J. Paul Getty Museum

Festival a Family Affair at the Getty Center

Early-morning showers and threatening clouds didn’t keep families from coming to our most recent Family Festival, a celebration of Chinese, Indian, and Japanese culture. More than 7,600 kids and parents attended the festivities that took place throughout the Getty Center.

What did they do? Everything from having their faces painted like traditional Chinese opera performers to learning how to write calligraphy, with performances of dance, storytelling, acrobatics, and taiko in between. The activities were inspired by the exhibitions currently at the Getty Center, including Felice Beato: A Photographer on the Eastern Road and Brush & Shutter: Early Photography in China.

This was the first of three Family Festivals we’re planning this year. The next Family Festival is slated for Saturday, June 4, and will also celebrate Asian culture. But this time, we head to Cambodia for fun inspired by Gods of Angkor: Bronzes from the National Museum of Cambodia.

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      Photography of Troubled Dreams

      Japanese photographer Shiga Lieko works with local communities, immersing herself in them and incorporating their histories and myths into her photographs. Her series Rasen Kaigan (Spiral Shore) was created between 2009 and 2012 in Kitakama, Japan, a coastal village devastated by the earthquake and tsunami of March 11, 2011. The images possess a dreamlike, postapocalyptic quality that evokes myth, natural disaster, and trauma.

      Six from the series are included in the exhibition The Younger Generation: Contemporary Japanese Photography (through February 21).

      Three images from Shiga Lieko’s series Rasen Kaigan (Spiral Shore), from top: Rasen Kaigan 39 and Portrait of Cultivation, 2009; Rasen Kaigan 21, 2012. Chromogenic prints. The J. Paul Getty Museum, Purchased with funds provided by the Photographs Council, 2015.1.2.–.4 © Shiga Lieko

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