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Avant-garde book art, a medieval masterpiece, Day Without Art, immigration and California, Robert Irwin in conversation, and more

December 2008

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Day Without Art—Join us at the Getty Villa on Monday, December 1, as we respond to the AIDS crisis and its impact on cultural life. Learn more and get tickets.


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Tango with Cows: Book Art of the Russian Avant-Garde, 1910–1917
through April 19, 2009
The Getty Center
Explore some of the most innovative art of the Russian avant-garde—handmade books filled with primitive abstract imagery, experimental typography, and radical free-form poetry called zaum' ("beyonsense"). Bold, playful, and comical, these works by artists such as Natalia Goncharova, Kazimir Malevich, and Mikhail Larionov revolutionized design—yet could be tucked away in a pocket.

Browse four of the books page by page with audio recordings, text translations, and an image tool both on gallery kiosks and on the exhibition Web site.

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Portrait of Akhmet / Larionov
Portrait of Akhmet (detail), Mikhail Larionov, in Worldbackwards (Mirskontsa), 1912. Banner image: Cover of Transrational Boog (Zaumnaia gniga) (detail), Olga Rozanova, 1916

The Belles Heures of the Duke of Berry
through February 8, 2009
The Getty Center
See over 80 spectacular paintings from the Belles Heures ("beautiful hours") of the Duke of Berry, a masterpiece of medieval manuscript illumination. The book, a highlight of The Cloisters Collection, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, was recently unbound to allow for restoration, offering a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to view all of its major miniatures in a single display. Don't miss the chance to see the Belles Heures unbound for the first time in the 600-year history of the book.

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Duke on a Journey / Limbourg
The Duke on a Journey (detail) in The Belles Heures of the Duke of Berry, Limbourg brothers, 1405–8/9. Image courtesy of and © The Metropolitan Museum of Art, The Cloisters Collection, 1954 (54.1.1, fol. 223v)

Current Exhibitions

Also on View at the Getty Center and the Getty Villa

Current Exhibitions—See Watkins's photographs of California, landscape oil sketches, and more. Plus, don't miss A Light Touch: Exploring Humor in Drawing, closing December 7 at the Getty Center.

Future Exhibitions

Captured Emotions: Joseph and Potiphar's Wife
Joseph and Potiphar's Wife (detail), Carlo Cignani, about 1670–80. Gemäldegalerie Alte Meister, Staatliche Kunstsammlungen Dresden

Future Exhibitions—Opening December 16 at the Getty Center is Captured Emotions: Baroque Painting in Bologna, 1575–1725, which explores the story of a group of creative rebels who changed the course of art history after the Renaissance.

Opening December 18 at the Getty Villa are three exhibitions that explore the conservation and interpretation of ancient art: Reconstructing Identity: A Statue of a God from Dresden, The Getty Commodus: Roman Portraits and Modern Copies, and Fragment to Vase: Approaches to Ceramic Restoration. Learn more and plan your visit to the Villa.


Performances and Films

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Gordon Getty Concert: Ciaramella
Saturday, December 13, 8:00 p.m.
The Getty Center
Vibrant and virtuosic early music ensemble Ciaramella returns to the Getty Center with a program inspired by the Belles Heures of the Duke of Berry. They perform sumptuous music of the French Middle Ages including love songs, sacred music, and rustic dances. Tickets $20; $15 students/seniors.

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Ciaramella brings refinement and contemporary flair to early music.

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Lectures and Conferences

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Immigration and the Changing Picture of California
Thursday, December 4, 7:00 p.m.
The Getty Center
How have immigrants shaped California's environment? Bob Sipchen, editor of Sierra magazine, leads a panel discussion inspired by the current exhibition Dialogue among Giants that examines how our state has attracted and been shaped by centuries of newcomers, and how photographs help us understand this history. Co-organized with Zócalo, a cultural forum for the new L.A. Free; reservations required.

Learn more and make reservations on Zócalo's Web site.

Street Scene in La Rancheria, California / Watkins
Street Scene in La Rancheria, California (detail), Carleton Watkins and Robert H. Vance, 1853–55

The Landscape Oil Sketch Seen from London
Sunday, December 7, 3:00 p.m.
The Getty Center
Briskly painted, lively, and made outdoors, the landscape oil sketch gave a jolt of energy to European painting around the year 1800. Christopher Riopelle, curator at the National Gallery in London, sheds light on this art form based on recent research. Free; reservations required.

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Study of Clouds / Denis
Study of Clouds with a Sunset near Rome, Simon Alexandre-Clément Denis, 1786–1801

Conversation: Robert Irwin and Lawrence Weschler
Sunday, December 14, 3:00 p.m.
The Getty Center
Contemporary artist Robert Irwin discusses perception, philosophy, and the destiny of art with writer Lawrence Weschler on the occasion of the release of Weschler's newly expanded biography of Irwin—and the 10th anniversary of Irwin's Central Garden. Free; reservations required.

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Central Garden at the Getty Center
The Central Garden at the Getty Center, designed by Robert Irwin


Courses and Demonstrations

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Works in Dialogue: The Great French Tradition of Landscape Painting in the Getty Museum
Friday, December 5, 1:00–3:00 p.m.
The Getty Center
Learn how painters around 1800 created a new style of landscape painting, revolutionizing European art and paving the way for the Impressionists. Enjoy a lively lecture by curator Mary Morton followed by tours of the exhibition Sur le motif: Painting in Nature around 1800. Course fee $15. Open to 100 participants.

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Classical Landscape with Figures and Sculpture / Valenciennes
Classical Landscape with Figures and Sculpture, Pierre-Henri de Valenciennes, 1788

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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, December 6, 10:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m.
The Getty Villa
Travel back in time with a day of family-friendly activities at the Villa. Enjoy the music of the Mediterranean, thrill to a theatrical version of The Odyssey, hear Greek myths and Italian folktales, and create your own jewelry based on ancient models at hands-on art workshops. Free; a ticket is required.

Learn more, get tickets, and see the day's full schedule.

The Cyclops in Boxtales' theatrical version of the Odyssey
What a big eye you have! Meet the Cyclops and other mythical characters in a theatrical version of Homer's Odyssey.

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Rembrandt in Southern California
Get to know 14 stunning paintings by Rembrandt van Rijn in this new virtual exhibition spanning five Southern California museums. Explore the paintings and download a printable guide on a new Web site created by the J. Paul Getty Museum in collaboration with the Hammer Museum, the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, the Norton Simon Museum, and the Timken Museum of Art, which together hold a remarkble group of works spanning Rembrandt's career.

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Rembrandt in Southern California
The presentation features remarkable paintings made across Rembrandt's long career.
Event Calendar

Event Calendar

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Event Calendar

See everything that's coming up on our event calendar.

Hear about weapons and warriors on Greek vases in a lecture at the Getty Villa on December 4. Catch Family Storytelling on December 7 and 14 at the Getty Center, and explore the ancient world with Art Odyssey, offered each weekend at the Getty Villa. Choose from lots of fun studio and gallery courses throughout the season.

Reservations are available now for two exciting free events in January: a panel discussion on Gallery 32 and African American artists in L.A., and a two-weekend film festival featuring westerns from the '20s to the '70s.

Most events are FREE.

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