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February 2009

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In Focus: The Portrait
January 27–June 14
The Getty Center
Survey the relationship between photographer and subject through a selection of portraits from the invention of photography to today. Presenting works by Félix Nadar, Edward Steichen, Walker Evans, Dorothea Lange, and others, In Focus: The Portrait is the latest in a continuing thematic series that presents highlights of photographs in the J. Paul Getty Museum's collection.

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A Young Girl in Ennis, Ireland / Lange
A Young Girl in Ennis, Ireland, Dorothea Lange, 1954. © Oakland Museum of California, the City of Oakland. Banner image: Two Little Girls Embracing (detail), A. Crowe, 1865–75

Drawing the Classical Figure
through March 8
The Getty Center
Explore how artists from the 1300s to the 1800s evoked the grandeur of Greek and Roman sculpture in their drawings, establishing the classical ideal as the standard of human beauty well into the modern era. Activities in the nearby Sketching Gallery, including free sessions with an artist-in-residence, let you try your own hand at drawing the classical figure.

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The Invention of Drawing / Suvee
The Invention of Drawing (detail), Joseph-Benoît Suvée, about 1791

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Jim Dine: Poet Singing (The Flowering Sheets)
Jim Dine: Poet Singing (The Flowering Sheets) closes February 9. © 2008 Jim Dine/Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York

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Current Exhibitions—Last chance for The Belles Heures of the Duke of Berry, closing February 8 at the Getty Center, and Jim Dine: Poet Singing (The Flowering Sheets), closing February 9 at the Getty Villa. Dialogue among Giants: Carleton Watkins and the Rise of Photography in California continues through March 1 at the Getty Center.

Future ExhibitionsGerman and Central European Manuscript Illumination, presenting gorgeous leaves and books from the Museum's collection, opens February 24. La Roldana's Saint Ginés: The Making of a Polychrome Sculpture, exploring the life and artistic achievement of Spanish sculptor Luisa Roldán, opens February 17.

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Performances and Films

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Explodity: An Evening of Transrational Sound Poetry
Wednesday, February 4, 7:00 p.m.
The Getty Center
Experience Russian Futurist zaum' ("beyonsense") through performances by Christian Bök, Steve McCaffery, and Oleg Minin, and an introduction by Gerald Janecek. Come early to enjoy a reception and to see the exhibition Tango with Cows: Book Art of the Russian Avant-Garde, 1910–1917. Free; reservations required.

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Related Symposium
The Book as Such in the Russian Avant-Garde
A scholarly symposium the following day explores the Russian avant-garde's revolution of the book. Separate reservations are required. Learn more and make reservations.

Figure making sound / Larionov, Khlebnikov, Kruchenykh
Figure making sound (detail), Mikhail Larionov, in Mirskontsa (Worldbackwards), 1912

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Performances and Films

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Villa Theater Lab: Orestes
Friday–Sunday, February 20–22
The Getty Villa
Experimental multimedia ensemble Ghost Road combines dramatic elements from Greek playwrights Aeschylus and Euripides for a provocative look at the classic myth of Orestes. Tickets $7.

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Orestes Remembered: The Fury Project
Orestes presents a riveting look at the near future.


Performances and Films

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Sounds of L.A.: Rahim AlHaj and Souhail Kaspar
Saturday, February 7, 7:30 p.m., and Sunday, February 8, 3:00 p.m.
The Getty Center
Our annual world music series continues with a rare L.A. concert by Iraqi oud virtuoso Rahim AlHaj, who joins forces with Lebanese percussionist Souhail Kaspar to perform eloquent songs of leaving one home and finding another. Free; reservations are required and are available beginning Thursday, January 22, at 9:00 a.m.

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Sounds of L.A.: Rahim AlHaj and Souhail Kaspar
Rahim AlHaj (left) and Souhail Kaspar (right) present songs from AlHaj's newest album Home Again

Gordon Getty Concert: Musica Pacifica
Saturday, February 21, 8:00 p.m.
The Getty Center
Vibrant early music group Musica Pacifica takes you on a musical tour of 17th-century Bologna and Dresden featuring works by Telemann, Vivaldi, Bach, Corelli, and others. Expect these masterful musicians to generate "a small miracle of precision and musical electricity" (Washington Post). Tickets $20; $15 students/seniors.

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Musica Pacifica: Music of the Baroque / February 21
Musica Pacifica combines musical brilliance with joyful spontaneity.

Saturday Nights at the Getty: Martha Wainwright
Saturday, February 28, 7:30 p.m.
The Getty Center
Saturday Nights at the Getty (formerly Friday Nights at the Getty) kicks off its new night with the fabulous Martha Wainwright, who combines riveting emotion with a gritty edge that's earned comparisons to Patti Smith and Edith Piaf. Free; reservations are required and are available beginning Thursday, January 22, at 9:00 a.m.

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Martha Wainwright / February 28
Folk meets chanson and pop in the sultry songs of Martha Wainwright.


Lectures and Conferences

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Athletes, Warriors, Emperors and Gods: Nude Male Statuary in the Roman World
Thursday, February 5, 7:30 p.m.
The Getty Villa
Why are so many Roman statues unclothed? Art historian Chris Hallett explores the representation of the naked male form in Roman art—including the monumental statue featured in the current exhibition Reconstructing Identity: A Statue of a God from Dresden—and explains how ancient Romans likely viewed the nudity in stone that surrounded them. Free; a ticket is required.

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Statue of a God / Roman
Why is this statue of a god (Roman, A.D. 100–200) nude? Skulpturensammlung, Staatliche Kunstsammlungen Dresden

Settling Scores with Caravaggio
Sunday, February 15, 3:00 p.m.
The Getty Center
Caravaggio was the greatest painter in Europe around the year 1600. Or was he? Art historian Keith Christiansen reveals how talented rivals such as the Carracci brothers—whose work is on view in the exhibition Captured Emotions: Baroque Painting in Bologna, 1575–1725—achieved artistic dominance in the fiercely fought battle of the Baroque. Free; reservations required.

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The Genius of Fame / Carracci
The Genius of Fame (detail), Annibale Carracci, about 1588–89. Gemäldegalerie Alte Meister, Staatliche Kunstsammlungen Dresden. Photo © Staatliche Kunstsammlungen Dresden

Curator Spotlight Series: Artists, Collectors, and the Non Finito
Wednesday, February 18, 2:00 p.m.
The Getty Center
Curators at the J. Paul Getty Museum share their perspectives on exhibitions and the collection in our new Curator Spotlight Series. David Bomford, associate director of Collections, inaugurates the series with a discussion of the allure of unfinished paintings, including a look at what they can tell us about artists' intentions. Free.

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The Convalescent / Degas
First in the new series: a look at "unfinished" paintings such as Edgar Degas's The Convalescent (detail) from 1872–87.


Courses and Demonstrations

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Works in Dialogue: Ovid's Abduction of Europa
Friday, February 13, 1:00–3:00 p.m.
The Getty Center
Learn how Renaissance and Baroque painters vied with one another to transform the verses of Roman poet Ovid into vivid images of love and intrigue. Curator Anne Woollett shows you how three of the greatest European painters—Rembrandt van Rijn, Claude Lorrain, and Guido Reni—depicted Ovid's darkly erotic tale of the abduction of Europa. Guided gallery tours follow, allowing you to explore the paintings up close. Tickets $15.

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Ovid's Abduction of Europa / gallery course on
The Abduction of Europa (detail) as depicted by Rembrandt van Rijn in 1632

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Family Storytelling
Sundays, February 8 and 22 (with repeat dates in March, April, and May) at 11:30 a.m., 1:30 p.m., and 3:30 p.m.
The Getty Center
Storytellers introduce you to great paintings with original stories performed right in the galleries! Learn why things go right—and wrong—as Angela Lloyd weaves a tale of luck and fortune on February 8. And on February 22, help Makinto unravel a mysterious plot hidden in the Museum's largest painting. Free; sign up at the Museum Information Desk the day of the program.

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Makinto tells stories in the galleries this February through May
Master storyteller Makinto performs an original tale in the galleries on February 22.
Event Calendar

Event Calendar

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Event Calendar

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There's still time to catch some of the greatest American movies ever made as our series celebrating westerns from the '20s to the '70s continues through January 31.

Explore Spanish art with a free lecture on Seville's Golden Age on February 24. Art Circles, our informal and informative evening discussion series, continues on February 21. Enjoy a relaxing afternoon with Getty Drawing Hour on February 1 and 15.

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