I took myself to The Getty last Saturday and learned for the first time that you're allowed to walk up the hill as opposed to taking the (post-Thanksgiving weekend, extremely crowded) tram. That alone made the trip worthwhile.
|SHADOW AND LIGHT|
THE 405, TRAM LINE IN FOREGROUND
|NEARING THE CREST|
I checked out Canterbury and St. Albans: Treasures from Church and Cloister and Abelardo Morell: The Universe Next Door.
But the highlight for me was Hearsay of the Soul, a Werner Herzog installation which consisted of sitting in a darkened room for 18 minutes while video of Hercules Seghers (Dutch, 1589-1638) paintings and cello-playing Ernst Riejseger (also Dutch, b. 1954) swept over the walls.
Featured as well was 19th c. German contralto Emmi Leisner singing Handel's Dank sei dir, Gott (Thanks be to Thee) (included on the soundtrack of Reijseger's "Requiem for a Dying Planet").
Let's just say good thing the room was dark.
Before leaving, I bought four Edweard Muybridge lenticular bookmarks at the museum store, which I plan to present to myself on Christmas morning.
DISTANT VIEW WITH BRANCH OF A PINE TREE, c. 1630
|FROM THE TERRACE OF THE GETTY:|
DISTANT VIEW OF THE PACIFIC