Bust of Antinous (detail), Roman, AD 131–138; found in Tivoli, Italy
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Hippopotamus, 2nd century, Roman. Rosso antico (red marble). Ny Carlsberg Glyptotek, Copenhagen. Photo: Ole Haupt
Beyond the Nile: Egypt and the Classical World
March 27–September 9, 2018 | The Getty Center
This major exhibition explores the artistic interplay between the three great cultures of Egypt, Greece, and Rome from about 2000 BC to AD 300. Highlights include finely crafted vessels sent by Egypt's pharaohs to Crete and Mycenae, Egyptian statues that served as inspiration for the first Greek sculptors, striking portraits blending Egyptian and classical styles, and luxurious objects made for wealthy Romans obsessed with all things Egyptian.
Shah Jahan and Dara Shikoh (detail), about 1656–1661, Rembrandt Harmensz. van Rijn. Brown ink and brown wash with white opaque watercolor and scratching out on Asian paper toned with light brown wash. The J. Paul Getty Museum
Rembrandt and the Inspiration of India
March 13–June 24, 2018 | The Getty Center
One of the most intriguing series in Rembrandt's oeuvre comprises his drawings made in the style of artists serving the Mughal court in India. Juxtaposing Rembrandt's depictions of Mughal rulers and courtiers with Indian paintings and drawings of similar compositions, this exhibition reveals how contact with Mughal art inspired Rembrandt to draw in an entirely different, refined style.
The six siblings who comprise Hermanos Herrera have performed together since childhood, drawing deeply from the lively, string-driven traditions of Mexican music. Their signature sounds are played on the regional instruments of Veracruz: the harp, five-string jarana guitar, and distinctive requinto jarocho.
Saturday, March 24, 4:00 and 7:00 p.m.; Sunday, March 25, 4:00 p.m. | The Getty Center
Produced by New York's Symphony Space, Selected Shorts is an annual series featuring actors from stage, screen, and television reading classic and new short fiction. The series is held each spring at the Getty Center. Next in the series: Jane Kaczmarek hosts an evening of stories all about what George Bernard Shaw deemed the sincerest kind of love—our love of food. Tickets $20.
Photos and auction catalogs from the 1910s in the Getty Research Institute's provenance research holdings
Provenance Research—A Personal Concern
Thursday, March 1, 7:00 p.m. | The Getty Center
The Getty Research Institute's Thomas W. Gaehtgens is joined by Stephanie Barron (Los Angeles County Museum of Art), Simon Goodman (author of The Orpheus Clock), and James Welu (Director Emeritus of the Worcester Art Museum) for a conversation about their motivations for and experiences with conducting provenance research.
Virginia Heckert, curator of photographs, speaks with artists whose work is displayed in the exhibition Cut! Paper Play in Contemporary Photography. Christiana Feser, Soo Kim, and Matt Lipps discuss the integral role of paper in their practice, either in their creation of paper sculptures for the sole purpose of photographing them, or their employment of cutting, folding, and layering to imbue representational photographs with tactile qualities.
Kay Redfield Jamison: Mental Illness and Creativity
Thursday, March 8, 7:00 p.m. | The Getty Center
Kay Redfield Jamison, author of An Unquiet Mind and Night Falls Fast, is joined by Ayelet Waldman, author of A Really Good Day and Bad Mother, for a discussion of the relationship between illness and art. Jamison's latest book, Robert Lowell: Setting the Stone on Fire, illuminates the interplay of mania, depression, and creativity.
A scene from John Neumeier's production of Orpheus and Eurydice, coming to LA Opera in March 2018. Photo: Todd Rosenberg/Lyric Opera of Chicago
Love Her to Death...and Back: The Enduring Myth of Orpheus and Eurydice
Sunday, March 11, 1:00–5:00 p.m.
| The Getty Villa
Enjoy an afternoon of art and music inspired by an underworld love story. The program features talks about the Greek myth and its continuing allure, a presentation by maestro James Conlon on LA Opera's production of Orpheus and Eurydice, a special musical performance, and a reception with after-hours viewing of the museum's galleries. Tickets: $35. Complimentary parking. Co-presented with LA Opera.
The Crucifixion (details), Hildesheim, probably 1170s, from the Stammheim Missal. The J. Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles, Ms. 64 (97.MG.21), fol. 86
Anti-Semitism and Islamophobia in the Middle Ages and Today
Sunday, March 11, 3:00 p.m. | The Getty Center
Historians Sara Lipton and Hussein Fancy examine the fraught status of Jews and Muslims in western Europe during the Middle Ages and discuss the often entwined histories of these of two groups. The discussion, moderated by Jihad Turk, sheds light on contemporary experiences as well.
India through a European Lens: Seventeenth Century Images and Words
Wednesday, March 14, 7:00 p.m. | The Getty Center
Sanjay Subrahmanyam, distinguished professor of history at UCLA, examines the perception of India in 17th-century western Europe, as mediated through images (prints, miniatures, etc), as well as by words, especially those of travelers, traders, and missionaries. Complements the exhibition Rembrandt and the Inspiration of India.
In Conversation: Carolee Schneemann on Her Art and Archive
Tuesday, March 20, 7:00 p.m. | The Getty Center
Carolee Schneemann, awarded the 2017 Venice Biennale's Golden Lion for her lifetime achievement, is among the pioneers of 1960s feminist art. In discussion with art historian Anja Foerschner, Schneemann addresses the practical and aesthetic aspects of her archive, which is housed at the Research Institute.
Geoff Dyer: The Street Philosophy of Garry Winogrand
Wednesday, March 21, 7:00 p.m. | The Getty Center
Award-winning author Geoff Dyer presents his new book, a masterfully curated selection of 100 photographs by American artist Garry Winogrand. Critics describe it as "a lesson in the pleasures of seeing" by a "savvy, observant, and highly entertaining guide."
Sarcophagus of Wahibreemakhet (detail), about 600 BC, Egyptian. Basalt. Rijksmuseum van Oudheden, Leiden
How to Look at Egyptian Art
Wednesday, March 28, 7:00 p.m. | The Getty Center
Renowned expert on ancient art, Robert Bianchi, chief curator of antiquities at the Fondation Gandur pour l'Art, Geneva, explains how ancient Egyptians approached the visual arts, and how we can understand what they created.
Saturdays, March 3 and 24, 1:00–3:00 p.m. | The Getty Center
Drop by as photographer Luther Gerlach explores the art and science of early photography while demonstrating a variety of 19th-century photographic processes and materials including large-format cameras, lenses, and an interactive camera obscura. Complements the exhibition Paper Promises: Early American Photography.
Unknown, Engraved Gem with a Scorpion and a Magical Inscription, A.D. 100–250, yellow jasper. The J. Paul Getty Museum
Bad Witch/Good Witch
Saturday, March 17, 1:00–4:00 p.m.
| The Getty Villa
Explore the evolution of classical witches, potions, and spells with educator Shelby Brown. Then experience modern witchcraft based on ancient ritual with L.A.'s own "good witch," Amanda Yates Garcia, and create a protective talisman in the Roman tradition. Lastly, visit magical items in the galleries, and end your visit with a Roman-style incantation. Course fee $25 (includes refreshments). Complimentary parking.
Saturday, March 17, 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. Tickets $25 per session (includes a sandwich voucher). Meet at the Information Desk for course introduction. Complimentary parking.
Saturday, March 31, 11:00 a.m.–12:30 p.m.
| The Getty Villa
Villas in ancient Rome were beautiful country estates used by their owners as quiet retreats from the city. As places of relaxation and entertainment, they included several gardens planted with flowers. Discover and draw from a variety of fresh flowers commonly found in ancient Roman gardens.
Sundays, March 4, 11, and 18, 11:30 a.m.–3:30 p.m.
| The Getty Villa
Discover the tastes, textures, and smells of history during this all-ages Roman Garden workshop. Explore the Herb Garden with master gardener Michael DeHart, learn about the care and use of ancient plants, and then make your own seed balls to grow an herb garden at home!
Family Festival Celebrating the Getty Center's 20th Anniversary
Saturday, March 10, 10:00 a.m.–6:00 p.m. | The Getty Center
As the Getty Center turns 20, we're celebrating with an unforgettable birthday bash. Enjoy an engaging, immersive and fun day with some of the city's best musicians and dancers. Have your picture taken at the photo booth, make a crown inspired by Richard Meier's design of the Getty Center or by Robert Irwin's Central Garden, get up and dance with our DJ, or try your hand at our birthday games (Getty style!).
Ever wonder how J. Paul Getty's quest for art led to the founding of a museum? Or what Cézanne did in his free time? Or what role plants played in ancient mythology? Shop our Winter Book Sale and find out! Offer valid online and in our Center and Villa stores through April 8, 2018.
Iconic figures from two great dramatic plays—Hamlet and Saint Joan—are brought vividly to life in riveting, stripped-down stagings in rotating repertory by four actors from the acclaimed theater company Bedlam. Experience the classics like never before.