Event Calendar
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Readings and Book Signings
Japanese American National Museum
Hammer Museum
Museum of Latin American Art
Autry National Center
Huntington Library
Los Angeles Public Library
MAK Center for Art & Architecture
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
March 17, 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.

Getty Center
Architecture Tour
Tuesdays - Thursdays and Sundays through June 30, 2009
10:15 am, 11 am, 1 pm, 2 pm, 3 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 December 31, 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.

Focus Tour: Medieval and Renaissance Art
Tuesdays through December 31, 2009
3 pm
Museum Galleries, Getty Center

Enjoy a one-hour tour focusing on the Getty's Medieval and Renaissance collections by exploring the art and culture of these related and distinctive historic periods. Meet at the Museum Information Desk.

Masterpiece of the Week Talk
Daily through March 22, 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 The Story of the Emperor of China series by Beauvais Tapestry Manufactory after designs by Guy-Louis Vernansal. Meet the gallery teacher at the Museum Information Desk.

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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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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German and Central European Manuscript Illumination
Daily through May 24, 2009

North Pavilion, Plaza Level, Getty Center

Highlighting masterworks from the Ottonian, Romanesque, and Gothic periods, this exhibition features manuscripts and leaves from the Museum's holdings of German and Central European illumination. Illustrating the artistic achievement of one of the greatest epochs of German and Central European art, the selection shows how manuscript illumination continued to flourish, even after the invention of the printed book in the 1400s.

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In Focus: The Portrait
In Focus: The Portrait
Daily through June 14, 2009

West Pavilion, Terrace Level, Getty Center

Since its invention, photography has forged a revolution in documentary evidence and artistic representation, especially in the realm of portraiture. A more democratic, inexpensive medium than most traditional artistic media, photography made portraits available to a wider public. This exhibition, drawn exclusively from the Getty Museum's collection, presents the evolution of the genre from commissioned portraits to intimate views as well as those reflecting social concerns. Works by such photographers as Félix Nadar, Edward Steichen, Walker Evans, and Nan Goldin are included.

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

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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Tales in Sprinkled Gold
Tales in Sprinkled Gold: Japanese Lacquer for European Collectors
Daily through May 24, 2009

North Pavilion, Plaza Level, Getty Center

The Mazarin Chest and the Van Diemen Box (now in the collection of Japanese art at London's Victoria and Albert Museum) were made in about 1635 for European patrons. These beautiful and important examples of Japanese export lacquer are the centerpieces of this exhibition, which also includes a selection of lacquer objects that provide history and context. Tales in Sprinkled Gold marks the completion of an international research and conservation project on the Mazarin Chest that was funded by a major grant from the Getty Foundation.

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Interjections: Lucian Freud Still Life
Daily through April 5, 2009

Getty Center

This installation represents the third installment of the Museum's Interjections series, in which a loaned contemporary work of art is added to the Museum's galleries, enlivening the permanent collection. Freud's Still Life with Aloe is a generous 12-week loan from a private collection.

March 17, 2009
The Getty Villa is closed to the general public on this date.