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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
Los Angeles Public Library
MAK Center for Art & Architecture
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
April 3, 2012
Performances and Films
Fred Zinnemann's The Seventh Cross (1944)
Tuesday April 3, 2012
7 pm
Harold M. Williams Auditorium, Getty Center

One of four films by director Fred Zinnemann screening at the Getty Center this April, The Seventh Cross follows a former German communist's escape from a concentration camp in prewar Nazi Germany. A conversation with actress Marsha Hunt and Zinnemann scholars Jan-Christopher Horak and Jennifer Smyth follows the screening. (MGM; 35 mm, 110 min. From the collection of the George Eastman House.)

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Family Activities
Family Art Stops
Tuesdays - Fridays through April 13, 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
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.

Focus Tour: Medieval and Renaissance Art
3 pm
Museum Galleries, Getty Center

Enjoy a one-hour tour focusing on the Museum's medieval and Renaissance collections by exploring the art and culture of these related and distinctive historic periods. The tour may spotlight the current manuscripts exhibition. Meet the educator at the Museum Information Desk.Meet the educator at the Museum Information Desk.

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Architecture Tour
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
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.

Famous Faces: Celebrity Portraits
Tuesdays - Fridays through April 6, 2012
1:30 pm
Museum Galleries, Getty Center

Examine the portrayal of identity, lifestyles, and celebrity culture in paintings, drawings, and sculptures. Meet the educator at the Museum Information Desk.

Curator's Gallery Talk
Tuesday April 3, 2012
2:30 pm
Museum Galleries, Getty Center

Lee Hendrix, senior curator of Drawings, the J. Paul Getty Museum, leads a gallery talk on the exhibition Renaissance Drawings from Germany and Switzerland 1470–1600. Meet under the stairs in the Museum Entrance Hall.

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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The  Life of Art
The Life of Art: Context, Collecting, and Display

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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German Renaissance Drawings
Renaissance Drawings from Germany and Switzerland, 1470–1600
Daily through June 17, 2012

West Pavilion, Plaza Level, Getty Center

The period of 1470–1600 represents one of the high points in German art, spanning the careers of artists such as Martin Schongauer, Albrecht Dürer, Lucas Cranach the Elder, and Hans Holbein the Younger. Because different styles of drawing developed in the various regions of present-day Germany and Switzerland, this exhibition of works from the Getty Museum's permanent collection is organized by region—the Middle and Upper Rhine, Switzerland, Nuremberg, and Saxony. The exhibition explores the drawings' wide range of functions and captivating subject matter, including mercenary soldiers and scenes of courtly love. It also presents important new scholarship in the field that has been accomplished during the past decades.

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Portraits of Renown
Portraits of Renown: Photography and the Cult of Celebrity
Daily through August 26, 2012

West Pavilion, Terrace Level, Getty Center

Photography's remarkable propensity to shape visual identities has made it the leading vehicle for representing the famous. Soon after photography was invented in the 1830s, it was used to capture the likenesses and accomplishments of great men and women, gradually supplanting other forms of commemoration. In the twentieth century, the proliferation of photography and the transformative power of fame have helped to accelerate the desire for photographs of celebrities in magazines, newspapers, advertisements, and on the Internet. Drawn from the J. Paul Getty Museum's collection, the exhibition surveys some of the visual strategies used by photographers to picture the famous from the 1840s to the year 2000.

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Herb Ritts: L.A. Style
Herb Ritts: L.A. Style
Daily through August 26, 2012

West Pavilion, Lower Level, Getty Center

Herb Ritts (American, 1952–2002) was a Los Angeles-based photographer who established an international reputation for his distinctive photographs of fashion models, nudes, and celebrities. From the late 1970s until his untimely death from AIDS in 2002, Ritts's ability to create photographs that successfully bridged the gap between art and commerce was not only a testament to the power of his imagination and technical skill but also marked the synergy between art, popular culture, and business that followed in the wake of the Pop Art movement of the 1960s and 1970s. This exhibition features a selection of Ritts's vintage prints, magazine covers, Polaroids, and commercial video projects.

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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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April 3, 2012
The Getty Villa is closed to the general public on this date.