Tuesday, December 31, 2013

Tue, Dec 31, 2013

The Getty Center

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  • Garden Tour

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

    The gardens of the Getty are the focus of this 45-minute tour. Meet the docent outsideat the bench under the sycamore trees near the front entrance to the Museum.

  • Spotlight of the Week

    Tuesday December 31, 2013December 31, 2013 - January 5, 2014

    Museum Galleries, Getty Center

    Are you ready for the ball? Imagine the thrilling moment in Before the Ball by Jean-François de Troy in this 15-minute talk. Meet the docent at the Information Desk.

  • Collection Highlights Tour

    Daily through February 28, 2014
    11 am
    Museum Galleries, Getty Center

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

  • Focus Tour: Fit for a King

    Daily through January 5, 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.

  • 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.

  • Collection Highlights Tour

    Tuesday December 31, 2013
    1:30 pm
    Museum Galleries, Getty Center

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

  • 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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  • Canterbury and St. Albans: Treasures from Church and Cloister

    Daily through February 2, 2014

    Exhibitions Pavilion, Getty Center

    This exhibition brings together masterpieces of medieval English art: panels of stained glass from Canterbury Cathedral and pages from the St. Albans Psalter, a splendidly illuminated book of psalms. Uniting monumental glass painting with the art of book illumination, this presentation reveals how specific texts, prayers, and environments shaped the medieval viewer's understanding of these pictures during the era of artistic renewal following the Norman Conquest of England.

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  • Werner Herzog: Hearsay of the Soul

    Daily through January 19, 2014

    North Pavilion, Plaza Level, Getty Center

    A new acquisition by the Getty Museum's Department of Photographs, Hearsay of the Soul (2012) is a five-channel video installation by celebrated German filmmaker Werner Herzog. It combines the early-seventeenth-century landscape etchings of Dutch artist Hercules Segers with recent scores and a performance by Dutch cellist and composer Ernst Reijseger, resulting in a richly layered work that is at once intimate and epic.

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  • Abelardo Morell: The Universe Next Door

    Daily through January 5, 2014

    West Pavilion, Lower Level, Getty Center

    Over the past twenty­five years, Abelardo Morell (American, born Cuba, 1948) has become internationally renowned for photographs that push the boundaries of the medium while exploring visual surprise and wonder. From intimate domestic scenes taken with a child's view to images in which an entire room is a camera obscura, Morell has approached picture making with remarkable creativity and wit. Showing a range of individual works and series—many never displayed before—this exhibition demonstrates how Morell has mined photographic history for inspiration. The exhibition was organized by the Art Institute of Chicago in association with the J. Paul Getty Museum and the High Museum of Art in Atlanta.

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  • At the Window: The Photographer's View

    Daily through January 5, 2014

    West Pavilion, Lower Level, Getty Center

    One of the first camera subjects, the window is literally and figuratively linked to the photographic process itself. This exhibition, drawn primarily from the Getty Museum's collection (including several new acquisitions funded by the Getty Museum's Photographs Council), looks at the ways photographers have explored their medium by turning to the window as a framing device or conceptual tool. It spans the history of photography, from some of the earliest images by William Henry Fox Talbot, Julia Margaret Cameron, and Eugène Atget to contemporary works by artists such as Robert Adams, Uta Barth, Gregory Crewdson, Sabine Hornig, and Yuki Onodera.

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  • In Focus: Architecture

    Daily through March 2, 2014

    West Pavilion, Lower Level, Getty Center

    From its inception, photography has functioned as a significant tool in the documentation and perception of architecture. The camera made it possible to record the built environment with accuracy and in greater detail, allowing photographers to represent the existence of a building from construction to demise. Drawn from the J. Paul Getty Museum's collection, this exhibition surveys the history of architectural photography through images of sacred and secular structures, picturesque environments, abstracted spaces, and conceptual forms.

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  • Gods and Heroes: European Drawings of Classical Mythology

    Daily through February 9, 2014

    West Pavilion, Plaza Level, Getty Center

    Greco-Roman mythology has inspired and challenged generations of draftsmen to depict the colorful and dramatic stories of the classical gods and heroes. Depending on when and where they worked, artists have approached these subjects very differently, sometimes treating them as a mere pretext for visual experimentation. Through a selection of nearly forty drawings from the Getty Museum's collection, dating from the Renaissance to the nineteenth century, this exhibition explores the pictorial representation of myths that have been instrumental in the formation of Western culture.

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  • Miracles and Martyrs: Saints in the Middle Ages

    Daily through March 2, 2014

    North Pavilion, Plaza Level, Getty Center

    Throughout the Middle Ages, Christians were fascinated by stories about saints, who led extraordinary lives full of mystical events and miraculous occurrences. Saints were depicted in manuscripts experiencing revelatory visions and performing wondrous feats such as healing the sick or raising the dead. Even when their tormentors were performing exceptionally brutal acts—shooting them repeatedly with arrows, for example, or violently beheading them—martyr saints were pictured remaining steadfast in their faith. This exhibition, drawn from the Getty Museum's permanent collection, presents manuscripts that allowed medieval viewers to witness these dramatic narratives and venerate the saints as models of piety.

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  • Connecting Seas: A Visual History of Discoveries and Encounters

    Daily through April 13, 2014

    Research Institute Galleries I and II, Getty Center

    This exhibition reveals how other cultures were perceived, represented, and transmitted when ocean travel was the primary means by which people and knowledge circulated. Featuring works from the Getty Research Institute's (GRI) extensive special collections, including rare books and maps, photographs, and prints, the exhibition traces the fascinating course of scholarly investigation of non-European cultures from the 16th to the 21st century. This is the first exhibition in the GRI's newly expanded galleries.

The Getty Villa

View of the Getty Villa
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