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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
February 9, 2011
Courses and Demonstrations
Photography Workshop: Hand-Colored Photographs
Wednesday February 9, 2011
10:30 am - 5 pm
Museum Studios, Getty Center


Join photographer Luther Gerlach and create hand-colored photographs based on 19th-century practice. Participants learn about period cameras, wet-plate collodion negatives, albumen and salt prints as well as apply historic and contemporary hand-coloring techniques to produce a final print. Complements the exhibitions Felice Beato: A Photographer on the Eastern Road and Photography from the New China. Course fee $135 (includes materials and lunch). Open to 25 participants.

Repeats Wednesday, March 16, 2011.


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.

Focus Tour: Baroque and Rococo Art
Wednesdays
3 pm
Museum Galleries, Getty Center


Enjoy a one-hour tour focusing on the Getty's Baroque and Rococo collections by exploring the art and culture of these related and distinctive historic periods of the 17th and 18th centuries. Meet the educator at the Museum Information Desk.

East to West: Global Perspectives
Daily through May 8, 2011
1:30 pm
Museum Galleries, Getty Center


You don't need to pack your bags to take this tour: travel to China and beyond in this one-hour exploration of perceptions and images of the East. Meet the educator at the Museum Information Desk.

Masterpiece of the Week Talk
Daily through February 13, 2011
4 pm
Museum Galleries, Getty Center


Freeway or waterway—which way to the Grand Canal? Postpone your trip down the 405 freeway for a 15-minute look at Canaletto's The Grand Canal in Venice from Palazzo Flangini to Campo San Marcuola. 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.

Exhibition Tour: Obsidian Mirror-Travels: Refracting Ancient Mexican Art and Archaeology
Wednesday February 9, 2011
2 pm
Research Institute Exhibition Gallery, Getty Center


Enjoy a special curator-led overview of the exhibition. Free; no reservations required. Meet in the Getty Research Institute Exhibition Gallery.

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Exhibitions
La Roldana's Saint Gines
La Roldana's Saint Ginés: The Making of a Polychrome Sculpture
Daily

South Pavilion, Plaza Level, Getty Center


Luisa Roldán (Spanish, 1650–1704), affectionately known as La Roldana, was one of the most celebrated and prolific sculptors of the Baroque period. This intimate exhibition introduces visitors to La Roldana, whose artistic superiority catapulted her to fame at the royal court in an otherwise male-dominated profession. She ran a workshop, worked for the king, raised a family, and was a celebrity in her own day. With her polychrome sculpture of Saint Ginés de la Jara from the Getty Museum's collection as a focal point, this exhibition explores the artist's life, artistic achievement, and the multifaceted process used to create masterfully lifelike polychrome sculpture.

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Obsidian Mirror-Travels
Obsidian Mirror-Travels: Refracting Ancient Mexican Art and Archaeology
Daily through March 27, 2011

Research Institute Exhibition Gallery, Getty Center


This exhibition explores representations of Mexican archaeological objects and sites made from the Colonial era to the present. Featuring images of ancient Maya and Aztec ruins by archaeologist explorers such as John Lloyd Stephens, Desiré Charnay, and Augustus and Alice Le Plongeon, the exhibition showcases depictions of the Aztec Calendar Stone and other Mexican antiquities as well as panoramic visions of Mexico—all in the context of the Spanish conquest, the 19th-century French intervention in Mexico, and the lengthy presidency of Porfirio Díaz (1876–1910). Some of the works exhibited are accurate, while others are fanciful; each portrays a distinct vision of Mexico.

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Felice Beato: A Photographer on the Eastern Road
Felice Beato: A Photographer on the Eastern Road
Daily through April 24, 2011

West Pavilion, Terrace Level, Getty Center


Felice Beato (British, born Venice, 1832–1909) had a long and varied photography career, and of his contemporaries, covered one of the widest geographical areas—from the Middle East to Southeast Asia. Establishing premier photographic studios in Yokohama, Japan, and Mandalay, Burma, he produced topographical and architectural views, portraits and studies of local life intended for Western audiences. A pioneer of war photography, he covered the Crimean War in 1856 and documented the aftermath of the Indian Mutiny in 1858 as well as chronicling the Second Opium War in China in 1860 and the American forces in Korea in 1871. The Museum's 2007 acquisition of more than 800 Beato photographs is the impetus and foundation for this exhibition—the first devoted to his <i>oeuvre</i>—represented through a selection of about 130 works.

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Photography from the New China
Photography from the New China
Daily through April 24, 2011

West Pavilion, Terrace Level, Getty Center


Providing a contrast to the nineteenth-century views of China and other parts of East Asia by Felice Beato presented concurrently in the Center for Photographs, this exhibition offers a cross section of Chinese photographs produced since People's Republic leader Deng Xiaoping introduced the current period of Opening and Reform. Highlighting the Getty's recent acquisition of photographs by Hai Bo, Liu Zheng, Song Yongping, Rong Rong, and Wang Qingsong, the show features some of the dominant styles in recent Chinese work, including performance for the camera, the incorporation of family photographs, and an emphasis on the body. Supplemented by loans of work by Huang Yan, Qiu Zhijie, and Zhang Huan, the exhibition explores such themes as prerevolutionary Chinese literati, vestiges of the Cultural Revolution, and the newly rampant consumerism.

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Secret Life of Drawings
The Secret Life of Drawings
Daily through February 13, 2011

West Pavilion, Plaza Level, Getty Center


Through a focused selection of about thirty sheets, this exhibition illuminates not only how drawings in the Getty's collection were made, but how they have been studied and cared for over time. While much is known about paintings conservation, this exhibition looks at restoration techniques for works on paper, comparing old techniques with modern ones. Stories will be shared about how the Getty's paper conservators work—repairing tears and holes, removing stains and mold, and reversing the process that turns lead white pigment black. The exhibition also reveals other discoveries, such as hidden watermarks, previously unknown <i>versos</i>, and the practice of cutting and/or reassembling drawings.

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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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In Focus: The Tree
In Focus: The Tree
Daily through July 3, 2011

West Pavilion, Terrace Level, Getty Center


Since the origins of photography in the nineteenth century, the tree has remained a popular subject for photographers. Through the works of artists such as Gustave Le Gray, Carleton Watkins, EugŹne Atget, Alfred Stieglitz, Paul Strand, Eliot Porter, William Eggleston, Simryn Gill, and Myoung Ho Lee, this exhibition spans the history of photography to address the image of the tree in its many connotations: as a graphic form, a universal icon of strength, and a symbol of the beauty of nature.

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Brush & Shutter: Early Photography in China
Brush and Shutter: Early Photography in China
Daily through May 1, 2011

West Pavilion, Plaza Level, Getty Center


Brought to Asia by Europeans in the early 1840s, photography was both a witness to the dramatic cultural changes taking place in China and a catalyst to further modernization. Employing both ink brush and camera, Chinese painters adapted the new medium, grafting it onto traditional aesthetic conventions. Brush and Shutter: Early Photography in China includes images ranging from an 1859 portrait of a Chinese family made near Shanghai to glass slides of revolutionary soldiers created in 1911 in Shanxi province. The exhibition features works by largely unknown Chinese photographers, hand-painted photographs, expansive panoramas, and rare gouache and oil paintings made for export.

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February 9, 2011
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 daily life in an ancient Roman villa through the Museum's architecture in this 40-minute tour. Meet at the Tour Meeting Place outside the Museum Entrance.

Spotlight Talk: Agrigento Youth
Daily through February 27, 2011
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 Villa galleries. The featured object this month is the Agrigento Youth, from about 480 B.C. The piece is on loan from the Museo Archeologico Regionale di Agrigento. Sign-up begins 15 minutes before the talk at the Tour Meeting Place.

Lansdowne Herakles
Collection Highlights Tour
Weekdays
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.

Focus Tour: Women and Children in the Ancient World
Wednesday February 9, 2011
3 pm
Museum Galleries, Getty Villa


From elaborate jewelry and wedding gifts to scenes of school boys learning to play the harp, this hour-long tour focuses on works of art that give us a glimpse into the lives of women and children in the ancient world. Tour topic subject to change. Sign-up begins 15 minutes before the tour at the Tour Meeting Place.

Exhibitions
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.

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.

The Agrigento Youth
The Agrigento Youth
Daily through April 19, 2011

Museum, Floor 2, Getty Villa


The Agrigento Youth, an important work from the Museo Archeologico Regional in Agrigento, Sicily, is on loan to the Getty Museum and will be on view through April 19, 2011.

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