Sailboat on a Raging Sea, about 1818–19, Théodore Géricault. Brown wash, blue watercolor, and opaque watercolor on brown laid paper. The J. Paul Getty Museum
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Woman Strolling, about 1884, Georges Seurat. Conté crayon on laid paper. The J. Paul Getty Museum
Noir: The Romance of Black in 19th-Century French Drawings and Prints
February 9–May 15, 2016 | The Getty Center
In 1840 French artists began depicting shadowy scenes in which forms emerge and sink back into darkness. These darkened realms illustrated new subject matter, such as dream states, using new black drawing materials including man-made charcoal, black chalk, and conté crayon. This exhibition presents drawings and prints that examine how artists such as Rodolphe Bresdin, Odilon Redon, and Georges Seurat championed these dark subjects.
The Virgin and Child with the Archangels Michael and Gabriel, about 1480–1520. Ethiopia. Tempera on parchment. The J. Paul Getty Museum, Ms. 105, fol. 10
Traversing the Globe through Illuminated Manuscripts
Through June 26, 2016 | The Getty Center
This exhibition considers how illuminated manuscripts and other portable objects—like ceramics, textiles, glassworks, gems, and sculptures—contributed to one's outlook on the world in Europe, Africa, Asia, and the early Americas during the Middle Ages and the Renaissance. The manuscripts present stunning images and a range of ideas about exploration, exotic pursuits, and cross-cultural exchanges in the then-known world.
Louis XIV, France's Sun King, formed the greatest collection of tapestries in early modern Europe. Extraordinary resources of time, money, and talent were allocated to the creation of these works, handwoven after designs by the most respected artists. Experience these grand masterpieces in this exhibition, comprised of loans from the French state that evoke the splendor of the Sun King's court.
Fugitive Slave Law Convention, Cazenovia, New York, August 22, 1850, Ezra Greenleaf Weld. Daguerreotype. The J. Paul Getty Museum
In Focus: Daguerreotypes
Through March 30, 2016 | The Getty Center
Popularly described as "a mirror with a memory," the daguerreotype was the first form of photography to be announced to the world in 1839 and immediately captured the imagination of the public. This exhibition presents a selection of one-of-a-kind images that provide a unique vantage point from which to relive the initial shock of photography and to compare its early presence in the world with its omnipresence today.
The Fourth Day: Banquet around the Fountain of the Marble Court, Celebrating Louis XIV's Conquest of Franche-Comté (detail), 1676, Jean Le Pautre, from Les divertissemens de Versailles. The Getty Research Institute
The Edible Monument: The Art of Food for Festivals
Through March 13, 2016 | The Getty Center
In early modern Europe, festivals and celebrations were ornamented with large-scale, edible sculpture. From street feasts for civic occasions to delicate designs of sugar and fruit at court, these decorations were often used as propaganda to convey personal and political messages. Drawn from the GRI's Festival Collection, this exhibition features rare cookbooks and prints depicting the construction and consumption of these feasts and their symbolic place at the table.
Saturday, February 13, 7:00 p.m. and Sunday, February 14, 4:00 p.m. | The Getty Center
Khadem's lastest album, "The Road," invites listeners on a journey that includes her native Iran, as well as Serbia, Bulgaria, Macedonia, Greece, and Arab-Andalusia. She creates a lush sonic landscape by drawing upon a treasure trove of traditional melodies, rhythms, and poetry. Free; advance ticket required.
Friday, February 19, 8:00 p.m. Saturday, February 20, 3:00 and 8:00 p.m. Sunday, February 21, 3:00 p.m.
| The Getty Villa
An intimate physical-theater duo imagines unspoken parts of the iconic Antigone story and examines the unique qualities of the sibling bond. This original work pulls from current events, the Wild West, and ancient Greece for a fresh and personal look at the legacy of Oedipus. Tickets $7.
The Adoration of the Magi (detail), about 1460. Naples, Italy. Tempera and gold leaf on parchment. The J. Paul Getty Museum, Ms. Ludwig IX 12, fol. 256v
The World in a Book: Illuminated Manuscripts and the Global Middle Ages
Wednesday, February 3, 7:00 p.m. | The Getty Center
Journey across Europe, Africa, and Asia in this talk about the real and imagined encounters of the medieval world. Bryan C. Keene, assistant curator of manuscripts at the Getty, explores themes of mapping, religion, and trade in several manuscripts from the Museum's collection. Free; advance ticket required.
Apparition (detail), about 1880–90, Odilon Redon. Charcoal and powdered charcoal with stumping and yellow pastel on brown wove paper. The J. Paul Getty Museum
Black Drawings in 19th-Century France: The Modernist Trajectory
Thursday, February 18, 7:00 p.m. | The Getty Center
Lee Hendrix, senior curator of drawings at the Getty, investigates the explosion of black drawing materials (such as charcoals and chalks) in France during the 19th century. Free; advance ticket required.
The pastry shop (detail), ca. 1600s, Abraham Bosse. The Getty Research Institute
Royal Cavities: The Bitter Implications of Sugar Consumption in Early Modern Europe
Sunday, February 21, 4:00 p.m. | The Getty Center
This talk traces sugar consumption from the 16th and 17th centuries and discusses its cultural history up to the present. The popularity of refined sugar brought with it a considerable increase in tooth disease in the highest circles. Free; advance ticket required.
President Dwight D. Eisenhower (left) receives ancient artifacts from Prime Minister Spyros Markezinis (center). Photo courtesy of the Eisenhower Presidential Library, Abilene, Kansas
Our Presidents' Gifts: The Role of Greek Antiquities in Greek-U.S. Political Relationships after World War II
Saturday, February 27, 2:00 p.m.
| The Getty Villa
In the late 1940s, the United States' involvement in Greece ushered in a new, unprecedented role for Greek antiquities presented as state gifts to American presidents and other high ranking officials. Art historian Nassos Papalexandrou of the University of Texas at Austin examines the character of these antiquities, their qualities as ancient artifacts, the symbolism behind their selection, and the reception by those who accepted them.
Jeanne (Spring), 1881, Édouard Manet. Oil on canvas. The J. Paul Getty Museum
Toward a Modern Beauty: Manet, Gauguin, Cézanne The 2016 Getty Museum Distinguished Lecture
Recent art history has increasingly focused on the social and political context of French modernism, largely ignoring the new forms of beauty championed by the Impressionists and other avant-garde artists. At the invitation of Getty Museum Director Timothy Potts, leading Impressionism scholar Richard Brettell examines new and different forms of beauty found in three late-19th-century French paintings in the Museum’s collection. Free; advance ticket required.
Sunday, February 28, 3:00 p.m.: Édouard Manet, Jeanne (Spring)
Tuesday, March 1, 7:00 p.m.: Paul Gauguin, Arii Matamoe (The Royal End)
Thursday, March 3, 7:00 p.m.: Paul Cézanne, Young Italian Woman at a Table
Pond Fantasy, about 1930, Asahachi Kono. Gelatin silver print. Collection of the Kono family
Making Waves: Japanese American Photography, 1920–1940
February 28–June 26, 2016 at the Japanese American National Museum
Much of the critically acclaimed photography created by Japanese Americans in the 1920s and '30s was lost during the mass incarceration of Japanese Americans by the U.S. government following the bombing of Pearl Harbor. This exhibition examines this lost legacy, presenting surviving works alongside artifacts and ephemera that help bring the era to life.