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Quarterly News Bulletin and Exhibition Schedule Spring 2000
EXHIBITIONS AT THE GETTY CENTER
All exhibitions located in the J. Paul Getty Museum unless otherwise indicated.
The Skirball Cultural Center and the Getty Collaborate
Sigmund Freud: Conflict and Culture
April 4-July 25, 2000
This international traveling exhibition at the Skirball Cultural Center explores the life and work of Sigmund Freud--one of this century’s most remarkable and influential figures. Sigmund Freud: Conflict and Culture will underscore Freud’s key ideas and show how notions of the self--identity, memory, childhood, repression and sexuality--have been shaped in relation to his work. It is composed of three major sections: "Section One: Formative Years" begins in late 19th-century Vienna, the milieu of Freud’s 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, Freud’s 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 Freud’s ideas on the 20th century. Vintage photographs, prints, and manuscripts 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 an array of programming including film, lectures, and seminars. (See Lectures for related programs at the Getty Center. For information about related programs at the Skirball Cultural Center, members of the press can call 310-440-4578.)
Carmontelle’s 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), is 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 is also shown, along with other drawings of the period. Press release
The Gualenghi-d’Este Hours: Art and Devotion in Renaissance Ferrara
May 9-July 30, 2000
One of the most important Italian manuscripts in the Museum’s collection, the lavishly illuminated Gualenghi-d’Este Hours, is the gem of this exhibition. Created around 1469--most likely for the marriage of diplomat Andrea Gualengo to Orsina d’Este, a member of Ferrara’s ruling family--the book of hours is a masterpiece by Taddeo Crivelli, one of the major Renaissance manuscript illuminators. It is presented with paintings, medals, other manuscripts, sculptures, and printed books lent from collections in the United States and Europe. The exhibition examines the book’s vivid devotional imagery in relation to contemporary works of art and explores its significance for its 15th-century patrons. An illustrated monograph accompanies the exhibition. Press release
Italian Manuscript Illumination
May 9-July 30, 2000
This exhibition presents 22 manuscripts, leaves, and cuttings from the Museum’s 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 d’Este, 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.
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 Getty’s 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
Poussin Landscapes by Leon Kossoff
Through 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 Kossoff’s Drawings and Prints after Nicolas Poussin (on view January 20-April 2, 2000). Press release
The Psalms and Their Illustration
Through 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 from the 12th to the 15th century. Press release
Departures: 11 Artists at the Getty
Through May 7, 2000
The J. Paul Getty Museum commissioned 11 outstanding Los Angeles-area artists to create new works based on the Getty’s collections. Through a wide variety of media, the artists’ responses challenge and inform our ideas about art--both of the past and of the present. Participating artists 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. Lisa Lyons is guest curator. An illustrated catalog accompanies this exhibition. A wide array of programs are being offered in conjunction with this exhibition. See Lectures and Performances, Readings, and Events for related events. Press release
The Edible Monument: The Art of Food for Festivals
Through 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 Mata’s 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
Carleton Watkins: From Where the View Looked Best
Through 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 Museum’s definitive collection of more than 1,400 works by Watkins, this exhibition explores the growth of the artist’s 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 publicly displayed. 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 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 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.
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 Prince’s 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 city’s 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 Atget’s photographs, the images will be supplemented by selected works by photographers who worked in the streets of other cities. A book in the Getty’s 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 Museum’s drawings collection. The Getty’s 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 21-January 21, 2001
Research Institute Exhibitions Gallery
This exhibition will explore photography’s 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.
Voyages and Visions: Early Photographs from the Wilson Family Collection
October 24, 2000-February 18, 2001
Drawn from the Wilson Family Collection, Voyages and Visions features photographs dating from the first announcement of photography in 1839 through the golden age of the 1850s--a particularly innovative period in the history of this new visual medium. As procedures were refined and materials improved, photographers ventured further afield in their attempt to document the world. The voyages and visions explored here cover most of the world’s continents through diverse photographs by masters including William Henry Fox Talbot, Roger Fenton, and Dr. John Murray. Founded by Michael and Jane Wilson, astute collectors of the medium, the Wilson Family Collection is based in Los Angeles and London.
Raphael and His Circle: Drawings from Windsor Castle
October 31, 2000-January 7, 2001
Through a collection of drawings that is among the world’s finest, this international traveling exhibition from Windsor Castle celebrates Raphael as one of Western art’s 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 Raphael’s 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 Museum’s collection will focus on Raphael’s impact on his contemporaries and on artists from following generations. Arguably more influential than Leonardo and Michelangelo, Raphael’s 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. Raphael’s 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.
The Art of Giving in the Middle Ages
November 21, 2000-February 4, 2001
This exhibition of 20 illuminated manuscripts from the Museum’s permanent collection explores the nature of gifts and the culture of giving in the Middle Ages. Gifts--often artworks of the highest quality--held an important place in ceremony and diplomacy, solidifying ties among princes and high-ranking clergymen. The exhibition sheds light on the motivations behind gift giving, the nature of gift exchange, and the special role of books as gifts. The exhibition features sumptuously illuminated books of history, scripture, and the Christian liturgy originating in Europe and the Byzantine Empire and dating from the 11th to the 16th century.
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 empire’s 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.
Illuminated Liturgical Manuscripts
February 20-May 6, 2001
The books consulted by bishops, priests, monks, and nuns in religious services are among the most splendidly illuminated manuscripts of the Middle Ages and Renaissance. This exhibition of 19 manuscripts and leaves dating from the 10th to the 16th century, all from the Museum’s permanent collection, highlights the illumination of liturgical books. It explores the different types of books and their characteristic illumination, the representation of the liturgy, as well as the way the liturgical celebration of events from Christ’s life and the commemoration of the saints marked the passing of the seasons for medieval Christians.
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 start of the program. Doors open 45 minutes before the start of the program. Parking at the Getty Center is $5.
Sounds of L.A.--This free concert series celebrates the city’s rich musical culture. Call 310-440-7300 for parking and seating reservations. Limit of four seats per reservation. Press release
Perla Batalla: Two Worlds/One Voice
Saturday, February 19 and Sunday, February 20, 2 p.m.
Singer-songwriter Perla Batalla, the "queen of contralto soul," performs a distinctive blend of North American and Latin-influenced song cycles from her CD Mestiza. With a powerful and sublime voice, Batalla transcends musical genres and cultural borders.
Quetzal: from margin to center
Saturday, February 26 and Sunday, February 27, 2 p.m.
Quetzal’s eight members offer an extraordinary range of music from the traditional sounds of Veracruz to the contemporary rhythms of East L.A.’s new "Chicano Groove."
The Francisco Aguabella Latin Jazz Ensemble and the Percussion Artists Workshop featuring Lázaro Galarraga
Saturday, March 4 and Sunday, March 5, 2 p.m.
The Francisco Aguabella Latin Jazz Ensemble and the Percussion Artists Workshop, with Lázaro Galarraga, perform an exuberant program of Afro-Cuban rhythms.
Scent of Norouz
Saturday, March 18 and Sunday, March 19, 2 p.m.
In celebration of the Persian New Year, master musicians Hossein Omoumi and Pejman Hadadi perform Sufi ghazals (poems of devotion and love). Co-presented by the Persian Arts Society.
Los Angeles-St. Petersburg Russian Folk Orchestra
Saturday, April 1 and Sunday, April 2, 2 p.m.
The 25-member Balalaika orchestra and five-member dance ensemble preserve and celebrate a rich repertoire of Russian string music from the Balkans to the Black Sea. Directed by Iryna Orlava, graduate of the Kiev State Conservatory and winner of several international competitions.
The Multi-School Jazz Ensemble and Dwight Trible
Saturday, April 15 and Sunday, April 16, 2 p.m.
Some of the finest high-school jazz musicians from the Los Angeles area share the stage with innovative jazz vocalist Dwight Trible and his ensemble.
An Antigone Story--The acclaimed Cornerstone Theater Company presents a modern telling of Sophocles’ classic play with rock music, dance, and karaoke. With direction, adaptation, and music by Shishir Kurup. Commissioned by the Getty Museum to complement the exhibition Departures: 11 Artists at the Getty.
Friday, March 10, 8 p.m., Saturday, March 11, 2:30 and 8 p.m., and Sunday, March 12, 2:30 p.m., Harold M. Williams Auditorium--Admission is free. Call 310-440-7300 for parking and seating reservations. Limit of four seats per reservation.
La Zamba del Chevy--As part of his project for the exhibition Departures: 11 Artists at the Getty, artist Rubén Ortiz Torres transformed a 1960 Chevrolet Impala into a dancing lowrider that gives three-minute outdoor performances on selected dates at the Getty.
Saturday, March 11 and Sunday, April 16, 2 p.m., Museum Plaza.
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. Demonstrations and hands-on activities related to the exhibition The Edible Monument: The Art of Food for Festivals will also be featured. The festival is produced for the Museum by Community Arts Resources. Admission is free. Call 310-440-7300 for parking reservations.
Saturday, March 25, 10 a.m.-6 p.m., Museum Courtyard.
Vinyl II: A Film by Stephen Prina--This short film by Stephen Prina, part of the exhibition Departures: 11 Artists at the Getty, was shot in the Museum galleries and focuses on the relationship between two paintings--The Musicians’ Brawl by Georges de La Tour and Christ Crowned with Thorns by Gerrit van Honthorst. Running time: about 20 minutes.
Daily at 12:30, 2:30 and 4:30 p.m.; also 7 p.m. Thursdays and Fridays (unless otherwise noted on schedule in Museum Entrance Hall), Museum Lecture Hall.
Poetry Reading with Molly Bendall and Jane Miller-- Nationally acclaimed poets Molly Bendall and Jane Miller read original works as part of an ongoing series presented by the Getty Research Institute in cooperation with the Poetry Society of America, Los Angeles.
Thursday, March 9, 7 p.m., Research Institute Lecture Hall--Admission is free. Call 310-440-7300 for parking and seating reservations.
Poetry, Art, and Humane Letters--Four acclaimed poets commissioned by the Getty Research Institute to write original works of poetry related to the scholar year theme "Humanities in Comparative, Historical Perspective" will read their work.
Thursday, April 27, 7 p.m., Harold M. Williams Auditorium--Admission is free. Call 310-440-7300 for parking and seating reservations.
John Ashbery’s poetry spans more than 45 years. Among his recent publications are Girls on the Run (1999), Wakefulness (1998), Can You Hear, Bird (1995), and And the Stars Were Shining (1994). His collection Self-Portrait in a Convex Mirror (1975) was awarded the National Book Award for poetry, the Pulitzer Prize for poetry, and the National Book Critics Circle prize.
Gjertrud Schnackenberg’s works include The Throne of Labdacus, Supernatural Love: Selected Poems, 1977-1992, and A Gilded Lapse of Time. She has received awards including the Rome Prize of the American Academy and Institute of Arts and Letters, the Brandeis University Creative Arts Citation in Poetry, a 1998 Academy Award in Literature from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, and fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Guggenheim Foundation, and a visiting fellowship from St. Catherine’s College at Oxford University.
Mark Strand is former Poet Laureate of the United States. His collection of recent poetry includes Blizzard of One (1998), Dark Harbor (1993), The Continuous Life (1990), and The Late Hour (1978). He has written eight earlier poetry books that have brought him honors and grants, including a MacArthur Fellowship.
Rosanna Warren teaches comparative literature at Boston University. Her recent books include a translation of Euripides’ Suppliant Women with Stephen Scully (1995) and a collection of poems, Stained Glass (1994). Her awards include fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation and the American Council of Learned Societies, and a Nation/Discovery Award.
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. Call 310-440-7300 for parking and seating reservations. Seating is general admission and tickets may be reserved on a first-come, first-serve basis. Limit of four seats per reservation.
My Getty Center: A Video by Judy Fiskin
Friday, April 7, 7:30 p.m