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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Artist at Work: French Fashion
Sundays, April 9, April 30, and May 7, 2017
1:00–3:00 p.m.
Getty Center, Museum Lecture Hall

Drop by as historic costume designer Maxwell Barr explores the art of fashion in the prosperous world of 18th-century France. Dressing a live model, Barr demonstrates the extraordinary craftsmanship and virtuosity involved in creating the daily wardrobe required by an elite household. This is a free, drop-in program.

Artist at Work: Ancient Music
Saturdays, April 8 and April 29, 2017
11:00 a.m.–12:00 p.m. & 1:30–2:30 p.m.
Getty Villa, Education Court

Musicians and instruments were popular subjects for ancient Greek painters and sculptors. Join musician and ethnomusicologist Roberto Catalano for a hands-on demonstration of folk instruments and music that carry on the ancient oral traditions of the Mediterranean. Learn how to make and play modern versions of ancient instruments, such as the aulos (reed pipe). This is a free, drop-in program.

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Paper and Light
Sunday, October 2, 9, 30, and
November 13, 2016
1:00–3:00 p.m.
Getty Center, Plaza Courtyard

Drop by as photographer Luther Gerlach explores the art and science behind early paper photography and demonstrates a variety of authentic 19th-century cameras, lenses, and other equipment, including an interactive camera obscura. Complements the Real/Ideal: Photography in France, 1847-1860 and Richard Learoyd: In Studio exhibitions. This is a free, drop-in program.

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Artist Projects
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taisha paggett & Yann Novak: Mountain, Fire, Holding Still.
Saturday, August 27, 2016
10:00 a.m.–8:00 p.m.
Getty Villa, Outer Peristyle

Los Angeles-based dance artist taisha paggett and sound artist Yann Novak consider blackness in antiquity as it relates to the body through an immersive and durational performance. This is a free, day-long program. Advanced ticket to the Getty Villa required.

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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.

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Barbara Kruger—Whose Values?, 2014

Barbara Kruger, the 2014 Getty Artists Program invitee, is internationally-renown for her large-scale and immersive image, text, and video installations that address provocative social, cultural, and political issues.

For her project, Whose Values?, Kruger joins forces with LAUSD Title I High Schools, specifically 11th and 12th graders from Grover Cleveland High School's Humanities Magnet and Academy of Art and Technology, as well as 12th graders from Chatsworth High School's Humanitas Academy of Education and Human Services. Working with Getty staff and educators from the participating schools, Kruger will engage in small and large-format discussions and activities supporting collaborative art and writing projects connected to core curricular themes of social justice, identity, race, gender and advocacy.

"The Getty Artists Program is an opportunity for me to encourage students to try to visualize, musicalize, and textualize their experience in the world," says Kruger. "I know that this creation of commentary can change lives, encourage ambition, and suggest the pleasure of learning."

The project kicks off in November when Kruger speaks to participating students at Grover Cleveland High School, and will continue in 2015 with a culminating event in the spring.

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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 Thursday or Saturday afternoons.

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Point of View Tour: Donald Blumberg
Thursday, March 2, 2017
1:30-2:30 p.m.
Getty Center, Center for Photographs

Join artist Donald Blumberg, whose work is featured in the exhibition Breaking News: Turning the Lens on Mass Media, and curator Arpad Kovacs as they discuss photographs the artist made in the late 1960s that respond to the media's coverage of the Vietnam War and the domestic political climate of the period. Sign up begins at noon at the Information Desk.


Point of View Tour: Alfredo Jaar
Thursday, February 23, 2017
1:30-2:30 p.m.
Getty Center, Museum Galleries

Join artist Alfredo Jaar, whose work is featured in the exhibition Breaking News: Turning the Lens on Mass Media, and curator Arpad Kovacs as they discuss Untitled (Newsweek) (1995) and Searching for Africa in LIFE (1996), two multi-part works that critique the news media's depiction of current events. Sign up begins at noon at the Information Desk.

Untitled (Newsweek), 1995, Alfredo Jaar. © Alfredo Jaar, courtesy Galerie Lelong, New York

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