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Interior detail of replica Cave 285, Western Wei dynasty (ca. 534–556 CE). Mogao Grottoes, Dunhuang, China


  Interior detail of replica Cave 285, Western Wei dynasty (ca. 534–556 CE). Mogao Grottoes, Dunhuang, China

Cave Temples of Dunhuang: Buddhist Art on China's Silk Road

敦煌莫高窟: 中國絲綢之路上的佛教藝術
Through September 4, 2016 | The Getty Center
To create replica statues like the central Buddha in Cave 285—on display as part of the exhibition Cave Temples of Dunhuang—artists from the Dunhuang Academy not only recreated how these figures look at present, but also followed the techniques of artisans who built the figures in 538–539 CE. When originally constructed, a reed-covered wooden framework was plastered with clay onto which paint could be applied. While this construction was more stable than carving the statues directly from the flaky conglomerate rock into which the Mogao Caves were built, details such as the Buddha's hands and face have disappeared over time.

Public tours of the gallery portion of this exhibition will be offered Tuesdays and Thursdays at 2:00 p.m.

Watch a tour of replica Cave 285 with the GRI's Julia Grimes.

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  Cave 85, detail of wall painting depicting the layman Vimalakīrti, Tang dynasty (618–907 CE). Mogao Grottoes, Dunhuang, China

Dunhuang Cave Art: Hidden Illumination in Dark Times and the Secret Ambrosia of Great Compassion

Conversation | August 10, 2016 | 7:00 p.m. | The Getty Center
Theater and opera director Peter Sellars will be joined by Jey Tsong Khapa Professor of Indo-Tibetan Buddhist Studies at Columbia University Robert Thurman for a conversation on the Vimalakīrti Sutra—an allegorical text from the 1st century CE that brought the teachings of Buddha from the monasteries to the people. Sellars—who has studied this sutra for more than 20 years—is in the process of building a full-scale production of the story, which is set to premier in 2020.

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  Still from Cave of the Silken Web. Image courtesy of the National Library of Norway

The Cave of the Silken Web (1927)

Film | August 24, 2016 | 7:30 p.m. | The Getty Center
Chinese film pioneer Dan Duyu's Cave of the Silken Web was adapted from the Chinese literature classic Journey to the West for the silent screen in 1927. The film—which follows the monk Xuanzang and his three disciples as they face demons and spirits en route to India to procure Buddhist scriptures—was once thought lost, but was rediscovered in 2011 and has since been preserved by the National Library of Norway.

The Silk Road Ensemble will perform an original score to accompany this silent screening.

This screening is made possible by the generous support of Li Lu and Eva Zhao, the Li Lu Humanitarian Foundation with additional support from Jim and Anne Rothenberg for the performance of the Silk Road Ensemble.

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  Mogao Grottoes site. Courtesy the Dunhuang Academy. Photo: Wu Jian

The Care of Time and the Dimensions of Conservation at the Mogao Grottoes

Lecture | August 28, 2016 | 4:00 p.m. | The Getty Center
For more than 25 years, the Getty Conservation Institute (GCI) and the Dunhuang Academy have worked in collaboration to preserve the Mogao Grottoes in Dunhuang, China. In this lecture, the GCI's Principal Project Specialist Neville Agnew discusses the joint preservation efforts at the site, conservation of Cave 85, and the site's conservation and management master plan.

This lecture series is made possible by the generous support of Mr. Andrew Cherng and Dr. Peggy Cherng, the Panda Restaurant Group, Inc.

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  Seraphim, with a thurible, one of the Nine Orders of Angeles, detail of the rood screen, St. Michael's Church, Barton Turf, Norfolk, UK. Photo © Neil Holmes / Bridgeman Images

Applications Now Available for 2017/2018 Scholar Year Themes

The Getty Scholars Program announces its two research themes for the 2017/2018 scholar year: Iconoclasm and Vandalism (GRI) and The Classical World in Context: Persia (Getty Villa). The GRI's theme explores iconoclasm as not only a form of destruction but also a vehicle for creative expression. At the Villa, the scholars program theme—which will run through the 2018/2019 scholar year—investigates the political, intellectual, religious, and artistic relations between Persia, Greece, and Rome from the ninth century BC to AD 651.

The application deadline for the 2017/2018 scholar year is October 3, 2016.

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  Fiona Tan at the Lapse of Memory installation, 2015. Image courtesy of Tan and Frith Street Gallery, London. Photo: Peter Hirth

New Artist In Residence for the GRI Scholars Program 2016/2017

Film and video artist Fiona Tan (b. 1966) is the Getty Scholar Year 2016/2017 Artist in Residence. Tan, who grew up in Australia and now lives and works in Amsterdam, joins 47 other scholars from the GRI and Museum to explore this year's theme of Art and Anthropology. Her work reflects her fascination with identity, the deceptive nature of representation, and memory, and is featured in international museum collections, including London's Tate Modern, the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, and the Hammer Museum in Los Angeles.

Read about the 2016/2017 Getty Scholar theme and all 47 scholars.

  Aerial view of the Getty Center, 2000. © J. Paul Getty Trust

Pacific Neighborhood Consortium (PNC) 2016 Conference

August 16–18, 2016 | The Getty Center
Posing the question "Does Data Construct Reality?," the 22nd annual PNC conference includes keynotes by Professor Yi-Ping Hung and the GRI's Head of Digital Art History Murtha Baca, as well as panel discussions related to digital humanities, Linked Open Data, the application of metrics analysis, and digital documentation for cultural heritage. Founded in 1997 at University of California, Berkeley and based in Taiwan, PNC supports research, collaboration, and education through the use of new technologies.

Registration is open until 12:00 p.m. PST on July 31, 2016.

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Introduction to Metadata (Third Edition)

Edited by Murtha Baca
The new edition of Introduction to Metadata, edited by the GRI's Murtha Baca, addresses advances in metadata standards including Linked Open Data, intellectual property law, and new technologies. In addition to providing the roles and characteristics of different types of metadata, this edition's glossary of essential terms has been expanded and updated.

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  Juan Fassio, drawing for the Machine à lire Roussel, undated. Juan Fassio Pataphysique Collection. The Getty Research Institute, 930091

Juan Fassio Pataphysique Collection

Finding Aid
Juan Esteban Fassio (1924–1980), a member of the Collège de Pataphysique, was the first to translate into Spanish key works by Alfred Jarry, the French writer who coined the term pataphysique (or pataphysics) in 1893. Fassio, a native of Argentina, founded the Instituto de Altos Estudios Patafísicos de Buenos Aires (IAEPBA) in 1957 and invented unusual machines that were designed to be used while reading specific novels of his choosing. This collection connects the reach of pataphysics outside France, and contains numerous correspondences with other members of the Collège, as well as a rare collection of ephemera and publications.

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