performance presents late works of 19th-century composers (including Schubert, Beethoven, and Chopin), situating each composition in its context.
Light, Paper, Process: Reinventing Photography or Back to the Basics?
Tuesday, April 14, 7:00 p.m. | The Getty Center
Virginia Heckert, curator of photographs at the Getty Museum, speaks with photographers whose work is displayed in the exhibition Light, Paper, Process: Reinventing Photography. They discuss their engagement with the photographic medium and investigation of its essential elements.
Cup with Centaurs, Roman, A.D. 1–100. Silver and gold. Bibliothéque nationale de France, Dèpartement des monnaies, médailles et antiques, Paris
A Roman Temple Treasure
Thursday, April 16, 7:30 p.m.
| The Getty Villa
Unearthed by a farmer in 1830, a spectacular hoard dedicated to Mercury in northern France contains some of the finest Roman silver to survive from classical antiquity. Kenneth Lapatin, curator of the exhibition Ancient Luxury and the Roman Silver Treasure from Berthouville, examines this rare votive deposit and what it reveals about religion, culture, and technology. Free; a ticket is required.
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Detail of the Florentine Codex, book 9. Firenze, Biblioteca Medicea Laurenziana, Ms. Med. Palat. 219, f. 371v
Visual and Textual Dialogues in Colonial Mexico and Europe: The Florentine Codex
Day 1: Friday, April 17, 10:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m. at UCLA Day 2: Saturday, April 18, 10:00 a.m.–1:00 p.m. at the Getty Center
This conference considers how the many Nahua contributors to the Florentine Codex and their Spanish interpreter, Fray Bernardino de Sahagún, used images and alphabetic texts to represent themselves and their cultures to mixed audiences in Mexico and Europe during the late-16th century.
This is a two-day conference, taking place at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) and the Getty Center. Separate reservations are required. To register for the first day of this conference, visit UCLA's website.
Wednesday, April 1, 6:30 p.m. at Segerstrom Center for the Arts, Costa Mesa, CA
Curious about what's new, noteworthy, and collectible in Southern California's art scene? Join a conversation with some of its leading figures—including Timothy Potts, director of the J. Paul Getty Museum; Paul Schimmel of Hauser Wirth & Schimmel gallery; Todd D. Smith, director of the Orange County Museum of Art; and Los Angeles artist Samara Golden. The New York Times culture reporter Robin Pogrebin moderates. Reception follows. Tickets $25.
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Welcome the beauty of Edouard Manet's Spring (Jeanne Demarsy) into your home. This gorgeous painting, recently acquired by the J. Paul Getty Museum, is reproduced as a high-quality giclée print using archival pigment inks and fine matte paper—capturing the bold yet sophisticated sense of color in Manet's fashionable embodiment of the season