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Final days for Modern Antiquity, Pacific Standard Time performance festival, Eileen Cowin and Carrie Mae Weems, more

January 2012

Event Calendar

Happy holidays! To enable staff to be with their families, the Getty Center will close early, at 5:30 p.m., on Saturday, December 24, and Saturday, December 31.


Current Exhibitions

Future Exhibitions

Museum Collection

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F I N A L  W E E K S
Modern Antiquity: Picasso, de Chirico, Léger, and Picabia in the Presence of the Antique
Closes January 16
The Getty Villa

"Provocative and demanding...makes clear how indelibly our vision of ancient art has been shaped by modern artists" —The Wall Street Journal

This landmark exhibition explores how classical art was reinvented and transformed by four of the greatest artists of the early 20th century—Pablo Picasso, Giorgio de Chirico, Fernand Léger, and Francis Picabia. Featuring major, rarely loaned paintings from collections across the U.S. and Europe juxtaposed with works of ancient art, Modern Antiquity tells a new story about modern painting and reveals new ways of looking at Greek and Roman art.

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Modern painting at the Getty Villa - closes January 16

Performances and Films

Pacific Standard Time at the Getty

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Pacific Standard Time Performance and Public Art Festival
January 19–29
Across Los Angeles
More than 25 performances and large-scale outdoor sculptures transform Southern California for 11 days this January, including these events at the Getty Center:

Ed Bereal and Members of Bodacious Buggerrilla
Wednesday, January 18, 7:00 p.m.
The Getty Center
Artist Ed Bereal was a founding member of the radical street theater group Bodacious Buggerrilla, which performed around L.A. in the 1960s. Members of the original group will reassemble with Bereal for a reading that revives their politically charged historical performance works. Free; reservations required.

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Bodacious Buggerrilla rides again! January 18
Ed Bereal and members of The Bodacious Buggerrilla performing Miss America Piece, ca. 1969–70. Image courtesy of and © Bodacious Buggerrilla

Friday, January 20, 7:00 p.m.
The Getty Center
Kicking off the performance festival at the Getty Center is Kalpa, a mesmerizing performance piece by Hirokazu Kosaka that will transform the Getty Center's Arrival Plaza. Free; reservations required.

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Performance art on the Museums steps - January 20
Oguri performs in Kalpa

Performances and Films

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Dream a Little Dream: Artists in Film
Saturday, January 14, 3:00 and 7:00 p.m., and Sunday, January 15, 12:00 and 3:00 p.m.
The Getty Center
See five classic depictions of working artists on the big screen in a movie weekend complementing the exhibition Images of the Artist.

Blood of a Poet and Testament of Orpheus: Jan. 14, 3:00 p.m.
The Moderns: Jan. 14, 7:00 p.m.
The Draughtman's Contract: Jan. 15, 12:00 p.m.
Caravaggio: Jan. 15, 3:00 p.m.

The series is free; a separate reservation is required for each film.

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Artists on film - January 14 and 15
Still from Jean Cocteau's Blood of a Poet, screening January 14. Image courtesy of Tamasa Distribution
L E C T U R E S   &   C O N V E R S A T I O N S

Lectures and Conferences

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Storytelling and Photography
Thursday, January 26, 7:30 p.m.
The Getty Center
Playwright and actress Anna Deavere Smith joins artists Eileen Cowin and Carrie Mae Weems to discuss their works on view in the exhibition Narrative Interventions in Photography and explore how storytelling impacts their art making. Free; reservations required. Parking is $10 after 5:00 p.m.

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Smith, Cowin, and Weems - January 26
I See What You're Saying (detail), Eileen Cowin, negatives 2002; prints 2005. The J. Paul Getty Museum. Gift of the artist. © Eileen Cowin

Also in January

Carleton Watkins and California History
Sunday, January 8, 3:00 p.m.
Explore Carleton Watkins with authors of the newly published, definitive work on the photographer.
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Photography in Archaeological Documentation
Thursday, January 12, 5:30 p.m.
Learn how photography changed the course of archaeology upon its introduction in the mid-1800s.
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English Thirteenth-Century Illustrated Apocalypses
Wednesday, January 18, 3:00 p.m.
Participate in an advanced seminar led by professor Nigel Morgan on this unique and fascinating type of illuminated manuscript.
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Courses and Demonstrations

Information and Tickets:
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Émigrés and Experimentalists: Music in Los Angeles in the 1930s and 1940s
Saturday, January 21, and Sunday, January 29, 10:30 a.m.–1:00 p.m.
The Dorothy Chandler Pavilion
The Getty Center
Explore the musical culture of Los Angeles during the interwar years, when Austrian and German composers mentored young experimentalists such as John Cage. This two-part, two-venue event includes a music recital, a conversation with LA Opera maestro James Conlon, and a discussion of Los Angeles émigré culture with curator Nancy Perloff. Course fee $35; $30 students and LA Opera members.

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European composers in Los Angeles - January 21 and 29
LA Opera's 2008 production of Alexander Zemlinsky's Der Zwerg. Photo: Robert Millard

Also in January

Things You Never Knew about the Romans
Saturday, January 14, 1:00–4:00 p.m.
Debunk myths and learn intriguing facts about the people who gave us law, cement, and noise pollution.
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Sketching Gallery: Artist in Residence
Thursdays, January 5–February 23, 1:00–3:00 p.m.
Drop by the Sketching Gallery for informal drawing sessions with artist Dan McCleary.
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F O R  F A M I L I E S

Family Activities

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The Family Forum
Daily except Tuesdays, 10:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m.
The Getty Villa
Newly refurbished and still tons of fun, the Family Forum offers great hands-on activities that will teach you and your kids about all aspects of ancient Greek vases, from how they were fired to the exciting scenes of drama and battle painted on their sides. Free with your advance, timed-entry ticket to the Getty Villa.

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See photos of visitors' vase creations in the Family Forum »

Sketch your own Greek vase! Free every day
Sketch your own masterpiece on erasable vases in the Family Forum.
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Phone Orders:
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Exhibition Banners
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January at a Glance
At the Getty Center this month

H O T   T I C K E T S
Lecture: Carleton Watkins (Jan. 8)
Film Series: Artists in Film (Jan. 14 & 15)
Performance: Kalpa (Jan. 20)
Course: Music in Los Angeles in the 1930s and '40s (Jan. 21 & 29)
Conversation: Storytelling and Photography (Jan. 26)

M A R K   Y O U R   C A L E N D A R
Tickets are available beginning Monday, January 9, for:
Selected Shorts (Mar. 3 & 4)

Reservations are available beginning Thursday, January 19, for:
Sounds of L.A.: Pasatono Orquesta (Feb. 11 & 12)

At the Getty Villa this month

C L O S I N G   T H I S   M O N T H
Modern Antiquity: Picasso, de Chirico, Léger, and Picabia in the Presence of the Antique (Jan. 16)

H O T   T I C K E T S
Course: Things You Never Knew about the Romans (Jan. 14)
Handling Sessions: Glass (Thu, Sat, Sun)

M A R K   Y O U R   C A L E N D A R
Tickets are available now for:
Lecture: Roman Panel Paintings (Feb. 11)
Villa Theater Lab: Critical Mass Performance Group Presents An Alcestis Project (Feb. 17–19)
Lecture: Mycenae (Feb. 23)
The Villa Council Presents: "Did the Ancient World Decide the Fate of the Ancient World?" (Mar. 1)

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