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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
May 8, 2011
Courses and Demonstrations
Mothers and Children
Sunday May 8, 2011
2 pm - 5 pm
GRI Lecture Hall, Getty Center


Celebrate Mother's Day 2011 at the Getty Center! Explore the depiction of mothers and children in works of art with educators Zhenya Gershman and Robin Trento. This unique afternoon includes a slide lecture, tea conversation, and gallery viewing. Course fee $30 (includes tea). Open to 100 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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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: Sculpture Discovery Walk
Sundays
3 pm
Museum Galleries, Getty Center


Enjoy a one-hour tour focusing on the Getty's collection of sculpture by exploring works from European history and the recent past. 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 May 8, 2011
4 pm
Museum Galleries, Getty Center


Need a relaxing break? Slow down and reflect on Nicolas Poussin's Landscape with a Calm in this 15-minute gallery talk. 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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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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Spirit of An Age: Drawings from the Germanic World
Spirit of an Age: Drawings from the Germanic World, 1770–1900
Daily through June 19, 2011

West Pavilion, Plaza Level, Getty Center


Unveiling recent acquisitions that reflect a new area of the Museum's collection, this exhibition features about 40 German and Austrian drawings and watercolors. The works reflect the profound changes—intellectual, social, and political—that the Germanic world underwent from about 1770 to 1900. Events such as the publication of the writings of Johann Wolfgang von Goethe and the formal unification of Germany contributed to shaping the artist's world. Drawing captured the spirit of the age and evolved quite dramatically over the course of this period, which is rarely showcased by North American museums.

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Paris: Life & Luxury
Paris: Life & Luxury
Daily through August 7, 2011

Exhibitions Pavilion, Getty Center


Evoking the elegant, prosperous world of Rococo Paris, this major, international loan exhibition brings to life activities that took place inside a Parisian town house over the course of a typical day—from dressing and letter writing to dining, music, and other evening entertainments. Paris: Life and Luxury unites prime examples of the extraordinary creative virtuosity of the period's great artists and craftsmen, including furniture, fashion, silver, paintings, sculpture, musical instruments, clocks, and books. Rarely shown together, these objects literally and figuratively open up, allowing their functions and the parts they played in the fine art of eighteenth-century Parisian living to be understood by contemporary visitors.

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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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May 8, 2011
Courses and Demonstrations
Drawing from Antiquity
Sunday May 8, 2011
11 am - 12 pm
Museum Galleries, Getty Villa


Get a hands-on opportunity to sketch from ancient works of art or the Villa gardens in this one-hour course. Artist Jaime Ursic guides an informal lesson, experimenting with different materials in the gallery and the studio. Supplies are provided, and all skill levels are welcome. This program is free; open to 25 participants. Sign-up begins 15 minutes before the start of the program at the Tour Meeting Place.

Handling Sessions: Painting Portraits
Weekends through May 22, 2011
11:30 am - 12:30 pm
Reading Room, Getty Villa


This drop-in program is a multisensory exploration of what it means to paint a likeness in ancient times. Discover the step-by-step process of creating mummy portraits in the Museum's collection by touching demonstration objects that reveal otherwise hidden techniques. Then handle the surprising tools and materials that artists used, which ranged from gold leaf and honey to rabbit-skin glue. Come to a Handling Session today and youÕll never see a painting the same again!

Drawing from Antiquity
Sunday May 8, 2011
1:30 pm - 2:30 pm
Museum Galleries, Getty Villa


Get a hands-on opportunity to sketch from ancient works of art or the Villa gardens in this one-hour course. Artist Jaime Ursic guides an informal lesson, experimenting with different materials in the gallery and the studio. Supplies are provided, and all skill levels are welcome. This program is free; open to 25 participants. Sign-up begins 15 minutes before the start of the program at the Tour Meeting Place.

Handling Sessions: Painting Portraits
Weekends through May 22, 2011
3:30 pm - 4:30 pm
Reading Room, Getty Villa


This drop-in program is a multisensory exploration of what it means to paint a likeness in ancient times. Discover the step-by-step process of creating mummy portraits in the Museum's collection by touching demonstration objects that reveal otherwise hidden techniques. Then handle the surprising tools and materials that artists used, which ranged from gold leaf and honey to rabbit-skin glue. Come to a Handling Session today and youÕll never see a painting the same again!

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 tour 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.

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.

Spotlight Talk: Bust of Commodus
Daily through May 29, 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 Bust of the Roman Emperor Commodus, from about A.D. 180–185. Sign-up begins 15 minutes before the talk at the Tour Meeting Place.

Focus Tour: Death and the Afterlife in the Ancient World
Sunday May 8, 2011
3 pm
Museum Galleries, Getty Villa


In this one-hour tour, explore the funerary beliefs of ancient Greece, Rome and Egypt. Learn about the ways people prepared for the afterlife through the burial monuments and grave goods that were left behind. 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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