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Early photography in China, final days for Imagining the Past in France, music from Afghanistan, more

February 2011

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Brush and Shutter: Early Photography in China
February 8–May 1
The Getty Center
Explore how Chinese painters of the 1800s and early 1900s employed both the ink brush and the camera to adapt the medium of photography to Chinese artistic conventions.

Presenting rare photographs and prints from the special collections of the Getty Research Institute, as well as gouaches and oils on loan from the Kelton Foundation, Brush and Shutter explores how photography was both a witness to the dramatic cultural changes taking place in China and a catalyst to further modernization.

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Early photography in China - opens February 8
Portrait of Li Hongzhang in Tianjin, Liang Shitai, 1878. Banner image: Collage of Many Photographs (detail), unknown photographer, late 1800s

In Focus: The Tree
February 8–July 3
The Getty Center
Featuring over 40 photographs from the Getty Museum's collection, this latest installment in our In Focus series spans the history of photography to address the tree in its many connotations: as graphic form, icon of strength, and symbol of the beauty of nature.

The photographs range from a towering beech by Gustave Le Gray to a tinsel-clad '60s Christmas tree by Diane Arbus to conceptual contemporary views by Simryn Gill and Myoung Ho Lee.

In Focus: The Tree - opens February 8
Tree #3, Myoung Ho Lee, negative 2006; print 2009. Purchased with funds provided by the Photographs Council of the J. Paul Getty Museum. © Myoung Ho Lee, Courtesy Yossi Milo Gallery, New York

Also Opening in February 2011

Gods of Angkor: Bronzes from the National Museum of Cambodia
February 22–August 14 | The Getty Center
A selection of spectacular bronze sculptures from the National Museum of Cambodia.

Stories to Watch: Narrative in Medieval Manuscripts
February 22–May 15 | The Getty Center
A look at creative visual storytelling techniques in illuminated books.

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Imagining the Past in France, 1250–1500
Through February 6
The Getty Center
Don't miss the final days of this fascinating exhibition that celebrates the art of manuscript illumination and sheds light on how our view of history has changed over the centuries. Acclaimed by The Los Angeles Times as one of the ten best exhibitions of the year, Imagining the Past in France features treasures from libraries and museums across Europe and the United States, including several that have never before left France.

Learn more about this exhibition and watch a video introduction from curator Elizabeth Morrison.

Last chance for French manuscript treasures - through February 6
The Performance of a Crusade Play at King Charles V's Feast (detail), Master of the Coronation of Charles VI, Paris, about 1375–80. Bibliothèque nationale de France, Paris. Ms. fr. 2813, fol. 473v

Also Closing in February 2011

Illuminated Manuscripts from Belgium and the Netherlands
Through February 6 | The Getty Center
Highlights from the Getty's collection of illuminated manuscripts made at and around the court of Burgundy, one of the great artistic centers of medieval Europe. Learn more »

The Secret Life of Drawings
Through February 13 | The Getty Center
A behind-the-scenes look at works on paper and their conservation. Learn more »

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Pacific Standard Time: Art in L.A. 1945–1980
This unprecedented collaboration of more than 60 cultural institutions will tell the story of postwar art in Los Angeles—the birthplace of many of the most influential art movements of the late 20th century. Events, performances, screenings, and over 50 exhibitions, including four at the Getty Center, will explore the richness of the Southern California art scene.

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Watch a video about Pacific Standard Time and learn more about the regionwide initiative.

Pacific Standard Time kicks off in 2011


Performances and Films

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Saturday Nights at the Getty: The Nels Cline Singers with Yuka C. Honda
Saturday February 5, 7:30 p.m.
The Getty Center
Versatile and original guitarist Nels Cline brings his latest trio, the Nels Cline Singers, to the Getty—along with multi-instrumentalist Yuka C. Honda of the pioneering Japanese expat duo Cibo Matto. Free; reservations required. Reservations available beginning Thursday, January 20, at 9:00 a.m.

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Nels Cline performs February 5
Nels Cline. Photo: Benjamin Lozovsky

Sounds of L.A.: Sounds and Rhythms of Afghanistan
Saturday, February 12, 7:00 p.m., and Sunday, February 13, 3:30 p.m.
The Getty Center
Our world music series continues with master musicians Salar Nader, Homayoun Sakhi, Abbos Kosimov, and Humayun Khan, who weave diverse musical traditions from Afghanistan, Uzbekistan, Tajikistan, and North India on rubab, doyra, tabla, and vocals. Free; reservations required. Reservations available beginning Thursday, January 20, at 9:00 a.m.

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Music from Afghanistan - February 12 and 13
Sounds and Rhythms of Afghanistan

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Villa Theater Lab
Poor Dog Group presents Satyr Atlas
Friday, February 4, 8:00 p.m., and Saturday, February 5, 3:00 and 8:00 p.m.
The Getty Villa
In their latest work-in-progress, Poor Dog Group immerse themselves in drama about satyrs—the badly behaved companions of Dionysus, ancient Greek god of wine and theater. Recommended for adult audiences: features nudity and lewd theatrics. Tickets $7.

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Satyrs go wild - February 4 and 5
Poor Dog Group channels satyr naughtiness


Lectures and Conferences

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Watching the Fighters: The Roman Fascination with Gladiators
Wednesday, February 2, 7:30 p.m.
The Getty Villa
Why did ancient Romans love to watch armed men fight? Classicist Garrett G. Fagan explores the characteristics of gladiatorial combat and investigates the psychological dynamics of violence as spectacle. Free; a ticket is required.

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The lure of violence - February 2
Statuette of a Gladiator (detail), Roman, about A.D. 50

Focusing on the New China
Thursday, February 10, 7:00 p.m.
The Getty Center
Architect Qingyun Ma joins critics and artists for a panel discussion on the forces at work in new Chinese art—including creativity, capitalism, and the conflict between past and present. Complements the exhibition Photography from the New China, on view through April 24. Free; reservations required.

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Art in contemporary China - February 10
No. 1 (1), Beijing from the series Wedding Gown, Rong Rong, 2000. © Rong Rong

Getty Perspectives
Andrei Codrescu: The Poetry Lesson
Wednesday, February 23, 7:00 p.m.
The Getty Center
Award-winning poet, essayist, and commentator Andrei Codrescu talks art and poetry on the occasion of his newly published book The Poetry Lesson, a journey into the mind of a beatnik English professor that's been hailed as "a comic masterpiece." Free; reservations required.

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Andrei Codrescu on his work - February 23
Andrei Codrescu. Photo: Eduard Keller

Sculpting Aphrodite: Praxiteles, Phryne, and the Knidia
Thursday, February 24, 7:30 p.m.
The Getty Villa
The most famous statue ever created of Aphrodite was carved in the 4th century B.C. by the Athenian sculptor Praxiteles. Classicist Andrew Stewart explores the diverse legends of this lost masterpiece and its long-lasting influence. Free; a ticket is required.

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A lost Aphrodite - February 24
Aphrodite (detail), unknown Roman sculptor after Praxiteles, A.D. 175–200

Also in February 2011

Bronzes from the National Museum of Cambodia
Tuesday, February 22, 7:00 p.m. | The Getty Center
The art and science of conserving Cambodian bronzes. Learn more »

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Courses and Demonstrations

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Photography Workshop: Hand-Colored Photographs
Wednesday, February 9, 10:30 a.m.–5:00 p.m.
The Getty Center
Create hand-colored photographs based on 19th-century practice with the guidance of photographer Luther Gerlach. You'll learn about period cameras, negatives, and prints and produce a final print to take home. Course fee $135, includes materials and lunch. Open to 25 participants. Also offered on Wednesday, March 16.

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Create a hand-colored photo - February 9
Photographer Luther Gerlach demonstrating 19th-century photographic equipment

Resolution Revolution: Photography in China from Confucianism to Communism to Capitalism
Saturday, February 26, 10:30 a.m.–2:30 p.m.
The Getty Center
Explore how Chinese artists are using photography as personal expression and social critique. Educator Jennifer S. Li leads stimulating discussion in the exhibitions Photography from the New China and Felice Beato: Photographer on the Eastern Road. Course fee $20. Open to 30 participants. Also offered on Saturday, March 5.

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Photography in today's China - February 26
East Village, Beijing No. 22 (Zhang Huan in 12 Square Meters) (detail), Rong Rong, 1994. Courtesy of AW Asia. © Rong Rong

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Family Programs

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Art Hour with Conservator Marie Svoboda
Thursday, February 10, 3:00 p.m.
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February at a Glance
At the Getty Center this month

O P E N I N G   T H I S   M O N T H
Brush and Shutter (Feb. 8)
In Focus: The Tree (Feb. 8)
Bronzes from the National Museum of Cambodia (Feb. 22)
Narrative in Medieval Manuscripts (Feb. 22)

C L O S I N G   T H I S   M O N T H
Imagining the Past in France (Feb. 6)
Illuminated Manuscripts from Belgium and the Netherlands (Feb. 6)
The Secret Life of Drawings (Feb. 13)

H O T   T I C K E T S
Concert: Nels Cline Singers (Feb. 5)
Concert: Sounds of Afghanistan (February 12 & 13)
Talk: Andrei Codrescu (Feb. 23)

M A R K   Y O U R   C A L E N D A R
Tickets are available starting Thursday, January 20 for Selected Shorts (March 26 & 27)
Reservations are available starting Thursday, February 24 for Sounds of L.A.: Halau Keali'i O Nalani (March 5 & 6)

At the Getty Villa this month

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The Fascination with Gladiators (Feb. 2)
Villa Theater Lab: Poor Dog Group (Feb. 4 & 5)
Sculpting Aphrodite (Feb. 24)

M A R K   Y O U R   C A L E N D A R
Tickets are available now for The Villa Council Presents: The Baths at Morgantina (March 2)

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