While the Getty Museum remains temporarily closed due the coronavirus pandemic, museum staff have curated an assortment of digital content from poetry to theater.
Homer’s epic poem “The Odyssey” got its start as a rousing musical production performed at communal gatherings. Some 3,500 years later, the classic work is still going strong, wrote Shelby Brown, a classical archaeologist and education specialist at the Getty, in a post on the Getty’s blog the Iris.
Not only has L.A. Troubadour Theater Company performing their virtual rendition of the poem, but Getty’s collections reflect many of Homer’s depictions of monsters.
Watch the Troubies’ version of “The Oddyssey,” if reading doesn’t seem so appealing.
The theater company has transformed the old tale into five 15-20 minute livestreamed webisodes that air Sundays until Aug. 16.
This Sunday, in episode three, the Keeper of the Winds will blow Odysseus’ ship to the island of Circe, where the hero encounters lions, wolves and murder hornets.
Lastly, Johnny Tran who works primarily with the Getty Research Institute’s architecture and design collections, created a three-minute podcast based on his reflection on the joy of a family gathered around the dinner table.
He also considers the importance of beautiful public housing to Black Angelenos in the 1940s, inspired by a photograph of architect Paul. R. Williams’ Pueblo del Rio project in Leonard Nadel’s unpublished “Pueblo Del Rio: A Study of a Planned Community.”
Listen to his findings at blogs.getty.edu/iris/reflections-johnny-tran-on-pueblo-del-rio/.
For information, visit blogs.getty.edu/iris/.
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