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Pearblossom Hwy., 11–18th April 1986, #2, 1986, David Hockney. Collage of chromogenic prints. The J. Paul Getty Museum. © 1986 David Hockney.

Opening this Month

  Self Portrait Gerardmer France, 1975, David Hockney. Chromogenic print, 14 1/4 x 11 1/4 in. Courtesy of the artist. © David Hockney. Photo credit: Richard Schmidt

Happy Birthday, Mr. Hockney

June 27–November 26, 2017 | The Getty Center
In celebration of David Hockney's eightieth birthday and his long and continuing artistic career, the Getty Museum presents a two-part exhibition featuring the artist's highly creative self-portraits and photographs. Opening on July 18, Photographs displays a number of Polaroid composites and photo collages that mark Hockney's photographic explorations of the 1980s.

Opening June 27, Self-Portraits, features a selection of drawn, painted, and photographic self-portraits made over the past sixty-five years, from the 1950s when he was a teenage art student through to a selection of iPad studies made in 2012.

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Continuing this Month

  Torso, Pelaw, Gateshead, Tyneside, negative 1978; print 1988, Chris Killip. Gelatin silver print, 33 x 26.6 cm. The J. Paul Getty Museum, purchased in part with funds provided by Alison Bryan Crowell, Trish and Jan de Bont, Daniel Greenberg and Susan Steinhauser, Manfred Heiting, Gloria Katz and Willard Huyck, and Lyle and Lisi Poncher. © Chris Killip

Now Then: Chris Killip and the Making of In Flagrante

Through August 13, 2017 | The Getty Center
Poetic, penetrating, and often heartbreaking, Chris Killip's In Flagrante remains the most important photobook to document the devastating impact of deindustrialization on working-class communities in northern England in the 1970s and 1980s. Comprising fifty photographs—all drawn from the collection of the J. Paul Getty Museum—In Flagrante serves as the foundation of this exhibition, which includes maquettes, contact sheets, and work prints that reveal the artist's process. Now Then also showcases material from two related projects—Seacoal and Skinningrove—that Killip developed in the 1980s, featured selectively in In Flagrante, and revisited decades later.

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  Close, No. 101 High Street, 1868–71, Thomas Annan. Albumen silver print. Canadian Centre for Architecture, Montréal

Thomas Annan: Photographer of Glasgow

Through August 13, 2017 | The Getty Center
During the rise of industry in nineteenth-century Scotland, Thomas Annan ranked as the preeminent photographer in Glasgow. Best known for his haunting images of tenements on the verge of demolition—often considered precursors of the documentary tradition in photography—he prodigiously recorded the people, the social landscape, and the built environment of Glasgow and its outskirts for more than twenty-five years. This exhibition is the first to survey his industrious career and legacy as photographer and printer.

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Closing this Month

  The Meeting of Pope Pius VI and Doge Paolo Renier at San Giorgio in Alga (detail), 1782, Francisco Guardi. Oil on canvas. Guido Bartolozzi Antichità SRL

Eyewitness Views: Making History in Eighteenth-Century Europe

Through July 30, 2017 | The Getty Center
From Paris to Venice to Rome, Europe's most iconic cities and monuments have played host to magnificent ceremonies. During the eighteenth century, princes, popes, and ambassadors commissioned master painters such as Canaletto and Panini to record memorable moments, from the Venetian carnival to eruptions of Vesuvius, inspiring what became the golden age of view paintings. This first-ever exhibition focusing on views of historic events turns the beholder into an eyewitness on the scene.

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  Rever, Augusto de Campos and Julio Plaza. Color photolithograph from Poemobiles (São Paulo, 1974). Getty Research Institute, 92-B21581. Courtesy Augusto de Campos. Courtesy Anabela Plaza

Concrete Poetry: Words and Sounds in Graphic Space

Through July 30, 2017 | The Getty Center
Drawn principally from the Getty Research Institute's collection of prints, artists' books, journals, and manuscripts documenting the international concrete poetry movement, this exhibition focuses on the visual, verbal, and sonic experiments of the 1950s, '60s, and '70s. Concrete Poetry features works by foundational figures Augusto de Campos and Ian Hamilton Finlay and by their contemporaries, including Henri Chopin, Ernst Jandl, Mary Ellen Solt, and Emmett Williams.

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  Frank Gehry (Canadian-born American, b. 1929). Walt Disney Concert Hall Portfolio Sketch 1, 2003. Getty Research Institute, 2009.PR.3.3

Berlin/Los Angeles: Space for Music

Through July 30, 2017 | The Getty Center
This exhibition celebrates the 50th anniversary of the sister-city partnership between Berlin and Los Angeles by exploring two iconic buildings: Hans Scharoun's Berlin Philharmonic (Berliner Philharmonie, built 1960–1963) and Frank Gehry's Walt Disney Concert Hall (built 1999–2003). Focusing on the buildings' extraordinary interiors and exteriors, Berlin/Los Angeles: Space for Music brings together original drawings, sketches, prints, photographs, and models to convey the architects' design processes.

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Friday Flights

Friday, July 14, 6:00–9:00 p.m. | The Getty Center
Visual artist Molly Surno and musician Brian Chase (of the Yeah Yeah Yeahs) present We of Me, a choreographed soundscape involving twenty men and hand-crafted hair brushes; a live set by L.A.-based psychedelic experimentalist Sun Araw; and a site-specific project by artist collective the Institute for New Feeling.


Off the 405: Steve Gunn

July 29, 6:00–9:00 p.m. | The Getty Center
Acclaimed New York-based singer-songwriter Steve Gunn brings guitar-forward rock to the courtyard stage with his signature blend of country blues, underground, and psych. His continually unfolding compositions have evolved through numerous notable friendships and collaborations with musicians such as Kurt Vile, Meg Baird, Lee Ranaldo, and British legend Michael Chapman. Guitarist James Elkington performs a special opening set.


  Concept sketch of the Philharmonie (detail), Hans Scharoun, ca. 1956. Akademie der Künste, Hans-Scharoun-Archiv, no. 2692, WV 222. Courtesy of Akademie der Künste, Berlin

Choreography of the City: Hans Scharoun's Philharmonie as a Landscape of the Mind

Friday, July 12, 7:00 p.m. | The Getty Center
Despite striking differences, Los Angeles and Berlin have many commonalities. Both have large, diverse populations and share a public perception that has been shaped by music and film. In this lecture, Kurt W. Forster discusses how the Philharmonie reconfigures the very notion of a concert hall.

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  Paleobotanist Manfred Rösch and conservator Tanja Kreß take samples from inside this ancient bronze vessel of an alcohol brewed and buried with the deceased.

Bacchus Uncorked

The Past on Tap: Feasts and Fermented Brews in Ancient Europe

Saturday, July 15, 5:00–8:00 p.m
Sunday, July 16, 4:00–7:00 p.m. | The Getty Villa
Hear from archaeologist Bettina Arnold how artifacts found at burial sites, and residue scraped from inside a 2,500-year-old bronze cauldron, shed light on feasting and power-drinking in pre-Roman Europe. Then join certified beer expert Mark Mark Keene to taste brews with interesting connections to the past. Featured is a malt and honey beverage called braggot, re-created locally by Santa Monica Brew Works from a recipe based on the cauldron's contents. Tickets $65 (includes appetizers); ages 21 and over. Complimentary parking.

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  The Annunciation (detail), from Prayer Book of Cardinal Albrecht of Brandenburg, about 1525–1530, Simon Bening. Tempera colors, gold paint, and gold leaf on parchment. The J. Paul Getty Museum

Power in Patronage: When Medieval Women Made Books

Sunday, July 23, 3:00 p.m. | The Getty Center
In the Middle Ages, women of great wealth and social status often exercised their power and influence through the objects they commissioned, especially books. Christine Sciacca, associate curator at the Walters Art Museum, introduces several women book patrons—including a duchess, a middle-class woman, and a community of nuns who commissioned manuscripts for their personal use—who shaped the history of medieval book production as we know it today.

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  Still Life with Flowers and Fruit, 1869, Claude Monet. Oil on canvas. The J. Paul Getty Museum

Monet and Things: How the Artist Orders the World

Sunday, July 30, 3:00 p.m. | The Getty Center
Monet was passionate about nature, but he also was committed to organizing its myriad forms in highly structured, personalized compositions. Paul Tucker, professor emeritus of art at the University of Massachusetts, explores the intricate relationships Monet established in his paintings, and the ways they reveal aspects of his life and times.

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Highlights at a Glance—July 2017

Opening this Month

Happy Birthday, Mr. Hockney (June 27–November 26)

Continuing this Month

Now Then: Chris Killip and the Making of In Flagrante (Through August 13)
Thomas Annan: Photographer of Glasgow (Through August 13)
Illuminating Women in the Medieval World (Through September 17)
The Birth of Pastel (Through December 17)

Closing this Month

In Focus: Jane and Louise Wilson's Sealander (Through July 2)
Eyewitness Views: Making History in Eighteenth–Century Europe (Through July 30)
The Lure of Italy: Artists' Views (Through July 30)
Concrete Poetry: Words and Sounds in Graphic Space (Through July 30)
Berlin/Los Angeles: Space for Music (Through July 30)

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Talk: Power in Patronage: When Medieval Women Made Books (July 23)
Talk: Monet and Things: How the Artist Orders the World (July 30)

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Talk: Bacchus Uncorked The Past on Tap: Feasts and Fermented Brews in Ancient Europe (July 15 & 16)


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