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August 2008

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Current Exhibitions

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The Marvel and Measure of Peru: Three Centuries of Visual History, 1550–1880
through October 19
The Getty Center
See how artists depicted Peru across three centuries, from the Spanish conquest through the advent of photography. The exhibition features two of the earliest illustrated accounts of the Inca, including one of the Getty's great treasures, the ambitious Historia general del Piru. Discover how images of Peru blended scientific observations with fanciful visions, defining and sometimes distorting this fascinating and unfamiliar world.

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Banner image: Women in Procession for the Festival of San Juan de Dios (detail), Francisco (Pancho) Fierro, from "Lima Costumes" by Archibald Smith, ca. 1853

Sinchi Rocha from Historia general del Piru
Sinchi Roca (detail), unidentified Spanish artist, from Historia general del Piru by Martín de Murúa, 1616

Current Exhibitions

Also on View at the Getty Center and the Getty Villa

Current ExhibitionsMaria Sibylla Merian & Daughters: Women of Art and Science continues through August 31 at the Getty Center. And don't miss Ten Years in Focus: The Artist and the Camera, closing August 10.

Future Exhibitions

Bernini and the Birth of Baroque Portrait Sculpture
Portrait of Costanza Bonarelli (detail), Gian Lorenzo Bernini, 1636–38. Museo Nazionale del Bargello, Florence. Image courtesy of the Istituti museali della Soprintendenza Speciale per il Polo Museale Fiorentino. Photo: Arrigo Coppitz

Future Exhibitions—Two major exhibitions open this month:

Bernini and the Birth of Baroque Portrait Sculpture, featuring the dazzling portrait busts of Italian master Gian Lorenzo Bernini, opens August 5 at the Getty Center.

Grecian Taste and Roman Spirit: The Society of Dilettanti, exploring the first 100 years of this group of antiquities scholars, revelers, and wits, opens August 7 at the Getty Villa. Be the first to see it—book your free tickets to the Villa now.


Performances and Films

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Fridays Off the 405
Friday, August 29, 6:00–9:00 p.m.
The Getty Center
Get out of the asphalt jungle with a sultry night of gallery browsing, creative cocktails, killer views, and hypnotic beats courtesy of Monsters Are Waiting and She Wants Revenge. Free; no reservations required.

Fridays Off the 405 is about to take a detour—to Saturdays! No more Friday-night traffic jams to come between you and L.A.'s best open-air art party. Same time, same place, new day, spring through fall. Saturdays Off the 405 kicks off September 13. Check our event calendar beginning this fall for more upcoming dates.

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Fridays Off the 405
Monsters Are Waiting offer up sultry, hypnotic haunt-rock.

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Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays, September 4–27, with previews August 28–30
The Getty Villa
Aeschylus's riveting tragedy of war, family, and revenge, Agamemnon is among the towering achievements of Greek drama. Previews are sold out, and Saturday tickets are going fast. Tickets $38; $32 students/seniors.

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Agamemnon at the Getty Villa
A beautiful setting for a tragedy: the Outdoor Theater at the Getty Villa


Lectures and Conferences

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Bernini's Speaking Marbles
Sunday, August 17, 4:00 p.m.
The Getty Center
How did sculptor Gian Lorenzo Bernini create such moving, vivid liknesses from the intractable medium of stone? Art historian Irving Lavin discusses several of Bernini's masterpieces and explains his achievements in the art of the portrait bust. Free; reservations required.

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Antonio Cepparelli / Bernini
Portrait of Antonio Cepparelli (detail), Gian Lorenzo Bernini, 1622. Museo d'Arte Sacra di San Giovanni dei Fiorentini, Rome. Photo: Arrigo Coppitz


Courses and Demonstrations

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Experiencing the Getty Collection: East-West Connections
Saturday, August 16, 10:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m.
The Getty Center
This four-part course continues in August with a look at the arts of early modern Europe, when travel and trade revealed entirely new worlds to European painters and sculptors. The session explores decorative arts and paintings, including masterpieces by Rembrandt van Rijn and Andrea Mantegna. $15. Open to 25 participants. Call (310) 440-7300 to sign up.

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Lessons Learned: Reflecting on the Theory and Practice of Mosaic Conservation
Still Life with Lemons, Oranges, and a Pomegranate (detail), Jacob van Hulsdonck, about 1620–40

Collecting the Past and the Perception of Antiquity
Wednesday, August 27, 1:00–3:00 p.m.
The Getty Villa
How do collectors shape our view of the past? Learn how the tastes of wealthy Europeans in the 1700s and 1800s continue to affect the way we understand ancient Greece and Rome. You'll discuss objects in the permanent collection and tour the exhibitions The Hope Hygieia: Restoring a Statue's History and Grecian Taste and Roman Spirit: The Society of Dilettanti (opening August 7). $20. Open to 40 participants.

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Lansdowne Herakles / Agar
Lansdowne Herakles (detail), John Samuel Agar, 1799–1807

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Family Activities

Tips for Families

Family Room at the Getty Center

Family Forum at the Getty Villa

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Family Festival
Saturday, August 2, 10:00 a.m.–6:00 p.m.
The Getty Center
Enjoy song and dance from around the world at this daylong festival celebrating the Old World and the New. Explore the musical traditions of Peru and Mexico, make a botanical drawing, and listen to stories about insects and the rain forest. Free; no reservations required.

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Conjunto Jardin
Dance to the sounds of Veracruz with Conjunto Jardin, masters of son jarocho.

Garden Concerts for Kids
Saturdays and Sundays, August 9–10, 16–17, and 23–24, 4:00 and 5:00 p.m.
The Getty Center
Our annual family concert series returns with toe-tapping music for all ages. The Jellydots (August 9–10) combine sly lyrics with joyfully poppy melodies, Guy Davis (August 16–17) performs Southern blues that all kids can relate to, and Elizabeth Mitchell & Family (August 23–24) brings a fresh sound to cherished American folk songs. Free; no reservations required.

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Guy Davis
Get some feel-good soul from Guy Davis, who performs blues with a dash of humor.
Event Calendar

Event Calendar

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Event Calendar

Current and future events and exhibitions are listed on our comprehensive event calendar.

Also this month: Explore the Central Garden at the Getty Center as you practice your drawing skills with Getty Drawing Hour on August 1 and 15 and Family Drawing Hour on August 30. Art Circles continues on August 15, and artist-at-work demonstrations of marble carving take place each Sunday beginning August 10.

Plus, there's still time to team up with the kids on your free insect adventure across L.A. Get all the creepy-crawly details at

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