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Portrait of a Woman (detail), 1629, David Bailly. Light and dark brown ink; framing line in dark brown ink; pupils incised by the artist. The J. Paul Getty Museum


  A Young Herdsman Leaning on His "Houlette," about 1650, Herman Saftleven the Younger. Black chalk and brown wash. The J. Paul Getty Museum

Masterful Likeness: Dutch Drawings of the Golden Age

July 24–October 28, 2018 | The Getty Center
During the 17th-century Dutch Golden Age, a period defined by economic prosperity and political and religious freedom, the art market flourished. Praised for their artful portrayal of the world around them, Dutch artists met the demand for luxury goods by producing vast numbers of paintings as well as highly finished drawings. This selection of landscapes, topographical views, portraits, and scenes of daily life showcases how drawings helped shaped the emerging national identity of the Dutch Republic.

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  The Horse, set design by Gyula Pauer; play directed by János Szikora (adaptation from Hrabal Bohumil's novel Bambini di Praga); Péter Forgács and László Beke, editors, Infermental 3, 1983–1984. Courtesy ZKM / Center for Art and Media Karlsruhe

Looking into the Camera: Amateur Films, Surveillance, and Video Art in Cold War Hungary

Saturday, July 21, 6:30–9:00 p.m. | The Getty Center
Excerpts from Hungarian filmmaker Péter Forgács' recent production Picturesque Epochs and Gabor Body's iconic video magazine Infermental III (1984) present—through family movies and experimentations by underground artists—how filmmakers in Hungary engaged with the camera to record personal memories or create innovative visual media when this country was aligned with the Soviet Union. Forgács will be present for a Q & A.

The screenings complement the exhibition Promote, Tolerate, Ban: Art and Culture in Cold War Hungary on view at the Wende Museum of the Cold War in Culver City (through August 26, 2018), a collaboration with the Getty Research Institute.

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  Lola Kirke

Off the 405

Saturdays, July 14 and 28, 6:00–9:00 p.m. | The Getty Center
The Getty Center's free summer concert series brings some of today's most exciting bands to an outdoor stage for a memorable experience amid stunning architecture and sunset views. July 14: psych rock band FEELS, fronted by the electrifying Laena Geronimo. July 28: Lola Kirke, who leads her band with smoky vocals and beautifully plaintive songs.

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Friday Flights

Friday, July 20, 6:00–9:00 p.m. | The Getty Center
Friday Flights is a series of interdisciplinary happenings that brings together a range of Los Angeles-based artists to transform the Getty experience. Through music, performance, film, and other creative interventions, they respond to the Getty's unique architecture and gardens and forge new connections to the collections and exhibitions.

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Bacchus Uncorked: The Philosophy of Wine

Saturday, July 14, 5:00–8:00 p.m.; Sunday, July 15, 4:00–7:00 p.m. | The Getty Villa
How subjective are tastes and tasting? In what ways do color, feel, taste, and smell contribute to wine appreciation? Join philosopher Barry C. Smith as he brings together ancient philosophy and modern neuroscience for a unique, multi-sensory wine experience.

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  Saint Luke, Simone Martini, 1330s. Tempera and gold leaf on panel. The J. Paul Getty Museum

Spotlight on Simone Martini: Master of Detail at the Dawn of the Renaissance

Sunday, July 15, 3:00 p.m. | The Getty Center
Laura Llewellyn, curator of paintings, unlocks some of the mysteries surrounding Saint Luke by Simone Martini, an early 14th-century Sienese painter who achieved great fame during his lifetime.

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  Artworks from Barbara T. Smith's Coffin series (clockwise from top: Hokusai's Wave, Entheos, Printed Matter, and Time Piece, Pink Rose), 1965–1966. The Getty Research Institute, 2013.M.23

A Conversation on Artists' Books: Barbara T. Smith and Andrea Bowers

Friday, July 20, 7:00 p.m. | The Getty Center
Artists Barbara T. Smith and Andrea Bowers discuss the topic of artists' books as it relates to their individual practices, moderated by curator Glenn Phillips. Both artists are featured in the exhibition Artists and Their Books/Books and Their Artists, on view at the Getty Research Institute from June 26 to October 28, 2018. This program is presented in conjunction with the Getty Center's Friday Flights series.

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  Bust of a Woman, late 1st century AD, Roman. Marble. The J. Paul Getty Museum

Styles and Status: Roman Women and the Art of Hair

Saturday, July 21, 2:00 p.m. | The Getty Villa
Classicist Kelly Olson discusses distinctive hair styles that defined a woman's status and identity in ancient Rome. Looking at Roman portraiture and art, including examples from the Getty Villa's collection, Olson discusses the intricate coiffures of the cultured upper class and the simpler "natural" styles of the everyday woman.

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  Bust of a Woman, AD 150–160, Roman. Marble. The J. Paul Getty Museum

Fashion and Elegance in Ancient Rome

Sunday, July 22, 2:00 p.m. | The Getty Villa
How did Roman citizens display style, wealth, and status? Classicist Kelly Olson examines art, literary sources, and objects on view at the Getty Villa to reveal evidence of elegance including old and gem-laden jewelry, sumptuous colors like purple and scarlet, and luxurious garments.

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  Mercer Street, New York, August 25, 2011, 2011, Scott Schuman. Courtesy Danziger Gallery. © The Sartorialist, Scott Schuman

The Photographer's Eye, the Photographer's Voice: Finding Fashion on the Street

Wednesday, July 25, 7:00 p.m. | The Getty Center
Fashion photographer Scott Schuman launched the pioneering and renowned style blog The Sartorialist to create a two-way dialogue about the world of fashion and its relationship to daily life. He shares his approach and advice for photographing fashion on the streets.

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Drawing from the Masters: Plein Air Sketching

Sundays, July 1 and 15, 3:30–5:30 p.m. | The Getty Center
Explore the art of landscape drawing while working in the Getty Center's Central Garden with artists Deborah Shaw and Kaitlynn Redell. All experience levels welcome. Sign-up begins at 2:30 p.m. at the Information Desk.

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  Mosaic with a View of the Nile, 100 BC–AD 100, Roman. Stone. Staatliche Museen zu Berlin, Antikensammlung. Photo credit: bpk Bildagentur/Antikensammlung, Staatliche Museen. Photo: Johannes Laurentius/Art Resource, NY

Making Scents of the Ancient World: Perfume Workshop

Tuesdays and Sundays, July 10–31, 11:00 a.m.–2:30 p.m. | The Getty Center
Perfume was everywhere in the ancient world, from scented oils and lotions for the body to incense burned in homes and temples. Egyptians created alluring scents out of natural materials (flowers, herbs, resins, and animal products) to enhance their world and connect to worlds beyond. Build your own perfume using ancient ingredients and bring the past home with you.

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  Luna, 100 BC–AD 100, Roman. Bronze. The J. Paul Getty Museum

Drawing from Antiquity: Greek and Roman Fashion

Saturday, July 14, 11:00 a.m.–12:30 p.m. | The Getty Villa
Peplos, togas, and tunics. Learn about ancient garments and draw from sculptures dressed in ancient attire. Supplies are provided, and all skill levels are welcome.

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  Statuette of Minerva (detail), 50 BC–AD 25, Roman. Bronze. The J. Paul Getty Museum, Gift of Barbara and Lawrence Fleischman. Image: Bruce White Photography

Greek and Roman Art 101

Saturday, July 21, 1:00–4:00 p.m. | The Getty Villa
Explore the newly reinstalled galleries of the Getty Villa through a condensed course on the basics of classical art. With senior educator Shelby Brown, learn chronology, essential vocabulary, and fun tips for remembering artistic styles. Then tour the galleries and apply your new skills.

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Classic Coifs and Latin Locks: Women's Hair in Ancient Rome

Saturday and Sunday, July 21 and 22, 11:30 a.m.–3:00 p.m. | The Getty Villa
Stylist Janet Stephens is fascinated by ancient up-dos. Watch her recreate some of the more complicated hair styles seen in marble in the Villa's collection, with live models. Try your hand at recreating these styles, too!

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  "The Beauty of Palmyra," AD 190–210, Palmyran. Limestone, pigment, and gold. Ny Carlsberg Glyptotek, Copenhagen

Ancient Accessories

Saturdays, July 14 and 28, 11:30 a.m.–3:30 p.m. | The Getty Villa
Portraits from ancient Palmyra show people accessorizing with beautiful and ornate jewelry. Elaborate bracelets, earrings, and headpieces paired with intricately patterned clothing tell us that these ancient people had serious style. Explore the exhibition Palmyra: Loss and Remembrance with your family, and make your own unique piece of jewelry to take home.

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Annual Outdoor Theater Production: Bacchae

Thursdays–Saturdays, September 6–29, 8:00 p.m. Preview: Thursday–Saturday, August 30–September 1, 8:00 p.m. | The Getty Villa
Each fall, this series features a classical tragedy or comedy in the Getty Villa's dramatic Barbara and Lawrence Fleischman Theater, an outdoor venue modeled after ancient Greek and Roman theaters. This September experience Bacchae, one of Euripides's greatest surviving works.

Dionysus, the god of wine, ritual madness, fertility, and theater, arrives in disguise at his birthplace in Greece. As revenge for a personal slight, he begins to spread his cult among the people of Thebes. His adversary King Pentheus, fearing the ensuing disorder, imprisons him to suppress his influence. But this attempt to thwart divine will only leads to catastrophe.

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Jeff Koons—Limited Edition Plates

This porcelain coupe service plate, part of Jeff Koons' highly acclaimed Celebration series, is the product of a close collaboration between American artist Jeff Koons and French company Bernardaud, masters of Limoges porcelain since 1863. Featuring exquisite surface detail, this plate is one of a very limited 2,500 copies made. This Play-Doh plate, referencing Koons' oil painting of the same name, relates to values such as innocence, pleasure, and suspension of judgement. Koons' large-scale sculpture, Play-Doh, which took twenty years to complete, is currently on view at the Getty Villa as part of the exhibition Plato in L.A.: Contemporary Artists' Visions.

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Highlights at a Glance—July


Pastels in Pieces Through July 29, 2018
Pathways to Paradise: Medieval India and Europe Through August 5, 2018
Beyond the Nile: Egypt and the Classical World Through September 9, 2018
In Focus: Expressions Through October 7, 2018
Icons of Style: A Century of Fashion Photography, 1911–2011 Through October 21, 2018
Artists and Their Books/Books and Their Artists Through October 28, 2018
A Queen's Treasure from Versailles: Marie-Antoinette's Japanese Lacquer Through January 6, 2019


Plato in L.A.: Contemporary Artists' Visions Through September 3, 2018
Palmyra: Loss and Remembrance Through May 27, 2019


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