February 24, 2000

Quarterly News Bulletin and Exhibition Schedule Fall 2000

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All exhibitions located in the J. Paul Getty Museum unless otherwise indicated.

New Exhibitions Opening Fall 2000

Mexico: From Empire to Revolution
Part I: October 21, 2000-January 21, 2001
Part II: February 24-May 20, 2001
Research Institute Exhibition Gallery
Divided into two parts, this exhibition explores the historical importance of photographs in portraying Mexico’s turbulent past between the 1860s and 1910s. The exhibition is drawn from the Getty Research Institute’s archive of over one million photographs.

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 empire 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. 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 emergence of this new medium in 1839 through the golden age of the 1850s--a particularly innovative period in the early history of photography. As methods 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, Dr. John Murray, Edouard Baldus, and Ernest Benecke. Amassed over the past 20 years by Michael and Jane Wilson, astute collectors of the medium, the Wilson Family Collection is based in Los Angeles and London. Many of the works in this exhibition will be on view for the first time.

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 artÕs most influential figures. A pivotal artist 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 includes works by Raphael’s teachers (his father, Giovanni Santi, and Pietro Perugino) and his followers (Giulio Romano, Perino del Vaga, and Polidoro da Caravaggio). A fully illustrated exhibition catalog by Martin Clayton, assistant curator of the Print Room at Windsor Castle, explores these drawings. The works forming the exhibition have been loaned from the Royal Library by Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II. This exhibition is organized by the Royal Library, Windsor Castle, in association with the National Gallery of Art, Washington. Raphael and His Circle: Drawings from Windsor Castle is supported by an indemnity from the Federal Council on the Arts and Humanities. Press Release.

Raphael and His Influence across the Centuries
October 31, 2000-January 7, 2001
To complement the rare exhibition Raphael and His Circle: Drawings from Windsor Castle, the Getty features Raphael drawings from its own collection. The show focuses on Raphael’s impact on his contemporaries and on artists from subsequent generations. Arguably more influential than Leonardo and Michelangelo, Raphael’s works have inspired students and masters throughout the centuries. This exhibition presents Raphael as a gifted teacher whose workshop assistants became distinguished and independent draftsmen. Drawings by Giulio Romano, Perino del Vaga, and Polidoro da Caravaggio are featured. Raphael’s works were used as models from the 17th through the 19th centuries, influencing Nicholas Poussin, Peter Paul Rubens, and Jean-Auguste-Dominique Ingres, among others. The drawings on display demonstrate the continuous fascination for this great genius of the Renaissance. Press Release.

Statue of an Emperor: A Conservation Partnership
Opens December 5, 2000
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.

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 works of art 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 social and political nature of gift exchange, and the special role of books as luxury 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. Press Release.

Continuing Exhibitions and Installations at the Getty Center

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. Press Release.

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

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.

Future Exhibitions through December 2001

Making a Renaissance Painting
December 5, 2000-July 29, 2001
Renaissance painters practiced their art according to specialized training and local traditions. This exhibition focuses on the methods and materials employed by the prominent Netherlandish artist Joachim Beuckelaer for his splendid Miraculous Draught of Fishes (1563). Every step in the production of this large panel painting, produced in Antwerp, is explored. The installation shows how wooden panels were selected and prepared, and how a variety of pigments were made ready for painting in the workshop of the master painter. Additionally, the scientific methods used to study the painting, such as x-ray, infra-red reflectography, and cross sections are explained, revealing how the complex processes of Beuckelaer’s painting are being uncovered today.

A Many-Sided Art: Nineteenth-Century Drawing
May 1 - July 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.

Ritual Splendor: 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.

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 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)
July 31- October 14, 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 magnifying 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.

Illuminating Color
May 22 - August 26, 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 Gladzor Gospels
September 12 - December 2, 2001
This exhibition introduces Museum visitors to the Gladzor Gospels, 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.

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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.

Women in the Street - This evening features readings of original works about the lives of women in Los Angeles by writers Pat Alderete, Lynn Ballen, Anne Block, Carole Carp, Sally Charette, Carolyn Clark, Georgia Davis, Lou Ann McLean, Carla Tomaso, and Terry Wolverton. Music by Connie Kim. Friday, September 22, 7:30 p.m.

Spoken Interludes - L.A.’s critically acclaimed monthly literary salon comes to the Getty for one night. Hear stories written and read by award-winning writers, actors and up-and-coming literati based on themes of the Virgin Mary and Raphael’s "Poetry of the Body." Friday, October 13, 7:30 p.m.

An Evening with the Man Called E, Voice of the Eels- Mark Oliver Everett, aka ’E’, the man who writes the songs that makes a small portion of the world cry, brings his iconoclastic brand of alternative pop music-making to the Getty. Friday, October 20, 7:30 p.m.

Jon Brion and Friends - Jon Brion is joined by special guests for an intimate evening of music. Singer-songwriter, composer, and the regular sold-out Friday night attraction at Largo on Fairfax, Brion composed the instrumental score for the film Magnolia and produced many of Aimee Mann’s songs for the soundtrack as well as Fiona Apple’s latest CD. Friday, October 27, 7:30 p.m.

Gordon Getty Concerts - Concerts that enhance understanding of the Museum’s collections and exhibitions. Tickets ($20) 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.)

Los Angeles Baroque Orchestra - This presentation of music from the time of Peter Paul Rubens reflects his travels and the cultural experiences that influenced his artistic vision. Complements the exhibition Peter Paul Rubens and the Art of Drawing in Flanders. Sunday, September 24, 3 p.m.

Voxfire presents "A Medieval Homage to the Virgin" - A concert of rare vocal and instrumental music from 12th- through 15th-century Europe offers works written in honor of the Virgin Mary. The evening includes soaring chants of Hildegard of Bingen and haunting three-part a cappella pieces from 13th-century Spain, England, and France. Voxfire is a renowned ensemble with Samela Aird Beasom, soprano; Christen Herman mezzo-soprano; and Susan Judy, soprano. Complements the exhibition The Queen of the Angels. Sunday, October 29, 3 p.m.

Special Event: Long Beach Opera Presents Jacopo Peri’s Euridice - In its first appearance at the Getty, the Long Beach Opera presents this original interpretation of Peri’s Euridice to celebrate the 400th anniversary of the first opera (performed October 6, 1600 at the Pitti Palace in Florence, Italy). Tickets ($85, $55) available through Tickets L.A. at 323-655-TKTS.

Friday, October 6 at 8 p.m. with champagne and dessert reception to follow - $85
Saturday, October 7 at 8 p.m. - $55
Sunday, October 8 at 3 p.m. - $55

Poetry Readings - an ongoing series presented by the Getty Research Institute in cooperation with the Poetry Society of America, Los Angeles.

Nationally acclaimed poets Galway Kinnell and Hannah Liebmann read original works; Kinnell will also read his translation of poems by Rainier Maria Rilke.
Thursday, September 28, 8 p.m., Harold M. Williams Auditorium

Nationally acclaimed poets Aga Shahid Ali and Mark Strand read original works. Thursday, October 19, 7 p.m., Museum Lecture Hall


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. This Family Festival focuses on the exhibitions The Queen of the Angels and Peter Paul Rubens and the Art of Drawing in Flanders. Musical guests include the Susie Hansen Latin Band and Viver Brasil Dance Company. On an American tour from Belgium, theater artist Gabriel Ponti meshes the worlds of masks, marionettes, mime, and animated film. Produced by Community Arts Resources. Admission is free. Call 310-440-7300 for parking reservations. Saturday, October 14, 10 a.m.- 6 p.m., Museum Courtyard.

Getty Museum Weekend Family Workshops - Bring the family to visit the galleries with a teacher and create art projects in the studio. Workshops take place at 10:30 a.m.Ð12 noon and 1Ð2:30 p.m. Advance reservations required.

"Ceremonial Splendor" - focuses on the Painting on Light exhibition
In English: Saturday, September 9 and Sunday, September 10
In Spanish: Saturday, September 23 and Sunday, September 24

"Angelic Books" - focuses on illuminated manuscripts
In English: October 7-8
In Spanish: October 28-29

"Making Marquetry"
In English: November 4-5
In Spanish: November 18-19

Storytelling - Lively presentations of myths and legends related to the collections. Meet in front of the MuseumÕs Family Room.

English: Saturday, September 9 and 23 at 11 a.m., noon, and 1 p.m. Saturday, September 2, 16, and 30 at 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. Every Sunday at 11 a.m., noon, and 1 p.m.
Spanish: Saturday, September 2, 16, and 30 at noon
Sign-language interpretation: Sunday, September 10 and 24 at 11 a.m., noon, and 1 p.m.

Families visiting the Getty Center can enjoy a variety of other regularly scheduled activities, audioguide tours and the Family Room, which features "Picture Yourself," a playful view of portraits, along 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.

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. Most 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.


Selected Works - Join Getty Museum curators in this three-part lecture course as they present an intimate exploration of their favorite works of art from the MuseumÕs collection. Enrollment limited to 160; to register for all three sessions call 310-440-7300. Thursday, September 21 and 28 and October 5, 7 p.m., Museum Lecture Hall

September 21 - Weston Naef, curator, photographs
September 28 - Catherine Hess, associate curator, sculpture and works of art
October 5 - Gillian Wilson, curator, decorative arts

Artist-At-Work Demonstrations - After viewing Raphael And His Circle: Drawings From Windsor Castle and Raphael at the Getty: His Influence Across the Centuries, visitors can observe artist Peter Zokosky drawing in the style of Raphael. East Art Information Room, 1 to 4 p.m.

Thursdays: November 2, 16, 30
Sundays: November 5, 19

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