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The Getty Center: Reflecting on Ten Years

The Getty Center: Reflecting on Ten Years

The Getty Center opened on December 16, 1997. More than an architectural icon, the Center has become a part of our community, a cultural destination where Angelenos and visitors from around the world can enjoy and learn about art. We invite you to join us for exhibitions and events reflecting on 10 years and looking forward to the next 10.

Exhibitions and Displays
Events and Programs

At the Getty Center

January 29–May 4, 2008: Ten Years of Drawings: What, How, and Why

February 12–April 20, 2008: Rare Finds: Ten Years of Collecting Manuscripts

March 25–August 10, 2008: Ten Years In Focus: The Artist and the Camera

Daily except Mondays: East Building Entrance Hall

In the Community

October 6, 2007–January 27, 2008: Julius Shulman's Los Angeles

October 10, 2007–May 31, 2008: Fade: The Dark Side of Light


December 15, 2007: Anniversary Celebration


January–April 2008: Sounds of L.A.

January–April 2008: Friday Nights at the Getty

Gallery Course

March–June 2008: Experiencing the Getty Collection: Curator's Choice

Lectures and Discussions

March 12, 2008: Building the Getty Collection

March 16, 2008: Museums and Architecture

March 27, 2008: The Past in Perspective

April 10 and 13, 2008: Spanning History: Bridges of the Los Angeles River

April 17, 2008: The Arts in Los Angeles: 1997–2007

Exhibitions and Displays at the Getty Center

Ten Years of Drawings: What, How, and Why
January 29–May 4, 2008

This exhibition celebrates the growth of the collection during the decade. With an emphasis on showing how and why works are selected for acquisition, the exhibition provides a glimpse into the process by which works enter the collection, as well as a compelling survey of some of the drawings acquired. Highlights include an important transfer-drawing by Paul Gauguin, 18th-century drawings by Guardi, Canaletto, Rosalba Carriera, and the Tiepolos, and rare examples from the early German school, including works by an Upper Rhenish Master and a follower of the Housebook Master.

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Nightmare / Gauguin

Rare Finds: Ten Years of Collecting Manuscripts
February 12–April 20, 2008

This display of selected manuscripts acquisitions of the past ten years includes some of the collection's illuminated treasures including the 12th-century Stammheim Missal, a masterpiece of German medieval art; the Avranches psalter, one of the earliest examples of Gothic book painting in France; three miniature paintings from a famous 14th-century Florentine hymnal; the unique copy of a racy epistolary novel written by the future Pope Pius II; and the portrait of King Louis XII of France from his book of hours. The selection includes a strong representation of manuscripts and miniatures ranging from the 13th to the 16th centuries from Italy along with examples of illumination from France, Germany, Spain, Belgium, the Czech Republic, Greece, and Ethiopia.

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Wisdom / Unknown

Ten Years In Focus: The Artist and the Camera
March 25–August 10, 2008

This exhibition of notable acquisitions that have entered the collection of the J. Paul Getty Museum in the past ten years brings together two complementary aspects of the medium of photography: a "painterly" approach used by many artists to set their work apart from that of practitioners of a more documentary style, and the apparatus integral to the resulting pictures. Whether the connection to painting is in the form of traditional subject matter (portraits, landscapes), one-of-a-kind prints, or the translation of a painterly vocabulary into a photograph, artists are always drawn to new materials. The pictures and the equipment presented here provide insight into photography as a unique marriage of art and technology.

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Pearblossom Hwy / Hockney

East Building Entrance Hall
Daily except Mondays

This new space in the Getty Center's East Building features changing displays that offer information about the activities of the Getty Conservation Institute and the Getty Foundation in Los Angeles and around the world.

GCI scientist at work
Exhibitions and Displays in the Community

L.A. Airport / Shulman

Julius Shulman's Los Angeles
October 6, 2007–January 27, 2008 at the Los Angeles Central Library

This exhibition in the Getty Gallery at the Los Angeles Public Library, Central Library branch, features 150 rarely seen photographs from the Julius Shulman photography archive in the special collections of the Research Library at the Getty Research Institute. The exhibition explores the famous photographer's love for Los Angeles and the city's dramatic evolution since the 1940s.

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This 100-year-old photograph shows damage from exposure to light.

Fade: The Dark Side of Light
October 10, 2007–May 31, 2008 at the California Science Center

This exhibit developed by the California Science Center in collaboration with the Getty Conservation Institute blends science and art to explore the destructive effects of light exposure on priceless museum treasures and family photos. It also offers suggestions for mitigating the damage.

Learn more about this exhibition on the Web site of the California Science Center.

Events and Programs

10th Anniversary Celebration
Saturday, December 15, 2007, 10:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m.
Free; no reservations required.

Bring the whole family to this day of festivities featuring live music, art activities, free refreshments, and a photo booth where you can get your own free commemorative photo. Plus, see our current exhibitions, take a self-guided tour of modern outdoor sculpture, drop by the Sketching Gallery, and receive a 10 percent discount on all purchases in the Museum Stores.

Celebrate at the Getty

Sounds of L.A.
Saturdays and Sundays, January 19 and 20, February 9 and 10, March 1 and 2, and April 4 and 6, 2008
Free; a separate reservation is required for each performance.

For ten years, Sounds of L.A. has hosted some of the finest musicians the city and the globe has to offer. From legendary artists to up-and-comers, this critically acclaimed concert series has delighted and inspired thousands. Sounds of L.A. presents a characteristically dynamic season celebrating revered favorites and showcasing original voices—including reggae trailblazers Corey Harris and Paula Fuga, Afro-Latin masters Francisco Aguabella and John Santos, Cape Verdean Maria de Barros and Angolan Ricardo Lemvo, and the multigenerational, multiethnic jazz ensemble Build an Ark featuring Dwight Trible.

Learn more about Sounds of L.A.

Ricardo Lemvo

Friday Nights at the Getty
Fridays, January 18, February 1, March 14, and April 11, 2008, 7:30 p.m.
Free; a separate reservation is required for each performance.

This free, contemporary performance series has established itself as one of Los Angeles's most electrifying performance series. To celebrate the Getty Center's 10th anniversary, Friday Nights at the Getty is inviting four of its favorite artists back to perform once again—legendary Los Angeles troubadour John Doe (January 18), boundary-breaking singer-songwriter Peter Case (February 1), vibrant Cajun quartet The Savoy Family Band (March 14), and passionate folk singer-songwriter Iris DeMent (April 11).

Learn more about Friday Nights at the Getty.

Iris DeMent

Experiencing the Getty Collection: Curator's Choice
Saturdays, March 15, April 19, May 24, and June 14, 2008, 10:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m.
$15 per session, or $40 for all 4 sessions.

In each session of this four-part gallery course, a selection of recent acquisitions is presented by a Getty Museum curator in an illustrated lecture. A museum educator follows with a viewing and discussion of the selected masterpieces. Thomas Kren, senior curator, Department of Manuscripts, presents recent manuscripts acquisitions on March 15; Julian Brooks, associate curator, Department of Drawings, presents recent drawings acquisitions on April 19; Weston Naef, senior curator, Department of Photographs, presents recent photographs acquisitions on May 24; and Mary Morton, associate curator, Department of Paintings, presents recent paintings acquisitions on June 14.

Experiencing the Getty Collection

Building the Getty Collection: A Decade of Acquisitions
Wednesday, March 12, 2008, 7:00 p.m.
Free; reservations required.

Lee Hendrix, senior curator, Department of Drawings; Thomas Kren, senior curator, Department of Manuscripts; and Weston Naef, senior curator, Department of Photographs, the J. Paul Getty Museum, each discuss a significant acquisition they have made for the Museum over the past decade. Their presentations consider such challenges as locating important works, navigating the art market, and making the best decisions for the Museum collections. Getty Museum director Michael Brand moderates the panel.

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Taddeo Decorating the Facade of the Palazzo Mattei / F. Zuccaro

Museums and Architecture: Issues for the 21st Century
Sunday, March 16, 2008, 3:00 p.m.
Free; reservations required.

Prominent architects convene to recognize the 10th anniversary of the Getty Center and the 30th anniversary of the Pritzker Architecture Prize. Panelists Shigeru Ban, David Chipperfield, Elizabeth Diller, and Steven Holl are joined by Richard Meier to discuss themes and issues relevant to new museum architecture and museum design in the 21st century. Wim de Wit, curator of architectural collections, the Getty Research Institute, moderates the panel.

Museum Entrance Hall

Conservation Matters Lecture
The Past in Perspective: A Critical Reflection on the Work of the Getty Conservation Institute

Thursday, March 27, 2008, 7:00 p.m.
Free; reservations required.

Jeanne Marie Teutonico, the Getty Conservation Institute's associate director for programs, presents a critical reflection on the Institute's work over the last 15 years and discusses how changes in approach and emphasis reflect the evolving nature of conservation practice.

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Nefertari's tomb

Spanning History: Bridges of the Los Angeles River
This two-part event explores the iconic bridges of the Los Angeles River.

Conservation Matters Lecture
Thursday, April 10, 2008, 7:30 p.m.
Free; reservations required.

Many of the iconic bridges that span the Los Angeles River are slated for retrofit and, in some cases, demolition. Larry Mantle, host of KPCC's Air Talk, moderates a panel discussion of experts and preservationists on the status and plans for these landmarks. Organized by the Getty Conservation Institute, the Los Angeles Conservancy, and Friends of the Los Angeles River.

Tours and Activities
Sunday, April 13, 2008
Tickets $25 for members of the Los Angeles Conservancy and Friends of the Los Angeles River, $30 for the general public, and $10 for children 12 and under.

Continuing the celebration, this special family-friendly event highlights the downtown Los Angeles River bridges, including the 1st, 4th, 6th, and 7th Street Viaducts, all of which span the river between downtown and Boyle Heights. Shuttle buses will transport attendees among four themed sites located along both the east and west banks of the river. Hands-on activities will focus on bridge architecture and engineering techniques, the science and ecology of the Los Angeles River, 100 years of bridge history and movie lore, and urban planning and the Los Angeles River master plan. Printed tour guides will be available in both English and Spanish. Youth-oriented activities and a bilingual kids' guide will be available as well.

Learn more about the panel discussion and day of tours.

Bridges of the Los Angeles River

The Arts in Los Angeles, 1997–2007
Thursday, April 17, 2008, 7:00 p.m.
Free; reservations required.

Patt Morrison hosts a conversation with artists, educators, curators, and critics exploring developments in the arts of our region—both on and off the hill—during the decade of the Getty Center's presence.

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Construction of the Getty Center in 1997