Quarterly News Bulletin and Exhibition Schedule
- New Exhibitions Opening Summer 2001
- Continuing Exhibitions and Installations
- Future Exhibitions-through June 2002
- Performances, Readings, and Events
- Lectures, Conferences, and Symposia
News Around the Getty
EXHIBITIONS AT THE GETTY CENTER
All exhibitions located in the J. Paul Getty Museum unless otherwise indicated.
New Exhibitions Opening Summer 2001
Sherrie Levine/Joost van Oss: Sculpture Prototypes
June 6-July 8, 2001
The latest work from the artistic partnership of Sherrie Levine and Joost van Oss was developed in 2000 during a residency at the Getty Research Institute. Every year scholars, artists, and other cultural figures are invited to participate in the Getty's Scholar Year, a program of weekly seminars with an annual theme. Drawing on the theme "Reproductions and Originals" for their collaborative exhibition, Levine and van Oss present sculptures that re-examine and redefine the aesthetic concerns, methods, and materials first explored by Gerrit Rietveld (1888-1964). Rietveld was a renowned Dutch architect and furniture designer, whose works were among the most important examples of the Modernist movement De Stijl (the Style) in 1920s Holland. At the Getty Research Institute Gallery.
Walker Evans & Company: Works from The Museum of Modern Art
July 10-September 16, 2001
Drawn from the collection of and organized by The Museum of Modern Art, New York, Walker Evans and Company asks: Where can the influence of Evans or parallels to his work be seen in photographs, paintings, sculpture, and graphic arts produced in the past eighty years? Considering Evans' favorite subjects--the old versus the new, social types, definitions of home, pictures of pictures, the movies, facades of buildings, and the image of people alone--this exhibition shows how Evans wove pieces of European modernism and second-hand-shop Americana into a unique visual tapestry. Evans was among the first photographers to break completely with the idea that a good photograph should look like a painting. Press Release
The American Tradition & Walker Evans: Photographs from the Getty Collection
July 10-October 28, 2001
The quest to visually identify the unique character of all things American began in the middle of the 19th century, not long after photography's invention. Seventy-five years later Walker Evans continued this tradition, by defining the subject so skillfully that many other photographers and artists were influenced by his work. Evans was not the first photographer to capture the particular, sometimes peculiar, nature of American culture. This exhibition illuminates how photographers working before and around Evans captured and defined quintessentially American subjects. In addition to 35 Evans photographs, this exhibition includes approximately 75 works ranging from photographers such as the Langenheim brothers of Philadelphia, Carleton Watkins of San Francisco, and Adam Clark Vroman of Pasadena to the classic photographers of the early 1900s including Alfred Stieglitz, Lewis Hine, Paul Strand, and Dorothea Lange. Along with Evans, these photographers' images suggest a consistency in representing American visual culture and are the foundation for the American photographic tradition. Press Release
Work and Play: Everyday Life in Drawings, 1520-1820
July 31-October 14, 2001
From the Renaissance onward, artists were encouraged not only to depict the supernatural realms of the Bible and classical mythology, but also to use everyday life as a source of inspiration. This yielded a vast new fund of subjects, drawn primarily from the major forces governing the rhythm of human existence: work and leisure. This exhibition explores these themes in drawings from the Renaissance through the early 19th century, showing how artists cast an ever more intense look at the vibrancy of the surrounding world.
Continuing Exhibitions and Installations at the Getty Center
August Sander: German Portraits, 1918-1933
March 6-June 24, 2001
During the tumultuous post-World War I period of the Weimar Republic (1918-1933), many German artists were inspired by a new political freedom. Berlin became an international artistic center, and the country produced such cultural icons as the Bauhaus school, Joseph von Sternberg's film Blue Angel, Bertolt Brecht's Threepenny Opera, Thomas Mann's novel The Magic Mountain, and a new realism in painting that reflected observations about contemporary government and society. In photography, the Cologne portraitist August Sander expanded upon his pre-war idea of systematically portraying all strata of German society. He had begun with the peasant farmers of his native Westerwald region, and then added portraits of tradesmen, professionals, industrialists, secretaries, artists, the unemployed, the disabled, and others. This exhibition not only surveys Sander's relentless portraiture of the 1920s and early 1930s, but it reveals the face of Germany immediately before Adolf Hitler's Third Reich. Press Release
To Create a Living Art: Nineteenth-Century Drawings
May 1-July 15, 2001
The multifaceted art of drawing in the 19th century informs the conception of drawing in our own time. This exhibition of approximately 30 drawings highlights the Getty's numerous recent acquisitions of 19th-century drawings. Featured works include Pierre Bonnard's design for the poster Moulin Rouge, Gustave Courbet's Sleeping Bacchante, and Georges Seurat's Woman Strolling. Press Release
May 22-August 26, 2001
Color, one of the most basic ways to experience the world visually, has always been an essential tool of artistic communication. In manuscript illumination, color is used for its symbolic associations, for organizing compositions, for telling stories clearly, and for sheer brilliance of effect. Over time, shades of color were also used in radically different ways to model the human figure and to construct landscape. Drawing on highlights from the permanent collection, this exhibition examines these diverse functions of color as employed by medieval and Renaissance manuscript illuminators. The exhibition includes illuminated manuscripts from throughout Western Europe and the Mediterranean basin dating from the 12th to the 16th century. Press Release
A Royal Menagerie: Porcelain Animals from Dresden
As part of an ongoing and mutually beneficial partnership between the Getty and the State Art Collections of Dresden, Germany, the Dresden Porcelain Collection is lending fourteen large Meissen porcelain animals that were executed between 1730 and 1735 for Frederick-Augustus I, Elector of Saxony, known as "Augustus the Strong" (1679-1733). The commission for these large porcelain sculptures was highly important for the young Meissen porcelain manufactory. The size of the figures presented great difficulties in making and firing the porcelain, and their mere completion in most cases was extraordinary. These were the creations of two men with remarkably distinct artistic personalities, the court sculptor Johann Gottlieb Kirchner and Johann Joachim Kaendler. Rarely has such a large group of these figures been loaned outside Germany.
Also on loan are three paintings from Dresden's New Master's Gallery (Gemäldegalerie Neue Meister) by German Romantic artists Ernst Ferdinand Oehme, Carl Gustav Caru and Caspar David Friedrich. These haunting landscapes join the Getty's own painting by Friedrich, A Walk at Dusk, and enrich the Museum's representation of the German Romantic spirit. The Friedrich is on view through May 13, 2001; the Oehme and Carus through January 2002.
Statue of an Emperor: A Conservation Partnership
This exhibition features the conservation of a statue of the Roman emperor Marcus Aurelius, who ruled the Roman Empire from A.D. 161 to 180. The statue belongs to the Pergamon Museum in Berlin, and the conservation was a collaboration between the Pergamon and the Getty Museum. Composed of approximately 40 fragments of four different types of marble, some original, others carved during different restoration campaigns of the 18th and 19th centuries, the statue was in danger of collapsing because the joints between the fragments had loosened over time. The conservators took the statue completely apart and reassembled it. Video segments show this process as it took place in the conservation laboratories of the Getty Museum. The exhibition highlights changes in restoration and conservation practices that have occurred between the 18th and 21st centuries. 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 Museum's collection. Included are 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 Herakles, which was one of J. Paul Getty's 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.
Future Exhibitions through June 2002
The Armenian Gospels of Gladzor
September 11-December 2, 2001
This exhibition offers a rare opportunity to see more than 60 pages of the Gladzor Gospels, one of the masterpieces of Armenian illumination of the 14th century. It also introduces the manuscript's illuminators, and its place within Western European, Byzantine, and Islamic artistic traditions. The exhibition focuses on the particularly Armenian view of Christ's life expressed in the manuscript's miniatures. The manuscript is on loan from the Department of Special Collections, Young Research Library, UCLA, especially for the installation, which celebrates the 1700th anniversary of the Christianization of Armenia. Press Release
Posing for Posterity: Portrait Drawings from the Collection
October 30, 2001-January 20, 2002
This exhibition showcases the breadth of the Museum's drawings collection with 30 portraits spanning the Renaissance through the 19th century throughout Europe. The installation includes preparatory drawings for large-scale portraits, like Ingres' Study for Madame Moitessier, and features finished portrait drawings meant as independent works of art. Valued since the 16th century for their intimacy and portability, these portraits demonstrate the continuous challenge of and fascination with the presentation of the self, for both artist and subject.
Devices of Wonder: From the World in a Box to Images on a Screen
November 13, 2001-February 3, 2002
Devices of Wonder explores the fascinating world of visual illusion, with the Getty Research Institute's collection of 18th- to 20th-century optical games, toys, prints, and ephemera forming the core of the exhibition. Additional materials include scientific instruments, rare natural history books, trompe l'oeil paintings, trick furniture, a Wunderschrank (cabinet of wonders), and Lucas Samaras' Mirrored Room. Imaginative, interactive installations reveal engaging and compelling apparatus that produce visual information on the stage, at the studio or laboratory, and in the home. Magic lanterns, miniature peepshows, panoramas, moving dioramas, stereoscopes, Jeff Wall's cibachrome light boxes, and computers display how the "natural" eye has been transformed through sensory technology throughout time. The exhibition reveals how these optical devices brought about new forms of consciousness at different historical moments.
Manuel Alvarez Bravo: Optical Parables
November 13, 2001-February 17, 2002
Long hailed as one of the great masters of 20th-century photography, Mexican photographer Manuel Alvarez Bravo (b. 1902) blends an acute social consciousness with a poetic and often enigmatically modern sensibility. His work came into its own during the 1930s, following the social and political turmoil of Mexico's 10-year Revolution. It contains both Surrealist undertones and a magical documentary reality. In the eight decades since the end of the Revolution, Alvarez Bravo has continued to make photographs that lend artistic and social insight to the complexities of modern Mexican culture. Selected from the Museum's own holdings of rare photographs and from the collection of Daniel Greenberg and Susan Steinhauser, this exhibition traces Alvarez Bravo's evolution as an artist, from his early Pictorialist-inspired beginnings to his refined formalist style, and on to his later, emotion-driven imagery. This exhibition coincides with Alvarez Bravo's 100th birthday on February 4, 2002.
Artful Reading in Medieval and Renaissance Europe
December 18, 2001-March 10, 2002
In the Middle Ages, as now, reading opened worlds of information, entertainment, and inspiration. The concept of books, the texts that were read, and the conditions for reading them, however, were vastly different. This exhibition turns to 15 Western European manuscripts from the Museum's collection that date from the 11th to the 16th century, as well as a papyrus roll, two early printed books, and a photograph by Walker Evans, to explore the importance of the written word, learning and literacy, and the practice of reading aloud before religious communities and princely courts. In addition to examining both the symbolism of books and reading in the Middle Ages, this exhibition charts the major technological changes that have influenced the way the written word has been communicated over time.
Rome on the Grand Tour
January 8, 2002-June 31, 2002
In the 18th century the Grand Tour--a journey across Northern Europe to Italy and the center of the classical past--formed an important way for eminent, young British travelers to acquire a canon of taste, noble ideas, and moral virtue. Featuring new acquisitions by the Getty Museum and Research Institute, Rome on the Grand Tour presents the Eternal City as a preeminent destination for the British aristocrat. Gathering together paintings, pastels, drawings, sculpture, artists' sketchbooks, antiquities, books, and prints, this exhibition captures the diversity of the Grand Tour experience and portrays the preparation, engagement, and memory intrinsic to the journey. The installation presents both the high art and cultural memorabilia generated by the Tour, including the printed materials that promoted and guided the journey, portraits, and souvenir city views and sculptural reproductions. It also features objects reflecting the serious study of the antique, which ultimately transcended the age of the Grand Tour and gave birth to Neoclassicism.
Viewing Italy in the 18th Century
February 5-May 12, 2002
The veduta, or expansive view, reached its peak as a genre in Italy during the 18th century. Throughout the 1700s, during a period known as the age of the Grand Tour, travelers flocked to the Italian provinces in search of inspiration, enlightenment, discovery and adventure. Aristocratic visitors and connoisseurs encouraged the production of landscapes and cityscapes, visual records and souvenirs of the sites encountered on their travels. Ancestors of the modern-day postcard and topographical in conception, vedute were vehicles for the artist's creative and illusionistic vision of nature and architecture. An exploration of 18th-century taste, this exhibition encompasses a range of images by the most sought-after view painters, or vedutisti. The visitor is guided through the vast and varied territories of Italy, from a Venetian backstreet by Giovanni Antonio Canaletto, and a theatrical performance by Francesco Guardi, to an imaginary antique port by Giovanni Battista Piranesi.
Railroads in Photography
March 5, 2002-June 23, 2002
By the 1830s, a revolutionary mode of transportation--the railroad--was spreading throughout Britain, Europe, and North America; and photography was revealed as a revolutionary way to make pictures. Through the talents and desires of key individuals, photography and the railroads together embarked on a journey that would span the world's continents. From the beginning, the art and industry seemed bound together, and into the 20th century railroads remained a popular subject for photographers. From Édouard Baldus' images of the new French lines in the 1850s to O. Winston Link's nighttime views of the last steam-powered trains in 1950s America, the exhibition will explore the relationship of photography and railroads through a diverse and engaging selection of photographs.
Images of Violence in the Middle Ages
March 26-July 7, 2002
Violence seemed to surround those living in the Middle Ages on all sides--from land-ravaging wars and fierce tournaments designed for spectators to graphic depictions of the tortures endured by Christ. In the Middle Ages, violence was viewed as an integral, indeed necessary, aspect of life. Images of Violence in the Middle Ages features 20 European manuscripts and leaves dating from the 13th to the 16th century drawn from the Museum's permanent collection. The exhibition explores not only the widespread presence of violence in medieval society, but also shows how images of violence could be used to influence medieval viewers through didactic lessons or by appealing to the emotions.
The Sacred Spaces of Pieter Saenredam
April 16-July 7, 2002
Pieter Saenredam (1597-1665) was one of the magical painters of 17th-century Holland, a time known as the "Golden Age" of Dutch Art. He spent his career immortalizing the churches of Holland in drawings and paintings. Working through a series of perspective drawings to the finished painting, he made innumerable fine adjustments to architectural details to create what may be justly called spaces of wondrous perfection of proportion and luminosity. The Getty hosts the only American venue of the most comprehensive exhibition of Saenredam's work of the past forty years. It brings together over forty preparatory drawings and a collection of paintings depicting the beautiful and historically venerable churches of the ancient Dutch city of Utrecht.
Exploding Landscape: Naples and Vesuvius on the Grand Tour
December 21, 2001-March 24, 2002
The Exploding Landscape explores Naples as tourist destination during the period that Sir William Hamilton was the British ambassador to Naples, 1764 to 1799. A passionate collector of art and antiquities, Hamilton was equally drawn to natural wonders and archaeological discoveries. He played a distinctive role as a knowledgeable guide and genteel host to visitors on the Grand Tour. For eighteenth-century travelers, Naples was a mythic place dominated by the powerful presence of Mount Vesuvius. The volcano and ruins made Naples a different exotic locale, after visits to Rome, typically the main destination. Hamiltons writings and commissions to artists contributed to a group of innovative publications designed for travelers and collectors. He also commissioned prints and maps, and published illustrated volumes on vase collections and the volcanic landscape of Naples, all of which are owned by the Getty. A number of rare books and prints on Naples, Herculaneum, and Pompeii will also be in the exhibition. At the Getty Research Institute Gallery.
Bill Viola: Works from The Passions Series
September 10, 2002-January 12, 2003
In this exhibition, the celebrated video artist Bill Viola uses flat-screen monitors of various sizes—some in a format resembling portable altarpieces of the late Middle Ages and Renaissance—to explore how changing facial expression and body language express emotional states. After filming the actors at very high speeds, Viola replays the action in extreme slow motion, with riveting results. The artist participated in a yearlong study program at the Getty Research Institute in 1997-1998 focusing on representation of the human passions. His discoveries in the library and in the galleries helped inspire these new pieces.
Viola lives and works in Long Beach. His work was seen in a two-year international touring retrospective organized by the Whitney Museum of American Art that opened at LACMA in 1997. Most recently his work has been shown at the National Gallery in London, the church of St.-Eustache in Paris, and the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art.
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PERFORMANCES, READINGS, AND EVENTS
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 performance time. Doors open 45 minutes before the start of the program. Parking at the Getty Center is $5.
Gordon Getty Concerts - This series features music complementing current Museum exhibitions.
The Musician's Palette: Color in Music from the 12th to the 16th Century - This concert presents Musica Angelica, directed by Michael Eagan, exploring the many facets of color in early music. Complements the exhibition Illuminating Color. Tickets ($18; seniors/students $15) are available at the Museum Information Desk or by calling 310-440-7300.
Saturday, June 2 at 3 p.m.
Sound Perspective: Sander's Germany - This concert presents the Los Angeles-based Rossetti String Quartet - Nina Bodnar, violin; Henry Gronnier, violin; Thomas Diener, viola; and Eric Gaenslen, cello - in a program featuring the music of Beethoven, Hindermit, and Humperdink. Complements the August Sander exhibition. Tickets ($15; seniors/students $12) available at the Museum Information Desk or by calling 310-440-7300.
Sunday, June 10 at 3 p.m.
Friday Nights at the Getty - This free series of insight and imagination features eclectic Los Angeles artists. The Museum's galleries are open on Fridays until 9 p.m. Tickets may be reserved on a first-come, first-served basis. Limit of four seats per reservation.
Nesting Dolls - Cid Pearlman's punk-lyric contemporary dance company presents exhilarating dances that layer intricate formal structures with dynamic motion and a refreshing dose of irony. Limit of four seats per reservation.
Friday, June 15, 7:30 p.m.
Selected Shorts: A Celebration of the Short Story - Performance readings of classic and new fiction by some of the finest actors of screen and stage.
Billy Campbell, Mariette Hartley, Leonard Nimoy, and other acclaimed actors of screen and stage read classic and new short fiction in Selected Shorts: A Celebration of the Short Story, presented by New York's Symphony Space, KPCC (89.3 FM) and the J. Paul Getty Museum. Tickets ($20) are available at the Museum Information Desk or by calling 310-440-7300. Children's tickets ($10) are available for the Saturday matinee only.
"An Evening with DoubleTake Magazine: Telling Stories in Fiction and Photographs" - A program of stories inspired by photographs.
Friday, June 22, 8 p.m.
"Fairy Tales - With a Twist: A Program for Children 7 to 11 and their Adult Friends."
Saturday, June 23, 3 p.m.
"Love & Longing in L.A." - Including a classic tale by the Los Angeles noir master John Fante.
Saturday, June 23, 8 p.m.
"Landscapes and Women: Three Tales by de Maupassant" - A program of 19th-century French tales.
Sunday, June 24, 3 p.m.
"Notions of Devotion" - Including readings by Leonard Nimoy and James Cromwell.
Sunday, June 24, 7 p.m.
Later this year, the Getty readings will be presented as part of the Selected Shorts radio series aired by more than 130 National Public Radio stations, including KPCC.
Join Getty Scholar and filmmaker Péter Forgács for the last in a series of screenings of his work. The Danube Exodus (1998) draws from amateur footage of two voyages along the Danube River: one in 1939 by Jews escaping from Slovakia and the other by Bessarabian Germans a year later fleeing Soviet annexation of Bessarabia. Forgács will be present to discuss the film. Running time: 60 minutes. Wednesday, June 27, 7 p.m.
Fact + Fiction: Through the Camera of the 20th Century - In
celebration of the Walker Evans exhibitions, the Getty Museum and the
UCLA Film and Television Archive present a series of short and feature
films exploring the interaction between photography and film from 1900
to the present. All screenings take place on Fridays and Saturdays at
7:30 pm (unless otherwise noted) in the Harold M. Williams Auditorium. To reserve seating call
Friday, July 13
Introduction by Weston Naef
Curator of Photographs
The J. Paul Getty Museum
Feature: Intolerance (1916)
(DRAMA) Unrated; Ages 13 and up.
Saturday, July 14
Documentaries: Eugène Atget (1963); Homage to August Sander (1977)
Feature: Sunrise: A Song of Two Humans (1927)
(DRAMA) Unrated; Ages 13 and up.
Friday, July 20
Documentary: Manhatta (1921)
Feature: Modern Times (1936)
(COMEDY) Unrated; Ages 5 and up.
Saturday, July 21
MATINEE RESCREENING at 3 p.m.:
Documentaries: Eugène Atget (1963); Homage to August Sander (1977)
Feature: Sunrise: A Song of Two Humans, 1927
(DRAMA) Unrated; Ages 13 and up.
Documentary: Let Us Now Praise Famous Men (1979)
Feature: The Grapes of Wrath (1940)
(DRAMA) Unrated; Ages 8 and up.
Friday, July 27
Documentary: In the Street (1952)
Feature: The Night of the Hunter (1955)
(DRAMA) Depicts violence, murder; Ages 13 and up.
Saturday, July 28
Documentary: Andy Warhol's Screen Tests (1964-66)
Feature: A Woman Under the Influence (1974)
(DRAMA) Rated R; Warning: substance abuse, language, adult subject matter; Ages 13 and up must be accompanied by an adult.
Friday, August 3
Documentary: Conversations with Roy DeCarava (1984)
Feature: Do the Right Thing (1989)
(DRAMA) Rated R; Warning: language, adult subject matter; Ages 13 and up must be accompanied by an adult.
Saturday, August 4
Documentary: The Searching Eye: Mary Ellen Mark (1985)
Feature: Kids (1995)
(DRAMA) Rated R; Warning: strong sexual content, language and violence; Ages 17 and up only.
TALKS AND DEMONSTRATIONS
Point-of-View Gallery Talks - Unless otherwise noted, limited to 25 people per talk; sign up at the Museum Information Desk beginning at 4:30 p.m. Talks take place at 6 and 7:30 p.m. in the Museum galleries.
One Painting, Two Points of View - Anne Woollett, curatorial assistant, and Elisabeth Mention; associate conservator, paintings, J. Paul Getty Museum, focus on the curatorial/conservation aspects of the exhibition Making a Renaissance Painting.
Friday, June 1
One Sculpture, Two Points of View - Janet Grossman, assistant curator, and Eduardo Sanchez, assistant conservator, antiquities, J. Paul Getty Museum, discuss the curatorial/conservation aspects of the Statue of an Emperor exhibition.
Friday, June 15
Los Angeles photographer Anthony Hernandez discusses the Walker Evans & Company exhibition. Friday, July 27
Los Angeles photographer Eileen Cowin discusses the Walker Evans & Company exhibition.
Friday, August 24
Artist Sylvana Barrett demonstrates the use of color in medieval manuscripts; complements the exhibition Illuminating Color. Drop in anytime between 1 and 4 p.m. in the East Pavilion Art Information Room.
Sunday, June 10, 17, 24, and Thursday, June 7, 14
Artist Peter Zokosky demonstrates how artists prepared and painted on wood panels during the Renaissance; complements the exhibition Making a Renaissance Painting. Drop in anytime between 1 and 3 p.m. in the East Pavilion Art Information Room.
Sundays, July 15, 22, 29, August 12 and Thursdays, July 12, 19, 26, August 2, 9, 16
Lunch and Book Signing with Carol Field - Getty chefs Terri Buzzard and Helene Kennan prepare a special three-course lunch featuring recipes from Mangoes and Quince by Carol Field, author of the best-selling cookbook In Nonna"s Kitchen: Recipes and Traditions from Italian Grandmothers. Lunch is $35, or $55 paired with wines. Limited seating; for reservations call 310-440-7300.
Wednesday, June 13, 10:30 a.m. (book signing) and 11:30 a.m. (lunch), Restaurant at the Getty Center
Artful Sundays - Pick up a handout before visiting the galleries for some inspiration and sketching fun. Then, create your own art in this drop-in workshop.
Every Sunday through September, 12-4 p.m., Family Room Patio
Storytelling - Lively presentations of myths and legends related to the collections. Meet in front of the Museum's Family Room. No reservations needed.
Offered every Saturday and Sunday at 11 a.m., noon, and 1 p.m.
Spanish (if requested):
Saturdays June 9, 23; July 7, 21; August 4, 18
Sign-language interpretation (accompanying storytelling in English):
Sundays June 17; July 1, 15, 29; August 12, 26
Art Adventures for Families - This one-hour gallery talk for
children and adults to enjoy together includes an introduction to
the Family Room and a fun, activity-filled visit to the galleries.
Meet in the Museum Entrance Hall, under the stairs. No reservations
Every Saturday and Sunday at 2 p.m.
Getty Family Festival - The Getty Museum hosts a day of celebration featuring performances by local dance and musical groups, storytelling, art-making workshops, and gallery activities. Produced for the Museum by Community Arts Resources. Admission is free.
Sunday June 3, 10 a.m.- 6 p.m.
Families visiting the Getty Center can enjoy a variety of regularly scheduled activities, audioguide tours, and the Family Room, which features "Picture Yourself," a playful view of portraits with game boxes and art kits to use in the galleries, picture books, computers, and other resources to make the most of your visit with children. Most family activities are offered in English and Spanish.
ADULT COURSES AND WORKSHOPS
Painting With Pastels - Join artist Peter Zokosky for this two-part studio course and gallery tour exploring the history of pastels and basic pastel techniques, with an emphasis on Edgar Degas' intimate and sumptuous pastels of bathers and ballerinas. Participants will work from a nude model in the studios as well as enjoy plein aire sketching in the Central Garden. Materials fee $25. Limited to 25 participants; call 310-440-7300 to register.
Wednesday, June 6 and 13, 1-5 p.m., Museum Studios
Tuesday, July 10 and 17, 1-5 p.m., Museum Studios
Sèvres Series: Collectors and Collections - This three-part lecture course provides an in-depth look at three highly prized Sèvres porcelain collections. Limited to 160 people; to register call 310-440-7300. All three sessions are at 7 p.m. in the Museum Lecture Hall.
"George IV, Collector of Sèvres Porcelain" - Sir Geoffrey de Bellaigue, surveyor emeritus of the Queen's Works of Art, discusses the Sèvres porcelain in the British Royal Collection, largely bought by George IV in the early 19th century.
Thursday, June 21
"Sèvres Porcelain in the Huntington Art Collections" - Jeffrey Weaver, assistant curator of decorative arts, J. Paul Getty Museum, explores the surprising origin and contents of the Sèvres porcelain collection at the Huntington Art Collections.
Thursday, June 28
"From the Table to the Boudoir, Vincennes/Sèvres Porcelain: The British Museum Collection" - Aileen Dawson, curator of medieval and later antiquities, the British Museum, will focus on the collection of Sèvres porcelain in the British Museum.
Thursday, July 5
Community Collaboration Workshop - Offers community organization
leaders an orientation to the Museum and teaches how to design and
lead a tour that meets their group's needs. Open to nonprofit groups
only. Advance registration required; call 310-440-7300.
Saturday, July 21
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CONFERENCES, AND SYMPOSIA
Unless otherwise noted, these 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; parking at the Getty Center is $5.
Francis Bacon Studio Project - Mary McGrath, conservator at the Hugh Lane Municipal Gallery of Modern Art in Dublin, discusses the relocation of artist Francis Bacon's studio from London to the gallery in Dublin.
Tuesday, June 5, 3 p.m., Museum Lecture Hall
Walker Evans: Before and After - Weston Naef, curator of photographs, J. Paul Getty Museum, will discuss the scope of the Getty's American photographs collection in conjunction with the exhibition The American Tradition and Walker Evans.
Thursday, July 12, 7 p.m.
In the Company of Spice Traders: Medieval Manuscript Illuminators and their Painting Materials - Lecture by Nancy Turner, associate conservator, the J. Paul Getty Museum.
Thursday, August 9, 7 p.m.
Art in Focus Series - Eduardo Sanchez, assistant conservator, the J. Paul Getty Museum, will lecture on the statue of the Roman emperor Marcus Aurelius, on loan to the Getty from the Pergamon Museum in Berlin for conservation treatment and featured in the current exhibition Statue of an Emperor.
Thursday, August 23, 7 p.m.
Getty Research Institure Lectures/Conferences
Howard Singerman addresses the work of Getty Scholar Sherrie Levine
and responds to the exhibition Sherrie Levine/Joost van Oss:
Sculpture Prototypes on display at the Getty Research Institute.
The exhibition, which officially opens to the public on June 6,
will be open for preview by patrons attending the lecture.
Tuesday, June 5, 4 p.m., Research Institute Lecture Hall
A Conversation with James Welling - Artist James Welling talks with Connie Butler, curator, the Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, about his work as it relates to the Getty Research Institute's current scholar year theme, "Reproductions and Originals."
Wednesday, June 6, 4 p.m., Museum Lecture Hall
Works in Progress Series
Every year the Getty Research Institute hosts a series of presentations of work in progress in art history and the humanities. The purpose of the series is to promote discussion of current topics and themes among interested scholars and students.
Topic: Race and Representation
"Revolutionary Sons, White Fathers, and Their Gifts: Guillaume Guillon-Lethière's Oath of the Ancestors of 1822"
Darcy Grimaldo Grigsby, department of history of art, University of California, Berkeley
Discussant: Thomas Crow, director, Getty Research Institute
Friday, June 15, 2 p.m., Research Institute Lecture Hall
Getty Conservation Institute Lecture
Issues in Conservation - This series of public lectures examines conservation issues from around the world.
Broadway Revitalization - Amy Anderson, coordinator of the Los Angeles Conservancy's Broadway Initiative; Tom Gilmore, CEO, Gilmore Associates; and Robert Harris, master of architecture programs, USC, discuss a collaborative effort to revitalize the historic Broadway district of downtown Los Angeles. Moderated by Christy McAvoy, principal, Historic Resources Group and president, Los Angeles Conservancy.
Thursday, June 14, 7 p.m.
GETTY MUSEUM SPANISH-LANGUAGE RESOURCES
The Museum offers a wide variety of services and programs in Spanish including gallery talks, audioguide recorded tours, architecture tours, storytelling and the Family Room resources. For further information, call 310-440-7300.
NEWS AROUND THE GETTY
Symposium on The Last Judgment Mosaic
From June 12 to 15, 2001, an international symposium at Prague Castle will focus on the conservation of The Last Judgment mosaic of St. Vitus Cathedral. Organized by the Getty Conservation Institute, the National Heritage Department of the Office of the President of the Czech Republic, and the Prague Castle Administration--this is the culmination of a collaborative project to restore and conserve this monumental medieval mosaic. The symposium's goal is to inform specialists about the latest art historical research and developments in conservation technology.
Mosaics Conservation Training in Tunisia
As part of its Mosaics In-Situ project, the Conservation Institute is working with the Institut National du Patrimoine (INP) in Tunisia to conduct training in the care and maintenance of in-situ archaeological mosaics. The objective is to develop a team of INP technicians who can maintain and stabilize archaeological mosaics in Tunisia. The first training sessions were devoted to mosaic documentation and work site preparation. On May 21-June 29, 2001, a second session will cover in-situ mosaic treatment techniques (conservation, stabilization, maintenance), types of interventions (plant removal, cleaning, stabilization), and appropriate materials for in-situ conservation. Training takes place at the site of Utica, near Tunis.
Our Lady of Seven Sorrows Cathedral in Ghana
A recent grant of $70,000 is supporting the conservation of Our Lady of Seven Sorrows Cathedral in Navrongo, Ghana. Completed in 1920, it is the last remaining cathedral in Ghana constructed of earthen materials. While the exterior of the church is European in style, its interior columns and frieze feature painted bas-relief decorations created by local Nankani and Kassena women. Building upon a Getty-funded comprehensive conservation plan for the site, the current grant will stabilize the structure and help preserve both the elaborate interior decorations and the traditional techniques they represent.
Royal Castle of Wawel, Poland
A Getty grant of $47,000 to the Royal Castle of Wawel is enabling a multidisciplinary team of specialists--including curators, conservators, and art historians--to conserve 21 Italian Gothic and Renaissance paintings from its Lanckoranska collection. Located in Cracow, the Royal Castle is a national cultural institution housing the state collection of art. Based on a conservation survey of the collection that was made possible through a 1996 Getty grant, the current conservation project focuses on the paintings most in need of conservation. These include Renaissance works by Bartoli di Fredi, Masolino, and Vittorio di Crivelli.
John Bartram House, Philadelphia
A Getty grant of $90,000 is supporting the conservation of the John Bartram House, a National Historical Landmark that is surrounded by the nation's oldest botanical garden. John Bartram, a botanist, acquired the property known today as the Historic Bartram Garden in 1728. Over the course of 40 years, he transformed the small house into a Georgian-style mansion and the land into a thriving botanical garden. A comprehensive conservation study, supported by a 1997 Getty grant, forms the basis for the current project that will help conserve the exterior of the House.
The Dulwich Picture Gallery, England
A Getty grant of $250,000 to the Dulwich Picture Gallery is supporting a two-year conservation project focused on 43 paintings from the Gallery's collection of European master paintings of the 1600s and 1700s, including works by Rembrandt, Rubens, and Hogarth. The project is part of a long-term conservation and treatment program. Upon the project's completion, the paintings will be displayed in the recently restored and expanded galleries at the Dulwich, several stages of which have been funded by the Getty, and originally designed by Sir John Soane in 1811.
Paintings Conservation Project
The paintings conservation department at the Getty Museum occasionally undertakes the conservation of works from other collections in exchange for the opportunity to exhibit the paintings at the Getty after completion of the treatments. The most recent painting to come to Los Angeles as part of this collaborative program is from the Hispanic Society in New York. The poignant Virgin with the Yarn Winder by Luis de Morales is a rare painting outside of Spain and considered to be one of his masterpieces. The picture has been cleaned and restored, and was also the focus of analytical studies supported by the scientific department at the Getty Conservation Institute. In order to support the cost of bringing the painting to Los Angeles, the Getty formed a partnership with Friends of Heritage Preservation, which serves as a model for future collaborations. Virgin with the Yarn Winder will be on public view from March through August, 2001.
During the summer of 2001, the paintings conservation department will host a guest conservator from the Old Masters Picture Gallery in Dresden, Christoph Schölzel. Mr. Schölzel will be studying and restoring Andrea Mantegna's Holy Family. Painted around 1485, the Holy Family is not only considered to be one of Mantegna's masterpieces, but is also one of the highlights of the exceptional collections in Dresden. Having the painting in Los Angeles will also provide the opportunity for scientists at the Getty Conservation Institute to carry out analytical work on the unusual techniques which Mantegna used in this painting. After completion of the treatment, the picture will go on public view in the galleries at the Getty before its eventual return to Dresden in early 2002.
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Art History and Identity
Twelve noted scholars--including participants in the scholar programs of the Getty Research Institute and the Clark Art Institute--will deliver position papers on the role identity has come to play in the history, theory, and practice of art history today. May 31-June 2, 2001, Getty Research Institute Lecture Hall.
Personal Viewpoints: A Seminar on Paintings Conservation
Paintings Conservation combines the most advanced scientific tools and concepts with a deep commitment to aesthetic values and understanding. Few, if any conservators, believe that they are bringing the painting back to its original state, but many, if not all, strive to make it possible for viewers to encounter the work of art as closely as possible to the way in which the artist may have intended it to be seen. This seminar will examine the practices of painting conservators to articulate the values, concepts, and theoretical commitments that animate the best work in conservation today.
Thursday, June 21, and Friday, June 22, 2001, the J. Paul Getty Museum and the Research Institute Lecture Hall
Research Fellowships Awarded - Fifteen Postdoctoral Fellowships were awarded to an international group of scholars to pursue topics ranging from the techniques of late Italian Renaissance sculptural production, to the imagery and science of fireworks in eighteenth-century Russia. These twelve-month, nonresidential fellowships allow scholars who have earned a doctoral degree within the past six years to undertake independent interpretive research projects in art history. Since 1985, the Grant Program has awarded over $7.6 million to support nearly 275 scholars during the crucial early stages of their careers.
Archaeological Archives of Greater London - The Museum of London received Getty funding of $250,000 to make archives from archaeological excavations across the Greater London area accessible to scholars, students, and the general public. The project will unite documents and artifacts from the Museum's collection--which includes materials from nearly 2,000 archaeological sites--with materials from 2,000 other sites across the London area into a single, expanded research facility. The combined resource will help tell the story of London's 500,000-year history from prehistoric times, through Roman Britain and the medieval period, to the present day. Once the project is complete, the archives will also be used for training students in archaeological, artifact, and conservation studies.
Cataloguing of South Asian and Pacific Photographs - The University of Cambridge's Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology received a grant of £105,000 to catalogue and make accessible to the public its South Asian and Pacific photographic collections. Dating from the 1860's through the 1930's, these photographs document the work of British archaeologists and ethnographers and represent a unique resource for research on the history of archaeology and social anthropology. Getty funding will facilitate the full documentation of the collections, which will eventually be made available online at the Museum's Web site.
Library Hours: New expanded public access to the Getty Research Library of the Getty Research Institute: hours of operation are Monday through Saturday, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. The Research Library collects and assembles primary and secondary materials both to stimulate and support advanced research. The collections are multidisciplinary in approach with a special focus on the visual arts. The Research Library is open to inquiries from anyone who wishes to use or learn more about the Library and its resources.
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Museum Management Institute (MMI) -Thirty-five museum directors and other senior executives from the U.S., Australia, England, Ghana, India, and Scotland will participate in this summer's MMI program at the University of California, Berkeley from June 10 to June 29. The program emphasizes the importance of getting the questions right in a curriculum that deals with strategic thinking, building executive teams, finance, marketing, implementing strategy, and the politics of complex organizations. MMI is the flagship program of the Getty Leadership Institute. For more details, view the press release on the Getty web site at http://www.getty.edu/news/index.html.
Getty and Los Angeles County Partner on Arts Internship Program - In the second year of a new partnership creating the nation's largest arts internship program, the Getty and the Los Angeles County Arts Commission will jointly award over $1 million for visual, performing, and literary arts internships throughout Los Angeles County this summer. The funds will support 156 arts internships for college undergraduates at 78 organizations. By providing firsthand experience working in arts organizations, the internships introduce students of diverse backgrounds to the wide range of career possibilities in cultural organizations. Information on participating organizations and positions offered is available online at www.getty.edu/grants.
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The Stammheim Missal
Elizabeth C. Teviotdale
A look at one of the most visually dazzling and theologically ambitious works of German Romanesque art and the circumstances surrounding its creation. Includes color reproductions of the manuscript's major decoration.
J. Paul Getty Museum. $17.50 paper.
Memory, History, and Crisis in the Twentieth Century
Edited by Michael S. Roth and Charles G. Salas
Ten essays--written by David William Cohen, Veena Das, Leah Dickerman, Saul Friedländer, Carlo Ginzburg, Philip Gourevitch, Jun Jing, Istvá Rév, Jörn Rüsen, and Carlo Severi--explore the effects of social disaster on official and popular representations of the past.
Getty Research Institute. $39.95 paper.
Now in Paperback:
A Passion for Performance
Sarah Siddons and Her Portraitists
Edited by Robyn Asleson
The life and career of the renowned eighteenth-century English actress and the artists who portrayed her.
"A vivid view of Georgian era culture." - ForeWord
J. Paul Getty Museum. $24.95 paper.
Now in Paperback:
Painting on Light
Drawings for Stained Glass in the Age of Dürer and Holbein
Barbara Butts and Lee Hendrix
The most comprehensive examination to date of stained glass in southern Germany and Switzerland from about 1495 to 1530.
"A feast for the eyes as well as the intellect." - Stained Glass
J. Paul Getty Museum. $50.00 paper.
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