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March 31–August 9, 2009 at the Getty Center


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Dancing on the Head of a Pin: Paul Outerbridge and the Art of Commerce
A pioneer in applying Modernist aesthetic principles to commercial photography, Paul Outerbridge helped close the great divide between art for art's sake and commercial art. Paul Martineau, curator of the exhibition, provides an overview of Outerbridge's career and explores his struggle to unite its artistic and commercial aspects during a time of significant change in the world of art and high-end advertising.

Thursday, July 9, 2009, 7:00 p.m.
Getty Center, Harold M. Williams Auditorium

Gallery Course

Paul Outerbridge: An American Photo Modernist
Join independent scholar Graham Howe and learn about the photographs of Paul Outerbridge, one of America's earliest modern masters and a pioneer in the art of color photography. Participants are invited to join in a complimentary gallery discussion of Outerbridge's work with photographer Reece Vogel at 2:30 p.m. Course fee $20.

Saturday, June 13, 2009, 10:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m.
Getty Center, Museum Lecture Hall

GettyGuide™ Audio Player

Listen to a collector and carbo print expert speak about works in the exhibition. Pick up an audio player in the Museum Entrance Hall.

Related Exhibition

Paul Outerbridge: New Color Photographs from Mexico and California at the Downtown Central Library
Recently discovered vibrant, bustling color images of California and Mexico taken during the late 1940s and 1950s by visionary photographer Paul Outerbridge, will be on display in a new exhibit on view in the First Floor Galleries. The Central Library is located in Downtown Los Angeles at 630 W. Fifth St.

Visit the Los Angeles Public Library's Web site for more information.

Desk with Blueprint / Outerbridge


Point-of-View: Artist Talk
Reece Vogel, photographer and authority on the carbro process, explores the work and practice of Paul Outerbridge. Space is limited. Sign up at the Museum Information Desk beginning at 1:00 p.m. the day of the program.

Saturday, June 13, 2009, 2:30 p.m.
Getty Center, Museum galleries

Curator's Gallery Talk
Paul Martineau, assistant curator of Photographs, the J. Paul Getty Museum, leads a gallery talk on the exhibition. Meet under the stairs in the Museum Entrance Hall. Free; no reservations required.

Wednesday, April 22, 2009, 2:30 p.m.
Getty Center, Museum galleries