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November 15, 2011–February 12, 2012 at the Getty Center



Rebels and Martyrs: The Changing Image of the 19th-Century Artist
Alexander Sturgis, director of the Holburne Museum in Bath, England, explores how artists thought about and depicted themselves in light of the Romantic myth, which saw the artist as heroic and rebellious, isolated and suffering.

Thursday, December 1, 2011, 7:00 p.m.
Getty Center, Museum Lecture Hall
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Studio Courses

The Art of Self-Portrait Drawing
Join instructor Zhenya Gershman in this daylong drawing workshop exploring the art of self-portrait drawing. Participants learn principles of face and head structure, explore a range of facial expressions, and develop the ability to capture likeness through a series of guided exercises in the studios and galleries.

Course fee $125 (includes materials and lunch).

Wednesday, November 16, 2011, 10:30 a.m.–5:00 p.m.

Sculpting the Portrait in Clay

In this two-day sculpture workshop with artist Peter Zokosky, participants work from a live model and sculpt the human head in half-scale. The course emphasizes forms that make up the human head and capture the likeness of the individual model. Instructions, demonstrations, and gallery visits support the hands-on experience.

Course fee $165 (includes materials and lunch both days).

Thursday, December 8 and 15, 2011, 10:30 a.m.–4:30 p.m.
Course repeats Wednesday, February 8 and 15, 2012.
Getty Center, Museum Studios
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Curators' Gallery Talks
Edouard Kopp, assistant curator of Drawings, the J. Paul Getty Museum, and Rachel Sloan, curatorial research fellow, Santa Barbara Museum of Art, lead a gallery talk on the exhibition.

Thursday, December 15, 2:30 p.m.
Meet under the stairs in the Museum Entrance Hall.

Edouard Kopp, assistant curator of Drawings, the J. Paul Getty Museum, leads a gallery talk on the exhibition. Meet under the stairs in the Museum Entrance Hall.

Wednesday, February 1, 2012, 2:30 p.m.
Meet under the stairs in the Museum Entrance Hall.

Point of View: Artist's Talk
Known for his artist portraits of David Hockney, Richard Diebenkorn, and Robert Irwin, photographer Jim McHugh explores how artists represented themselves and their contemporaries, raising compelling issues about identity and imagemaking.

Sign up begins at 1:00 p.m. at the Museum Information Desk.
Saturday, January 14, 2012, 2:30-3:30 p.m.

Self-Portrait, Degas

Film Screenings

Dream a Little Dream: Artists in Film
This film series presents depictions of working artists in a way that complements—in moving form—the exhibition Images of the Artist.

All screenings are held at the Getty Center in the Harold M. Williams Auditorium.

Blood of a Poet (France, 1930) and Testament of Orpheus (France, 1960)
Jean Cocteau (1889–1963), one of the most versatile artists of the 20th century, explores the joys and hardships of being an artist in this double feature of the first and third films of his Orphic Trilogy.

Saturday, January 14, 2012, 3:00 p.m.

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The Moderns (USA, 1988)

Alan Rudolph's homage to 1920s Paris delights in having real life personalities—Pablo Picasso, Gertrude Stein, Ernest Hemingway—interact with his fictional characters in the smoky cafes and esteemed salons of this radically creative place and time.

Saturday, January 14, 2012, 7:00 p.m.

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The Draughtman's Contract (Great Britain, 1982)

Peter Greenaway, who was trained as a painter, made this period film that joyfully blends an intellectual exploration of cultural and social history with his own singular artistic style.

Sunday, January 15, 2012, 12:00 p.m.

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Caravaggio (Great Britain, 1986)

Derek Jarman was a painter who made beautiful films that are intensely personal and moving. In his major film debut, Jarman realizes a 17th-century artist who, like Jarman, didn't shy from controversy.

Sunday, January 15, 2012, 3:00 p.m.
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See stills from these films and learn more about programs at the Getty Center.