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Britain on paper (plus Hockney), photographers look to the sky, Saturdays Off the 405 double-dose, and more

July 2011

Find Events at the Getty Center and the Getty Villa

The Getty Center will be closed on Saturday and Sunday, July 16 and 17, due to a temporary closure of the 405 freeway. The Getty Villa will be open, but traffic will be heavy on the west side of Los Angeles. More information on I-405 closures is available from L.A. Metro.

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Current Exhibitions

Future Exhibitions

Museum Collection

Research Institute Collection

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Luminous Paper: British Watercolors and Drawings
July 19–October 23
The Getty Center
See some of the Museum's most beautiful drawings—atmospheric landscapes, sensitive portraits, and dramatic architectural views—by foremost British artists, including Thomas Gainsborough, J. M. W. Turner, and William Blake. The exhibition explores how draftsmen of the 1700s and 1800s experimented with new subjects and artistic approaches and features many recent acquisitions on view for the first time. Opens Tuesday, July 19.

Continuing the celebration of British watercolor into the 21st century, a complementary installation presents three atmospheric Yorkshire landscapes captured by David Hockney in 2004.

British drawings and watercolors - opens July 19
Self-Portrait (detail), Charles Samuel Keene, about 1845. Banner image: Conway Castle, North Wales (detail), J.M.W. Turner, 1798

In Focus: The Sky
July 26–December 4
The Getty Center
Generations of photographers have found inspiration in the sky. The latest installment in our In Focus series explores this wide-open subject across four themes—urban skies, clouds, dark skies, and skies in color—from early views by Gustave Le Gray to recent works by Robert Adams and John Divola. Opens Tuesday, July 26.

Photographers look up - opens July 26
Fence, Truro, Joel Meyerowitz, negative 1976; print 1992. Gift of Nancy and Bruce Berman. © Joel Meyerowitz, courtesy Edwynn Houk Gallery, NY

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Current Exhibitions

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Photographs of the tree - closes July 3
An Oak Tree in Winter (detail), William Henry Fox Talbot, probably 1842–43

In Focus: The Tree
Closes July 3
The Getty Center
Photographs of the tree in all its forms and moods, from a stoic oak in winter to a '60s Christmas tree in full tinsel.

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Read a curator's thoughts about trees on our blog, The Iris »

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Current Exhibitions

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Luxury in 18th-century Paris - closes August 7
Before the Ball (detail), Jean François de Troy, 1735

Paris: Life & Luxury
Closes August 7
The Getty Center
Don't miss the lavish exhibition that immerses you in the world of the elite 18th-century Parisian through beautifully crafted objects ranging from fashion to furniture, musical instruments to microscopes.

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Read about 18th-century games and gambling on our blog, The Iris »

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Performances and Films

Information and Tickets:
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Trojan Women (after Euripides)
Performances: Thursdays–Saturdays, September 8–October 1, 8:00 p.m.
Previews: Thursday–Saturday, September 1–3, 8:00 p.m.
The Getty Villa
Tickets go on sale Friday, July 1, for the world premiere of this newly commissioned adaptation of Euripides' powerful drama, performed by SITI Company. Among the greatest of all antiwar plays, Trojan Women is a timeless meditation on the moments of individual choice that separate death and life, despair and hope, future and past. Performances $42; $38 students/seniors. Previews $25. Special prix fixe and box dinners are available to enjoy before the performance.

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Trojan Women - tickets on sale July 1


Performances and Films

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Saturdays Off the 405
Saturdays, July 9 and 30, 6:00–9:00 p.m.
The Getty Center
Enjoy the Getty Center in the evening with an awesome soundtrack: free music by today's best bands and DJs. Help yourself to seconds this month, as Best Coast (July 9) cooks up their indie-garage-surf pop blend, and Lord Huron (July 30) dishes out Afro-Caribbean harmonies inspired by Calypso and American folk.

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Saturdays Off the 405 - July 9 and 30
Cali v. Michigan: Best Coast and Lord Huron. (Best Coast photo: David Black)

L E C T U R E S   &   C O N V E R S A T I O N S

Lectures and Conferences

Information and Reservations:
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Echoes of the Avant Garde: Cuban Architecture from the 1930s into the 1960s
Thursday, July 21, 7:00 p.m.
The Getty Center
Explore Cuban architecture from the colonial period through the '60s with Havana-based architect Julio César Pérez Hernández, who shows some of Walker Evans' views of Cuba featured in the exhibition A Revolutionary Project: Cuba from Walker Evans to Now. Free; reservations recommended.

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Architecture in Cuba - July 21
Building Facade, Havana, Walker Evans, 1933. © Walker Evans Archive, The Metropolitan Museum of Art

Stories Stranger than Fiction, Pictures Larger than Life
Sunday, July 31, 3:00 p.m.
The Getty Center
Discover the stories and characters behind British watercolor in the 1800s with Julian Brooks, curator of the upcoming exhibition Luminous Paper: British Watercolors and Drawings, including tales of J. M. W. Turner, Edward Lear, and Aubrey Beardsley. Free; reservations recommended.

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British watercolors and stories - July 31
Portrait of Elizabeth Siddal Resting, Holding a Parasol (detail), Dante Gabriel Rossetti, about 1852–55

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Courses and Demonstrations

Information and Tickets:
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Handling Sessions: Painting Portraits
Thursdays, 1:30–3:30 p.m.; Saturdays and Sundays, 11:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m. and 3:30–4:30 p.m., through July 31
The Getty Villa
Learn how ancient artists created beautiful portraits for mummies and touch the materials they employed, including gold leaf and rocks used for tempera pigments, in these drop-in sessions facilitated by friendly educators. Free with your advance, timed ticket to the Getty Villa.

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Handle ancient pigments - Thursdays, Saturdays, and Sundays
Touch re-creations of ancient encaustic paintings and the materials used to make them.

Drawing from the Old Masters: The Lively Portrait
Wednesday, July 20, 1:00–4:00 p.m.
The Getty Center
Learn how to add drama and interest to portrait drawings by discussing masterworks in the galleries and sketching from a live model under the guidance of artist Peter Zokosky. Course fee $35 (includes materials). Open to 25 participants.

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Learn how to draw a portrait - July 20
Improve your drawing skills by taking inspiration from the masters (and a great teacher).

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Family Programs

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Family Art Lab
Saturdays and Sundays through September 11, 11:00 a.m.–3:30 p.m.
The Getty Center
Enjoy a gallery visit followed by a hands-on art project, featuring two fun themes. Feathers, Fur, and Fun! invites you to explore a fox and a turkey in porcelain, then create your own animal sculpture (weekends through July 24, except July 16 and 17). At Fancy Fashions, you'll discover clothing in Renaissance portraits, then design your own fabulous outfit (weekends, July 30–September 11). Free, no reservations required.

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Browse other summer family programs at the Getty »

See art, make art - weekends all summer
Get creative as a family at the art-making tables!

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Phone Orders: (800) 223-3431

Museum Store Reopens with a New Design
It's back! The Museum Store at the Getty Center has just reopened after a month-long renovation. The space hasn't grown, but it feels bigger thanks to an airy layout, nicely integrated display cases, and a fresh arrangement of books and merchandise.

Read more about the new store and visit the Museum Store online to shop anytime.

Great gifts for all ages at our newly renovated store - and online
Newly renovated Museum Store at the Getty Center
July 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
Luminous Paper: British Watercolors and Drawings (July 19)
In Focus: The Sky (July 26)

C L O S I N G   T H I S   M O N T H
In Focus: The Tree (July 3)

H O T   T I C K E T S
Saturdays Off the 405 (July 9 and 30)
Studio Course: Portraits (July 20)
Talk: Cuban Architecture (July 21)
Course: Art Circles (July 23)
Talk: British Drawings (July 31)

At the Getty Villa this month

H O T   T I C K E T S
Tickets on saleTrojan Women (July 1)
Talk and Dinner: At the Roman Table (July 14 & 15)
Handling Sessions (Thursdays and weekends)

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