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October 2007

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Please Be Seated: A Video Installation by Nicole Cohen
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Play a metaphorical game of musical chairs in this new installation commissioned by the Getty Museum. Sit in white versions of opulent French chairs and see yourself digitally transported to 18th-century France on a video monitor. The installation blends history and fantasy to reveal a new view of the Museum's collection of French decorative arts.

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Please be Seated: A Video Installation by Nicole Cohen
Visitors become part of the installation; at top, Cohen films in the Getty Museum's decorative arts galleries
Browse All Exhibitions at the Getty Center and the Getty Villa
Evidence of Movement

Performance art, Edward Weston's photographs, illuminated choir books, and more. See current exhibitions to explore what's on now, and future exhibitions for a look at more of what's coming in October, including In Focus: The Nude and Medieval Treasures from the Cleveland Museum of Art.

E V E N T   H I G H L I G H T S

Getty Professor Lectures
October 4, 8:00 p.m., The Getty Villa
October 17, 4:00 p.m., The Getty Center

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Join two eminent scholars as they inaugurate the Getty Research Institute's 2007–2008 scholar year. On October 4, classical historian Erich Gruen, this year's Getty Villa Professor, offers new perspectives on cultural appropriation or "identity theft" in ancient societies. On October 17, literary theorist and historian Angus Fletcher, this year's Getty Center Professor, advances a theory of change that brings into focus our understanding of cultural development.

Both lectures are free; reservations are required for the lecture at the Getty Center, and a ticket is required for the lecture at the Getty Villa.

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La terre n'est pas precisement ronde
From a different angle: La terre n'est pas précisément ronde (detail), photomechanical print in L'Illustration, 1909
Friday Nights at the Getty (performance)
October 5 and 12, 7:30 p.m.
The Getty Center
Lionel Popkin
Lionel Popkin's choreography is precise, subtle, and intricate
Photo: Anja Hitzenberger

Friday Nights at the Getty continues with performances by two artistic trailblazers. Free; reservations required. Reservations available beginning Thursday, September 20, at 9:00 a.m.

October 5: Jimmie Dale Gilmore
The cowboy poet and member of the lendary trio The Flatlanders delivers his alt-country blend of Eastern mysticism and Western grit.

October 12: Lionel Popkin
The choreographer and dancer conjures a dazzling kaleidoscope of movement, sound, and light in Miniature Fantasies, a dance trio inspired by 17th-century Indian paintings.

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Preserving Family and Community Heritage (lecture)
October 18, 7:00 p.m.
The Getty Center

Learn how to preserve your treasures—from priceless heirlooms to basement leftovers—from the sultan of stuff, Don Williams. The Smithsonian conservator and co-author of the popular guide Saving Stuff combines humor and encyclopedic knowledge to help you safeguard "the museum of you."

Free; reservations required.

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Don Williams and Louisa Jaggar
Saving Stuff authors Don Williams and Louisa Jaggar examine a potential treasure
Photo: Susan Mahan
Gordon Getty Concerts: Pomerium (performance)
October 19, 7:30 p.m., and October 20, 3:00 p.m.
The Getty Center
Fourteen voices become one perfectly tuned instrument in Pomerium's unforgettable concerts

Hymns and prayers rise in luminous song in this performance of chants inspired by manuscripts in the current exhibition Music for the Masses: Illuminated Choir Books. Pomerium revives the golden age of a cappella singing with a mastery that makes it "the standard by which early-music vocal groups are measured" (The New York Times).

Tickets $25; $20 students/seniors. Call (310) 440-7300 for tickets.

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Concerts at the Villa: Patricia Barber Presents Mythologies (performance)
October 20, 8:00 p.m., and October 21, 3:00 p.m.
The Getty Villa

Patricia Barber dazzles and seduces with her beautifully crafted jazz song-cycle, Mythologies, a poetic and personal vision of Greek myth. Fall under Barber's hypnotic spell and discover why she is one of the most fearless and masterful jazz artists working today.

Tickets $25; $20 students/seniors. Call (310) 440-7300 for tickets.

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Patricia Barber
Patricia Barber combines emotional heat and intellectual cool
Photo: Clay Patrick McBride, courtesy of Blue Note
Fridays Off the 405 (performance)
October 26, 6:00–9:00 p.m.
The Getty Center
Fridays Off the 405
The Benevento-Russo Duo unleashes gale-force instrumentals full of craft and beauty

Shake off the workweek with this energizing evening of music, gallery browsing, and food and drink.

This month, the Benevento-Russo Duo works the keyboards and drums to conjure an amazing range of sounds, from dreamy jazz odysseys to gritty Led Zeppelin riffs, and Something for Rockets casts a spell with hypnotic dance-floor beats, lush melodies, and smart lyrics.

Free; no reservations required.

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Making It in Renaissance Rome (lecture)
October 28, 4:00 p.m.
The Getty Center

Rome was the Hollywood of the Renaissance art world—a mecca for the young, ambitious, and talented that bestowed success only on a chosen few. Learn what it took to become a successful artist in the eternal city from Julian Brooks, curator of the exhibition Taddeo and Federico Zuccaro: Artist-Brothers in Renaissance Rome, which opens on October 2.

Free; reservations required.

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Taddeo Drawing / F. Zuccaro
Taddeo in the Belvedere Court in the Vatican, Drawing the Laocoön (detail) from the Early Life of Taddeo series by Federico Zuccaro, about 1595

F O R  F A M I L I E S

Family Festival
October 27, 10:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m.
The Getty Villa

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Family Festival
Discover the Getty Villa in this day of hands-on family activities

Voyage across ancient Rome, the Middle East, and the canals of Venice with music, storytelling, and art-making workshops inspired by the exhibition Reflecting Antiquity: Modern Glass Inspired by Ancient Rome, opening October 18.

Free; an advance, timed ticket is required. Each ticket allows you to bring up to three children ages 15 and under with you in one car. Tickets are available beginning Thursday, September 20, at 9:00 a.m.

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Find More Events at the Getty Center and the Getty Villa
Event Calendar

Check out our complete fall program of exhibitions and events on our event calendar.

Also in October: art critic Michael Kammen reveals the fascinating history and politics of American art controversies.

Bring the whole family to enjoy sketching together at our new Family Drawing Hour and to hear about a big bug and a musical mouse as Family Storytelling continues.

Plus, a handful of tickets are still available for the last performances of Tug of War at the Getty Villa.

Most events are FREE.

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