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Quarterly News Bulletin and Exhibition Schedule Spring 2001

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

New Exhibitions Opening Spring 2001

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.

A Royal Menagerie: Porcelain Animals from Dresden
Opening May 1, 2001
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.

Illuminating Color
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

Continuing Exhibitions and Installations at the Getty Center

Mexico: From Empire to Revolution

Part II: February 24 through May 20, 2001
This two-part exhibition of photographs taken between the 1850s and 1920s captures the political struggles and everyday life of Mexico. Part II begins in the 1870s and traces the emergence of Mexico as a modern nation over the next 50 years, concluding with the extraordinary upheaval caused by the 1910 revolution that submerged the country in civil war for more than 10 years. Research Institute Exhibition Gallery. Press Release

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, Édouard 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 are on view for the first time. Press Release

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

Making a Renaissance Painting
December 5, 2000-August 19, 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 painting 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-radiography, infra-red reflectography, and cross-sections are explained, revealing the complex processes of Beuckelaer’s painting. Press Release

Drawing the Landscape: 1500-1800
January 23-April 15, 2001
This exhibition explores artists’ depiction of the landscape--whether real or imaginary, sublime or picturesque--in drawings spanning from the Renaissance to the Romantic era. Highlights include Titian’s delicately rendered Pastoral Scene and Rembrandt’s Landscape with the House with the Little Tower. Press Release

Special Exhibition
Shaping the Great City: Modern Architecture in Central Europe, 1890-1937
February 20-May 6, 2001
This landmark touring exhibition, seen here in its only U.S. venue, uses architectural drawings, photographs, models, books, and archival film clips to explore the origins and development of modern architecture in Central Europe before and after the First World War, a time of dramatic social and political change. 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 pre- and post-World War I social and political order. This exhibition is organized by the Getty Research Institute; the Canadian Centre for Architecture, Montreal; and the Austrian Federal Ministry for Education, Science and Culture; in association with Kunstforum Wien. Press Release

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 17 manuscripts dating from the 10th to the 16th century, all from the Museum’s permanent collection, highlights the illumination of liturgical books. It introduces the different types of books and their characteristic illumination. One manuscript, for example, shows the Resurrection within the opening letter R of the chants for Easter Sunday. The exhibition also includes representations of the liturgy and explores 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. 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 December 2001

Special Exhibition
Walker Evans and Company
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 the question: 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, what people call home, pictures of pictures, the movies, facades of buildings, and the image of people alone--this exhibition presents a sense of 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, but the keen eye he brought to all his subject matter left a lasting impression on many artists.

The American Tradition & Walker Evans: Photographs from the Getty Collection
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 of 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 more than 50 years who were also focused on typically American subjects. In addition to 35 Evans photographs, this exhibition includes approximately 75 works by other photographers of the American scene. They range from regional photographers such as the Langenheim brothers of Philadelphia, Carlton Watkins of San Francisco, and Adam Clark Vroman of Pasadena to classic photographers of the first half of the 20th century including Alfred Stieglitz, Lewis Hine, Paul Strand, and Doris Ulmann. Like Evans, these artists explored the quintessence of this country from their own unique perspectives.

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.

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.

Posing for Posterity: Portrait Drawings from the Collection (working title)
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.

Special Exhibition
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 Álvarez Bravo: Optical Parables
November 13, 2001-February 17, 2002
Long hailed as one of the great masters of 20th-century photography, Mexican photographer Manuel Álvarez 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, Álvarez 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 Álvarez 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 Álvarez Bravo’s 100th birthday on February 4, 2002.

Medieval Readers and Their Books (Working Title)
December 18, 2001-March 10, 2002
In the Middle Ages, as now, reading opened windows onto 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. To highlight these points, this exhibition turns to 18 Western European manuscripts from the Museum’s permanent collection that date from the 11th to the 16th century. It explores the importance of the written word in medieval society, 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 the practice of 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 (Working Title)
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.

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.

Violence in the Medieval World
March 26-July 7, 2002
Violence seemed to surround those living in the Middle Ages on all sidesÐfrom 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. Violence in the Medieval World 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.

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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. Tickets may be reserved on a first-come, first-served basis. Limit of four seats per reservation.

Vocal and fiddle-playing phenomenon Eliza Carthy, the leading light in the UK’s burgeoning neo-folk movement, performs songs from her major label debut, Angels & Cigarettes. Produced by Community Arts Resources. Friday, March 16 at 7:30 p.m.

A rare opportunity to spend an evening with legendary composer, arranger, and musician Van Dyke Parks along with guests Leland Sklar on bass and Grant Geissman on guitar. Friday, March 23 at 7:30 p.m.

By The Hand Of The Father combines music by singer/songwriter/guitarist Alejandro Escovedo with stories, poetry, and video to dramatize the unique 20th- century journey of the Mexican-American father. Produced by About Productions, an award-winning theater company, this original work has been described as "soulful" and "uplifting." It is directed by Theresa Chavez and features musicians and actors including Rose Portillo, Kevin Sifuentes, Alejandro Escovedo, and Quetzal Flores. Friday, March 30 at 7:30 p.m.


Sounds of L.A. 2001 - This free weekend concert series celebrates the city’s diverse musical culture.


Songs of Our Land: Tlen-Huicani and Macuilxochitl Perform Sones Veracruzanos - Called the most faithful interpreters of traditional folk music from Veracruz, master musicians Tlen-Huicani travel from Jalapa to perform with local favorite Macuilxochitl in an afternoon of music from Mexico and beyond. Saturday, March 3 and Sunday, March 4 at 3 p.m.

Gordon Getty Concerts - Feature music complementing current Museum exhibitions.

Highlights from the Canadian Centre for Architecture Chamber Music Festival - These two concerts complement the Shaping the Great City exhibition. Under the artistic direction of violist Neal Gripp, a principal soloist with the Montreal Symphony Orchestra, an ensemble of gifted musicians performs arresting interpretations of modern Central European composers. Tickets: $15, available through Tickets L.A. at 323-655-TKTS.

Program 1 - Soprano Karina Gauvin, guest artist, and an ensemble of strings and piano present compositions by Alban Berg, Arnold Schoenberg, Erwin Schulhoff, and Gideon Klein. Saturday, March 10 at 8 p.m.

Program 2 - An ensemble of strings and piano presents compositions by Leos Janacek, Zoltan Kodaly, Karol Szymanowski, and Andrzej Panufnik. Sunday, March 11 at 3:00 p.m.


Harry Smith Concert - The Harry Smith Symposium (see "Getty Research Institute Lectures/Conferences") concludes with a musical tribute to Smith’s groundbreaking 1952 recording, Anthology of American Folk Music, the primary inspiration for the folk revival of the 1960s. Featured performers include Robert Lockwood, Jr., Geoff Muldaur, and the Handsome Family (subject to change)--representing three successive generations of artists influenced by the Anthology. For tickets ($30; limited student tickets $25) call Tickets L.A. at 323-655-TKTS. Saturday, April 21, 7:30 p.m.

Harry Smith Concert at UCLA - In conjunction with the Getty’s Harry Smith symposium and related events ( see "Getty Research Institute Lectures/Conferences"), UCLA presents an all-star lineup of musicians in a radical reinterpretation of Smith’s Anthology of American Folk Music, including Elvis Costello, Marianne Faithfull, Kate and Anna McGarrigle, and Mary Margaret O’Hara. Final lineup to be announced. For tickets call 310-825-2101. Wednesday April 25 and Thursday, April 26, 8 p.m., Royce Hall, UCLA

Two Concerts Celebrating the Spirit of the David Tudor Archives - Rarely heard works by important musical mavericks and pioneers for pianos, electronics, and performance "actions" are presented in newly created realizations by performer/composers Vicki Ray and David Rosenboom, pianists, and Ron Kuivila and Mark Trayle, electronics. Presented in conjunction with the David Tudor symposium (see "Getty Research Institute Lectures/Conferences").


Program 1 - Action Piece 1, combining materials drawn from Eight Piano Transcriptions for David Tudor and Incidental Music - Five Piano Pieces by George Brecht, informed by various notes and correspondence between Brecht and Tudor; Constants IVa and IVb by Terry Jennings; For Two Pianos, I, II, and III by Michael von Biel; and Dialects by David Tudor.
Friday, May 18, 7:30 p.m.

Program 2 - Untitled by David Tudor; A Book of Music, Two Prepared Pianos by John Cage; Nature Pieces for Piano, I, II, III, IV, & V by Morton Feldman, and Helix 5 [for variable sound producing means] by Jerry Hunt; Action Piece 2, drawn from Piano Piece(s) for David Tudor Nos. 1, 2, & 3 by La Monte Young. Saturday, May 19, 7:30 p.m.


Poets Christopher Merrill and Tomaz Salamun read original works. Presented by the Getty Research Institute in cooperation with the Poetry Society of America, Los Angeles. Thursday, March 15, 8 p.m., Museum Lecture Hall

Espiral: Passages and Exposures - Join three premiere Chicana poets-- Gloria Alvarez, Consuelo Flores, and Linda Gamboa--as they share their introspective work inspired by the Getty’s permanent collection. Presented as part of the Artist Series, designed to explore the collection from the unique perspective of visual, literary, and performing artists. Saturday, March 24, 3 p.m.

Poets Mark Doty, Richard Howard, Heather McHugh, and Carl Phillips read original new works reflecting upon the Getty Research Institute’s curr

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