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Free Hours at L.A. Museums (PDF, 269 KB)
Autry National Center
Craft and Folk Art Museum
Fowler Museum at UCLA
Hammer Museum
Huntington Library
Japanese American National Museum
LACMA
Los Angeles Public Library
MAK Center for Art & Architecture
MOCA
Museum of Latin American Art
Natural History Museum
Norton Simon Museum
Orange County Museum of Art
Pacific Asia Museum
Pasadena Museum of California Art
Santa Monica Museum of Art
Skirball Cultural Center
January 15, 2012
Performances and Films
Dream a Little Dream: Artists in Film
Sunday January 15, 2012
12 pm
Harold M. Williams Auditorium, Getty Center


This film series presents depictions of working artists in a way that complements—in moving form—the exhibition Images of the Artist. Films include Blood of a Poet (France, 1930) and Testament of Orpheus (France, 1960), The Moderns (USA, 1988), The Draughtman's Contract (Great Britain, 1982), and Caravaggio (Great Britain, 1986).

The Draughtman's Contract (Great Britain, 1982)
Peter Greenaway, who was trained as a painter, made this period film that joyfully blends an intellectual exploration of cultural and social history with his own singular artistic style.
Sunday, January 15, 12:00 p.m.



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From Start to Finish: The Story of Gray Column
Tuesdays, Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays through March 11, 2012
1 pm
Museum Lecture Hall, Getty Center


This 30-minute documentary video recounts the remarkable story behind the making of "Gray Column"—a monumental sculpture cast in polyresin—from its original concept to its display at the Getty. Through interviews with Valentine, his contemporaries, conservators, curators, and scientists, this video illustrates the extraordinary lengths Valentine undertook to create his colossal works.

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Dream a Little Dream: Artists in Film
Sunday January 15, 2012
3 pm
Harold M. Williams Auditorium, Getty Center


This film series presents depictions of working artists in a way that complements—in moving form—the exhibition Images of the Artist. Films include Blood of a Poet (France, 1930) and Testament of Orpheus (France, 1960), The Moderns (USA, 1988), The Draughtman's Contract (Great Britain, 1982), and Caravaggio (Great Britain, 1986).

Caravaggio (Great Britain, 1986)
Derek Jarman was a painter who made beautiful films that are intensely personal and moving. In his major film debut, Jarman realizes a 17th-century artist who, like Jarman, didn't shy from controversy.
Sunday, January 15, 3:00 p.m.



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Family Activities
Family Art Stops
Weekends through May 20, 2012
2 pm, 2:30 pm
Museum Galleries, Getty Center


Get up close and personal with a single work of art at this half-hour, hands-on gallery experience geared for families with children ages 5 and up. Sign-up begins 30 minutes before the program at the Museum Information Desk.

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Tours and Gallery Talks
Garden Tour
Daily
11:30 am, 12:30 pm, 2:30 pm, 3:30 pm
Getty Center


This is a 45-minute tour of the Getty gardens, including Robert Irwin's Central Garden. Meet the docent outside at the bench under the sycamore trees near the front entrance of the Museum.

¡Bienvenidos al Getty!
Weekends
11 am
Museum Galleries, Getty Center


Disfruten de una breve y divertida introducción al Museo y sus colecciones. Las familias son bienvenidas. Los esperamos en la sala de entrada del Museo bajo la escalera.

Focus Tour: Sculpture Highlights
Sundays
3 pm
Museum Galleries, Getty Center


Experience the art of sculpture in a one-hour tour focusing on the Museum's collection of works from European history and the recent past. Meet the educator at the Museum Information Desk.

Getty Center
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.

Halberdier / Pontormo
Collection Highlights Tour
Daily
11 am
Museum Galleries, Getty Center


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

A Pacific Standard Time Event
Exhibition Tour: Pacific Standard Time
Weekends through February 5, 2012
1 pm
Museum Galleries, Getty Center


Set your watch to Pacific Standard Time and celebrate the art of Southern California. In this one-hour tour, survey exhibitions at the Getty Center that are part of the Pacific Standard Time: Art in L.A. 1945–1980 initiative. Meet the educator at the Museum Information Desk.

Exhibitions
Medieval and Renaissance Sculpture and Decorative Arts
New Galleries for Medieval and Renaissance Sculpture and Decorative Arts
Daily

North Pavilion, Plaza Level, Getty Center


A newly designed installation of medieval and Renaissance European sculpture and decorative arts is now on view in the J. Paul Getty Museum's North Pavilion at the Getty Center. Displayed with paintings, drawings, and illuminated manuscripts that enrich their context, the works of art are arranged by period and theme. The installation features innovative technologies, including interactive touch screens, that enhance the visitor's experience.

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Greetings from L.A.: Artists and Publics, 1950-1980
Greetings from L.A.: Artists and Publics, 1950–1980
Daily through February 5, 2012

Research Institute Exhibition Gallery, Getty Center


Beginning in the 1950s, Southern California saw the emergence of newly diverse audiences for art. While gallerists cultivated collectors, Beat artists Wallace Berman and George Herms distributed handcrafted works among friends. Others, including Chris Burden, exploited the mass media to circulate their work. Art schools became innovative forums for artists such as Judy Chicago and John Baldessari. Social and political movements that championed peace and feminism mobilized artists to take their messages to the streets. Drawn from the Getty Research Institute's archives of Los Angeles art, this exhibition features photographs, ephemera, correspondence, and artwork—many on view for the first time—that reveal how these artists disseminated their works to a broader public.

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De Wain Valentine's Gray Column
From Start to Finish: De Wain Valentine's Gray Column
Daily through March 11, 2012

West Pavilion, Plaza Level, Getty Center


Gray Column was one of the largest sculptures De Wain Valentine ever cast with polyester resin—the material with which he worked throughout the 1960s and 1970s to create his dazzling circles and columns. This monumental, free-standing slab, measuring twelve feet high and eight feet wide, was abandoned in 1975 and only completed for this exhibition. Curated by the Getty Conservation Institute and on view at the J. Paul Getty Museum, From Start to Finish tells the story of how this extraordinary piece was made and features preparatory drawings and maquettes, videos documenting the fabrication process, interviews with the artist, and a discussion of the conservation of this sculpture. This Getty Center exhibition is part of the region-wide Pacific Standard Time initiative.

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Pacific Standard Time: Crosscurrents in L.A. Painting and Sculpture, 1950-1970
Pacific Standard Time: Crosscurrents in L.A. Painting and Sculpture, 1950–1970
Daily through February 5, 2012

Exhibitions Pavilion, Getty Center


Pacific Standard Time: Crosscurrents in L.A. Painting and Sculpture, 1950–1970 charts the abundant artistic innovation in post–World War II Los Angeles. During this period, Los Angeles artists looked for new approaches, subjects, and techniques for art making, including experimenting with the materials and processes of the pioneering industries in the region and the local surf and car cultures. The exhibition leads viewers on a dynamic tour from the emergence of an indigenous strain of modernism evident in the hard-edge paintings, assemblage sculpture, and large-scale ceramics of the 1950s, to the subsequent development of iconic Pop images of the city in the 1960s, and the conceptual and material contributions of Light and Space art and process painting that fostered the advanced art of the 1970s. This Getty Center exhibition is part of the region-wide Pacific Standard Time initiative.

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Lyonel Feininger: Photographs
Lyonel Feininger: Photographs, 1928–1939
Daily through March 11, 2012

West Pavilion, Terrace Level, Getty Center


A highly regarded painter, printmaker, and draftsman, Lyonel Feininger (American, 1871–1956) was the first master appointed to the newly established Bauhaus in Weimar, Germany, in 1919. Like many other figures at the innovative art school, Feininger turned to photography as a tool for visual exploration. Beginning in 1928 and for the next decade, he used the camera to explore transparency, reflection, night imagery, and the effects of light and shadow. Organized by the Harvard Art Museum/Busch-Reisinger Museum, Cambridge, Massachusetts, in cooperation with the J. Paul Getty Museum, this exhibition presents the first comprehensive overview of little-known photographs by one of the most important artists of the twentieth century. The presentation at the Getty is accompanied by a selection of Bauhaus photographs from the Museum's permanent collection. The exhibition, tour, and catalogue were funded in part through the generosity of the German Friends of the Busch-Reisinger Museum, the Terra Foundation for American Art, the Dedalus Foundation, Inc., and the Emily Rauh Pulitzer and Joseph Pulitzer Jr. Fund for Modern and Contemporary Art, Harvard Art Museums.

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Narrative Interventions in Photography
Narrative Interventions in Photography
Daily through March 11, 2012

West Pavilion, Terrace Level, Getty Center


Featuring contemporary artists Eileen Cowin (American, born 1947), Carrie Mae Weems (American, born 1953), and Simryn Gill (Singaporean, born 1959), this exhibition explores the concept of storytelling through three distinct bodies of photographic works. Cowin's images present a philosophical questioning of narrative and what is fact or fiction; Weems's art attempts to rewrite a profound aspect of human history; while photographs by Gill reflect a more personal interaction with stories through deconstructed books. Although each artist has a different approach, all are concerned with photography and the notion of narrative: implied, real, or revised.

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Images of the Artist
Images of the Artist
Daily through February 12, 2012

West Pavilion, Plaza Level, Getty Center


Images of the Artist investigates some of the ways in which artists have represented themselves, their fellow artists, or their trade over the past five centuries. Raising compelling issues about identity and image-making, this rich theme is explored through a selection of over 40 objects—mostly drawings but also prints, photographs, paintings, and sculpture—from the permanent holdings of the J. Paul Getty Museum, complemented by loans from local collections. Works range from portraits and self-portraits to depictions of the artist's life and space as well as allegorical images.

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In Focus: Los Angeles
In Focus: Los Angeles, 1945–1980
Daily through May 6, 2012

West Pavilion, Terrace Level, Getty Center


This exhibition presents approximately twenty-five photographs from the Museum's permanent collection made in Los Angeles between 1945 and 1980. Both iconic and relatively unknown works are featured by artists whose careers are defined by their association with the city, who may have lived in Los Angeles for a few brief but influential years, or whose visit inspired them to create memorable images. Works by Robert Cumming, Joe Deal, Judy Fiskin, Anthony Friedkin, Robert Heinecken, Anthony Hernandez, Man Ray, Edmund Teske, William Wegman, Garry Winogrand, Max Yavno and others are loosely grouped around the themes of experimentation, street photography, architectural depictions, and the film and entertainment industries. <br><br> This Getty Center exhibition is part of the region-wide Pacific Standard Time initiative.

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Gothic Grandeur
Gothic Grandeur: Manuscript Illumination, 1200–1350
Daily through May 13, 2012

North Pavilion, Plaza Level, Getty Center


The word "Gothic" evokes visions of soaring spires, graceful flying buttresses, and sparkling stained glass. The term is also applied to the style of manuscript illumination that reigned in Europe from around 1200 to 1350. The Gothic illuminated manuscripts in this exhibition, drawn from the Getty Museum's collections, are characterized by whimsical marginal decorations, vivid narratives, and a naturalistic style of painting. The period also saw an explosion in the variety of illustrated books being produced, ranging from scholastic university treatises to entertaining romances. On February 27, the pages of the manuscripts will be turned to allow visitors to see additional treasures.

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January 15, 2012
Courses and Demonstrations
Handling Sessions: Glassmaking Techniques
Weekends through February 26, 2012
11:30 am - 12:30 pm
Reading Room, Getty Villa


From salt and sand to objects of beauty: drop by to learn about the transformative process of glassmaking in this unique handling session. Touch original works of art made by contemporary glassmakers as you examine the tools and recipes used to make these objects.

Handling Sessions: Glassmaking Techniques
Weekends through February 26, 2012
3:30 pm - 4:30 pm
Reading Room, Getty Villa


From salt and sand to objects of beauty: drop by to learn about the transformative process of glassmaking in this unique handling session. Touch original works of art made by contemporary glassmakers as you examine the tools and recipes used to make these objects.

Family Activities
Art Odyssey for Families
Weekends
2 pm
Museum Galleries, Getty Villa


This 45-minute journey through the galleries is a fun, activity-filled experience for children (ages 5 and up) and adults to enjoy together. Space is limited. Ofrecida en español. Sign-up begins 15 minutes before the tour at the Tour Meeting Place.

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Tours and Gallery Talks
Getty Villa Outer Peristyle
Garden Tour
Daily
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.

Getty Villa Inner Peristyle
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.

Collection Highlights Tour
Weekends
11 am
Museum Galleries, Getty Villa


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

Spotlight Talk: Storage Jar with the Judgement of Paris
Daily through January 29, 2012
1 pm
Museum Galleries, Getty Villa


Learn how to look at ancient art in this 20-minute gallery talk examining in depth one work in the Museum's collection. The featured object this month is the Storage Jar with the Judgment of Paris from about 360 B.C. Sign-up begins 15 minutes before the talk at the Tour Meeting Place.

Focus Tour: Seeing the Modern in the Ancient
Sunday January 15, 2012
3 pm
Museum Galleries, Getty Villa


Why do some ancient works in the Museum's collection remind us of modern art? How does our experience with modern art color our interpretation of antiquities? Join this hour-long tour to discuss these questions and to consider how modern artists were inspired by the classical past. Tour topic is subject to change. Sign-up begins 15 minutes before the tour at the Tour Meeting Place.

Exhibitions
Molten Color
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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Roman Ephebe from Naples
Roman Ephebe from Naples
Daily

Getty Villa


Youth as a Lamp Bearer, a long-term loan from the Museo Archeologico Nazionale in Naples, is on view at the J. Paul Getty Museum at the Getty Villa.

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Modern Antiquity: Picasso, de Chirico, Leger, and Picabia
Modern Antiquity: Picasso, de Chirico, Léger, and Picabia in the Presence of the Antique
Daily through January 16, 2012

Museum, Floor 2, Getty Villa


An extraordinary episode in the history of European modernism is the alliance between the avant-garde and the antique. Juxtaposing twentieth-century works with ancient objects, this major international loan exhibition focuses on how four eminent artists reinvented and transformed antiquity between 1905 and 1935. Classicizing creations such as de Chirico's enigmatic piazzas, Picasso's postcubist women, Léger's mechanized nudes, and Picabia's "transparencies" made the arts of antiquity modern. The Getty Villa—a reconstruction of an ancient Roman house—and its antiquities collection provide a unique environment to experience modern art in relation to the classical past.

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