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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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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 performance time. Doors open 45 minutes before the start of the program. Parking at the Getty Center is $5.

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.Š12 noon and 1Š2:30 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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Unless otherwise noted, these events are open to the public and 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). The following events are free; parking at the Getty Center is $5.

Exhibition Lectures - These lectures are presented in conjunction with exhibitions on view at the Getty Center.

Transmitting the Light of the True Sun: A Stained-Glass Window by Albrecht Dürer in Los Angeles - Lecture by Barbara Butts, guest curator of the Painting on Light exhibition. Thursday, September 14, 7 p.m.

The Afterlife of Raphael, or, What To Do When Your Master Dies - Martin Clayton, assistant curator of prints and drawings, Royal Library, Windsor Castle, in conjunction with Raphael and His Circle: Drawings from Windsor Castle. Thursday, November 2, 7 p.m.

Issues in Conservation - This series of public lectures organized by the Getty Conservation Institute examines conservation issues from around the world.

Preserving the Presidio, San Francisco - James E. Meadows, executive director of the Presidio Trust, discusses the challenges of conserving the cultural, natural, and historic resources of the Presidio, a National Park and a National Historic Landmark District that occupies 1,480 acres of parkland in the center of San Francisco. Thursday, September 21, 7:00 p.m.

Collections and Collectors Series

The Nuts and Bolts of an Acquisition - Scott Schaefer, curator, paintings, J. Paul Getty Museum, will discuss Jean-Honore FragonardÕs painting The Fountain of Love as he guides the audience on a voyage of discovery and acquisition. Thursday, October 12, 7 p.m.

The Countess of Rosebery will discuss the Rothschild Collection at Mentmore, which was mostly disbanded in the 1970s. Thursday, October 19, 7 p.m.

Michael Wilson, collector, screenwriter, and film producer, chronicles his 20 years of collecting photography and discusses the exceptional aspects of one of the world's largest private holdings. Held in conjunction with the exhibition Voyages and Visions: Early Photographs from the Wilson Family Collection. Thursday, October 26, 7 p.m.

Lecture - Irving Lavin, professor, the Institute for Advanced Study, School of Historical Studies, Princeton University, and the leading scholar on Gianlorenzo Bernini and Roman Baroque sculpture by Bernini and his circle. November 16, 7 p.m.

Point-Of-View Gallery Talks - Limited to 25 people per talk; sign up at the Museum Information Desk beginning at 4:30 p.m. Talks take place at 6 and 7:30 p.m. in the Museum galleries.

September 15 - A painter and teacher at Art Center College of Design whose current work consists of abstract landscapes, David Luce discusses the exhibition Peter Paul Rubens and the Art of Drawing in Flanders.
October 6 - Journalist, poet, performer, and commentator Rubn Martnez speaks about The Queen of the Angels exhibition.
November 10 - Muralist Kent Twitchell discusses the exhibition Raphael and His Circle: Drawings from Windsor Castle.


Painting on Light - This international symposium brings together leading scholars in old master drawings and stained glass in conjunction with the Painting on Light exhibition. Call 310-440-7253 to register: $40 ($20 for students with current school I.D.). Friday, September 15, 8:30 a.m.Š6 p.m. and Saturday, September 16, 8:30 a.m.-4:15 p.m., Museum Lecture Hall

Getty Research Institute Lectures/Conferences

The first day of the conference Viewing Antiquity: The Grand Tour, Antiquarianism, and Collecting is hosted by the Getty Research Institute in conjunction with the Institute's exhibition Making a Prince's Museum: Drawings for the Late Eighteenth-Century Redecoration of the Villa Borghese in Rome. Conference participants examine the impact of the Grand Tour on understandings of antiquity in the 17th and 18th centuries. Thursday, September 15, Research Institute Lecture Hall

Auden, Bruno, Riefenstahl: My Picture Worlds - German artist Alexander Polzin, in conversation with Sander Gilman, Professor of Cultural Studies at the University of Chicago. Tuesday, September 26, 4 p.m., Research Institute Lecture Hall

Art, Brain and Rasa: A Neurologist Looks at Indian and Western Art - V.S. Ramachandran, director of the Center for Brain and Cognition and professor of Neuroscience and Psychology, University of California, San Diego. Tuesday, October 3, 4 p.m., Research Institute Lecture Hall

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Mogao Grottoes - In September and October, a Conservation Institute team continues collaborating with the Dunhuang Academy at the Mogao grottoes in China on a model wall paintings conservation project. Cave 85, a large Tang dynasty cave temple at the site, is the focus of the project. Thus far work has included intensive study of the wall paintingsÕ deterioration processes. During the five-week fall 2000 field campaign, the team will complete emergency treatment of detaching painted plaster and move into full conservation treatment with further research and testing. Conservators and site managers from other Silk Road sites will also participate.

Maya Initiative - In September at the 9th-century Maya site of Copán in Honduras, the Getty Conservation Institute will gather experts from a variety of fields. They will analyze the condition of the extraordinary hieroglyphic stairway on the site, develop a plan for further research, and make preliminary recommendations for the stairway's conservation. This is a follow-up to the photographic and condition survey of the stairway conducted by the Institute earlier in the year. In November at the 6th-century site of Joya de Cerén in El Salvador, the Institute will work with government officials and archaeologists to further develop a site management plan. In addition, the site's recent condition survey will be reviewed.

St. Vitus Mosaic in Prague - In September 2000, the final conservation and documentation of the 14th-century Last Judgment mosaic on the south facade of St. Vitus Cathedral in Prague Castle will be completed. This collaboration of the Conservation Institute with the Office of the President of the Czech Republic developed appropriate cleaning and protection methods for medieval glass. The Last Judgment covers 904 square feet and is divided into three sections. The last of the mosaic's three panels to be treated is being coated with the multilayer coating system developed for the project.

El Greco's Holy Family from the Hispanic Society, New York - The paintings conservation department at the Getty continues to undertake outside conservation projects of major works of art from other collections. The work is done free-of-charge in exchange for the opportunity to exhibit the paintings in the Getty galleries after the treatments. The most recent painting to come to the Getty via this project is El Greco's Holy Family from the Hispanic Society in New York. Painted between 1580 and 1585, it is the first, and perhaps most impressive, of many versions of this subject which the artist painted. In addition to cleaning and restoration by the Museum's paintings conservation department, the painting underwent analytical studies at the Getty Conservation Institute. The Holy Family will be on view from late September - February 2001. For this project, the Getty partnered with the Friends of Heritage Preservation, a group of Los Angeles residents interested in conserving works of art.

Fallingwater - Designed in 1935 as a vacation home for Pittsburgh department store magnate Edgar J. Kaufmann, Fallingwater is one of Frank Lloyd Wright's masterpieces, with its dramatic cantilevered terraces soaring into space over the waterfall that inspired its design. Over the years, the elements have taken their toll on this National Historic Landmark. In response, the Getty has awarded $250,000 for a three-year project to conserve the building and its Wright-designed interior furnishings. The project draws on conservation planning funded by the Getty in 1998. Architectural conservators, structural engineers, and other specialists will also train college interns and Fallingwater's maintenance staff in conservation techniques for 20th-century building materials. Fallingwater will remain open during restoration. For further information, call Western Pennsylvania Conservancy at 724-329-8501 or visit their Web site at

Murunyingba Monastery, Tibet - With a $50,000 grant from the Getty Grant Program, an international team of conservators and historians are preparing a detailed conservation plan for Murunyingba Monastery in Lhasa, Tibet. One of the few Tibetan monasteries to survive the Cultural Revolution (1966-1976), Murunyingba is an extraordinary example of 17th-century Tibetan monastic architecture. Surrounded by rare examples of historic architecture, the monastery remains an important religious center. The team will provide on-site training in related research, fieldwork, and conservation.

Conservation of Asian Lacquer - A matching Getty grant of $67,500 to the Asian Art Museum of San Francisco is supporting conservation research and treatment of 22 objects from its lacquer collection in preparation for the Museum's move to the San Francisco Civic Center in 2002. The objects to be treated include Asian lacquers from large screens to sculpture, masks, and decorative objects. Especially noteworthy is a Chinese zun vessel with ring handle dated 278 B.C.--the earliest-known dated Chinese lacquer. These objects were identified as being in critical need of conservation through a 1994 Getty-funded survey of the Museum's collections and were the focus of a 1999 international seminar on controversies in lacquer conservation techniques. Getty funds will support conservation expenses and a publication on lacquer treatment techniques.

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Reproductions and Originals Scholar Year - The Getty Research Institute brings together outstanding scholars and artists from around the world during the 2000-01 academic year to work on projects related to the theme Reproductions and Originals. Scholars in residence will examine the relationship between the study of art and the technologies of reproduction--from drawings, prints, and casts to photographs and digital images.

Art History and Identity Workshop - In the first of two workshops presented this year by the Research Institute in conjunction with the Clark Art Institute, scholars and staff examine the role "identity" has come to play in the history, theory, and practice of the discipline of art history. Held at the Clark Art Institute, Williamstown, Massachusetts, November 9-11.

Getty Research Institute Expands Service Hours - The Getty Research Library is now open to its readers on all Fridays and Saturdays. Reference and Circulation services are now available Monday through Saturday from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. The Special Collections Reading Room hours now include all Fridays and Saturdays, expanding its schedule to Monday through Saturday 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. and 2 to 6 p.m.

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Postdoctoral Fellowships - Fifteen scholars from eight countries were awarded Getty Postdoctoral Fellowships for the 2000-01 academic year. The fellowships free scholars from academic and administrative responsibilities at a crucial point early in their careers to pursue critical research. This year's Fellows will address topics ranging from the origins of Buddhist objects in Japan to the visual culture of the 1893 World's Columbian Exposition in Chicago and the impact of Picasso's Guernica on Latin American art and politics. Since 1985, the Grant Program has awarded over $7 million to support more than 200 Postdoctoral Fellowships. A complete list of Fellows and application information for 2001 fellowships are available online at

Curatorial Research Fellowships - The Getty recently announced the first recipients of a new fellowship program designed to support the professional scholarly development of curators. This year's Curatorial Research Fellowships will allow 10 curators from eight American and two European institutions to take time off from regular museum duties for short-term research or study projects. The topics they will investigate range from late-medieval gardens to feminist art of the 1970s and 1980s. A complete list of Fellows and application information for 2001 fellowships are available online at

Collaborative Research Grants - Four grants totaling $379,800 were awarded to support collaborative research projects that offer new explanations of art and its history. One of the grants will enable an international team of scholars to create a digital reconstruction of the 9th-century Javanese temple complex of Prambanan and its stone dance reliefs. Another grant will support an interdisciplinary team based in Buenos Aires that will combine materials and art historical analysis to examine colonial South American painting and the transmission of cultural and scientific knowledge. Since the program's inception, the Getty has provided over $6 million to fund collaborative research projects. A complete list of grants and application information for 2001 grants are available online at

November 1 Deadline for Getty Research Grants 2001 Applications - The Getty offers a variety of research grants, both residential and nonresidential, to support scholarship in the history of art, conservation, and related fields. New this year are grants for Conservation Guest Scholars, designed to enable professionals and scholars in conservation and related fields to pursue independent research while in residence at the Getty Center. The deadline for all Getty Research Grants is November 1, 2000. Additional information and application forms are available online at or from the Getty Grant Program, 1200 Getty Center Drive, Suite 800, Los Angeles, CA 90049-1685, USA, 310-440-7374 (phone), 310-440-7703 (fax), or (e-mail).

Conservation Training Exchange - Mid-career conservators from Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Cuba, and St. Petersburg, Russia recently completed paper conservation training as part of exchange programs organized by the Northeast Document Conservation Center (NEDCC) and supported by Getty grants totaling $375,000. Modeled on Getty-supported pilot projects begun in 1994 and 1997, these programs provide conservators with hands-on training from NEDCC senior specialists. NEDCC conservators have, in turn, traveled to Cuba, Russia, and Latin America to hold workshops for larger groups of museum professionals. The exchange program is designed to strengthen professional ties between conservation professionals internationally. Since 1985, the Getty has provided nearly $1 million to support these exchanges.

The Drawing Center - The Drawing Center in New York received a Getty grant of $160,000 to support the publication of an innovative series of eight books on drawings. While each book has individual exhibitions as a starting point, all will include broad discussions on drawing by a multidisciplinary, international team of scholars. The topics will include Shaker gift drawings, Dutch architect Constant Nieuwenhuy's New Babylon project, and the botanical photograms of Anna Atkin. The books will be published over the next three years.

Los Angeles Electronic Cataloguing Initiative - The Getty Grant Program recently awarded $1.2 million to seven Los Angeles-area museums and art institutions to make their visual art collections accessible online. Grants support the planning and implementation stages of new computerized collection cataloguing projects and conversion or improvement of existing catalogues. Recipients include the Henry E. Huntington Library and Art Gallery, the Japanese American National Museum, the Pacific Asia Museum, and the UCLA Hammer Museum of Art. Inaugurated in 1997, the Electronic Cataloguing Initiative has provided nearly $3 million in support to 19 local institutions.

Service Learning in the Visual Arts - The Getty awarded $167,000 to support a new partnership with California State University (CSU) to develop a service learning program in the visual arts. Designed to increase the understanding of and commitment to the visual arts, the courses will offer CSU students hands-on experience in local museums and visual arts organizations. The grant will fund a service-learning institute for faculty and deans at six CSU campuses--Dominguez Hills, Fullerton, Long Beach, Los Angeles, Northridge, and Pomona. Selected faculty will receive stipends to work with local arts organizations to develop new service-learning courses. In the future, CSU hopes to expand this program to all of its campuses.

American Federation of Arts Directors Forum - Getty Leadership Institute faculty member David Bradford will lead a workshop titled "The Productive Uses of Conflict in Teams" on November 7 in New York City.

Association of Science-Technology Centers Annual Meeting - The Getty Leadership Institute will offer extended sessions titled "Forging Effective Teams, Part I: Strategies for Team Development" on October 16 and "Forging Effective Teams, Part II: The Productive Uses of Conflict" on October 17 in Cleveland, Ohio. Getty Leadership Institute faculty member David Bradford will lead the sessions with former Getty Leadership Institute advisor Emlyn Koster, president and CEO of the Liberty Science Center, and current advisor Sondra Quinn, former president and CEO of the Orlando Science Center.

Application Deadline For 2000-2001 School Visits Is September 15 - Any school groups (grades 1-12) who wish to schedule a visit for the upcoming year can find an application form at The application deadline is September 15.

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Community Collaboration Workshop--Offers community organization leaders an orientation to the Museum and teaches them to design and lead a tour that meets their group’s needs. Call 310-440-7300 to register.

Saturday, October 7, 10 a.m.-2 p.m., Studios A and B

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Publications can be ordered through the Getty Trust Publications Online catalog at or by telephone at 800-223-3431. For review copies, contact Getty Trust Publications at 310-440-6795.

Poem by Mark Doty
Glass from the J. Paul Getty Museum

Combines a recent work by the distinguished American poet Mark Doty with details of dazzling pieces of Murano glass from the Getty's collection. J. Paul Getty Museum. $14.95 cloth.

A Degas Sketchbook
Carol Armstrong, with a postscript by David Hockney
Reproduces 28 pages from a Degas sketchbook and places the artist in historical context. J. Paul Getty Museum. $39.95 cloth.

Figured in Marble
The Making and Viewing of Eighteenth-Century Sculpture
Malcolm Baker

Situates English sculpture in the history of British art. J. Paul Getty Museum. $80.00 cloth.

Précis of the Lectures on Architecture
With Graphic Portion of the Lectures on Architecture
Jean-Nicolas-Louis Durand
Introduction by Antoine Picon
Translation by David Britt

The first English translation of Durand's influential 19th-century treatise on architecture. Getty Research Institute, Texts & Documents series. $55.00 paperback.

Athenian Vase Construction
A Potter's Analysis
Toby Schreiber
Details in a comprehensive, step-by-step fashion the manner in which the major Athenian vase types were made. "Impeccably produced, lavishly illustrated, and full of original insights, this volume is a must for anyone interested in ancient ceramics."--Bryn Mawr Classical Review (review of the hardcover edition) J. Paul Getty Museum. $35.00 paperback.

Lexicon Topographicum Urbis Romae
Volume Cinque: T-Z
Eva Margareta Steinby, General Editor
The fifth in a multi-volume set that contains 2,300 entries on the topography of ancient Rome. Published by Edizioni Quasar, Rome, and distributed in North America by the J. Paul Getty Museum. $165.00 cloth.

The Sculpture Journal
Volume IV
Articles by leading international scholars relating to European sculpture from the 16th century to the present. Volume IV features articles on European sculpture, from the medieval to the contemporary, now housed in American collections. Published by the Public Monuments and Sculpture Association, London, and distributed in North America by the J. Paul Getty Museum. $50.00 paperback.

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