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<P>Giovanni di Paolo: <EM>The Adoration of the Magi</EM>, 1427Tempera and gold leaf on panel. Kröller-Müller Museum, Otterlo, the Netherlands</P>

Giovanni di Paolo: The Adoration of the Magi, 1427
Tempera and gold leaf on panel.
Kröller-Müller Museum, Otterlo, the Netherlands

The Shimmer of Gold: Giovanni di Paolo in Renaissance Siena
LOS ANGELES, UNITED STATES  •  J. Paul Getty Museum Website  •  11 October 2016 - 8 January 2017
Manuscript illuminator and panel painter Giovanni di Paolo was one of the most distinctive and imaginative artists working in Siena, Italy, during the Renaissance. This exhibition reunites several panels from one of his most important commissions—an altarpiece for the Branchini family chapel in the church of San Domenico in Siena—for the first time since its dispersal, and presents illuminated manuscripts and paintings by Giovanni and his close collaborators and contemporaries. Through recent technical findings, the exhibition reveals his creative use of gold and paint to achieve remarkable luminous effects in both media.

J. Paul Getty Museum Website

Contact: 1200 Getty Center Drive
Los Angeles, CA 90049


Tel: (1) 310 440 73 00

Alchemists Revealing Secrets from the Book of Seven Seals, The Ripley Scroll (detail), ca. 1700J. Paul Getty Museum
Alchemists Revealing Secrets from the Book of Seven Seals, The Ripley Scroll (detail), ca. 1700
J. Paul Getty Museum
The Art of Alchemy
LOS ANGELES, UNITED STATES  •  J. Paul Getty Museum  •  11 October 2016 - 12 February 2017

The Art of Alchemy features more than 100 objects, including manuscripts and rare books, prints, sculpture, and other works of art dating from the 3rd century BCE to the 20th century and coming from across Europe and Asia. The exhibition was organized in partnership with the Staatliche Museen zu Berlin, where it will be on view in 2017, and is curated by David Brafman, associate curator of rare books with assistance from Rhiannon Knol.

The Art of Alchemy approaches the subject from a global perspective, tracing how alchemy historically bonded art, science, and natural philosophy in visual cultures throughout the world. From its origins in Classical and Eurasian antiquity to the advances made and spread throughout the Islamic world and the ‘silk’ routes of Central Asia, material and intellectual exchange across cultures reached mediaeval Europe, and catalyzed alchemy’s ‘golden age’ from the Renaissance to the Enlightenment. The persistence of its spirit is still present in artistic expression and technocratic trends of the modern day, and the historical echoes of this chemical obsession with artificial reproduction also resound throughout more modern technologies of art, from chromolithography in the Industrial Age to the media that now claim artistic boasting rights as the ultimate chemical mirrors of nature: photography and the liquid crystal displays of the digital world.

J. Paul Getty Museum Website


1200 Getty Center Drive
Los Angeles, CA 90049

Tel: (1) 31) 440 73 00

Star Montana: <EM>My Family: Marina, Louise, and Frankie</EM>, 2010,Inkjet printPhoto courtesy of the artist
Star Montana: My Family: Marina, Louise, and Frankie, 2010,
Inkjet print
Photo courtesy of the artist
Star Montana: Tear Drops and Three Dots
LOS ANGELES, UNITED STATES  •  UCLA Chicano Studies Research Center  •  22 August - 28 October 2016
Exposing states of sensitivity, loss, and salvation, Star Montana reassembles her family history through the layering of different emotions associated with poverty, the loss of her mother, and socioeconomic struggles that are not only personal but also regionally and nationally applicable. Her candid archive captures an acute sense of time and timelessness, deep heartbreak and loss. Although vulnerable and intimate, her portraits find strength in the commonality of difficult—and often unspoken—narratives.

Star Montana is a photo-based artist who lives and works in Los Angeles, CA, and Brooklyn, NY.  She was born and raised in the Boyle Heights neighborhood of East Los Angeles, which is predominantly Mexican American and serves as the backdrop to much of her work. 

Montana received her BFA from the School of Visual Arts in 2013. In 2012, she worked at the CSRC as part of the Getty Multicultural Internship Program.

UCLA Chicano Studies Research Center Website

Contact: UCLA Chicano Studies Research Center
193 Haines Hall
Los Angeles, CA 90095-1544
Tel: (1) 310 825 23 63

Guillermo del Toro’s Bleak HousePhoto © Josh White/
Guillermo del Toro's Bleak House
Photo © Josh White/
Guillermo del Toro: At Home with Monsters
LOS ANGELES, UNITED STATES  •  Los Angeles County Museum of Art  •  31 July - 26 November 2016

Guillermo del Toro (b. 1964) is one of the most inventive filmmakers of his generation. Beginning with Cronos (1993) and continuing through The Devil’s Backbone (2001), Hellboy (2004), Pan’s Labyrinth (2006), Pacific Rim (2013), and Crimson Peak (2015), among many other film, television, and book projects, del Toro has reinvented the genres of horror, fantasy, and science fiction. Working with a team of craftsmen, artists, and actors—and referencing a wide range of cinematic, pop-culture, and art-historical sources—del Toro recreates the lucid dreams he experienced as a child in Guadalajara, Mexico. He now works internationally, with a cherished home base he calls “Bleak House” in the suburbs of Los Angeles.

Taking inspiration from del Toro’s imagination, the exhibition reveals his creative process through his collection of paintings, drawings, maquettes, artifacts, and concept film art. Rather than a traditional chronology or filmography, the exhibition is organized thematically, beginning with visions of death and the afterlife; continuing through explorations of magic, occultism, horror, and monsters; and concluding with representations of innocence and redemption.

Original music and soundscape for this exhibition created by Gustavo Santaolalla.

LACMA - Los Angeles County Museum of Art Website

Contact: LACMA - Los Angeles County Museum of Art
Wilshire Boulevard 5905
Los Angeles, CA 90036

Still from <EM>Un Ballo in Maschera</EM>, Yinka Shonibare MBE, 2004, High definition digital videoCourtesy of James Cohan Gallery.
Still from Un Ballo in Maschera, Yinka Shonibare MBE, 2004, High definition digital video
Courtesy of James Cohan Gallery.
Senses of Time: Video and Film-Based Works of Africa
LOS ANGELES, UNITED STATES  •  Los Angeles County Museum  •  20 December 2015 - 2 January 2017

Our hearts beat to the rhythms of biological time and continents drift in geological time, while we set our watches to the precision of Naval time. Time may be easy to measure, but it is challenging to understand. Five leading contemporary artists of Africa explore temporal strategies to convey how time is experienced—and produced—by the body. Bodies climb, dance, and dissolve in six works of video and film, or “time-based” art. Characters and the actions they depict repeat, resist, and reverse any expectation that time must move relentlessly forward.

Senses of Time invites viewers to consider tensions between personal and political time, ritual and technological time, bodily and mechanical time. Through pacing, sequencing, looping, layering, and mirroring, diverse perceptions of time are both embodied and expressed.

Los Angeles County Museum of Art Website

Contact: Los Angeles County Museum
5905 Wilshire Boulevard
Los Angeles, CA 90036
Tel: (1) 323 857 60 10

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