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Tokyo, Shinjuku Gyoen, Shinjuku, 2000, Shigeichi Nagano. Gelatin silver print. The J. Paul Getty Museum, Purchased with funds provided by the Photographs Council. © Shigeichi Nagano

Opening This Month

  Untitled (Primary Speaking), negative 1999; print about 2007, Mikiko Hara. Chromogenic print. The J. Paul Getty Museum, Purchased with funds provided by the Photographs Council. © Mikiko Hara

In Focus: Tokyo

August 5–December 14, 2014 | The Getty Center
In this exhibition, four contemporary photographers interpret the dense, hyper-real metropolis of Tokyo from four different perspectives. With a snapshot style, Mikiko Hara spontaneously captures portraits of passersby; Daidō Moriyama haunts the neighborhood of Shinjuku for fragments of nightlife; Shigeichi Nagano observes the interactions of community with a perpetually rebuilt environment; and Masato Seto focuses on couples who have escaped the cramped quarters of high-rise living.

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Continuing This Month

  The Skeleton Painter (detail), about 1896, James Ensor. Oil on panel. Royal Museum of Fine Arts Antwerp. Image © Lukas-Art in Flanders, vzw. Photo Hugo Maertens. Artwork © 2014 Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York / SABAM, Brussels

The Scandalous Art of James Ensor

Through September 7, 2014 | The Getty Center
Scandalous. Grotesque. Eccentric. Satirical. Discover the mad creativity of Belgian artist James Ensor through over one hundred paintings, drawings, and prints in this exhibition charting his artistic path from naturalistic compositions to the bizarre and satirical creations in his later life.

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  Portrait of a Young Lady in Profile, about 1783–85, Henri-Pierre Danloux. Black chalk and gray wash. The J. Paul Getty Museum

Rococo to Revolution: 18th-Century French Drawings from Los Angeles Collections

Through September 21, 2014 | The Getty Center
This exhibition traces the evolution of drawing in France from the early 1700s, when the ornate Rococo style prevailed, to the 1770s and 1780s and the emergence of Neoclassicism, a movement that drew inspiration from ancient Greco-Roman art and culture.

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  Film About a Woman Who…, 1974, Yvonne Rainer. Gelatin silver print. The Getty Research Institute. © Yvonne Rainer

Yvonne Rainer: Dances and Films

Through October 12, 2014 | The Getty Center
The influential career of dancer, choreographer, filmmaker, and writer Yvonne Rainer is surveyed in this exhibition through a lively array of photographs, scores, journals, ephemera, and audiovisual presentations, along with a complete retrospective of the artist's avant-garde films.

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  Essence of Boat, Lanesville, Massachusetts, 1967, Minor White. Gelatin silver print. Collection of Daniel Greenberg and Susan Steinhauser. Reproduced with permission of the Minor White Archive, Princeton University Art Museum. © Trustees of Princeton University

Minor White: Manifestations of the Spirit

Through October 19, 2014 | The Getty Center
Minor White is one of the masters of photographic modernism. Throughout his career, White sought to photograph things not only for what they are but also for what they may suggest, resulting in images filled with symbolic and metaphorical allusions.

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  Country Girls, 1925, August Sander. Gelatin silver print. The J. Paul Getty Museum

Convergences: Selected Photographs from the Permanent Collection

Through October 19, 2014 | The Getty Center
This exhibition marks the 30th anniversary of the Getty's Department of Photography through a series of 14 groupings, revealing points of convergence between recently acquired works by contemporary artists and historical photographs in the collection.

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Closing This Month

No Further West: The Story of Los Angeles Union Station
Through August 10, 2014 at the Los Angeles Public Library's Central Library

Heaven and Earth: Art of Byzantium from Greek Collections
Through August 25, 2014 | The Getty Villa

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Outdoor Theater Production: Persians by Aeschylus

Thursdays–Saturdays, September 4–27: Tickets on sale now | The Getty Villa
Directed by Anne Bogart
Created and Performed by SITI Company
Translated by Aaron Poochigian

New York based-SITI Company, one of America's leading theater ensembles, presents the emotional story of war, victory, and loss experienced by an imagined Persian court. In this sole surviving Greek tragedy about a historical event—the battle of Salamis in 480 B.C. —Aeschylus glorifies the Athenian victors yet humanizes the defeated Persians, emphasizing the universal impact of war on family and community.

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  Mikael Jorgenson and Cassandra C. Jones

Friday Flights: Hosted by Mikael Jorgensen and Cassandra C. Jones

Friday, August 8, 6:00–9:00 p.m. | The Getty Center
Mikael Jorgensen and Cassandra C. Jones host the fourth and final event in the Friday Flights series. Jorgensen is the keyboardist in the alternative rock band Wilco and releases electronic music under his own name. Jones is a new-media artist with a focus in digital photomontage. Together with friends they present four electronic music projects, an artist's lecture, a video performance piece, and operatic tour of the Getty galleries.

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  BADBADNOTGOOD. Photo: Connor Olthius

Saturdays Off the 405: BADBADNOTGOOD

Saturday, August 23, 6:00–9:00 p.m. | The Getty Center
This formally trained trio of young musicians challenges the rule book on improvised instrumental music and takes a fresh look at the jazz tradition. Their songs unite jazz virtuosity and hip hop source material, and their notorious live performances bring fans from across the musical spectrum together.

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  Mister G. Photo: Katherine Jamieson

Garden Concerts for Kids

Saturdays and Sundays, August 2 and 3, 9 and 10, and 16 and 17, 4:00–5:30 p.m. | The Getty Center
This free outdoor-music series for kids and their families in the Getty Center's Central Garden features some of the best children's musical artists from across the nation. Performing this year are Mister G, Shine and the Moonbeams, and Alistair Mook.

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Art Lab: The Chivalry Project

Wednesday, August 6 and Saturday, August 16 and 23, 11:00 a.m.–3:30 p.m | The Getty Center
Join artist Becca Lofchie in a drop-in, hands-on workshop that explores the idea of chivalry in contemporary life. Create your own manuscript page and then visit the related exhibition of illuminated manuscripts, Chivalry in the Middle Ages. Participants also learn about how to participate in our online Chivalry Project.

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  The Father's Curse: The Ungrateful Son, about 1778, Jean-Baptiste Greuze. Brush and gray wash, squared in pencil. The J. Paul Getty Museum

The French Collection

Sunday, August 3, 4:00 p.m. | The Getty Center
How and why does one collect historical French art in 21st-century America? Distinguished Los Angeles private collectors join Getty drawings curators for a lively roundtable discussion about the motivations, pleasures, and difficulties—personal and professional—of sourcing, selecting, acquiring, and displaying works of art, whether in the context of a public museum or a private collection.

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  Round and Round 2012, Laurie Lipton, charcoal and graphite on paper

Ensor and the Artists

Thursday, August 7, 7:00 p.m. | The Getty Center
James Ensor had a significant impact not only on artists living during his lifetime, but also on many artists currently working during ours. The artists on this panel discuss the various ways Ensor's work has influenced their current practice.

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Community Partners

REDCAT's New Original Works Festival 2014

Through August 9, Thursdays–Saturdays, 8:30 p.m.

The annual three-week NOW Festival is back with eight new original works by Los Angeles–based dance, theater, and multimedia performing artists Ate9 dANCE cOMPANY, d. Sabela grimes, John Fleck, Marsian de Lellis, Overtone Industries, Rosanna Gamson/World Wide and Wilfried Souly. Learn more »

Farhang Foundation is Looking for Professional Artists

Contribute to a public urban art project in Los Angeles inspired by the visit of the Cyrus Cylinder to the Getty Villa in 2013. Create a site-specific artwork that commemorates the concepts of religious diversity and freedom as human rights, as inspired by the ideals of Cyrus the Great. Learn more »

Highlights at a Glance—August

Opening This Month

In Focus: Tokyo (Aug. 5–Dec. 14, 2014)

Continuing This Month

The Scandalous Art of James Ensor (Through Sept. 7)
Rococo to Revolution (Through Sept. 21)
Yvonne Rainer (Through Oct. 12)
Minor White (Through Oct. 19)
Convergences (Through Oct. 19)
Chivalry in the Middle Ages (Through Nov. 30)

Hot Tickets

Family: Garden Concerts for Kids (Aug. 2 & 3, 9 & 10, 16 & 17)
Lecture: The French Collection (Aug. 3)
Family: The Chivalry Project (Aug. 6, 16, & 23)
Conversation: Ensor and the Artists (Aug. 7)
Performance: Friday Flights (Aug. 8)
Performance: Saturdays Off the 405 (Aug. 23)

Closing This Month

Heaven and Earth (Through August 25)

Hot Tickets

Theater: Persians by Aeschylus (Sept. 4–27: Tickets available now)


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