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Allegory of Fortune (detail), about 1530, Dosso Dossi. Oil on canvas. The J. Paul Getty Museum


  Vanitas, 1485, Hans Memling. Oil on oak panel. Musée des Beaux-Arts, Strasbourg. Photo: M. Bertola

The Renaissance Nude

October 30, 2018–January 27, 2019 | The Getty Center
Inspired by a renewed interest in classical sculpture and closer study of nature, Renaissance artists made the nude body ever more vibrant, lifelike, and central to their practice. Yet, pious European Renaissance society was troubled by the nude and its new sensuality—a conflicted response echoed in the world today, where images of nudity have become ubiquitous. This exhibition, with more than 100 objects by Leonardo da Vinci, Raphael, Michelangelo, Dürer, and others, traces the nude's controversial emergence and its transformative effect on European art and culture.

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  Tablet with Instructions for the Deceased in the Underworld, 350–300 BC, Greek. Gold. The J. Paul Getty Museum. Gift of Lenore Barozzi

Underworld: Imagining the Afterlife

October 31, 2018–March 18, 2019 | The Getty Villa
What did ancient Greeks believe would happen to them after they died? Organized around a monumental funerary vessel on loan from National Archaeological Museum in Naples and recently conserved at the Getty Villa, this exhibition explores depictions of the underworld in the art of Greece and southern Italy. Beyond tales of famous wrongdoers and rulers of the dead, the works on view highlight the desire for a blessed existence after death and the ways in which individuals sought to achieve a happier afterlife.

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  An Anthology of Chance Operations, ed. La Monte Young, designed by George Maciunas, 1962, frontispiece pages, Getty Research Institute, Los Angeles

Introduction to Fluxus

Sunday, October 14, 2:00 p.m. | The Getty Center
In a co-presentation with the LA Philharmonic, leading Fluxus scholar Natilee Harren uses the Getty's extensive archives of Fluxus-related ephemera to present the movement in its historical context. Then, Christopher Rountree and members of the LA Phil perform from original Fluxus scores. The program is followed by an outdoor participatory workshop with Rebekah Heller of the International Contemporary Ensemble designed around the music of Pauline Oliveros.

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  Felicia Rice with her book DOC/UNDOC. Still from "VISIONARIES," PBS, 2018

Screening of Craft in America: "VISIONARIES"

Saturday, October 20, 2:00 p.m. | The Getty Center
The Getty Research Institute presents the world premiere of the newest episode from PBS's award-winning documentary series Craft in America. This episode features book artist Felicia Rice, weaver Kay Sekimachi, textile designer and founder of LongHouse Reserve Jack Lenor Larsen, collector Forrest L. Merrill, and artists of Black Mountain College.

Getty Research Institute curator Marcia Reed will provide opening remarks.

This screening complements the exhibition Artists and Their Books / Books and Their Artists, on view at the Getty Research Institute through October 28.

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  Kate Moss, Times Square, New York, 1994, Glen Luchford. Gelatin silver print. The J. Paul Getty Museum. Gift of Glen and Tanya Luchford. © Glen Luchford

Come as You Are: Fashion Photography in the 1990s

Tuesday, October 2, 7:00 p.m. | The Getty Center
Ivan Shaw, photography director for Condé Nast, leads a discussion with prominent fashion photography professionals about changes in the industry at the end of the 20th century. Participants include fashion designer Andrea Lieberman, photographer Glen Luchford, and fashion model Carolyn Murphy (schedule permitting).

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  Hilton Als. Photo by Ali Smith

The Body Politic
Hilton Als and Paul Sepuya: Intimate Bodies

Saturday, October 13, 7:00 p.m. | The Getty Center
Informed by a critical understanding of art history, photographer Paul Sepuya complicates the relationship between artist and subject, challenging conventions in the genres of the nude and self-portraiture. New Yorker theater critic Hilton Als joins Sepuya to discuss representation, nudity, and intimacy.

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  Portrait of Cicero, 1st century AD, Roman; marble. Capitoline Museums, Rome

Cicero on Friendship: Ancient Wisdom for Modern Times

Sunday, October 21, 3:00 p.m. | The Getty Villa
Social media and easy online relationships make true friendship more important than ever. Over 2,000 years ago, the Roman politician and philosopher Cicero wrote a short guide to finding, keeping, and appreciating friends that remains compelling today. For as Cicero said, life without friends is not worth living. Classics professor Philip Freeman presents key ideas from his recent translation of Cicero's timeless work.

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Drawing from the Masters: Focus on Fashion

Sunday, October 7 and 21, 3:30–5:30 p.m. | The Getty Center
Discover how to draw dynamic drapery, rich fabrics, and convincing textures while exploring 18th-century fashion with artist Marissa Magdelena.

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  Mask of a Satyr, 200–100 BC, Greek. Terracotta with polychromy (brownish red, orange red, white, black, pink, sky blue). The J. Paul Getty Museum. Gift of Barbara and Lawrence Fleischman

Drawing from Antiquity: Expression

Saturday, October 13, 11 a.m.–12:30 p.m. | The Getty Villa
Using theater masks and other objects in the Villa collection, practice drawing techniques to make your work striking and dynamic. Learn how to use line drawing to make facial features look expressive.

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Artist at Work: French Fashion

Saturday, October 13, 1:00–3:00 p.m. | The Getty Center
Dressing a live model, costume historian Maxwell Barr demonstrates the extraordinary craftsmanship and virtuosity involved in creating the daily wardrobe required by fashion icon Marie-Antoinette and other elite households of the 18th-century in this free, drop-in program. Complements the installation and exhibitions: A Queen's Treasure from Versailles: Marie-Antoinette's Japanese Lacquer, All That Glitters, and Eighteenth-Century Pastel Portraits.

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Art Circles

Saturday, October 13, 6:00–8:00 p.m. | The Getty Center
Enrich your Saturday nights. Join an open-ended discussion in the galleries to heighten your appreciation and understanding of the visual arts by exploring one masterpiece with an educator. The chosen work of art changes every session, making each visit a new experience.

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Knights in Shining Armor

Sunday, October 14, 11:00 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. | The Getty Center
How did knights get their shining armor? Join master blacksmith Tony Swatton, proprietor of the local armory The Sword and The Stone, and discover how medieval and Renaissance arms and armor were made. Then explore gauntlets, helmets and more at the interactive touch table. Complements the exhibition All that Glitters: Life in the Renaissance Court.

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Sculpting and Shaping Clay

Saturdays, October 20 and 27, 11:30 a.m.–3:30 p.m. | The Getty Villa
Join the fun in this hands-on clay lab and discover how artists have transformed earth and water into beautiful ceramics for thousands of years. Try your hand at the potter's wheel, mold a Medusa, and shape a handle to decorate a communal vessel. LA-based ceramic artist Wayne Perry guides the experience and shares what his artistic practice has in common with the ancient Greeks'. This program complements the exhibition Underworld: Imagining the Afterlife.

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Degas Dancer

This striking reproduction features Edgar Degas' iconic ballerina, complete with fabric skirt and hair ribbon.

In the lifelike sculpture, a girl stands with her chin lifted into the air, ready to start moving while at the same time seeming motionless and timeless.

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Pasadena Playhouse

October 17–November 11, 2018
Susan Hill's acclaimed ghost story arrives in Pasadena! A man obsessed, believing his family has been cursed by a ghostly woman in black, tells his terrifying story to exorcise the fear that grips his soul. This thrilling production will keep you on the edge of your seat and awake at night for days to come.

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  katabasis. Four Larks. Photo: Vikk Shayen

Premiere Presentation: katabasis

Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays, November 8, 9, 10, and 15, 16, 17, 7:30 p.m. | The Getty Villa
This new site-specific outdoor performance, created as a companion piece to the exhibition Underworld: Imagining the Afterlife, conjures the realm of the dead and traces the trail of the heroes who transgress its borders. Part immersive concert, part ritual theater, Four Larks' distinctive future-folk score and otherworldly immersive design seduces the audience into the depths of the mythic imagination.

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Highlights at a Glance—October


Icons of Style: A Century of Fashion Photography, 1911–2011 Through October 21, 2018
In Focus: Expressions Through October 28, 2018
Artists and Their Books / Books and Their Artists Through October 28, 2018
Masterful Likeness: Dutch Drawings of the Golden Age Through October 28, 2018
All that Glitters: Life at the Renaissance Court Through December 2, 2018
The Flight into Egypt: Drawings in Context Through December 9, 2018
A Queen's Treasure from Versailles: Marie-Antoinette's Japanese Lacquer Through January 6, 2019
LA #UNSHUTTERED: Teens Reframing Life in Los Angeles Through January 20, 2019
Art of Three Faiths: A Torah, a Bible, and a Qur'an Through February 3, 2019
Eighteenth-Century Pastel Portraits Through October 13, 2019


Palmyra: Loss and Remembrance Through May 27, 2019


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