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Tuesday, December 30

Samurai: Japanese Armor from the Ann and Gabriel Barbier-Mueller Collection (50 min)

LACMA

5905 Wilshire Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90036

11:30am

Travel back in time and discover remarkable objects that illuminate the life, culture, and pageantry of the samurai, the revered and feared warriors of Japan. The Ann and Gabriel Barbier-Mueller Collection, one of the finest and most comprehensive collections of samurai armor in the world, presents a treasure trove of battle gear made for high-ranking warriors and daimyo (provincial governors) of the 12th through 19th centuries. The exhibition illustrates the evolution of samurai equipment through the centuries, featuring more than 140 objects of warrior regalia, with full suits of armor, helmets and face guards, weapons, horse trappings, and other battle gear.

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Highlights of the Museum (50 min)

LACMA

5905 Wilshire Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90036

3:00pm

Learn about the art of Europe, South and Southeast Asia, and the Middle East—from prehistoric times to the present—on this tour of works housed in the Ahmanson Building. Masterpieces from each of these cultures demonstrate cross-cultural connections fostered through trade and increasing travel.

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Wednesday, December 31

Ancient Luxury and the Roman Silver Treasure from Berthouville

Getty Center

1200 Getty Center Drive, Los Angeles, CA 90049

10:00am

Organized by MOCA Curator Bennett Simpson, Selections from the Permanent Collection presents a chronological installation of significant works from MOCA's holdings from the 1940s to the present. Representing important historical movements such as abstract expressionism, minimalism, pop art, conceptual art, and postmodernism, the exhibition includes works by Jean-Michel Basquiat, Hanne Darboven, Jorg Immendorff, Franz Kline, Barry Le Va, Cady Noland, Claes Oldenburg, Jackson Pollock, Robert Rauschenberg, Charles Ray, Mark Rothko, Jim Shaw, Cindy Sherman, Kara Walker, and others.Accidentally discovered by a French farmer in 1830, the spectacular hoard of gilt-silver statuettes and vessels known as the Berthouville Treasure was originally dedicated to the Gallo-Roman god Mercury. Following four years of meticulous conservation and research at the Getty Villa, this exhibition allows viewers to appreciate their full splendor and offers new insights about ancient art, technology, religion, and cultural interaction. 

The opulent cache is presented in its entirety for the first time outside Paris, together with precious gems, jewelry, and other Roman luxury objects from the royal collections of the Cabinet des Médailles at the Bibliothèque nationale de France. 

This exhibition was organized by the J. Paul Getty Museum in collaboration with the Bibliothèque nationale de France, Département des monnaies, médailles et antiques, Paris. Generous support was provided by the Getty Museum's Villa Council. 

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Dangerous Perfection: Funerary Vases from Southern Italy

Getty Center

1200 Getty Center Drive, Los Angeles, CA 90049

10:00am

Thirteen elaborately decorated Apulian vases provide a rich opportunity to examine the funerary customs of peoples native to southern Italy and the ways they used Greek myth to comprehend death and the afterlife. Displayed following a six-year conservation project at the Antikensammlung Berlin and the Getty Villa, these monumental vessels also reveal the hand of Raffaele Gargiulo, one of the leading restorers of 19th-century Naples. His work exemplifies what one concerned antiquarian described as "dangerous perfection" as such interventions—especially the painted decorations—could be so effective it became difficult to identify what was ancient and what was modern. The vases on view offer a window into the ongoing debate concerning the degree to which ancient artworks should be repaired and repainted. 

The vessels illustrated here are shown as they appear at the conclusion of the conservation project. The vase attributed to the Darius Painter (depicted in slides 9-10 above), has been left in its 19th-century state as an example of Gargiulo's restoration work. 

 

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Dangerous Perfection: Funerary Vases from Southern Italy

Getty Villa Malibu

17985 Pacific Coast Highway, Los Angeles, CA

12:00pm

Thirteen elaborately decorated Apulian vases provide a rich opportunity to examine the funerary customs of peoples native to southern Italy and the ways they used Greek myth to comprehend death and the afterlife. Displayed following a six-year conservation project at the Antikensammlung Berlin and the Getty Villa, these monumental vessels also reveal the hand of Raffaele Gargiulo, one of the leading restorers of nineteenth-century Naples. His work exemplifies what one concerned antiquarian described as "dangerous perfection," and the vases on view offer a window into the ongoing debate concerning the degree to which ancient artworks should be repaired and repainted.

 

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Global Citizen: The Architecture of Moshe Safdie

Skirball Cultural Center

2701 N. Sepulveda Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90049

1:00pm

Experience the progressive creativity of Moshe Safdie’s architecturein this tour of Global Citizen: The Architecture of Moshe Safdie, a career retrospective that uses scale models, films, photographs, and sketches to examine Safdie’s work from his amazing debut at Montreal’s 1967 Expo to his recent projects around the world.

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Cameron: Songs for the Witch Woman

MOCA Pacific Design Center

8687 Melrose Avenue, West Hollywood, CA 90069

1:00pm

Cameron (1922-1995) was an artist, performer, poet, occult practitioner, and provocateur who lived in Los Angeles after World War II and uniquely bridged the city’s flourishing spiritual and art worlds. A pivotal though under-recognized figure, she is closely associated with Beat artists such as Wallace Berman, George Herms, and Dennis Hopper, filmmaker Kenneth Anger, and occultists Aleister Crowley and Jack Parsons, her husband for a time. She is best known for her paintings and drawings of human and fantastical figures and had a long career, spending her last years in West Hollywood. Cameron: Songs for the Witch Woman, organized by guest curator Yael Lipschutz, will be the largest comprehensive survey of Cameron’s work since 1989 and will include approximately 98 artworks and ephemeral artifacts. Alma Ruiz, MOCA Senior Curator is the coordinating curator.

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