Artist Sylvana Barrett demonstrates the art of gilding at a past artist-at-work demonstration
Learn about historic and contemporary materials and techniques from practicing artists in these free drop-in programs.

Artist at Work
The Getty Center and The Getty Villa


Enjoy presentations of historical art-making techniques related to the Museum's collection and exhibitions. Meet artists, ask questions, and get close to the action. This is a free, drop-in program.

 
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Byzantine Chanting
Saturday, June 21, August 16 and 23, 2014
11:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m. and
2:30–3:30 p.m.
Getty Villa, Inner Peristyle

Join chanters Father Konstantine Douvikas, Mario Lazaridis, and Dimitris Liogris for an intimate performance of sacred melodies from ancient and medieval Byzantium. In Byzantine chant, the human voice is regarded as a holy instrument, communicating with the divine through note and pitch. Learn how this form of early Christian music bridged ancient and medieval oral traditions, and continues to be performed today. Complements the exhibitions Heaven and Earth: Art of Byzantium from Greek Collections and Heaven and Earth: Byzantine Illumination at the Cultural Crossroads. This is a free, drop-in program.


 
French Fashion
Sundays, July 6–27, September 7–14, 2014
1:00–3:00 p.m.
Getty Center, Museum Studios

Drop by as historic costume designer Maxwell Barr explores Rococo fashion in the prosperous world of 18th-century Paris. He will demonstrate with a live model the extrordinary craftmanship and virtuosity required to create the wardrobe for a day of dressing in an elite bourgeois household.






 
Arms and Armor
Sundays, August 3, 10, 24, and 31, 2014
1:00–3:00 p.m.
Getty Center, Museum Studios

How did knights get that shining armor? Drop by as master blacksmith Tony Swatton demonstrates materials and techniques used in making arms and armor of the Middle Ages. Complements the Chivalry in the Middle Ages exhibition.












 
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The Institute for Art and Olfaction:
Scents of Byzantium
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Sunday, June 8, 2014
1:00–2:30 p.m. and
3:00–4:30 p.m.
Getty Villa, Outer Peristyle

Which scents wafted through the air of Byzantium? Join Saskia Wilson-Brown of the Los Angeles-based Institute for Art and Olfaction for a historical introduction to perfumery from antiquity to today. Explore the materials used to create incense, fragrance waters, and perfume oils during the Byzantine era. Stay for a smelling session featuring myrrh, frankincense, narcissus, and other historic aromas. Complements the exhibition, Heaven and Earth: Art of Byzantium from Greek Collections. This is a free, drop-in program.


 
In Memoriam
Saturday and Sunday, May 24 and 25, 2014
11:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m. and
2:30–3:30 p.m.
Getty Villa, Education Court

How did ancient Romans honor and mourn the deceased? Join the members of the Legion Six Historical Society for an exploration of ancient funeral practices, including portraiture in wax, eulogies, and professional mourners. This is a free, drop-in program.








 
Wet-Plate Collodion Negatives and Albumen Prints
Sundays, May 4, 18, 25, 2014
12:30–2:30 p.m.
Getty Center, Museum Courtyard

Drop by as photographer Luther Gerlach demonstrates how to make wet-plate collodion negatives and albumen prints using authentic 19th-century cameras, lenses, and procedures. Complements the exhibition A Royal Passion: Queen Victoria and Photography. This is a free, drop-in program.

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Artist Projects
The Getty Center and The Getty Villa


 
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Engaging Ensor:
Interactive Print Project

Friday and Saturday,
August 1 and 2, 2014
Noon–3:00 p.m.
Getty Center, Plaza Courtyard

Visit Mobile Arts Platform (MAP), the San Francisco-based art collective, at their pop-up screen-printing cart, a participatory social sculpture inspired by the classic teardrop trailer and pulled behind a vintage Vespa scooter. Join the artists as they create free, interactive posters in conjunction with the exhibition The Scandalous Art of James Ensor. This is a free, drop-in program.


 
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Roman Rhetoric:
Interactive Print Project

Monday, July 7, 2014
Noon–3:00 p.m.
Getty Villa, Auditorium Plaza

Visit Mobile Arts Platform (MAP), the San Francisco-based art collective, at their pop-up screen-printing cart, a participatory social sculpture inspired by the classic teardrop trailer and pulled behind a vintage Vespa scooter. Join the artists as they create free, interactive posters inspired by Roman rhetoric and oratory. This is a free, drop-in program.



 
Elana Mann: Villa Murmurs
Sunday, June 22, 2014
1:00, 1:45, 2:30, 3:15 p.m.
Getty Villa, Inner & Outer Peristyle

Los Angeles-based artist Elana Mann leads a participatory sonic engagement inspired by pioneering volcanologist Frank Alvord Perret, who invented "geophones" to listen to the earth's subterranean rumblings. Mann has designed contemporary listening devices to allow visitors to detect real and imagined murmurs of history in locations around the Getty Villa. What sounds will you hear? Open to 20 participants. This is a free program. Sign-up begins 15 minutes before the program at the Tour Meeting Place.


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Getty Artists Program
The Getty Center


The Getty Artists Program extends the education department's existing artist-based programs to include individual artist projects or residencies. Invitations are extended to artists who have shown a strong interest in education. One artist is selected each year and given the freedom to select an audience to work with, and to develop focus and format of their own project.

One goal of the program is to provide invited artists with the opportunity to undertake innovative projects in collaboration with the Museum's staff. The projects provide Museum staff and visitors with new insights and perspectives into the Museum's collections and exhibitions. Thus, our existing audiences have new opportunities for unique learning experiences, and the program has the potential to bring in new audiences. Learn more about this program.

Sam Durant
 
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Sam Durant—What #isamuseum?, 2013

Sam Durant, the 2013 Getty Artists Program invitee, is a multimedia artist whose work explores the relationships between politics and culture. His socially engaged practice addresses subjects as diverse as the civil rights movement, southern rock music, and modernism.

For his project, What #isamuseum?, Durant continues to investigate these ideas by engaging museum visitors and staff in an exploration of the roles and functions of a museum. Through a call-and-response format, visitors discover a series of artist-designed questions placed in unexpected locations throughout the Getty Center. With these questions, Durant invites reflection on and a response to the expectations and preconceptions of what a museum is. Individual responses can be shared on isamuseum.org, and visitors can input their answers at an iPad hub site located in the Museum Entrance Hall. Social-media outlets, such as Twitter, Facebook, and the Getty Voices project, also serve as channels to discuss the questions and broaden the discourse.

According to Durant, "By expanding the conversation and encouraging different forms of response, participants can become active within the project and even change the debate around the initial issue."

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Studio Tours
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Judson Studios Tour

Tuesday, October 22, 2013
10:30–11:30 a.m.
Judson Studios, Los Angeles
Tour fee $20

Join us on a tour of Judson Studios to learn how stained-glass panels are made, from initial design to final stages of production, while exploring this designated Historic-Cultural landmark of Los Angeles. Tour fee $20. Open to 20 participants. Group meets at Judson Studios. Complements the exhibition Canterbury and St. Albans: Treasures of Church and Cloister.

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Point of View: Artist Talks
The Getty Center and The Getty Villa


Point of View: Artist Talks feature Los Angeles-based artists and related specialists in an informal and intimate gallery-talk program, offering a unique perspective on the Getty collection and temporary exhibitions. Free; offered on selected Saturday afternoons.

 
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Point-of-View Talk: Byzantine Icons
Saturday, May 17 and June 7, 2014
11:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m. and
2:00–3:00 p.m.
Getty Villa, Museum Galleries

Join contemporary iconographer Father Michael Courey for an exploration of the sacred icons in the exhibition Heaven and Earth: Art of Byzantium from Greek Collections. The discussion focuses on gold leaf application, techniques of layering painted color, and the theological significance of materials, colors, and images in the Byzantine iconographic tradition. This is a free program. Sign-up begins 15 minutes before the start of the program at the Tour Meeting Place.






Vexed Man / Messerschmidt
 
Artist's Talk with Skip Arnold
Saturday, September 22, 2012
2:30-3:30 p.m.
Getty Center, Museum Galleries

Skip Arnold is known for his groundbreaking physical performances that address body politics and issues of strength, endurance, existence, and self-examination. In this talk, Arnold explored related themes in the exhibition Messerschmidt and Modernity. This is a free program.

See upcoming and past events and learn more about Point of View: Artist Talks.

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