Quarterly News Bulletin and Exhibition Schedule
EXHIBITIONS AT THE GETTY CENTER
All exhibitions located in the J. Paul Getty Museum unless otherwise indicated.
New Exhibitions Opening Winter 2000
Martin Puryear: Commission for the Getty Center
November 23, 1999-January 9, 2000
This exhibition, organized by guest curator Lisa Lyons, is presented in conjunction with the unveiling of That Profile, a commissioned sculpture designed for the Getty Centers Arrival Plaza by the internationally known American artist Martin Puryear. The artists model for this monumental stainless steel and bronze sculpture, four works on paper, and two sculptures elucidate the genesis of the Getty Plaza piece. Also on view is a series of large-scale photographs by the highly regarded New York photographer Lynn Davis that document the fabrication and installation of the completed sculpture. Press release
The Body Beautiful: Artists Draw the Nude (1440-1850)
December 14, 1999-February 27, 2000
The nude is one of the premier themes of European art. From the emphasis upon idealized proportion seen in male nudes from the 1500s and 1600s, to the aspects of love, desire, and naturalism that emerge in the female nudes of the following two centuries, the drawings in this exhibition chronicle the evolution of how artists represented the human body over more than 400 years. Highlights include Joseph Heintz the Elders The Toilet of Venus (1594), Guercinos Study of a Seated Young Man (about 1619-20), Peter Paul Rubens Anatomical Studies (about 1600-1605), and Pierre-Paul Prudhons Study of a Female Nude (about 1800). Press release
Poussin Landscapes by Leon Kossoff
January 18-April 16, 2000
Leon Kossoff is a distinguished British painter famous for his forcefully and thickly painted scenes of London life and portraits. He is also known for making free copies after old master paintings, part of a long tradition stemming from the Renaissance and continuing through Degas and Picasso. Kossoff recently turned to the great 17th-century painter Nicolas Poussin to make a series of large drawings and etchings after well-known figure and landscape compositions. The Getty Museum took the unusual initiative of lending its newly acquired Landscape with a Calm by Poussin to the National Gallery in London so Kossoff could work from it. A dozen brilliant, imaginative variations of the composition soon followed. The Getty displays these and other related works with the Poussin originals. The exhibition coincides with a larger show of works at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Drawn to Painting: Leon Kossoffs Drawings and Prints after Nicolas Poussin (on view January 20-April 2, 2000). Press release
The Psalms and Their Illustration
February 1-April 23, 2000
Featuring the Museum's newly acquired deluxe French Gothic psalter illuminated by the Master of the Ingeborg Psalter, this exhibition celebrates the importance of the psalms in medieval book illumination and reveals the splendor and variety of the illustrative programs developed to accompany them. The 20 illuminated manuscripts and leaves on view, all from the Museum's permanent collection, include prayer books and religious service books dating from the 12th to the 15th century. Press release
Carleton Watkins: From Where the View Looked Best
February 15-June 4, 2000
One of the most skilled and adventurous photographers of the 19th century, Carleton Watkins (American, 1829-1916) was among the first to capture the majesty of the western landscape--especially the natural wonders of California--while anticipating stylistic developments of the 20th century. Drawing from the Museums definitive collection of more than 1,400 works by Watkins, this exhibition explores the growth of the artists style during a career spanning more than 50 years. Highlights include several of his astonishing large-scale (mammoth plate) images made throughout California, Oregon, Montana, Arizona, and Nevada. This exhibition was developed in cooperation with the Huntington Library, San Marino, California, which has lent two large Watkins albums never before displayed outside the Huntington. Press release
The Edible Monument: The Art of Food for Festivals
February 26-May 21, 2000
Research Institute Exhibitions Gallery
This exhibition presents 17th- and 18th-century prints and festival books capturing the designs of edible art created for celebrations in major European courts and cities. These designs for towering sculptures and lavish food decorations that glorified the court of Louis XIV at Versailles set a standard for ephemeral art imitated throughout Europe. Also featured are early cookbooks such as Juan de la Matas Arte de la Reposteria (The Art of Confectionary), a classic how-to published in 1747 about making desserts in the form of palaces, fortresses, other large buildings, and gardens. Among other highlights are a selection of Neapolitan prints of grand edible monuments that feature triumphal arches, ancient ruins, obelisks, fountains, and even fireworks. Press release
Departures: 11 Artists at the Getty
February 29-May 7, 2000
This major contemporary art exhibition, organized by guest curator Lisa Lyons, features specially commissioned works in a variety of styles and media--including painting, sculpture, photography, film, and video--produced by Los Angeles artists in response to works in the Getty collections. The artists selected to participate are: John Baldessari, Uta Barth, Sharon Ellis, Judy Fiskin, Martin Kersels, John M. Miller, Rubén Ortiz Torres, Lari Pittman, Stephen Prina, Alison Saar, and Adrian Saxe. An illustrated catalog accompanies this exhibition. Press release
Future Exhibitions- through Winter 2001
Carmontelles Transparency: An 18th-Century Motion Picture
March 14-May 28, 2000
Among the forerunners of the modern motion picture was the transparence, a pictorial narrative that suggested animation when rolled through the aperture of a hand-cranked optical viewing box. Especially popular in France during the mid-1700s, these objects were often created on translucent paper and lit from behind. They were designed as amusements, evoking events unfolding through time. In 1996, the Getty Museum acquired a monumental transparency nearly 12 feet long by the French draftsman, designer, and writer Louis Carrogis de Carmontelle (1717-1806). This work, Figures Walking in a Parkland (around 1780-1800), will be displayed at the Museum for the first time. In a sequence of scenes, it shows a couple strolling at leisure through a park rich in monuments, temples, and follies. A viewing box like those used by Carmontelle also will be shown, as well as other drawings of the period. Press release
The Gualenghi-dEste Hours: Art and Devotion in Renaissance Ferrara
May 9-July 30, 2000
One of the most important Italian manuscripts in the Museums collection, the lavishly illuminated Gualenghi-dEste Hours is the gem of this exhibition. Created around 1469--most likely for the marriage of diplomat Andrea Gualengo to Orsina dEste, a member of Ferraras ruling family--the book of hours is a masterpiece by Taddeo Crivelli, one of the major Renaissance manuscript illuminators. It will be presented with paintings, medals, other manuscripts, sculptures, and printed books loaned from collections in the United States and Europe. The exhibition will examine the book's vivid devotional imagery in relation to contemporary works of art that explore its significance for its 15th-century patrons. An illustrated monograph will accompany the exhibition.
Italian Manuscript Illumination
May 9-July 30, 2000
This exhibition will present 22 manuscripts, leaves, and cuttings from the Museums holdings of Italian book illumination. These works bear witness to the significant institutions, events, and people that shaped the history and the appearance of the Italian peninsula in the Middle Ages and the Renaissance. Some books were owned by political leaders, including Niccolò dEste, marquis of Ferrara. Others were made in important monasteries, such as Montecassino, founded in 529 by Saint Benedict. Many were made in the service of the cult of saints, for church ritual, for study at universities, and for private libraries. Among the artists represented are Pisanello, Girolamo da Cremona, and Antonio da Monza.
German and Swiss Drawings from the Permanent Collection
June 6-August 20, 2000
This exhibition, complementing Painting on Light: Drawings and Stained Glass in the Age of Dürer and Holbein, will highlight Albrecht Dürer, Hans Holbein the Younger, Niklaus Manuel Deutsch, Urs Graf and others. The exhibition will explore the range of German and Swiss draftsmanship of the 16th and 17th centuries through figure and compositional studies, designs for prints and decorative objects, and portraits.
Making a Princes Museum: Drawings for the Late Eighteenth-Century Redecoration of the Villa Borghese in Rome
June 17-September 10, 2000
Research Institute Exhibitions Gallery
This exhibition and accompanying catalog will highlight some 50 unpublished drawings, primarily from the Getty Research Institute collections as well as from various institutions in Rome. The well-preserved drawings, mostly by father-and-son architects Antonio and Mario Asprucci who supervised the redecoration, will be shown with other drawings and prints that detail the development of the villa since the early 17th century. The catalog will explore strategies of display and the meaning in the decoration of the villa's casino. As a semipublic museum, the Villa displayed the family's impressive collection of ancient and modern sculpture.
The Man in the Street, Eugène Atget in Paris
June 20-October 8, 2000
In about 1890, Eugène Atget devised a photographic campaign to document endangered aspects of Parisian public life and history. He took a tripod-mounted view camera into the streets to record the visible remnants of the citys past as preserved in its architecture, neighborhood streets, shop windows and signs, popular pastimes, and customary outdoor occupations. This exhibition will present an introduction to the enthralling-- if eccentric-- visual guide to Paris that he produced over 30 years. To provide context for Atgets photographs, the images will be supplemented by selected works by photographers who worked in the streets of other cities. A book in the Gettys In Focus series will accompany the exhibition.
Tradition and Innovation in Photography: Recent Acquisitions
June 20-October 8, 2000
This exhibition will present approximately 40 photographs, acquired by gift and purchase, which demonstrate the growth of the photographs collection since the Getty Center opened in December 1997. Works by Carleton Watkins, Edward Steichen, Dorothy Norman, Dorothea Lange, Walker Evans, Gary Winogrand, Diane Arbus, Chuck Close, and David Hockney will be featured. The diverse processes and subject matter will illustrate the richness of the photographic medium and the scope of the Getty's acquisitions and programming objectives.
Painting on Light: Drawings and Stained Glass in the Age of Dürer and Holbein
July 11-September 24, 2000
During the late Gothic and Renaissance periods in Germany and Switzerland (from 1480 to 1530), the art of stained glass rivaled oil painting in importance. It was produced in large quantities, both as monumental windows for churches and as small panels intended for private homes. Most of the greatest German and Swiss artists of the period, including Albrecht Dürer and Hans Holbein the Younger, designed stained glass. This installation explores the creative relationship between artists and their work by uniting preparatory designs with the breathtaking windows that resulted from them. This is a unique opportunity to view the milestones of German and Swiss stained glass together with their connected drawings, generously lent by collections throughout the United States and Europe. This exhibition was co-organized by the J. Paul Getty Museum and the Saint Louis Art Museum and is accompanied by a fully illustrated catalogue.
The Queen of the Angels
August 15-November 5, 2000
The exhibition focuses on the Virgin Mary in the Middle Ages and the Renaissance and features artworks produced between 1160 and 1530, when the cult of the Virgin flourished. It explores the richness of Marian devotion and highlights her three most important roles: Virgin Mother, Queen, and Intercessor. The work of Gentile da Fabriano, Lieven van Lathem, Simon Marmion, Gerard Horenbout, Jean Bourdichon, and Simon Bening will be represented in 20 illuminated manuscript books and leaves and a painting from the Museum's permanent collection.
Peter Paul Rubens and the Art of Drawing in Flanders
August 29-October 22, 2000
Peter Paul Rubens, a major force of the Baroque era, is among the best represented artists in the Museums drawings collection. The Gettys eight Rubens drawings span his career and exemplify his range--from book illustrations to nature and figure studies and religious scenes. The focal point of the exhibition will be the magnificent and newly acquired The Assumption of the Virgin (about 1624). This monumental drawing was a study for an engraving by Paulus Pontius, created to circulate Rubens masterful works to a wider public. The exhibition also will include drawings by Rubens predecessors and contemporary Flemish draftsmen such as Anthony van Dyck, Frans Snyders, Jan Cossiers, and Jacob Jordaens.
Mexico: From Empire to Revolution
October 7-December 31, 2000 (tentative dates)
Research Institute Exhibitions Gallery
This exhibition will explore photographys historical importance in documenting places, events, and people. It will be divided into four overlapping sections illustrating Mexican history between the 1860s and 1910s. The first section will focus on the 1860s and the French occupation of Mexico, the presence of Maximilian, and resistance under the leadership of Benito Juarez. The second section will feature photographs of prehispanic culture from the 1860s-1880s. The third section will look at the character and growth of the city from the 1870s through the turn of the century, and the fourth section will focus on the Mexican Revolution in the 1910s.
Raphael and His Circle: Drawings from Windsor Castle
October 31, 2000-January 7, 2001
Through a collection of drawings that is among the worlds finest, this international traveling exhibition from Windsor Castle celebrates Raphael as one of Western arts most influential figures. The pivotal figure of the Italian Renaissance, Raphael had a phenomenal capacity to absorb many influences, an unequaled sense of grace and harmony, and the organizational ability to execute large-scale commissions with a team of artists. His workshop in Rome enjoyed illustrious patronage and completed some of the defining projects of the High Renaissance, including the Vatican stanze and loggie for Popes Julius II and Leo X and the frescoes of Villa Farnesina for Agostino Chigi. This exhibition also will include works by Raphaels teachers (his father Giovanni Santi and Pietro Perugino) and his followers (Giulio Romano, Perino del Vaga, Gianfrancesco Penni, and Polidoro da Carravaggio). A fully illustrated exhibition catalogue by Martin Clayton, assistant curator of the Print Room at Windsor Castle, explores these drawings by Raphael and his studio. The drawings forming the exhibition have been loaned from the Royal Library by Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II.
Raphael at the Getty: His Influence Across the Centuries
October 31, 2000-January 7, 2001
Selected drawings from the Museums collection will focus on Raphaels impact on his contemporaries and on artists from following generations. Arguably more influential than Leonardo and Michelangelo, Raphaels works have inspired students and masters throughout the centuries. This exhibition will present Raphael as a gifted teacher whose workshop assistants became distinguished and independent draftsmen--Giulio Romano, Perino del Vaga, and Polidoro da Caravaggio; their drawings also will be featured. Raphaels works were adopted as models from the 17th through the 19th centuries, influencing, among others, Nicholas Poussin, Anthony van Dyck, and Jean Auguste Dominique Ingres. Drawings on display will demonstrate their fascination for this great genius of the Renaissance. This exhibition will complement Raphael and His Circle: Drawings from Windsor Castle.
Shaping the Great City: Modern Architecture in Central Europe, 1890-1937
February 20-May 13, 2001
This landmark exhibition will explore the political, social, and cultural tensions that shaped the Austro-Hungarian Empire around the turn of the century when the demands of modernization and urbanization coincided with the empires aspirations for profound cultural innovation. The three main themes are the debate about new aesthetics and the dissemination of new architectural languages; the structure and symbols of the modern city; and the relationship of architecture to the new social and political order that emerged after the First World War. The exhibition will consist of architectural drawings, photographs, models, books, and printed ephemera. It was organized by the Canadian Centre for Architecture, Montreal; the Getty Research Institute, Los Angeles; and the Bundeministerium für Unterricht und Kulturelle Angelegenheiten, Austria, in association with Kunstform Wien.
The Passions: Faces and Figures by Bill Viola
Fall 2001-Winter 2002
This commissioned installation by the pioneer video artist Bill Viola will use flat-screen monitors--some resembling small altarpieces of the late Middle Ages and Renaissance--to explore ways that the face and body express human feelings. The artist participated in a yearlong study program at the Getty Research Institute in 1997-1998 that focused on the representation of human passions and helped inspire the work. An international tour of a comprehensive exhibition of Viola's video installations, organized by the Whitney Museum of American Art and shown in Los Angeles at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, has recently been completed. Viola is now working on commissions for the Deutsches Guggenheim in Berlin and the National Gallery, London.
On View at the Skirball Cultural Center
Sigmund Freud: Conflict and Culture
April 4-July 25, 2000
This international traveling exhibition at the Skirball Cultural Center explores Sigmund Freuds strategies for understanding both the individual and society through the distorted expressions of concealed and conflicting desires. It is composed of three major sections: "Section One: Formative Years" begins in late 19th-century Vienna, the milieu of Freuds early professional development. "Section Two: The Individual: Therapy and Theory" examines key psychoanalytic concepts and how Freud used them in some of his most famous cases. "Section Three: From the Individual to Society" focuses on the diffusion of psychoanalytic ideas, Freuds speculations about the origins of society, the social functions of religion and art, and how crises reveal fundamental aspects of human nature. Throughout the exhibition words and image--often contentious, sometimes humorous--attest to the impact of Freuds ideas on the 20th century. Vintage photographs, prints, manuscripts, and first editions will be displayed, along with home movies of Freud and objects from his study and consulting room. This exhibition was organized by the Library of Congress in cooperation with the Sigmund Freud-Museum in Vienna and the Freud Museum, London. Local funding was provided by the J. Paul Getty Trust. In conjunction with the exhibition, the Skirball Cultural Center and the Getty Center will host a wide array of related programming. Press release
Continuing Exhibitions and Installations at the Getty Center
Adriaen de Vries, Imperial Sculptor
Through January 9, 2000
A master of composition and technique, Adriaen de Vries (Dutch, 1556-1626) was a leading European sculptor around 1600 who created small-scale and monumental bronzes for the most discerning princely patrons of the time, including Emperor Rudolf II of Prague. Within this courtly milieu, de Vries developed a highly innovative and personal approach which, in his later work, foreshadowed the Baroque style that ultimately dominated European art in the 1600s. About 40 bronzes, many life-size and larger, as well as numerous prints and drawings, are brought together for the first time in this international loan exhibition revealing de Vries as one of the most progressive Northern European sculptors of his day. Press release
Art and Science: Joris Hoefnagel and the Representation of Nature in the Renaissance
Through January 16, 2000
The brilliant hand-painted images of Mira calligraphiae monumenta, a virtuoso illuminated model book of calligraphy written in 1561-62 by Georg Bocskay for the Holy Roman Emperor Ferdinand I, are the focus of this exhibition. Illuminated by Joris Hoefnagel some 30 years later for Ferdinands grandson, Emperor Rudolf II, the book contains colorful and witty paintings of flowers, insects, small animals, and other naturalia. The exhibition places Hoefnagels achievement within the context of the unprecedented interest in the natural world of his time, represented by illuminated manuscripts, drawings, printed books on natural history, and paintings. Press release
William Eggleston and the Color Tradition
Through January 30, 2000
This exhibition explores aspects of color photography over the last 25 years. It is drawn primarily from recent gifts of work by William Eggleston made in the 1970s and by other well-established members of the succeeding generation of color photographers, including Joel Sternfeld and Mitch Epstein. More than 40 of Eggleston's most important works are featured--images that helped to establish him as one of the first serious non-commercial photographers working in color. The exhibition also highlights the work of some of the most important photographers working in color today including Adam Bartos, Jim Dow, Alex Harris, and the collaborative team of Virginia Beahan and Laura McPhee. Press release
The Shadow of Gradiva: A Last Excavation Campaign in the Collections of the Getty Center by Anne and Patrick Poirier
Through January 30, 2000
Research Institute Exhibition Gallery
Using works from the collections of the Getty Research Institute and the Getty Museum, artists Anne and Patrick Poirier present an installation that explores archaeologys connection with dreams and the imagination through a haunting video and an "archaeologists room," both inspired by Wilhelm Jensens novel Gradiva, the subject of a famous study by Freud. Press release
Foundry to Finish: In the Studio of Adriaen de Vries
Through April 9, 2000
The installation explores the lost-wax process of bronze casting through the work of one of the most skillful casters ever, Dutch sculptor Adriaen de Vries (1556-1626). It includes 13 working models of one of his masterpieces, the Gettys Juggling Man (about 1615), and provides a step-by-step demonstration of his sculpting and casting process, from building the internal armature to breaking open the mold that contained the cast bronze. Press release
Ancient Art from the Permanent Collection
Featuring works dating from 2500 B.C. to the 6th century A.D., this installation highlights Greek and Roman antiquities from the Museums collection. Included is a 5th-century B.C. limestone-and-marble statue of a goddess believed to be Aphrodite; a rare, early Cycladic harpist dating to 2500 B.C; and the Lansdowne Heracles, which was one of J. Paul Gettys favorite works. The exhibition also features numerous works from the Fleischman collection, acquired by the Museum in 1996, including a magnificent bronze cauldron with a grinning satyr and a spectacular ensemble of jewelry worn by a Greek woman more than 2,000 years ago.
CONCERTS, PERFORMANCES, AND READINGS
Unless otherwise noted, events take place in the Harold M. Williams Auditorium at the Getty Center. Advance reservations for parking and seating are required; call 310-440-7300 (notice of cancellation is appreciated). Seating is general admission and reservations for free events are honored until 15 minutes before the start of the program. Doors open 45 minutes before the start of the program. Parking at the Getty Center is $5.
Poetry Society of America Readings--Nationally acclaimed poets read original works in this ongoing series presented by the Getty Research Institute in cooperation with the Poetry Society of America, Los Angeles. Readings will take place in the Research Institute Lecture Hall.
Thursday, December 2, 7 p.m., James Tate and Dara Wier
Thursday, January 27, 7 p.m., Cynthia Mcdonald and Adam Zagajewski
"Lets Face the Music and Dance": A Tribute to Fred Astaire--To celebrate the 100th birthday of Fred Astaire, Mrs. Fred Astaire, the Getty Museum and the Getty Research Institute present an evening of music and dance with the Jazz Tap Ensemble (JTE) featuring the smooth vocals of Harold Nicholas (of the famed Nicholas Brothers), the tap virtuosity of Sam Weber and Lainie Manning, jazz instrumentals by Jerry Kalaf and the JTE quintet, selected film clips, and more. Tickets ($20; seniors/students $15) are available through Tickets LA; call 323- 655-TKTS, ext. 9.
Saturday, December 4, 8 p.m.
Sunday, December 5, 2 p.m.
LECTURES, CONFERENCES, AND SYMPOSIA
Unless otherwise noted, events are open to the public and take place in the Harold M. Williams Auditorium at the Getty Center. Advance reservations for parking and seating are required; call 310-440-7300 (notice of cancellation is appreciated). The following events are free, but parking at the Getty Center is $5.
Museum Lectures--The Museum presents the following lectures this spring:
Thursday, December 2, 7 p.m.--"The World In Miniature: The Art of Natures Little Wonders," Joy Kenseth, Professor of the history of art, Dartmouth University, in conjunction with the exhibition Art and Science: Joris Hoefnagel and the Representation of Nature in the Renaissance.
Thursday, January 20, 7 p.m.--Lecture by Richard Kendall, independent curator and author, in conjunction with the exhibition Poussin Landscapes by Leon Kossoff.
Thursday, February 24, 7 p.m.--"Dragons for a Prince: Agostino Carlini and William IV of Orange," Reinier Baarsen, keeper, Department of Sculpture & Decorative Arts, Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam.
"Berlins Meaning in Los Angeles: Architecture and the City"--This two-day international conference will explore the meaning of Berlins urban transformation as viewed from Los Angeles. Sponsored by the Research Institute and the Goethe-Institut Los Angeles. For information and registration call 310-440-7300.
Monday, December 6, 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m.
Tuesday, December 7, 8:30 a.m.-8 p.m.
Artist Series--This Museum lecture series is designed to explore the Getty collections from the unique perspective of Los Angeles-based visual artists.
Thursday, December 9, 7 p.m.--"Casting Methods of Adriaen de Vries," Robert Graham, sculptor, in conjunction with the exhibition Adriaen de Vries, Imperial Sculptor.
The Construction of Historical Meaning--This interdisciplinary lecture and seminar series presented by the Research Institute focuses on how artifacts, events, places, and people are understood when considered historically. Events in this series will take place in the Research Institute Lecture Hall.
Thursday, December 16, 4 p.m.--Lecture on Aby Warburg by Salvatore Settis, director, Scuola Normale Superiore of Pisa
Tuesday, February 29, 4 p.m.--Lecture by Rosi Braidotti, professor of womens studies, University of Utrecht, the Netherlands
Work in Progress--Scholars of art history and the humanities who are active in Southern California join graduate students in informal discussions on current issues, topics, and themes in their research. Organized by the Research Institute in collaboration with the University of Southern California. Events in this series will take place in the Research Institute Lecture Hall.
Friday, December 17, 2 p.m.--"Pathetic Relics: Caravaggios Ruined Martyrs," Todd Olson, professor of art history, University of Southern California
Thursday, January 6, 7 p.m.--"Egyptian Revival"--In this lecture presented by the Getty Conservation Institute, Craig Hodgetts, principal, Hodgetts and Fung, and Peyton Hall, principal, Historic Resources Group, will discuss the restoration of Sid Graumans Egyptian Theatre in Hollywood, a premier Los Angeles landmark brought back to life.
The Future of the Past: Ancient Art in a New Millennium--In this new lecture series, the Museum features innovative young scholars who work in North America and are developing new and exciting ways of looking at the past through art and material culture. The individual lectures approach ancient art from a multidisciplinary perspective focusing on art history; anthropology; archaeology; social, economic, and cultural history, as well as technological studies. Together, these lectures explore new views of ancient art and examine the future of its study in a new millennium.
Thursday, January 27, 7 p.m.--"Body Double: In/visible Histories of the Body in Ancient Greece," Rainer Mack, professor of ancient Mediterranean art, Department of the History of Art, University of California, Santa Barbara
Thursday, February 17, 7 p.m.--"Significant Others: The Male and Female Pair in Early Greek Art," Susan Langdon, adjunct associate professor, Department of History and Archaeology, University of Missouri
NEWS AROUND THE GETTY
Getty Museum Conservation Collaborations--As part of its continuing program of collaborative conservation projects, the Paintings Conservation Department at the Museum is undertaking the restoration of The Martyrdom of Saint Bartholomew, a large painting by the Italian baroque painter Mattia Preti (1613-1699). The painting is from the collection of the St. Joseph Proto-Cathedral in Bardstown, Kentucky, which was the first Roman Catholic cathedral west of the Allegheny Mountains. Construction on the cathedral began in 1816. The church contains an interesting group of paintings that were originally given to the Bishop of Bardstown by the Duke of Orleans in the early 19th century. After completion of the restoration, the painting will be placed on view in the Museum galleries for a short time before returning to Kentucky.
Course on Earthen Architectural and Archaeological Heritage--The Second Pan-American Course on the Conservation and Management of Earthen Architectural and Archaeological Heritage is scheduled for Trujillo, Peru, October 31 to December 10. This six-week training course--organized by the Getty Conservation Institute, the International Centre for the Study of the Preservation and the Restoration of Cultural Property, the International Centre for Earth Construction-School of Architecture in Grenoble, and the Instituto Nacional de Cultura del Perú, with the support of UNESCOs World Heritage Fund--will be hosted at the archaeological site of Chan Chan, an earthen city circa 9th--15th century. Twenty-eight architects, archaeologists, engineers, and conservators from 13 Latin American countries will participate, taught by instructors from the Americas and Europe as well as course alumni who are serving as associate instructors. This collaboration is intended to build the capacity of these alumni (all from the Americas) to teach the curriculum in their home countries. Images of the course are posted daily on the CRATerre-EAG website (www.craterre.archi.fr).
Chazhashi District, Republic of Georgia--The Grant Program awarded $59,400 to support conservation of the historic Chazhashi District in the Republic of Georgia. The district, which contains more than 50 largely intact 14th- to 16th-century multistory stone buildings, is significant as the most complete remaining example of this local style of architecture. The grant will enable a multidisciplinary local team of historians, architects, conservators, and engineers to conduct detailed historical, photographic, and structural surveys of the districts stone dwellings. The conservation survey will provide the basis for the actual conservation of this UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Rossetti Hypermedia Archive--The Getty Grant Program awarded $198,000 to the University of Virginia to support The Complete Writings and Pictures of Dante Gabriel Rossetti: A Hypermedia Research Archive. Rossetti, a central artistic and cultural figure of mid- to late 19th-century England, was a cofounder of the Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood. The Archive will contain all of Rossettis textual and pictorial works, including paintings, manuscripts, drawings, photographs, and craft designs, organized in a networked hypermedia environment. Included among these materials will be a set of scholarly commentaries and related materials. The project will serve as an important resource for both students and scholars in the humanities.
New Home for Object ID--The Grant Program awarded a grant of $90,000 to the Council for the Prevention of Art Theft (CoPAT) for Object ID, the international standard for describing art, antiques, and antiquities. Initiated by the Getty in 1993, Object ID has since been adopted by major law enforcement agencies, including the FBI, Scotland Yard, and Interpol; major museum, cultural heritage, art trade, and art appraisal organizations; and insurers. The Object ID project helps combat art theft by encouraging use of the descriptive standard in both private and public ownership and by bringing together organizations around the world that can encourage its implementation. As one of the first organizations to formally endorse Object ID, CoPAT has contributed to its widespread international acceptance and will now become the collaborative projects new base of operations.
Getty Museum Weekend Family Workshops (Advance reservations required) Gallery teachers lead children ages 5 to 13 and their caregivers through the Museum in these theme-related activities, and then work with them in the studios to create art projects of their own.
Workshops focusing on the Museums permanent collections are offered at 10:30 a.m.-noon and 1 p.m.-2:30 p.m. on these dates:
January 22 & 23 and February 12 & 13, Studios A&B (in English)
January 29 & 30 and February 26 & 27, Studios A&B (in Spanish)
Families visiting the Getty Center also can enjoy a variety of other regularly scheduled activities, including storytelling (every weekend at 11 a.m., noon and 1 p.m., audioguide tours and the Family Room. All family activities are offered in English and Spanish. Call 310-440-7300 for family workshop reservations and further information.
Getty Museum Spanish-Language Resources--The Museum offers a wide variety of services and programs in Spanish every day, including gallery talks, audioguide recorded tours, and the Family Room resources. All family programs are offered in Spanish: Storytelling on alternate Saturdays (11 a.m., noon, and 1 p.m.) and Weekend Family Workshops on January 29 & 30 and February 26 & 27. For further information, call 310-440-7300.
New Gardens Tour--Getty Center docents offer a new walking tour of the Gettys gardens, including an overview of the Centers flora. Visitors will be introduced to the sites four planting zones through stops at the Museum courtyard, the cactus garden, the palm court, and overlooking Robert Irwins Central Garden. Tours will be offered daily and last approximately one hour; for more information call 310-440-7300.
Getty Leadership Institutes MMI 2000--The administration of the Getty Leadership Institute moves to the Getty Center in January 2000, following a long and fruitful relationship with the American Federation of Arts in New York. The application deadline for Museum Management Institute (MMI) 2000, the Getty Leadership Institute's three-week executive education program for museum directors and executive team members, is January 21. Thirty-five museum professionals will be selected to participate in the program that will run July 16-August 4 in Berkeley, California; participants must be employed on a full-time basis and sponsored by their institutions. For further application information, call 212-988-7700 ext. 16, or go to the Web page at www.getty.edu.
Local Multicultural Internship Grants: Summer 2000--The deadline to apply for the Gettys grants to Los Angeles-Area museums and visual arts organizations for Multicultural Undergraduate Internships in summer 2000 is February 1. The grants will enable Los Angeles County arts organizations to provide paid summer internships to college students of diverse cultural backgrounds. The interns are encouraged to explore a broad range of professions in the visual arts field through work experiences in areas such as exhibitions, publications, education, and conservation. In a related program, the Getty also offers Multicultural Undergraduate Internships at the Getty Center. The application deadline for the Getty Center internships is March 1. Students in both programs receive $3,000 stipends for 10-week internships. Additional information and application forms for both programs are available online at www.getty.edu/grants and from the Grant Program office.
New Arts Internship Program Linked to Getty Program--The Los Angeles County Arts Commission recently announced the approval of a new arts internship program modeled after the Gettys Multicultural Undergraduate Internship Program. The program will fund 155 summer internships for college students of all races and ethnic backgrounds at Los Angeles performing and literary arts organizations. Like the Getty interns, county interns will receive $3,000 stipends for the 10-week internships. In addition, educational events developed annually by the Getty will be expanded to include the County interns. The deadline for local organizations to apply for the Countys internship grants is February 1, 2000. Additional information and application forms are available online at www.lacountyarts.org and from the L.A. County Arts Commission office; call 213-974-1343.
AFRICOM Meeting in Zambia--A grant of $130,000 will allow over 100 museum professionals throughout Africa to attend the first International Council of African Museums (AFRICOM) Constituent Assembly in Zambia. AFRICOM, a new pan-African organization of museums, was created to foster the development of museums in Africa and enhance their role in the preservation of cultural heritage. The meeting will consist of a series of workshops to assess the current state of the museum profession in Africa and address other common issues, such as training and education, exhibitions, and illicit traffic in African art. The assembly will conclude with plenary sessions to define AFRICOMs future operations and programming.
GETTY IN THE COMMUNITY
Community Collaboration Workshop--Offers community organization leaders an orientation to the Museum and teaches how to design and lead a tour that meets their groups needs. Call 310-440-7300 to register.
Saturday, January 8, 10 a.m.-2 p.m., Studios A&B
Preserve L.A.--The Getty announced a historic preservation initiative that supports the conservation of Los Angeles Countys rich architectural heritage. The new initiative complements the Gettys recent $1.1 million grant to the National Trust for Historic Preservation for the Save America's Treasures campaign to support conservation planning projects throughout the United States. The local initiative provides funds to the stewards of historic sites in Los Angeles to develop conservation master plans. Matching funds also are available for the conservation of select model projects. An orientation workshop about the grant application process and preservation planning is being held on January 24, 2000. The application deadline is March 31, 2000. Application forms and additional information is available online at www.getty.edu/grants/apply/organizations/preserve_la.html and from the office of the Getty Grant Program; call 310-440-7320.
GETTY IN PRINT
Publications can be ordered through the Getty Trust Publications Online catalog at www.getty.edu/bookstore or by telephone at 800-223-3431. For review copies, contact Getty Trust Publications at 310-440-6795.
In Focus: August Sander
Photographs from the J. Paul Getty Museum
Contains 55 images by German photographer August Sander (1876-1964) whose work exemplifies the complex and sometimes contradictory nature of his time.
J. Paul Getty Museum. $16.95 paperback.
The Group Portraiture of Holland
Introduction by Wolfgang Kemp; translation by Evelyn M. Kain
Now in English for the first time, Riegls influential study argues that portraits by 16th- and 17th-century painters in Holland, such as Rembrandt and Frans Hals, differed radically from those done in Italy during the same time, and reflected a more democratic relationship among the figures and with the viewers outside the frame.
Getty Research Institute for the History of Art and the Humanities, Texts & Documents series. $55.00 paperback.
Jean-Baptiste Greuze: The Laundress
Colin B. Bailey
Traces the history of the painting, compares the work to other laundresses painted by Greuze, and explores social mores and the role of the artists model in the 18th century.
J. Paul Getty Museum, Getty Museum Studies on Art series. $17.50 paperback.
Mounted Oriental Porcelain in the J. Paul Getty Museum
Introduction by Sir Francis Watson
Thirty-two porcelain objects (ranging from 1665 to 1785) in precious and semiprecious metal mounts are catalogued, with commentary on each piece, along with information on marks, provenance, exhibitions, and publications.
J. Paul Getty Museum. $75.00 cloth.
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