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Quarterly News Bulletin and Exhibition Schedule Summer 2000
EXHIBITIONS AT THE GETTY CENTER
All exhibitions located in the J. Paul Getty Museum unless otherwise indicated.
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This exhibition and accompanying catalog will highlight some 50 unpublished drawings, primarily from the Getty Research Institute collections as well as from various institutions in Rome.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. Press Release
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. Press Release
The Making of a Medieval Book
August 15 - November 5, 2000
This installation explains how illuminated manuscripts were made in the Middle Ages and Renaissance. The process begins with the preparation of animal skin to make parchment (or vellum), continues through the writing and painting stages, and ends with the binding of the volume. Several manuscripts in the Museum’s collection are on view, illustrating the materials and techniques of medieval manuscript production.
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. 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
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.
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.
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.
Mexico: From Empire to Revolution
Part I: October 21-January 21, 2001
Part II: February 24-May 20, 2001
Research Institute Exhibitions Gallery
Divided into two parts, this exhibition explores the historical importance of photography in documenting places, events, and people. Drawn from photographs in the Getty Research Institute collection, the exhibition shows how photographs serve as documents offering knowledge and insight into Mexican history and culture between the 1860s and 1910s.
Part I is divided into two sections: "Empire and Intervention" and "Ruins of Pre-Hispanic Empires." The first section focuses on the period of the 1860s and the French occupation of Mexico, the presence of Maximilian, and resistance with victory under the leadership of Benito Juarez. The second section features photographs taken between the 1860s and 1880s of the ruins of pre-hispanic cultures.
Part II is also divided into two sections. The first section, "Building the Nation," looks at the character and growth of cities and countryside from the 1870s through the turn of the century, and the second section, "From Celebration to Revolution," focuses 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.
A Many-Sided Art: Nineteenth-Century Drawing
January 23 - April 15, 2001
The fascinating, many-sided art of drawing in the 19th century informs the conception of drawing in our own time. Nineteenth-century drawings represent the part of the Getty’s drawings collection that has experienced the most dramatic growth recently. The exhibition of approximately 35 drawings highlights this part of the collection, particularly recent acquisitions. Featured works in the installation include Pierre Bonnard’s design for the poster Moulin Rouge, Aubrey Beardley’s design for the illustration to Alexander Pope’s The Rape of the Lock, and Gustave Courbet’s Sleeping Bacchante.
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 (working title)
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.
August Sander and German Realism: Portraits from the Weimar Republic, 1918-1933 (working title)
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 Three Penny 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 now added portraits of tradesmen, professionals, industrialists, secretaries, artists, the unemployed, the disabled, and other types. 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.
The Secret Life of Drawings: Transfer Processes in Prints, Paintings, and Frescoes, 1500-1900 (working title)
May 1- July 15, 2001
Drawings are essential workshop tools in the preparation of a work of art, but the way in which drawn compositions were transferred from paper to the final surface remains a mystery to many of us. The processes of transfer vary according to an artist’s preferences, and to the nature of the project, be it an engraving, panel, canvas, or fresco. The exhibition examines these methods, and focuses on the material evidence on the surface of drawings. Elements not always visible to the naked eye - stylus incisions, pricked outlines, squaring, and color notations - are exposed here, and studied under raking light and magnified glass. Drawings as diverse as Domenichino’s Head of Saint Cecilia, a preliminary cartoon for a fresco, and Goltzius’ Venus and Mars Surprised by Vulcan, a study for an engraving, form part of this exploratory and revealing show.
May 22 - August 12, 2001
Color is one of the most basic ways we experience the world visually and has always been an essential tool with which artists communicate their message. 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 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.
Walker Evans and the American Tradition
July 10 - October 28, 2001
Walker Evans redrew the map of American visual culture in the 1930s by photographing what he believed to be the most common aspects of the American scene. His subjects were small-town main streets, homes inhabited by average Americans, typical modes of transportation, everyday styles of dress, and the environmental residue of a consumer-driven society. Yet he was not the first photographer in quest of the American spirit. Evans walked in the footsteps of pioneers of photography already active for 50 years or more who also focused on typically American subjects. In addition to 40 Evans photographs, this exhibition includes roughly 100 works by other photographers who were active both before and during his career. They range from regional photographers such as the Langenheim Brothers of Philadelphia, Carleton Watkins of San Francisco, and Adam Clark Vroman of Pasadena to classic photographers of the first half of the 20th century such as Lewis Hine, Paul Strand, Doris Ulmann, and Dorothea Lange. All of these artists explored the quintessence of this country and, like Evans, summarized and defined from their own perspective subjects that are typically American.
The Glajor Gospel (working title)
August 28 - December 2, 2001
This exhibition introduces Museum visitors to the Glajor Gospel, one of the masterpieces of Armenian illumination of the 14th century. Focusing on the people who created and treasured the book, the exhibition celebrates the monks who copied its text and painted its elaborate cycle of miniatures, the theologians whose thought it embodies, and the princes and merchants who owned it. The manuscript is lent by the UCLA Library’s Department of Special Collections especially for this installation, which celebrates the 1,700th anniversary of the founding of the Armenian Church.
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.
Selected Shorts: A Celebration of the Short Story-This series returns to the J. Paul Getty Museum for five different performances of classic and bold new short fiction read by actors from screen and stage including Jane Curtin and West Wing star Richard Schiff. The themes for each night are listed below. Selected Shorts is presented by New York City-based Symphony Space, KCRW (89.9 FM), and the J. Paul Getty Museum. Tickets ($22) available via Tickets L.A. at 323-655-TKTS. (Parking reservations will be made automatically through Tickets L.A., but the $5 parking fee still applies.)
Thursday, June 8 at 7:30 p.m. "Immigrants and Apostles"
Friday, June 9 at 7:30 p.m. "Women of Valor"
Saturday, June 10 at 8 p.m. "Hideouts, Ambushes, and Getaways"
Sunday, June 11 at 3 p.m. "Boys and Men" Sunday, June 11 at 7:30 p.m. "Stories from Zoëtrope"
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-served basis. Limit of four seats per reservation.
Classical Theater Lab presents Trojan Women
A powerfully modern and spare adaptation of Euripides’ timeless classic portrays conquered women’s resilience and strength in the face of unspeakable brutality.
June 16, 2000 at 7:30 p.m.
An intimate evening with the master of off-beat observation.
June 23, 2000 at 7:30 p.m.
Summer Concerts: Music with a View Series-The Getty Museum’s 2000 summer concert series presents three musical programs that complement current exhibitions. Each will be introduced by a context-setting talk. Tickets ($22) available through Tickets L.A. at 323/655-TKTS. (Parking reservations will be made automatically through Tickets L.A., but the $5 parking fee still applies.)
Atget’s Paris: Music from the Street to the Opera House
Concert complements The Man in the Street: Eugène Atget in Paris.
Saturday, July 15 at 8 p.m. (pre-concert talk at 7:30 p.m.)
Sunday, July 16 at 7:30 p.m. (pre-concert talk at 7 p.m.)
The Glories of Renaissance Ferrara: Music Under the d’Este Family Michael Eagan and the forces of Musica Angelica recreate the many faces of sacred and secular music from the rich cultural center of Ferrara, Italy. Concert complements The Gualenghi-d’Este Hours: Art and Devotion in Renaissance Ferrara.
Saturday, July 22 at 8 p.m. (pre-concert talk at 7:30 p.m.)
Sunday, July 23 at 7:30 p.m. (pre-concert talk at 7 p.m.)
Music Under Glass: The Swiss-German Reformation Acclaimed Swiss vocal and instrumental ensemble Lucidarium makes a rare Los Angeles appearance to celebrate the exhibition Painting on Light: Drawings and Stained Glass in the Age of Dürer and Holbein.
Saturday, July 29 at 8 p.m. (pre-concert talk at 7:30 p.m.)
Sunday, July 30 at 7:30 p.m. (pre-concert talk at 7 p.m.)
What Soul Eyes Have Seen-Leimert Park poets Michael Datcher, A.K. Toney, Dee Black, and Paul Calderon present new works in response to Theodore Gericault’s early 19th-century painting Portrait Study. Curated by Datcher, who is also director of literary programs at the World Stage.
Thursday, July 20, 7 p.m.
Family Festival -The Getty Museum hosts a day of celebration with performances by local dance and musical groups, storytelling, art-making workshops, and gallery games. Hands-on activities related to the Gualenghi-d’Este Hours exhibition will also be featured. Produced by Community Arts Resources. Admission is free. Call 310-440-7300 for parking reservations.
Saturday, June 3, 10 a.m.- 6 p.m., Museum Courtyard.
Getty Museum Weekend Family Workshops-Gallery teachers lead children from ages 5 to 13 and their caregivers through the Museum in activities related to the following themes. Participants then work in the studios to create art projects of their own. Workshops take place on the following dates at 10:30 a.m. - 12 noon and 1 - 2:30 p.m. Advance reservations required.
(Note: No Weekend Family Workshops in June)
"Special Objects for Special Occasions"-Focuses on the Gualenghi-d’Este Hours exhibition.
In English: Saturday, July 15 - Sunday, July 16
In Spanish: Saturday, July 29 - Sunday, July 30
"Ceremonial Splendor"-Focuses on the Painting on Light exhibition.
In English: Saturday, August 19 - Sunday, August 20, and Saturday, September 9 - Sunday, September 10
In Spanish: Saturday, August 26 - Sunday, August 27, and Saturday, September 23 - Sunday, September 24.
Families visiting the Getty Center can also 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 runs on alternate Saturdays at noon, and weekend workshops are held monthly. For further information, call 310-440-7300.
ADULT COURSES AND ARTIST DEMONSTRATIONS
Artist-At-Work Demonstrations-Artists demonstrate techn