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Tours and Talks
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Courses and Demonstrations
Exhibitions
Readings and Book Signings
Japanese American National Museum
Hammer Museum
Museum of Latin American Art
Autry National Center
Huntington Library
LACMA
Los Angeles Public Library
MAK Center for Art & Architecture
MoCA
Natural History Museum
Norton Simon Museum
Orange County Museum of Art
Pacific Asia Museum
Pasadena Museum of California Art
Skirball Cultural Center
UCLA Fowler Museum
January 9, 2009
Tours and Gallery Talks
Exhibition Tour: Captured Emotions: Baroque Painting in Bologna, 1575–1725
Daily through May 3, 2009
1:30 pm
Museum Galleries, Getty Center


A special one-hour exhibition overview of Captured Emotions: Baroque Painting in Bologna, 1575–1725. Meet at the Museum Information Desk.

Masterpiece of the Week Talk
Daily through January 11, 2009
4 pm
Museum Galleries, Getty Center


This 15-minute gallery talk offers an in-depth look at one object. This week the featured work of art is Baronne de Domecy by Odilon Redon. Meet at the Museum Information Desk.

Getty Center
Architecture Tour
Fridays and Saturdays through June 30, 2009
10:15 am, 11 am, 1 pm, 2 pm, 3 pm, 4 pm
Museum Entrance Hall, Getty Center


Getty Center architecture tours are offered daily by docents. Tours last 30–45 minutes. Meet outside in front of the Museum Entrance Hall.

Halberdier / Pontormo
Collection Highlights Tour
Daily through June 30, 2009
11 am
Museum Galleries, Getty Center


This one-hour tour provides an overview of major works from the Museum's collection. Offered in English and Spanish on weekends. Meet at the Museum Information Desk.

Central Garden
Garden Tour
Daily through June 30, 2009
11:30 am, 12:30 pm, 2:30 pm, 3:30 pm
Central Garden, Getty Center


Garden Tours are offered daily by docents. They focus on the Central Garden and landscaping of the Getty Center site. Tours last 45–60 minutes. Meet in front of the Museum Entrance Hall.

Impressionism
Focus Tour: Realist and Impressionist Art
Fridays through June 30, 2009
3 pm
Museum Galleries, Getty Center


Enjoy a one-hour tour focusing on realism and impressionism in the Getty's collection by exploring the art and culture of these related and distinctive 19th-century movements. Meet at the Museum Information Desk.

Exhibitions
Please Be Seated
Please Be Seated: A Video Installation by Nicole Cohen
Daily through January 11, 2009

South Pavilion, Plaza Level, Getty Center


Internationally recognized video artist Nicole Cohen (American, b. 1970) explores the intersection of historical interiors, the social behaviors they conditioned, contemporary popular culture, and fantasy. Her project for the Getty Museum focuses on the Museum's collection of French seating furniture and its original and museological contexts. Viewers are invited to engage in a participatory experience, forming personal, imaginative narratives through video projections that render the chairs virtually accessible.

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Tango with Cows
Tango with Cows: Book Art of the Russian Avant-Garde, 1910–1917
Daily through April 19, 2009

Research Institute Exhibition Gallery, Getty Center


Drawing principally from the Getty Research Institute's superb collection of Russian modernist books, Tango with Cows: Book Art of the Russian Avant-Garde, 1910–1917 brings into focus a brief, but tumultuous period when Russian visual artists and poets, including Natalia Goncharova, Mikhail Larionov, Kazimir Malevich, Alexei Kruchenykh, and Velimir Khlebnikov, challenged Symbolism and revolutionized book art. They fabricated pocket-sized, hand-lithographed books and juxtaposed primitive and abstract imagery with a transrational poetry they called zaum'("beyonsense"). The exhibition traces the avant-garde's use of the materials of their book art—imagery, language and its sounds, design, graphic technique—to convey humor, parody, and an intriguing ambivalence and apprehension about Russia's past, present, and future.
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In Focus: The Landscape
In Focus: The Landscape
Daily through January 11, 2009

Center for Photographs, Getty Center


Like painters and draftsmen before them, photographers turned to the landscape as a source of inspiration after the invention of the medium was announced in 1839. Since then, changing artistic movements and continual technical advancements have provided opportunities for camera artists to approach the subject in diverse and imaginative ways. This exhibition, which is drawn exclusively from the Getty's collection, brings together the work of over 25 innovative photographers who have left their mark on the history of the genre, including Gustave Le Gray, Alfred Stieglitz, and Robert Adams.

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Dialogue among Giants
Dialogue among Giants: Carleton Watkins and the Rise of Photography in California
Daily through March 1, 2009

Center for Photographs, Getty Center


Dialogue among Giants presents the photographs of Carleton Watkins (American, 1829–1916) in the context of the birth and evolution of photography in California. The exhibition considers the social, political, economic, and artistic developments in California between the time of statehood in 1850 and the mid-1880s. It includes approximately 150 works, from daguerreotypes by unknown makers to mammoth-plate photographs by Watkins and his contemporaries.

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Belles Heures of the Duke of Berry
The Belles Heures of the Duke of Berry
Daily through February 8, 2009

Museum Galleries, Getty Center


The Belles Heures of John, Duke of Berry is one of the most beloved books of the Middle Ages and one of the most sumptuous. Painted by the Limbourg brothers when the art of manuscript illumination in France reached new heights of elegance and sophistication, the book, in the collection of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, will be presented with its individual leaves unbound. The resulting display offers a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for the visitor to walk through the book to view all of its major miniatures, a unique gallery of paintings of sublime beauty.

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Captured Emotions: Baroque Painting in Bologna, 1575–1725
Daily through May 3, 2009

Exhibitions Pavilion, Getty Center


In the late sixteenth century, a small group of artists from Bologna changed the course of art history. This exhibition tells the extraordinary story of the Carracci family, who reinvigorated the art of painting with tremendous energy and vitality. Their achievement set standards that remained authoritative for more than two centuries. A selection of key works by the Carracci and their followers brings this artistic triumph to life. Twenty-seven of them—most never exhibited before in North America—are on loan from the Gemäldegalerie Alte Meister, Staatliche Kunstsammlungen Dresden, one of the world's premier collections of old master paintings. This exhibition has been co-organized by the J. Paul Getty Museum and the Gemäldegalerie Alte Meister, Staatliche Kunstsammlungen Dresden.

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Drawing the Classical Figure
Daily through March 8, 2009

Museum Galleries, Getty Center


Mastering the depiction of the human figure has long been a cornerstone of an artist's training. This survey of drawings from the 1300s to the 1800s examines how the rediscovery classical sculpture influenced the ways in which artists rendered the human form. A selection of Italian, Flemish, Dutch, Swiss, French, and British drawings illustrates the powerful aesthetic, philosophical, and political forces that informed the representation of the classical figure.

Sur le Motif: Painting in Nature around 1800
Sur le motif: Painting in Nature around 1800
Daily through March 8, 2009

West Pavilion, Plaza Level, Getty Center


During the late 1700s and early 1800s European artists made a formal practice of working outdoors in the clear, pure light of the Italian countryside, transcribing the atmosphere and depth of picturesque landscape views. Originally intended as studies for more formal, idealized studio paintings, the sketches they created are today considered highly satisfying works of art in their own right. This concise survey exhibition features recent acquisitions by artists such as Jean-Victor Bertin, Jean-Joseph Xavier Bidauld, Camille Corot, Simon Denis, and Pierre-Henri de Valenciennes, supplemented by loans from local collections.

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January 9, 2009
Tours and Gallery Talks
Spotlight Talk
Mondays, Thursdays and Fridays through January 31, 2009
11 am
Museum Galleries, Getty Villa


This 20-minute gallery talk introduces ways of looking at ancient art through an in-depth exploration of one object in the collection. This month the featured object is a Roman marble statue of Leda and the Swan from A.D. 1–100. Space is limited. Sign up at the Tour Meeting Place outside the Museum Entrance 15 minutes before the talk.

Getty Villa Inner Peristyle
Orientation Tour
Daily through December 31, 2009
10:30 am, 12:30 pm, 2:30 pm
Getty Villa


This 40-minute tour offers an overview of the Getty Villa, focusing on its architecture and educational mission. Meet at the Tour Meeting Place outside the Museum Entrance.

Getty Villa Outer Peristyle
Getty Villa Architecture and Gardens Tour
Daily through December 31, 2009
11:30 am, 1:30 pm, 3:30 pm
Museum, Getty Villa


This 40-minute tour explores the architecture and gardens of the Getty Villa and their historical prototypes. Meet at the Tour Meeting Place outside the Museum Entrance.

Lansdowne Herakles
Collection Highlights Tour
Mondays, Thursdays and Fridays through June 29, 2009
2 pm
Museum Galleries, Getty Villa


This one-hour tour provides an overview of major works from the Museum's collection. Space is limited. Sign up at the Tour Meeting Place outside the Museum Entrance 15 minutes before the tour.

An Introduction to Three Exhibitions at the Villa
Friday January 9, 2009
3 pm
Museum Galleries, Getty Villa


Join a Museum educator in this one-hour tour through current exhibitions Reconstructing Identity: A Statue of a God from Dresden, Fragment to Vase: Approaches to Ceramic Restoration, and The Getty Commodus: Roman Portraits and Modern Copies. Themes of historical context, conservation and restoration, and the study of objects by archaeologists, conservators, collectors, and curators are explored. Space is limited. Sign up at the Tour Meeting Place outside the Museum Entrance 15 minutes before the talk.

Exhibitions
Jim Dine: Poet Singing (The Flowering Sheets)
Jim Dine: Poet Singing (The Flowering Sheets)
Daily through February 9, 2009

Museum, Floor 2, Getty Villa


This exhibition presents new works and poetry by Jim Dine based on ancient Greek sculptures in the Museum's collection. The first contemporary art project at the Getty Villa, this installation illustrates the continuing influence of antiquity on living artists.

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Reconstructing Identity
Reconstructing Identity: A Statue of a God from Dresden
Daily through June 1, 2009

Museum, Floor 2, Getty Villa


This exhibition examines the restoration history of a Roman statue from the Dresden State Art Collections. Since its discovery in the 1600s, the figure has been successively restored as Alexander the Great, Bacchus, and Antinous in the guise of the wine god. Damaged in World War II, the sculpture was recently reassembled by Getty and Dresden conservators.

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The Getty Commodus
The Getty Commodus: Roman Portraits and Modern Copies
Daily through June 1, 2009

Getty Villa


The Getty's marble bust of the Roman emperor Commodus was acquired in 1992 as an Italian work of the 1500s, but specialists later proposed that it may be from the second century A.D. Putting the object in context with Roman portraits and modern copies from the Mannerist and Neoclassical periods, this exhibition shows how curators and conservators have determined the sculpture's date.

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Fragment to Vase
Fragment to Vase: Approaches to Ceramic Restoration
Daily through June 1, 2009

Museum, Floor 2, Getty Villa


Exploring contemporary issues in vase restoration, this exhibition provides a behind-the-scenes look at how Getty conservators assemble ancient pottery fragments into understandable forms. It illustrates how technical innovations, scholarly contributions, and aesthetic choices combine to reveal the original design and iconography of ceramic masterpieces.

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