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Close to Home: An American Album


Close to Home: An American Album
At the Getty Center, October 12, 2004—January 16, 2005

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Friday Nights at the Getty—Charles Phoenix's God Bless Americana: The Retro Slide Show of Southern California
Friday, November 5, 7:30 p.m.
Histo-tainer Charles Phoenix gives hysterical-historical live commentary on amateur slides shot in Southern California, from the '40s, '50s, and '60s. Reservations available beginning October 26 at 9:00 a.m.

Gordon Getty Concert—Close to Home: A Mid-Century Musical Album
Saturday, November 6, 8:00 p.m.
Graffiti, radio broadcasts, blues, and train whistles: such are the everyday American sounds that composers as diverse as Samuel Barber, William Grant Still, Harry Partch, and John Cage incorporated as "found objects" in their music. This concert features an innovative mix of readings and musical performances by L.A. notables, including D.J. Waldie and the avant-garde ensemble Just Strings. Tickets: $20; students/seniors, $15.

Snapshot Culture: Measuring Quality, Relevance, and Meaning in Family Photographs
Sunday, December 5, 4:00 p.m.
Snapshot Culture brings curators, an art dealer, and an artist/collector into conversation about what makes family snapshots and other found photographs such compelling objects today. Robert Flynn Johnson, curator at the Art Museums of San Francisco Palace of the Legion of Honor; Frish Brandt of the Fraenkel Gallery, San Francisco; Babbette Hines, author and collector; Jacqueline Woods, artist and collector; and Paul Martineau, curatorial assistant, the J. Paul Getty Museum, discuss how quality, relevance, and meaning are measured in vernacular photographs in relation to the exhibition. Reservations available beginning November 23 at 9:00 a.m.

Friday, October 22, 2:00 p.m., Museum galleries
Paul Martineau, curatorial assistant, the J. Paul Getty Museum, leads a gallery talk on the exhibition. Meet under the stairs in the Museum Entrance Hall.

Friday, November 12, 6:00 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.,, Museum galleries
Gail Pine and Jacqueline Woods—artists, collectors, and dealers in found photographs who often use the images as impetus for their work—give a joint talk on the exhibition. Sign up at the Museum Information Desk beginning at 4:30 p.m.

All the Mighty World: The Photographs of Roger Fenton, 1852—1860
February 1—April 24, 2005
Trained as a painter in London and Paris, Roger Fenton (English, 1819—1869), took up photography in 1851. His technical abilities and aesthetic refinement, manifested in images of the Crimean War, landscapes, architectural studies, still lifes, portraits of the Royal Family and Orientalist subjects, made him the most celebrated English photographer of the 1850s. Containing about 90 pictures, this international loan exhibition, accompanied by a catalogue, is co-organized by the Getty, the National Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C., and the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York.

Three Roads Taken: The Photographs of Paul Strand
May 10—September 4, 2005
Drawn from the Getty's rich holdings of photographs by Paul Strand (American, 1890—1976), this show features approximately 80 prints and coincides with the Getty publication In Focus: Paul Strand. The exhibition explores the development of Paul Strand's aesthetic, from his early encounters with modern art and exploration of Machine Age design to his search for humanity in portraits of people and places.

The Photographs of Frederick Sommer: A Centennial Tribute
May 10—September 4, 2005
This exhibition marks the centenary of Frederick Sommer (American, born Italy, 1905—1999), one of the most important figures in 20th-century American photography. Initially trained in drawing and landscape architecture, Sommer turned to photography in the 1930s and strove for cross-fertilization between drawing, sculpture, music, philosophy, and photography in his art. The 30 works on view are drawn exclusively from the Getty collection and span the range of Sommer's 60-year career.

Publications are available at the Getty Bookstore, by calling 800-223-3431, 310-440-7059, or online at

Close to Home: An American Album
Introductory essays by D.J. Waldie and Weston Naef
More than 100 found images by anonymous photographers and a selection of vibrant color images from the 1940s through the 1960s reprinted by contemporary artist Guy Stricherz create an unpretentious portrait of suburban American life.
Getty Publications. 128 pages. Paper: $24.95. Publication date: mid-October.

Photographers of Genius at the Getty
By Weston Naef
This book showcases the contributions of 38 artists whose work significantly influenced the development of the medium.
Getty Publications. 176 pages. Cloth: $60; paper: $35.

The J. Paul Getty Museum Handbook of the Photographs Collection
By Weston Naef
With more than 200 photographs from 100 artists, this book is a reference guide to the Getty's photographs collection.
Getty Publications. 235 pages. Paper: $15.95

Looking at Photographs: A Guide to Technical Terms
By Gordon Baldwin
This book includes rich and informative explanations of technical terms used to describe photographs and photography.
Getty Publications. 88 pages. Paper: $14.95

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John Giurini
Getty Communications Dept.

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