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Final days for the art of ancient Greek theater, world music, China on film, Kenneth Turan on movies, more

January 2011

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The Art of Ancient Greek Theater
Through January 3
The Getty Villa
Don't miss the final days of this fascinating exhibition, which explores the story of Greek plays and stagecraft as told in classical art. See sculptures, masks, painted vases, and a rare fragmentary papyrus that bring to life the rich cultural history of Greek theater.

Learn more about this exhibition and book tickets to the Getty Villa.

Hear a talk on ancient Greek theater by exhibition curator Mary Louise Hart.

Final days for ancient Greek theater - closes January 3
Detail of an actor as Papposilenos from a red-figured volute krater, Greek, made in Athens, about 400 B.C. Soprintendenza Speciale per i Beni Archeologici di Napoli e Pompei. Museo Archeologico Nazionale, Naples. Banner image: Men in Antiquity (Gallery 209) at the Getty Villa

In Focus: Still Life
Through January 23
The Getty Center
This selection from the Getty Museum's collection of photographs explores how still lifes can be both conventional and experimental and surveys the ways in which artists have refreshed this traditional genre.

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Read about a contemporary still life by artist Sharon Core.

In Focus: Still Life - closes January 23
Bowl with Sugar Cubes, André Kertész, 1928. © Estate of André Kertész

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Imagining the Past in France
Through February 6
The Getty Center

"Jammed with tour-de-force topically potent as it is historically enlightening." —Los Angeles Times

See masterpieces of manuscript illumination from more than 25 of the world's finest museums and libraries in this exhibition that sheds light on how our concept of history has changed over time.

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Manuscripts of history - 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

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The Getty Foundation

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The Getty supports arts initiatives around the world through the Getty Foundation, the Getty Conservation Institute, the Getty Research Institute, and the J. Paul Getty Museum. Here is one program currently underway:

Research on the Conservation of Photographs
Since 2006, the Getty Conservation Institute has been investigating photographic materials at the National Media Museum in Bradford, England. The results of recent technical analysis of photographic plates by pioneering photographer Joseph Nicéphor Niépce (1765–1833) provide new evidence of his contribution to early photography, including revelation of a previously undiscovered method of image making dating to the 1820s.

Read about these remarkable examples of early photography.

Learn more about the GCI's research on the conservation of photographs.

Research on the conservation of photographs
Un Claire de Lune plate by Joseph Nicéphor Niépce, from the Royal Photographic Society collection at the National Media Museum. Photo: Dusan Stulik, GCI


Performances and Films

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Sounds of L.A.: Aurelio Martinez
Saturday, January 15, 7:00 p.m., and Sunday, January 16, 3:30 p.m.
The Getty Center
Acclaimed Honduran singer Aurelio Martinez opens the new season of Sounds of L.A. with a stunning blend of African and Latin acoustic roots music featuring dense percussion and vocal artistry. Free; reservations required. Reservations available beginning Wednesday, December 22, at 9:00 a.m.

Learn more, make reservations, and see what else is coming up in Sounds of L.A.

African and Latin roots music - January 15 and 16
Aurelio Martinez. Photo: Jeff Frolkins


Performances and Films

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Video Art from the New China
Saturday, January 29, 4:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m.
The Getty Center
Enjoy an afternoon and evening of contemporary Chinese video art to complement the exhibition Photography from the New China! The 4:00 p.m. screening surveys the development of the genre through a selection of key works, followed by a Q&A with artist Wang Qingsong. The 7:00 p.m. screening features a single longer work by Yang Fudong. Free; a separate reservation is required for each screening.

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Contemporary Chinese video art - January 29
Wang Qingsong. Courtesy of the artist


Lectures and Conferences

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Sustainability and Heritage in a World of Change
Tuesday, January 11, 7:00 p.m.
The Getty Center
Climate change, sustainable development, and their relationship to the conservation of the built environment are the topics of this lively panel discussion featuring a range of conservation experts. Susan Macdonald, head of field projects at the Getty Conservation Institute, leads the discussion. Free; reservations required.

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Climate change and sustainable development - January 11
The 1929 Van Nelle Factory in Rotterdam, an example of adaptive reuse and sustainable design. Photo: F. Eveleens

Ready for Prime Time: Condition and Aesthetics in Old Master Drawings
Thursday, January 13, 7:00 p.m.
The Getty Center
Old Master drawings are old and fragile, and sometimes have condition issues such as tears and fading. In conjunction with the exhibition The Secret Life of Drawings, conservator Nancy Yocco reveals how she treats these delicate masterpieces to reveal the artist's original intent. Free; reservations required.

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Conserving delicate drawings - January 13
Learn how conservators protect Old Master drawings like this study of a stag by Lucas Cranach the Elder, made about 1520–30

A Formative Landscape (or Why the Greek Islands are of Such Importance to Us)
Thursday, January 13, 7:30 p.m.
The Getty Villa
Art historian and classical scholar Nigel McGilchrist, author of the new Blue Guide Greece: The Aegean Islands, describes his amazing seven years of walking, riding, sailing, climbing, and even swimming 70 Greek islands, and explains how the islands' unique geography engendered fundamental revolutions in ancient art, science, and politics. Free; a ticket is required.

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Exploring the Aegean islands - January 13
The Strait of Telendos in the Aegean Islands, Greece. Photo: Nigel McGilchrist

Saturday, January 22, 7:00 p.m.
The Getty Center
Artists Einar and Jamex de la Torre, who reinterpret Mesoamerican sculpture to suit their current circumstance of living on both sides of the Mexican-American border, discuss their work in conjunction with the exhibition Obsidian Mirror-Travels: Refracting Ancient Mexican Art and Archaeology. Free; reservations required.

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De la Torre brothers discuss their art - January 22
Einar and Jamex de la Torre

Modernism's Ruins: Appropriations of Ancient Mesoamerica
Sunday, January 23, 3:00 p.m.
The Getty Center
Writer and documentary filmmaker Jesse Lerner speaks about the persistence of ancient Mexican visual culture in the modern imagination—including in his own work, which includes Ruins, a documentary that questions our perceptions of pre-Columbian culture, and The Maya of Modernism, a new book that explores how artists have mined Mayan history and art. Free; reservations required.

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Jesse Lerner discusses his writing and film - January 23
Still from Jesse Lerner's Ruins, 1999

More Free Talks in January 2011

Manuscripts and Movies: From the Medieval to the Modern
Sunday, January 9, 7:00 p.m. | The Getty Center
Curator Elizabeth Morrison and film critic Kenneth Turan discuss how art shapes our perceptions of the past. Learn more »

Felice Beato: An Early Global Photographer
Thursday, January 27, 7:00 p.m. | The Getty Center
Curator Anne Lacoste examines Felice Beato's approach to photographing the East for Western audiences. Learn more »

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Courses and Demonstrations

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Removing the Veil: Drawing Conservation at the Getty
Saturday, January 22, 10:30 a.m.–2:30 p.m.
The Getty Center
Get a behind-the-scenes tour of the Getty's drawings conservation lab and explore the exhibition The Secret Life of Drawings in this course led by conservator Nancy Yocco and educator Alice Jackel. You'll also discover the materials used to create drawings and how they have evolved over time. Course fee $20. Open to 25 participants.

Learn more, get tickets, and see other upcoming gallery courses.

Explore drawings conservation - January 22
Stag Beetle (detail), Albrecht Dürer, 1505

Figuring History: A Drawing Series
Four Tuesdays starting January 25, 1:00–4:00 p.m.
The Getty Center
Explore the history of the human figure in this four-part drawing series led by artist Peter Zokosky. You'll draw from works in the Museum's collection and explore the body in art across different historical periods: classical (Jan. 25), medieval (Feb. 22), Baroque (Mar. 22), and modern (Apr. 26). Course fee $35 per session; $120 for the series. Open to 25 participants.

Learn more, get tickets, and see other upcoming studio courses.

Explore the human figure in art - starting January 25
Explore depictions of the human form across the centuries with artist Peter Zokosky.

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Family Programs

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Make Art at Home
Looking for a fun activity this winter break? Try our free downloads for creative little hands to cut, color, and craft!

Create a fancy bookmark like a medieval artist of old, make a festive mask inspired by the biggest painting in the collection, or construct your own wheatstacks (or cupcakes!) after an Impressionist landscape. All downloads are free.

Start your hands-on fun here.

Try our free do-at-home activities!

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Self Portraits: Fictions
Named one of the best books of 2010 by Publishers Weekly, these mysterious, interrelated stories by Frederic Tuten create a portrait of the author's life, both real and imagined, as he appears in each tale variously as hero, bystander, artist, and ghost—yielding an enchanting autobiography of the imagination. Signed by the author. $23.95

Purchase this title and browse more fascinating and unique books in the Museum Store.

Read about Frederic Tuten's recent appearance with Steve Martin at the Getty Center on our blog, The Iris.

Signed copies of Frederic Tuten's Self Portraits: Fictions
January at a Glance
At the Getty Center this month

In Focus: Still Life (January 23)

H O T   T I C K E T S
Manuscripts and Movies (January 9)
Sustainability and Heritage (January 11)
Conserving Old Master Drawings (January 13)
Sounds of L.A.: Aurelio Martinez (January 15 & 16)
Einar and Jamex de la Torre (January 22)
Appropriations of Ancient Mesoamerica (January 23)
Felice Beato: An Early Global Photographer (January 27)
Video Art from the New China (January 29)

M A R K   Y O U R   C A L E N D A R
Reservations are available starting January 20 for
Saturday Nights at the Getty: The Nels Cline Singers with Yuka C. Honda (February 5)
Sounds of L.A.: Music of Afghanistan (February 12 & 13)

At the Getty Villa this month

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The Art of Ancient Greek Theater (January 3)

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Exploring the Aegean Islands (January 13)

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Tickets are available starting December 22 for
Villa Theater Lab: Satyr Atlas (February 4 & 5)

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