Wednesday, December 03, 2014

Wed, Dec 03, 2014

The Getty Center

View of the Getty Center
  • Artist at Work: Ryan and Trevor Oakes

    Daily through December 22, 2014
    10:30 am - 4 pm
    Central Garden, Getty Center

    Artists Ryan and Trevor Oakes bring their innovative approach to art and optics to the Getty Center's Central Garden during a six-week drawing residency. Using a self-designed, concave easel, the Oakes Brothers explore and exploit principles of binocular vision to create spherically curved drawings in exact perspective without the aid of lenses or other devices. Meet the artists, learn about their revolutionary techniques, and see their artwork evolve.

  • Garden Tour

    Daily
    11:30 am, 12:30 pm, 2:30 pm, 3:30 pm
    Getty Center

    Designed and conceived by artist Robert Irwin, the Central Garden is the focus of this 45-minute tour. Meet outside at the bench near the Museum's front entrance.

  • Exhibition Tour: Spectacular Rubens: The Triumph of the Eucharist

    Daily, December 2 - December 19, 2014
    10:30 am, 1:30 pm, 2 pm
    Museum Galleries, Getty Center

    This 30-minute talk explores the magnificent tapestries of the Eucharist series along with the oil sketches by Peter Paul Rubens that guided their creation. Meet at the Information Desk.

  • Spotlight of the Week

    Daily, December 2 - December 7, 2014
    12 pm
    Museum Galleries, Getty Center

    Indulge in François Boucher's sensual painting of Venus during this 15-minute talk. Meet the docent at the Museum Information Desk.

  • Collection Highlights Tour

    Daily, December 2 - December 19, 2014
    11 am, 1 pm
    Museum Galleries, Getty Center

    This one-hour tour provides an overview of major works from the Museum's collection. Meet the educator at the Information Desk.

  • Architecture Tour

    Daily
    10:15 am, 11 am, 1 pm, 2 pm, 3 pm, 4 pm
    Museum Entrance Hall, Getty Center

    Discover more about Richard Meier's architecture and the design of the Getty Center site in this 45-minute tour. Meet the docent outside at the bench under the sycamore trees near the front entrance to the Museum.

  • Focus Tour: Fit for a King

    Daily, December 2 - December 19, 2014
    12:30 pm
    Museum Galleries, Getty Center

    Explore the Getty's collection of 17th- and 18th-century art in this one-hour tour of French decorative arts, paintings, and sculpture made during the reigns of kings Louis XIV, Louis XV, and Louis XVI. Meet the docent at the Information Desk.

  • In Focus: Tokyo

    Daily through December 14, 2014

    West Pavilion, Lower Level, Getty Center

    Although a kaleidoscopic vision would seem to be required to represent the hyperreal megalopolis of Tokyo, the four Japanese photographers in this exhibition have found a way to portray their city at a human scale. Mikiko Hara adopts a quiet, daylit, snapshot style for spontaneous portraits of her young contemporaries; Daido Moriyama haunts the burgeoning neighborhood of Shinjuku for fragments of nightlife; Shigeichi Nagano observes the interactions of community within a perpetually rebuilt environment; and Masato Seto focuses on the hard-won leisure of local couples escaping the cramped quarters of high-rise living.

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  • World War I: War of Images, Images of War

    Daily through April 19, 2015

    Research Institute Galleries I and II, Getty Center

    World War I: War of Images, Images of War examines the art and visual culture of the First World War—a conflict of unprecedented mechanized slaughter as well as a struggle over the cultural dominance and direction of Europe. The exhibition juxtaposes the representation of the war in visual propaganda with its depiction by artists who experienced the brutality firsthand. Drawing principally from the Getty Research Institute's special collections, the exhibition features a range of satirical journals, prints, posters, and photographs as well as accounts from the front, including a war diary, correspondence, and “trench art” made by soldiers. Through such archival and graphic material, World War I: War of Images, Images of War captures the trauma of this first modern war.

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  • The Life of Art: Context, Collecting, and Display

    Daily

    South Pavilion, Plaza Level, Getty Center

    From the time an object is made until the day it enters a museum's collection, it may be displayed, used, and perceived in different ways. The Life of Art takes selected objects from the Getty Museum's galleries and encourages visitors to sit down and spend time with them, offering the opportunity to examine them closely to understand how they were made and functioned, why they were collected, and how they have been displayed. Through careful looking, what may be learned about the maker and previous owners of a French gilt-bronze wall light, for example, or the transformation in England of a Chinese porcelain bowl? Close engagement reveals the full lives of these works and why they continue to be collected and cherished today.

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  • Drawing in the Age of Rubens

    Daily through January 11, 2015

    West Pavilion, Plaza Level, Getty Center

    This exhibition of Flemish drawings from the Getty Museum's collection bears witness to the flourishing of artistic culture in the southern Netherlands from the sixteenth to the seventeenth centuries. It features drawings made by Peter Paul Rubens and his most talented pupils as well as sheets by his contemporaries and predecessors. This survey of drawn landscapes, figural studies, and religious subjects from Rubens's time demonstrates the master's grand, synthetic vision as well as the dynamic tradition of his native Flanders. The exhibition complements the international loan show Spectacular Rubens: The Triumph of the Eucharist.

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  • Spectacular Rubens: The Triumph of the Eucharist

    Daily through January 11, 2015

    Exhibitions Pavilion, Getty Center

    The Flemish painter Peter Paul Rubens excelled at devising captivating large-scale compositions. During the mid-1620s, he designed a series of monumental tapestries for the devout Infanta Isabel celebrating the spiritual victory of the Roman Catholic Church. This exhibition unites the exhilarating designs in the collection of the Prado Museum, painted in oil on wood panel, with the magnificent tapestries—rare loans from the Patrimonio Nacional in Madrid. Characterized by exuberant energy, clever visual illusions, and an astonishing array of figures, the Eucharist series is one of the wonders of the Baroque period.

  • Josef Koudelka: Nationality Doubtful

    Daily through March 22, 2015

    West Pavilion, Lower Level, Getty Center

    After photographing theatrical productions in Prague and Roma settlement camps across Eastern Europe, Josef Koudelka (born 1938) risked his life and career to document the 1968 Warsaw Pact invasion of Czechoslovakia. His images of the event, smuggled into the West and reproduced worldwide, forced his exile. This exhibition—the first U.S. retrospective devoted to Koudelka since 1988—presents more than 140 works produced over five decades by this legendary photographer, including early photographic experiments, vintage Gypsies book prints and maquettes, and a selection of large-scale panoramas that he has made since 1986. This exhibition was co-organized by the J. Paul Getty Museum and the Art Institute of Chicago.

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The Getty Villa

View of the Getty Villa

Admission is free. An advanced timed-entry ticket is required.

  • Architecture Tour

    Daily
    10:30 am, 11:30 am, 12:30 pm, 1:30 pm, 2:30 pm, 3:30 pm
    Museum, Getty Villa

    Explore the architecture of the Getty Villa and learn more about daily life in the ancient world in this 40-minute tour. Meet at the Tour Meeting Place outside the Museum Entrance.

  • Garden Tour

    Wednesdays
    10:30 am, 11:30 am, 12:30 pm, 1:30 pm, 2:30 pm, 3:30 pm
    Getty Villa

    Discover the rich mythological and cultural connections of ancient gardens in this 40-minute tour of the Getty Villa's four Roman gardens. Meet at the Tour Meeting Place outside the Museum Entrance.

  • Exhibition Spotlight Tour

    Daily December 3, 2014 - May 10, 2015
    12 pm
    Museum Galleries, Getty Villa

    Explore the exhibition Dangerous Perfection: Funerary Vases from Southern Italy in this 30-minute tour, and learn about these monumental vases and their 19th-century restoration history and recent conservation at the Getty Villa. Sign-up begins 15 minutes before the talk at the Tour Meeting Place.

  • Collection Spotlight Talk

    Wednesdays - Fridays through December 26, 2014
    11 am
    Museum Galleries, Getty Villa

    Discover the richness of ancient art in this 20-minute gallery talk that looks in depth at a major work in the Museum's collection. Sign-up begins 15 minutes before the talk at the Tour Meeting Place.

  • Collection Highlights Tour

    Wednesdays - Fridays
    1 pm
    Museum Galleries, Getty Villa

    This 50-minute tour provides an overview of major works from the Museum's collection. Sign-up begins 15 minutes before the tour at the Tour Meeting Place.

  • Exhibition Highlights Tour

    Wednesday - Sunday November 28, 2014 - May 10, 2015
    2 pm
    Museum Galleries, Getty Villa

    Join a gallery educator for an hour-long tour of the exhibitions Ancient Luxury and the Roman Silver Treasure from Berthouville and Dangerous Perfection: Funerary Vases from Southern Italy. Explore how these magnificent and sometimes monumental objects provide evidence of elite behavior in both daily life and at death, and discover the history of their recent conservation at the Getty Villa. Sign-up begins 15 minutes before the talk at the Tour Meeting Place.

  • Ancient Luxury and the Roman Silver Treasure from Berthouville

    Daily through August 17, 2015
    Museum, Floor 2, Getty Villa

    Accidentally discovered by a French farmer in 1830, the spectacular hoard of gilt-silver statuettes and vessels known as the Berthouville Treasure was originally dedicated to the Gallo-Roman god Mercury. Following four years of meticulous conservation and research at the Getty Villa, this exhibition allows viewers to appreciate their full splendor and offers new insights about ancient art, technology, religion, and cultural interaction. The opulent cache is presented in its entirety for the first time outside Paris, together with precious gems, jewelry, and other Roman luxury objects from the royal collections of the Cabinet des médailles at the Bibliothèque nationale de France.

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  • Molten Color: Glassmaking in Antiquity

    Daily
    Museum, Floor 2, Getty Villa

    In 2003, the J. Paul Getty Museum acquired a collection of over 350 pieces of ancient glass, formerly owned by Erwin Oppenländer. The works on view in Molten Color are remarkable for their high quality, their chronological breadth, and the glassmaking techniques illustrated by their manufacture. The vessels are accompanied by text and videos illustrating ancient glassmaking techniques.

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  • Relief with Antiochos and Herakles

    Daily through May 4, 2015
    Museum, Floor 2, Getty Villa

    On loan from the National Archaeological Museum in Athens, a stele honoring Prokleides, a military officer in the Athenian army, is on view at the Getty Villa in a gallery (208) devoted to Religious Offerings. Carved in relief above a public decree are figures of Antiochos, the mythical founder of the tribe Antiochis, and his father, the Greek hero Herakles.

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  • Dangerous Perfection: Funerary Vases from Southern Italy

    Daily through May 11, 2015
    Museum, Floor 2, Getty Villa

    Thirteen elaborately decorated Apulian vases provide a rich opportunity to examine the funerary customs of peoples native to southern Italy and the ways they used Greek myth to comprehend death and the afterlife. Displayed following a six-year conservation project at the Antikensammlung Berlin and the Getty Villa, these monumental vessels also reveal the hand of Raffaele Gargiulo, one of the leading restorers of nineteenth-century Naples. His work exemplifies what one concerned antiquarian described as "dangerous perfection," and the vases on view offer a window into the ongoing debate concerning the degree to which ancient artworks should be repaired and repainted.

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