Original artwork: St. John the Evangelist (detail), about 1625–28, Frans Hals. Oil on canvas. The J. Paul Getty Museum
Art + Ideas
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Join J. Paul Getty Trust President Jim Cuno in a new podcast, Art + Ideas. In the debut episodes, discover the complex history of porcelain with potter and author Edmund de Waal, explore the depth of visual intelligence with art historian Yve-Alain Bois on Ellsworth Kelly, delve into the formative years of Los Angeles–based architect Frank Gehry, unearth the ancient past with archaeologist Colin Renfrew, and examine the history of Black Mountain College with curator Helen Molesworth. Available on getty.edu/podcasts, or search for it in your favorite podcast player.
Jacob's Dream (detail), from World Chronicle, about 1400–10. Tempera colors, gold, silver paint, and ink on parchment. The J. Paul Getty Museum, Ms. 33, fol. 40
Things Unseen: Vision, Belief, and Experience in Illuminated Manuscripts
July 12–September 25, 2016 | The Getty Center
Explore the visual challenges artists faced as they sought to render miraculous encounters with the divine, grand visions of the end of time, the intricacies of belief, and the intimate communications of prayer in this exhibition. Drawn primarily from the Getty's permanent collection, these "unseen" spiritual experiences, recorded by Jewish and Christian authors in antiquity, were translated in new ways by the illuminators of medieval and Renaissance books.
London Calling: Bacon, Freud, Kossoff, Andrews, Auerbach, and Kitaj
July 26–November 13, 2016 | The Getty Center
From the 1940s onward, a group of artists in London rejected the trends of abstraction, conceptualism, and minimalism to pursue the depiction of the human figure and everyday landscape, forging startling new approaches and styles. Drawn largely from the holdings of Tate in London, this is the first major exhibition in the U.S. to collectively consider the work of six of the leaders of this "School of London"—Francis Bacon, Lucian Freud, Leon Kossoff, Michael Andrews, Frank Auerbach, and R. B. Kitaj.
Edge of the Forest, Sun Setting, about 1845–46, Théodore Rousseau. Oil on canvas. Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Purchased with funds provided by William Randolph Hearst Collection by exchange. Image: www.lacma.org
Unruly Nature: The Landscapes of Théodore Rousseau
Through September 11, 2016 | The Getty Center
Théodore Rousseau was one of the leading figures of French landscape in the mid-19th century. His keen eye and passionate love of nature expanded the vocabulary of landscape expression a generation before the emergence of Impressionism, matching the natural diversity of his native country with an extraordinary range of style and technique. Bringing together more than seventy paintings and drawings, this major international loan exhibition explores the tremendous variety of Rousseau's work.
Orpheus and the Animals (detail), A.D. 150–200, Saint-Romain-en-Gal, France. Stone and glass tesserae. The J. Paul Getty Museum
Roman Mosaics across the Empire
Through September 12, 2016
| The Getty Villa
Tour the Roman Empire through the elaborate mosaic floors recovered from various archaeological contexts in this exhibition. Featuring intricate patterns and narrative scenes, these mosaics were found in wealthy Roman homes and interiors of a variety of public buildings, including baths, temples, and churches. Drawn primarily from the Getty Museum's collection, these mosaics provide a glimpse into the richly embellished architecture of the ancient world.
Cave Temples of Dunhuang: Buddhist Art on China's Silk Road
Through September 4, 2016 | The Getty Center
The Mogao grottoes in northwestern China, located near the town of Dunhuang on the Silk Road, preserve 1,000 years of exquisite wall paintings and sculpture in nearly 500 caves at the edge of the Gobi Desert. This exhibition presents objects originally from the site, such as paintings and manuscripts; a 3D immersive experience; and full-size, hand-painted replica caves that celebrate the decades-long collaboration between the Getty Conservation Institute and the Dunhuang Academy to conserve this UNESCO World Heritage Site.
This exhibition is made possible by the support of The Robert H. N. Ho Family Foundation, Presenting Sponsor; East West Bank, Lead Corporate Sponsor; Air China Limited, Official Airline; Henry Luce Foundation, Lead Sponsor; yU+co, Dunhuang Foundation, and Blakemore Foundation, Virtual Immersive Experience Sponsors; and the generous support of China COSCO Shipping.
Saturday, July 9 and 23, 6:00 p.m. | The Getty Center
On July 9, L.A.-based folk-rock singer/songwriter Kevin Morby blends his Dylanesque voice and world-weary lyrics with a beautifully structured indie sound, resulting in a meandering atmospheric quality and palpable emotional complexity that is both eerie and sweetly gentle. Free; no ticket required.
On July 23, Orange County's Burger Records—whose prolific distribution of irreverent garage-rock and exuberant surf and pop music, largely through cassettes, has become a phenomenon among SoCal youth—presents a special festival format featuring The Muffs, The Garden, Jessie Jones, Gap Dream, and VAJJ. Free; no ticket required.
Bringing together a wide range of L.A.-based artists for a series of happenings across the Getty Center, this program includes music by Chris Cohen, a multi-site music performance by wild Up's Andrew Tholl, Song of Eurydice, a choral and dance performance by mecca vazie andrews and Carolyn Pennypacker Riggs with costumes by 69, and more. Free; no ticket required.
Composer and conductor Tan Dun is at work on a new symphonic composition inspired by Dunhuang and especially the cave temple wall paintings at Mogao, which depict more than forty types of musical instruments. This evening will offer a rare opportunity to hear Tan Dun discuss his creative process as well as a musical performance.
Annual Outdoor Theater Production: Haunted House Party, A Roman Comedy
Thursdays–Saturdays, September 8–October 1, 2016, 8:00 p.m.
| The Getty Villa
Enjoy theater under the stars at the Getty Villa! Haunted House Party is a hilarious Roman comedy based on Plautus's Mostellaria that would be right at home as a television sitcom premise today: When big daddy Theopropides is away, his son Philolaches will play! The lovesick youth has borrowed a large sum of money from a swindler to buy the freedom of a slave girl. When Theopropides returns sooner than expected, his slave Tranio is forced into some high-concept scheming to save the day.
This knockabout farce features the musical, comedic, circus style of the one and only Troubadour Theater Company (aka the Troubies).
Mosaic Floor with Head of Medusa (detail), A.D. 115–150, Roman. Stone tesserae. Right: Ancient Gorgonian Lindsay? (detail), 2013, Jim Bachor. Marble.
Stone Pixels: Mosaics Then and Now
Saturday, July 9, 2:00 p.m.
| The Getty Villa
Take a closer look at Roman mosaics and the work of a contemporary artist who brings fresh perspective to this ancient art form with archaeologist Will Wootton of King's College London and Chicago-based mosaicist Jim Bachor. Free; advance ticket required.
Vines and Volcanoes—Greeks, Romans, and Wine in Ancient Italy
Saturday, July 16, 5:00 p.m. and Sunday, July 17, 4:00 p.m.
| The Getty Villa
Learn how the ancient Greeks and Romans made their wine, from the field to the table, and the amazing and sometimes bizarre rituals around its consumption in a talk by archaeologist Paul Roberts of the Ashmolean Museum in Oxford. Then enjoy a tasting of volcanic wines from Mt. Etna and Mt. Vesuvius with sommelier Diego Meraviglia in the picturesque outdoor setting of the Getty Villa. Tickets $65, includes appetizers. Complimentary parking.
Image from Aurel Stein's book, Ruins of Desert Cathay (detail), 1912. Plate 188, "Cella and Porch of Wang Tao-Shih's Cave-Temple, 'Thousand Buddhas Site, Tun-Huang"
The World in the Year 1000: The View from Dunhuang
Sunday, July 24, 4:00 p.m. | The Getty Center
In the year 1000, dramatic cultural and political changes were underway in major regions of the world, including East and Central Asia. At Dunhuang, this was when the Library Cave (Cave 17) was sealed. Hear more from Valerie Hansen, professor of history at Yale University, about what the contents of this long-sealed cave reveal. Free; advance ticket required.
Andrea Rose, former director of visual arts at the British Council, introduces the works and personalities of the painters presented in the London Calling exhibition. Rose, who has worked with all of these artists, describes their undeviating focus on painting from observation.
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Medusa Mosaic Reproduction
Handcrafted from marble and plaster in Florence, Italy, this mosaic replica depicts the bust of Medusa, the central figure of a Roman mosaic floor on view at the Getty Villa. Although early Greek representations of Medusa emphasized her hideous and monstrous appearance, a new human-like Medusa first surfaced in Hellenistic art and then became the norm by the time of this mosaic in the A.D.100s. Reproduction measures 10 inches in diameter.