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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
March 5, 2011
Lectures and Conferences
Ancient Cambodian Bronzes: History, Ritual, and Relevance
Saturday March 5, 2011
1 pm - 6 pm
Museum Lecture Hall, Getty Center


Leading scholars of Cambodian art and culture present and discuss the historical, religious, and contemporary contexts of ancient Cambodian bronze sculpture. Complements the exhibition Gods of Angkor: Bronzes from the National Museum of Cambodia. Co-organized by the University of California, Los Angeles's Center for Southeast Asian Studies and the J. Paul Getty Museum.

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Performances and Films
Sounds of L.A: Halau Keali'i O Nalani
Saturday March 5, 2011
7 pm
Harold M. Williams Auditorium, Getty Center


Under the direction of kumu hula (hula master) Keali'i Ceballos, west Los Angeles-based Hula Halau o Keali'i o Nalani is celebrated for its vibrant warmth and lyricism. Marking its 20th anniversary, the halau will close Sounds of L.A. 2011 with a special program exploring the interconnectedness of music and dance from ancient hula kahiko to modern hula 'auana. Free; reservations required.

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Courses and Demonstrations
Resolution Revolution: Photography in China from Confucianism to Communism to Capitalism
Saturday March 5, 2011
10:30 am - 2:30 pm
GRI Lecture Hall, Getty Center


Learn how contemporary Chinese artists are using the photographic medium to express unrest, confusion, and to critique their society and culture as China positions itself to become the next superpower. Educator Jennifer S. Li leads this course that looks closer at Photography from the New China, comparing the works in that exhibition from selected historical images from Felice Beato: Photographer on the Eastern Road. Course fee $20. Open to 30 participants.


Family Activities
Family Art Stops
Weekends through May 22, 2011
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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Family Drawing Hour: Our Natural World
Saturday March 5, 2011
3:30 pm
Museum Galleries, Getty Center


Explore how artists illustrate nature in the Getty's collection, and then try your hand at drawing outdoors in the Central Garden! The program is geared for families with children ages 7 and up, but anyone can participate. Space is limited. Sign-up begins at 3:00 p.m. at the Museum Information Desk.

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: Modern and Contemporary Art
Saturdays through December 14, 2015
3 pm
Museum Galleries, Getty Center


Enjoy a one-hour tour focusing on modern and contemporary works at the Getty Museum by exploring the art and culture of the late 19th, 20th, and 21st 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 March 6, 2011
4 pm
Museum Galleries, Getty Center


In this 15-minute gallery talk, find out why Francis Harwood's Bust of a Man—one of the earliest European sculptures depicting a black man—remains unidentified. 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.

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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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, Eug¸ne 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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Stories to Watch: Narratives in Medieval Manuscripts
Stories to Watch: Narrative in Medieval Manuscripts
Daily through May 15, 2011

North Pavilion, Plaza Level, Getty Center


The illuminators of medieval manuscripts found creative solutions for telling stories through pictures. A sequence of illustrations was often linked on a page, or several parts of a tale were incorporated in a single image. This exhibition displays twenty-one books and leaves with narrative illuminations from different periods and regions, presenting a fascinating variety of pictorial storytelling.

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Gods of Angkor: Bronzes from the National Museum of Cambodia
Gods of Angkor: Bronzes from the National Museum of Cambodia
Daily through August 14, 2011

North Pavilion, Plaza Level, Getty Center


Cambodia is renowned for the extraordinary art produced during the Angkor period of the Khmer empire, between the ninth and the fifteenth centuries, when sculptors mastered the art of bronze casting and created profound images of Hindu and Buddhist divinities. A focused exhibition of loans from the National Museum of Cambodia in Phnom Penh, Gods of Angkor includes some of the finest Cambodian bronzes in existence as well as a small group of bronzes from the pre-Angkor period and some recently excavated works. It also celebrates the establishment of a bronze conservation studio at the National Museum of Cambodia and that institution's role in conserving Cambodia's cultural heritage.

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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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March 5, 2011
Courses and Demonstrations
Artist-at-Work Demonstration: Mosaics
Weekends through March 6, 2011
11 am, 3 pm
Education Studio, Getty Villa


Mosaic artist Lillian Sizemore demonstrates ancient techniques of making mosaics. This is a free, drop-in program.

Drawing from Antiquity
Saturdays through March 26, 2011
10 am - 1 pm
Museum Galleries, Getty Villa


Join fellow novice and professional artists in Drawing from Antiquity, featuring a different theme every month. Artist Jaime Ursic guides a lesson and critique on the first and fourth Saturdays; participants work independently on remaining Saturdays. March's theme is figures. Course fee $65. Open to 40 participants.

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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 program 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 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: Storage Jar with the Blinding of Polyphemus
Daily through March 31, 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 a Storage Jar with the Blinding of Polyphemus, from about 650–625 B.C. Sign-up begins 15 minutes before the talk at the Tour Meeting Place.

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.

Focus Tour: Life in a Roman Villa
Saturday March 5, 2011
3 pm
Museum Galleries, Getty Villa


In this hour-long tour, imagine the Museum as an ancient Roman Villa and discover works of arts that were essential to daily life in such opulent residences. Tour topic 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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Apollo from Pompeii
Apollo from Pompeii: Investigating an Ancient Bronze
Daily through September 12, 2011

Museum, Floor 2, Getty Villa


Buried during the eruption of Mount Vesuvius in A.D. 79, the Apollo Saettante (Apollo as an Archer) was unearthed in pieces between 1817 and 1818. Depicting the god in the act of shooting an arrow, the statue was one of the first major bronzes to be found at Pompeii. As part of the J. Paul Getty Museum's collaboration with the National Archaeological Museum in Naples, the sculpture was brought to the Getty Villa for study and conservation treatment in 2009. This exhibition offers a behind-the-scenes look at that project, revealing how the statue was manufactured in antiquity as well as the methods and materials used to restore it in nineteenth-century Naples.

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In Search of Biblical Lands
In Search of Biblical Lands: From Jerusalem to Jordan in Nineteenth-century Photography
Daily through September 12, 2011

Museum, Floor 2, Getty Villa


In the 1800s travelers came to the eastern margins of the Mediterranean and encountered a landscape of belief, at once forbidding and monotonous. Propelled by a connection to the Old and New Testaments of the Bible and encouraged by texts recently discovered in Egypt and Assyria, explorers, excavators, and entrepreneurs came to photograph places hitherto only imagined. This exhibition presents images of the region known variously as Palestine, western Syria, the Transjordan Plateau, and the Holy Land. Subjects range from architectural sites and strata to evocative geography and scenes of pastoral life.

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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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