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The Triumph of the Church, 1622–25, Peter Paul Rubens. Oil on panel. Image courtesy of the Photographic Archive, Museo Nacional del Prado, Madrid

Opening This Month

  The Triumph of the Church (detail), about 1626–33, woven by Jan Raes I after designs by Peter Paul Rubens. Wool and silk. Image courtesy of and © the Patrimonio Nacional, Monasterio de las Descalzas Reales, Madrid. Photo: Bruce M. White

Spectacular Rubens: The Triumph of the Eucharist

October 14, 2014–January 11, 2015 | The Getty Center
In the early 1620s, the Flemish painter Peter Paul Rubens designed a series of monumental tapestries for the devout Infanta Isabel Clara Eugenia celebrating the spiritual victory of the Roman Catholic Church. This exhibition unites the exhilarating designs in the collection of the Prado Museum, painted in oil on wood panel, with the magnificent tapestries—rare loans from the Patrimonio Nacional, Madrid. Characterized by exuberant energy, clever visual illusions, and an astonishing array of figures, the Eucharist series is one of the wonders of the Baroque period.

  A Merry Company, about 1644, Jacob Jordaens. Watercolor over black chalk, heightened with white gouache. The J. Paul Getty Museum

Drawing in the Age of Rubens

October 14, 2014–January 11, 2015 | The Getty Center
This exhibition of Flemish drawings from the Getty Museum's collection bears witness to the flourishing of artistic culture in the southern Netherlands from the 16th to the 17th centuries. Featuring drawings made by Peter Paul Rubens, his most talented pupils, and his contemporaries and predecessors, this survey includes drawn landscapes, figural studies, religious subjects, and scenes from everyday life.

Continuing This Month

  Two Messengers from the God of Love Delivering a Letter to Venus (detail) from The Romance of the Rose, Paris, about 1405. Tempera colors, gold leaf, and ink on parchment. The J. Paul Getty Museum, Ms. Ludwig XV 7, fol. 99v

Chivalry in the Middle Ages

Through November 30, 2014 | The Getty Center
Chivalry first developed as a code of honor that emphasized bravery, loyalty, and generosity for knights at war in the 11th and 12th centuries. By the later Middle Ages illuminated manuscripts had helped establish chivalry as a system of values that permeated almost every aspect of aristocratic culture. Discover the many facets of chivalry in this exhibition culled from the Museum's permanent collection.

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  Shinjuku, 2002, Daido Moriyama. Gelatin silver print. The J. Paul Getty Museum, Purchased with funds provided by the Photographs Council. © Daido Moriyama

In Focus: Tokyo

Through December 14, 2014 | The Getty Center
See the megalopolis of Tokyo through the eyes of four contemporary photographers: Mikiko Hara, Daido Moriyama, Shigeichi Nagano, and Masato Seto. Though the photographers in this exhibition tell very different visual stories about the city they call home, each of them has a unique and compelling viewpoint that portrays Tokyo at human scale.

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Closing This Month

Yvonne Rainer: Dances and Films
Through October 12, 2014 | The Getty Center

Minor White: Manifestations of the Spirit
Through October 19, 2014 | The Getty Center

Convergences: Selected Photographs from the Permanent Collection
Through October 19, 2014 | The Getty Center


  Still from Black Orpheus. Used with permission from The Criterion Collection

Cinema under the Stars at the Getty Villa: Orpheus and Black Orpheus

Friday and Saturday, October 10 and 11, 7:30 p.m. | The Getty Villa
Spend an enchanting evening at the Villa's Outdoor Classical Theater with two iconic films based on the Orpheus myth. Jean Cocteau's 1950 update represents the legendary director at the height of his powers, with peerless visual poetry and dreamlike storytelling. Marcel Camus's award-winning Black Orpheus (1959) brings the
ancient Greek myth to the madness of Carnival in Rio de Janeiro. Tickets $7.

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Also in film this month:
Film Series: Tokyo Stories


  Assisted Living: Do you have any money?, Yvonne Rainer, 2013. Performers, left to right: Patricia Hoffbauer, Emmanuèlle Phuon, Yvonne Rainer, Pat Catterson, Keith Sabado, and Emily Coates. Photo: Ian Douglas

Yvonne Rainer: Two Works

Friday and Saturday, October 3 and 4, 7:30 p.m. | The Getty Center
Renowned choreographer, dancer, and filmmaker Yvonne Rainer presents her newly commissioned work-in-progress, The Concept of Dust, or How do you look when there's nothing left to move? and Assisted Living: Do You Have Any Money? (2013). These two performances that touch on themes of aging, death, play, and the current socioeconomic situation in America. Tickets $20; $15 students and seniors.

Dancer Pat Catterson describes her experience working with Yvonne Rainer on The Getty Iris »

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Coming next month
Gordon Getty Concert: Pomerium—Music for Rubens's Tapestries

LECTURES & Symposia

  The Meeting of Abraham and Melchizedek, 1622–25, Peter Paul Rubens. Oil on panel.. Image courtesy of the Photographic Archive, Museo Nacional del Prado, Madrid

The Seductive Power of Rubens

Wednesday, October 15, 7:00 p.m. | The Getty Center
The large sketches Peter Paul Rubens painted in preparation for the tapestries of the Eucharist series offer a unique opportunity to delve into the intricacies of his art. Alejandro Vergara, curator of Flemish and Northern European paintings at the Prado in Madrid, analyzes the six paintings from the Prado on view in the exhibition Spectacular Rubens: The Triumph of the Eucharist to define the key elements of the Flemish master's art.

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  Poet Alice Oswald

Alice Oswald: In Light of Homer's Odyssey

Thursday, October 16, 7:30 p.m. | The Getty Villa
Copresented by the Library Foundation of Los Angeles

As part of the Library Foundation's monthlong celebration of Homer's Odyssey, renowned British poet and classicist Alice Oswald—whose elegiac Memorial: An Excavation of the Iliad won the 2013 Warwick Prize for Writing—shares her thoughts about Light as a character in the Odyssey and reads a poem on the subject. Free; a ticket is required.

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  Agony—The famous "Laocoon," Vatican Gallery, Rome (detail), Underwood & Underwood, about 1900. From Stereographic Views of Italy. The Getty Research Institute, 96.R.28

Photography and Sculpture: The Art Object in Reproduction

Saturday, October 25, 9:30 a.m.–5:00 p.m. | The Getty Center
This symposium explores the intersections between sculpture and photography examining questions such as how photography transforms and mediates one's encounter with objects. Speakers will discuss a wide range of images and cultural artifacts to investigate the broader role of photographic reproductions in the writing of art history and the impact of reproductive media on artistic practice.

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  Scenes from the Story of Euryalus and Lucretia (detail) from The Story of Two Lovers, France, about 1460–70. Tempera colors, gold, and ink on parchment. The J. Paul Getty Museum, Ms. 68, fol. 30

A Knight's Bookshelf

Wednesday, October 29, 7:00 p.m. | The Getty Center
Nancy Regalado, professor of medieval French literature at New York University, discusses the importance of manuscripts in the world of the medieval nobility. These books with their lavish images were prestigious commissions, precious material possessions, sources of thrilling entertainment, and also vehicles for teaching moral and spiritual values to knights.

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  Head of Emperor Augustus, Roman, 25–1 B.C. Marble. The J. Paul Getty Museum

Dynasty and Destiny in Imperial Rome: The Augustan Experiment and Its Legacy

Wednesday, October 29, 7:30 p.m. | The Getty Villa
As first Roman emperor, Augustus Caesar set in motion an ambitious program of public art and architecture to glorify himself and his extended family. Professor John Pollini of the University of Southern California presents new ideas about the emperor's representational initiatives and explains innovative approaches to reading and understanding Augustan imagery. Free; a ticket is required.

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City Lab: Making L.A.

Monday, September 29, 6:00 p.m. | The Theatre at Ace Hotel
Hosted by the Aspen Institute, The Atlantic, and Bloomberg Philanthropies, City Lab: Making L.A. is an evening dedicated to Los Angeles. Prominent Angelenos will come together to to talk about their visions for the future of L.A. as a global destination and model of a vibrant, sustainable urban community.

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Highlights at a Glance—October

Opening This Month

Spectacular Rubens (Oct. 14, 2014–Jan. 11, 2015)
Drawing in the Age of Rubens (Oct. 14, 2014–Jan. 11, 2015)

Continuing This Month

Chivalry in the Middle Ages (Through Nov. 30)
In Focus: Tokyo (Through Dec. 14)

Closing this Month

Yvonne Rainer (Through Oct. 12)
Minor White (Through Oct. 19)
Convergences (Through Oct. 19)

Hot Tickets

Performance: Yvonne Rainer (Oct. 3 & 4)
Lecture: The Seductive Power of Rubens (Oct.15)
Lecture: In Light of Homer's Odyssey (Oct. 16)
Film: Tokyo Stories (Oct. 18 & 19)
Symposium: Photography and Sculpture (Oct. 25)
Lecture: A Knight's Bookshelf (Oct. 29)

Hot Tickets

Film: Cinema under the Stars (Oct. 10 & 11)
Lecture: Dynasty and Destiny in Imperial Rome (Oct. 29)


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