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Dance in Photography to be Subject of Getty Museum Exhibition

February 2-March 28, 1999
Location: West Pavilion

January 7, 1999

Los Angeles, CA-Images of chorus-line performers, strippers, classical ballerinas, and native American ritual are among the works included in Dance in Photography, an exhibition on view at the J. Paul Getty Museum at the Getty Center from February 2 through March 28, 1999. The selection focuses on photographers who sought to represent movement, costume, sets, lighting, and theater associated with dance during the period from the 1850s to the 1950s. From ethnic and popular dance to classical ballet, it reveals not only important moments in dance history, but also the changing techniques and styles of photography.

"Dance and photography would seem on first consideration to make strange bedfellows, but in fact the two art forms have shared a long and fruitful history," said Judith Keller, the Museum's Associate Curator of Photographs. "Photography has been used at the theater, in the studio, and out-of-doors to record individual dancers, costumes, and sets. The strong and graceful bodies of dancers have inspired countless photographic explorations of the human form."

The exhibition, drawn entirely from the Getty Museum's collection, suggests the variety of images the subject of dance has yielded. It features 36 photographs and albums, including Barbara Morgan's images of Martha Graham and her partner Erick Hawkins, as well as other legendary figures. Also featured are photographs by Roger Fenton, Edward Curtis, Edward Weston, August Sander, Lisette Model, and Weegee.

The exhibition was organized by Judith Keller, Anne Lyden, Curatorial Assistant in the Department of Photographs, and Mikka Gee, Department Intern.

Also on view: Edgar Degas, Photographer (February 2 through March 28) which later travels to the Bibliothèque nationale de France, Paris.

In conjunction with Dance in Photography, the J. Paul Getty Museum presents performances:

American Repertory Dance Company
Friday, March 12, 1999 at 8pm
Saturday, March 13, 1999 at 2pm
Harold M. Williams Auditorium
The Getty Center

Critically acclaimed American Repertory Dance Company performs a special program created for the Getty, featuring premieres of six reconstructed works-including Ruth St. Denis' "Greek Veil," Valerie Bettis' "Desperate Heart," and Ted Shawn's "Ich ruf zu dir"-as well as dances choreographed by Charles Weidman and Agnes de Mille. This program will be introduced by Anne Lyden, one of the organizers of Dance in Photography.

Tickets are $18 ($5 parking fee not included) and are available through TicketMaster at (213)365-3500 or (714)740-7878 and at all TicketMaster locations, including Tower Records, Robinsons-May, Ritmo Latino, and the Wherehouse Stores.

A parking reservation will be made with purchase of tickets. Ticket purchasers may arrive at the Getty Center as early as 5:30pm on March 12, and 12:30pm on March 13.

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The J. Paul Getty Trust is an international cultural and philanthropic institution devoted to the visual arts that features the Getty Conservation Institute, the Getty Foundation, the J. Paul Getty Museum, and the Getty Research Institute. The J. Paul Getty Trust and Getty programs serve a varied audience from two locations: the Getty Center in Los Angeles and the Getty Villa in Malibu.

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The J. Paul Getty Museum collects in seven distinct areas, including Greek and Roman antiquities, European paintings, drawings, manuscripts, sculpture, and decorative arts, and European and American photographs. The Museum's mission is to make the collection meaningful and attractive to a broad audience by presenting and interpreting the works of art through educational programs, special exhibitions, publications, conservation, and research.