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Free Hours at L.A. Museums (PDF, 269 KB)
Art Platform – Los Angeles
A + D Museum
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 23, 2013
Performances and Films
Saturday Nights at the Getty: Armenian Public Radio
Saturday February 23, 2013
7:30 pm
Harold M. Williams Auditorium, Getty Center


Armenian Public Radio breathes new life into traditional Armenian songs by weaving a blend of blues and American folk-lead riffs with Anatolian rhythms and silver vocal lines. Influenced by the Beatles, Pearl Jam, Alice in Chains, and Simon and Garfunkel, the trio polishes away the grit from village songs and reinterprets them with modern sensibilities.

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Courses and Demonstrations
Art Circles
Saturday February 23, 2013
6 pm - 8 pm
Museum Galleries, Getty Center


Enrich your Saturday nights. Join an open-ended discussion in the galleries to heighten your appreciation and understanding of the visual arts by exploring one masterpiece with an educator. The chosen work of art changes every session, making each visit a new experience. Course fee $10 per session (includes a sandwich voucher; parking not included). Open to 26 participants. Meet at the Information Desk for course introduction.


Family Activities
Family Art Stops
Saturdays through June 29, 2013
2:30 pm, 3 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


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

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.

Halberdier / Pontormo
Collection Highlights Tour
Daily through April 13, 2013
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 Museum Information Desk.

Exhibitions
The  Life of Art
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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The Photographs of Ray K. Metzker
The Photographs of Ray K. Metzker and the Institute of Design
Daily through February 24, 2013

West Pavilion, Lower Level, Getty Center


Ray K. Metzker (American, born 1931) is one of the most innovative photographers of the last half-century. Utilizing experimental techniques such as high-contrast printing, multiple exposure, and composite images, he creates photographs that strike a unique balance between formal elegance, technical precision, and a deep human regard for the objective world. A graduate of Chicago’s Bauhaus-inspired Institute of Design, Metzker studied with renowned photographers Harry Callahan (American, 1912–1999) and Aaron Siskind (American, 1903–1991). An introduction to the climate of intense photographic experimentation fostered by teachers and emulated by students at the school accompanies this overview of Metzker’s career. The Photographs of Ray K. Metzker and the Institute of Design was organized in collaboration with The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art in Kansas City, Missouri. The J. Paul Getty Museum has added photographs from its own collection and other key loans.

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In Focus: Robert Mapplethorpe
In Focus: Robert Mapplethorpe
Daily through March 24, 2013

West Pavilion, Lower Level, Getty Center


A tastemaker and provocateur, Robert Mapplethorpe (American, 1946–1989) ranks as one of the great photographers of the second half of the twentieth century. His highly stylized explorations of gender, race, and sexuality became hallmarks of the period and exerted a powerful influence on his contemporaries. Arranged chronologically, this one-gallery exhibition presents works—from his early mixed-media objects to his photographic portraits, nudes, and still lifes—that were jointly acquired in 2011 by the Getty Museum and the Los Angeles County Museum of Art from the Robert Mapplethorpe Foundation, New York City.

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Farewell to Surrealism
Farewell to Surrealism: The Dyn Circle in Mexico
Daily through April 14, 2013

Research Institute Exhibition Gallery, Getty Center


In the 1940s, an international circle of writers and artists from Europe, Latin America, and North America came together in Mexico City and created the unique journal Dyn. Many of them—including the journal's founder and primary editor, Wolfgang Paalen—had been part of Andre Breton's Parisian surrealist circle in the 1930s, before taking refuge in Mexico during World War II. This group shared a passion for the pre-Columbian past of the Americas, and their immersion in its artifacts transformed their art. Dyn is a record of their ideas and the art they made, an art that had ramifications far beyond Mexico City.

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Vermeer's Woman Reading a Letter
Johannes Vermeer, Woman in Blue Reading a Letter
Daily through March 31, 2013

Museum Galleries, Getty Center


One of Johannes Vermeer's most exquisitely nuanced paintings, Woman in Blue Reading a Letter (about 1663–64), is on view at the Getty Center as a special loan from Amsterdam's Rijksmuseum. Standing alone, a young woman reads a letter with rapt attention, bathed in soft morning light that captures a delicate array of blues within the interior. The painting serves as an ambassador for the Rijksmuseum, which reopens on April 13, 2013, after a ten-year renovation.

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Drama and Devotion: Heemskerck's 'Ecce Homo' Altarpiece from Warsaw 	  Drama and Devotion: Heemskerck's Ecce Homo Altarpiece from Warsaw
Drama and Devotion: Heemskerck's Ecce Homo Altarpiece from Warsaw
Daily through April 7, 2013

Museum Galleries, Getty Center


One of the most admired Netherlandish painters of the sixteenth century, Maerten van Heemskerck (1498–1574) worked in an expressive style influenced by his exposure to the work of contemporary Italian painters, particularly Michelangelo. His dramatic Ecce Homo (1544) altarpiece from the National Museum in Warsaw, Poland, on view to the public for the first time following conservation and study at the Getty Museum, offers a rare opportunity to experience a complete triptych by this Renaissance master. The exhibition provides insight into Heemskerck's materials and expedient technique and elaborates on the original location of the altarpiece in Dordrecht. Supported by the Getty Museum Paintings Conservation Council, this event also marks the 150th anniversary of the National Museum.

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February 23, 2013
Lectures and Conferences
Leisure, Commerce, and Tragedy in the Villa of Oplontis near Pompeii
Saturday February 23, 2013
2 pm
Auditorium, Getty Villa


Archaeologists excavating at the ancient site of Oplontis have discovered two enormous Roman villas: one is a luxury residence for the super-rich, the other a commercial center with wine-bottling facilities where 54 human skeletons were found. John R. Clarke, director of the Oplontis Project, explores the finds from the site and demonstrates a three-dimensional model of the luxury villa. Free; a ticket is required.

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Courses and Demonstrations
Artist-at-Work Demonstration: Music and Instrumentation
Weekends through February 24, 2013
11 am - 12 pm
Education Court, Getty Villa


Join Musicàntica for a hands-on demonstration of folk instruments and music that carry on the ancient oral traditions of the Mediterranean. Learn how to make and play modern versions of ancient instruments, such as the aulos (reed pipe). This is a free, drop-in program.

Artist-at-Work Demonstration: Music and Instrumentation
Weekends through February 24, 2013
2 pm - 3 pm
Education Court, Getty Villa


Join Musicàntica for a hands-on demonstration of folk instruments and music that carry on the ancient oral traditions of the Mediterranean. Learn how to make and play modern versions of ancient instruments, such as the aulos (reed pipe). This is a free, drop-in program.

Family Activities
Art Odyssey for Families
Saturdays through April 27, 2013
11 am
Museum Galleries, Getty Villa


Enjoy a fun-filled 30 minute journey through the galleries. For children (ages 5 and up) with adults. Space is limited. Sign-up begins 15 minutes before the program at the Tour Meeting Place.

Tours and Gallery Talks
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.

Garden Tour
Saturdays
10:30 am, 11:30 am, 12:30 pm, 1:30 pm, 3:30 pm
Museum Galleries, 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.

Collection Highlights Tour
Weekends through March 31, 2013
1 pm
Museum Galleries, Getty Villa


This one-hour 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.

Tea by the Sea
Saturdays through December 26, 2015
1 pm - 3 pm
Getty Villa


Enjoy Tea by the Sea, a special dining experience inspired by the Mediterranean herbs, vegetables, and fruits that grow at the Villa. Feast on a Mediterranean-inspired menu of sweet and savory sandwiches and pastries, along with fruits, cheeses, and a varied selection of teas. After tea, you can tour the Villa's authentically re-created first-century Roman gardens with knowledgeable docents, then spend the rest of the afternoon savoring the Villa's exhibitions and permanent collection. $36 per person.

Please reserve in advance. Call (800)369-3059 or email us at BonAppetitReservations@getty.edu.

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Culinary Garden Tour
Saturdays through March 30, 2013
2:30 pm
Getty Villa


Enjoy a 30-minute food-themed tour of the Getty Villa's gardens as you explore the plants, herbs, and fruits used for cooking in antiquity. Meet at the Tour Meeting Place outside the Museum Entrance.

Restaurant Events
Tea by the Sea
Saturdays through December 26, 2015
1 pm - 3 pm
Getty Villa


Enjoy Tea by the Sea, a special dining experience inspired by the Mediterranean herbs, vegetables, and fruits that grow at the Villa. Feast on a Mediterranean-inspired menu of sweet and savory sandwiches and pastries, along with fruits, cheeses, and a varied selection of teas. After tea, you can tour the Villa's authentically re-created first-century Roman gardens with knowledgeable docents, then spend the rest of the afternoon savoring the Villa's exhibitions and permanent collection. $36 per person.

Please reserve in advance. Call (800)369-3059 or email us at BonAppetitReservations@getty.edu.

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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 through February 26, 2013

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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Lion attacking a Horse from the Capitoline Museums, Rome
Lion Attacking a Horse from the Capitoline Museums, Rome
Daily through May 6, 2013

Museum, Floor 1, Getty Villa


Among the most storied works of art to survive from antiquity, the spectacular Lion Attacking a Horse was created in the era of Alexander the Great. A trophy of war in imperial Rome, then a symbol of justice in the medieval city, this image of savage animal combat was admired by Michelangelo and inspired generations of artists. On the Capitoline Hill, its presence heralded the Renaissance spirit, laying the foundation for the world’s first public art collection. The extraordinary loan of this recently conserved marble group, presented in a special installation at the Getty Villa, signals a new partnership between the J. Paul Getty Museum and the civic museums of Rome.

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Relief with Antiochos and Herakles
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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