“The Art of Ancient Greek Theater” exhibit is currently on view at The Getty Villa from August 26, 2010 untill January 3, 2011. It is the first exhibition in the United States in over fifty years to focus on the artistic representation of theatrical performance in ancient Greece. Assembling antiquities from many museums and private collections, the exhibition illustrates the ways in which dramatic performance was depicted in the visual arts of ancient Greece between the fifth and first centuries B.C.
The exhibition is supplemented by The Getty Villa’s annual outdoor theater performance, Sophocles’ “Elektra”. The play is directed by Carey Perloff who is the artistic director of The American Conservatory Theater in San Francisco. It has a new translation commissioned from Timberlake Wertenbaker. “Elektra” will be performed in The Barbara and Lawrence Fleischman Theater at The Getty Villa on Thursday through Saturday evenings between September 9 and October 2, 2010. In addition The Villa Theater Lab will present “Understanding a Satyr Play: The Trackers” on November 19 – 20, 2010.
A two day international scholar conference that will further explore the themes of the exhibition will be held at The Getty Villa from September 24-25, 2010; during the exhibition and theatrical production of “Elektra”. In addition to the conference a full schedule of public programs including gallery tours, family programs, adult education courses, point of view talks, and curatorial lectures are planned. A permanent exhibition website is being designed to extend access to international audiences.