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May 18, 2006
Courses and Demonstrations
Ensor gallery course
Love, Death, and Anarchy: The Many Faces of James Ensor (Gallery Course)
Thursday May 18, 2006
3 pm
Museum Galleries, Getty Center


Join Louis Marchesano, curator, the Getty Research Institute, and Zhenya Gershman, artist and educator, the J. Paul Getty Museum, for this two-part gallery course exploring paintings and prints by James Ensor. Lectures and gallery discussions examine Ensor's techniques; the historical, cultural, and biographical contexts of his work; and possible interpretations of his grotesque, strident, politically provocative images. Complements the exhibition Ensor's Graphic Modernism. Course fee $20; open to 30 participants.
Part One: May 11, 3:00–5:00pm
Part Two: May 18, 3:00–5:00pm

Tours and Gallery Talks
Getty Center
Architecture Tour
Daily through May 25, 2006
10:15 am, 11 am, 1 pm, 2 pm, 3 pm
Museum Entrance Hall, Getty Center


This is a 45-minute tour of the architecture and Richard Meier's design of the Getty Center. Meet the docent outside at the bench under the sycamore trees near the front entrance of the Museum.

Halberdier / Pontormo
Collection Highlights Tour
Daily through May 25, 2006
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 Information Desk in the Museum Entrance Hall.

Central Garden
Garden Tour
Daily through June 30, 2007
11:30 am, 12:30 pm, 2:30 pm, 3:30 pm
Central Garden, 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.

Collector's Gallery Talk
Thursday May 18, 2006
1:30 pm
Museum Galleries, Getty Center


Tom Firman, collector, leads a gallery talk on the exhibition Ensor's Graphic Modernism. Meet under the stairs in the Museum Entrance Hall.

Miss Lala / Degas
Exhibition Tour
Daily through June 11, 2006
1:30 pm
Museum Galleries, Getty Center


A special one-hour exhibition overview of Degas at the Getty. Meet at the Information Desk in the Museum Entrance Hall.

Focus Tour: Romanticism to Realism
Thursdays through June 28, 2007
3 pm
Museum Galleries, Getty Center


Enjoy a one-hour tour exploring two contradictory movements in art that developed in the 19th century, when new ideas about the psychological nature of visual art and a social awareness stirred the imaginations of artists working in Europe. Meet at the Museum Information Desk.

Dance Before a Fountain / Lancret
Masterpiece of the Week Talk
Daily through May 21, 2006
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 Dance Before a Fountain by Nicolas Lancret. Meet at the Information Desk in the Museum Entrance Hall.

Current Exhibitions
Burning Oil Sludge / Adams
Robert Adams: Landscapes of Harmony and Dissonance
Daily through May 28, 2006

West Pavilion, Plaza Level, Getty Center


Robert Adams (American, born 1937) has photographed the landscape of the American West for more than forty years, particularly in California, Colorado and Oregon. His vision is inspired on the one hand by his joy in its inherent natural beauty and on the other hand by his dismay at its exploitation and degradation. Adams uses photography to express his love for the landscape and to understand how urban and industrial growth have changed it, all the while insisting that beauty in the world has not been entirely eclipsed. He observes with unblinking but tender simplicity the whole geography, including recent development, and asks us through his photographs to consider where we live and how we relate to our environment. This exhibition features 68 photographs drawn from the Getty Museum's strong holding of more than one hundred prints by Adams, augmented by loans from other sources.

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A Renaissance Cabinet Rediscovered
A Renaissance Cabinet Rediscovered
Daily through December 28, 2008

South Pavilion, Plaza Level, Getty Center


This exhibition traces the study of one Getty object to determine its date and place of manufacture. The cabinet, acquired in 1971, had since the 1980s been believed to be a pastiche if not an outright fake. However, documentary research and technical analysis undertaken by experts at the Getty revealed that the cabinet, rather than being a compromised object, is one of the most important pieces of French Renaissance furniture in the United States. This case study of the research into the authenticity of the cabinet presents the results of scientific and visual analyses of the object, studies of related materials, archival research, and other evidence. It is a story of how new information, careful research, and evolving analytic processes can alter our understanding of the art of the past.

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Heartfield
Agitated Images: John Heartfield and German Photomontage, 1920-1938
Daily through June 25, 2006

Research Institute Exhibition Gallery, Getty Center


Drawing exclusively from the special collections of the Research Library at the Getty Research Institute, this exhibition concentrates on the diverse output of art history's most significant photomontage artist, the German originally named Helmut Herzfeld. Focusing on his success at creating a politically engaged visual rhetoric, the exhibition includes examples of German and American periodicals in which John Heartfield published his work, and shows how he transformed a procedure that once lay in the domain of advertising and avant-garde art into a broadly significant mode of mass communication. This exhibition concentrates on the interwar world of publishing in which Heartfield's images appeared, illustrated through examples of original press photographs from the Research Library's Stefan Lorant collection and correspondence such as that between Heartfield's widow and the renowned typographer Jan Tschichold.

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Degas at the Getty
Degas at the Getty
Daily through June 11, 2006

North Pavilion, Plaza Level, Getty Center


Edgar Degas (French, 1834–1917) is at once the most traditional and the most modern of 19th-century artists. Academically trained and steeped in the history of art, Degas used his immersion in work of past masters to bring an intellectual and formal rigor to the novel subjects of contemporary life, such as dancers and shop girls, with which he has become synonymous. Degas also pushed the boundaries of traditional subjects such as portraits and bathers, using the human form and face to present unusual viewpoints and penetrating psychology. On the occasion of the Getty Museum's recent acquisitions of the pastel drawing Miss Lala at the Fernando Circus and the painting The Milliners, this exhibition brings together works by this seminal artist from across the Museum's paintings, drawings and photographs collections. From the youthful Self-portrait to the late painting After the Bath, the Getty's collections span Degas's career, and the exhibition highlights three of his key subjects: portraits, popular entertainments and social life, and bathers.

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Figures Walking in a Parkland / Carmontelle
Carmontelle's Transparency: An 18th-Century Motion Picture
Daily through June 18, 2006

East Pavilion, Plaza Level, Getty Center


Invented by Louis Carrogis, known as Carmontelle (French, 1717-1806), the transparency, a transparent drawing that was rolled through a back-lit viewing box, was a forerunner of the modern motion picture. The Getty Museum's 12-foot-long transparency, Figures Walking in a Parkland, is the focus of this exhibition, and will be displayed with a facsimile of the transparency in a viewing box. Eighteenth-century drawings from the Museum's collection will also be on view to complement Carmontelle's invention.

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Classical Connections: The Enduring Influence of Greek and Roman Art
Classical Connections: The Enduring Influence of Greek and Roman Art
Daily through December 31, 2006

North Pavilion, Plaza Level, Getty Center


This installation of antiquities demonstrates the relationship of ancient art to later work, showing some of the themes, techniques, and motifs borrowed by later artists—from mythology to decorative design—and the approach to the human figure known today as the classical ideal. This permanent collection installation is on view in the North Pavilion.

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Saint Christopher / M Guillaume Lambert
The Cult of Saints
Daily through July 16, 2006

North Pavilion, Plaza Level, Getty Center


Devotion to saints was a central component of the spiritual and cultural life of the Middle Ages and Renaissance and a central element in Roman Catholic spiritual practice. That devotion continued into the modern period and still has an impact today. This exhibition offers an overview of the pervasive role of the Cult of the Saints in medieval and Renaissance society through images created in its service.

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Christ's Entry into Brussels / Ensor
Ensor's Graphic Modernism
Daily through July 30, 2006

West Pavilion, Upper Level, Getty Center


James Ensor's (Belgian, 18601949) greatest painting, Christ's Entry into Brussels in 1889 (1888) in the Getty Museum's permanent collection, is united for the first time with a significant body of his related prints. Since the monumental painting cannot travel, the opportunity to situate it in the context of Ensor's achievements and ambitions as a print maker will give the public a deeper understanding of Ensor's multifaceted modernity and his mastery of painting and printmaking with very distinct technical demands.

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The Getty Villa Malibu
May 18, 2006
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Lectures and Conferences
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Gardens of the Roman World
Thursday May 18, 2006
8 pm
Auditorium, Getty Villa


Patrick Bowe, noted expert on garden history and author of Gardens of the Roman World, will examine the ancient Roman obsession with gardens, which were cultivated throughout the empire, from Britain to North Africa and from Portugal to Asia Minor. Using as evidence actual gardens excavated at Pompeii and other ancient sites, he will discuss the intimate and accessible aspects of Roman gardening, including such details as fountains, statuary, trelliswork, and plantings, which are still reflected in city, suburban, and country gardens today.


Tours and Gallery Talks
Getty Villa Inner Peristyle
Orientation Tour
Daily through June 30, 2007
10:30 am, 12:30 pm, 2:30 pm
Getty Villa


This 45-minute site tour offers an overview of the Getty Villa, its history, renovation, and new educational mission. Meet at the Tour Meeting Place outside the Museum Main Entrance.

Spotlight Talk: Harp Player
Mondays, Thursdays and Fridays through May 29, 2006
11 am
Museum Galleries, Getty Villa


This 20-minute gallery talk introduces ways of looking at ancient art through an in-depth exploration of one object in the collection. This month the featured work of art is the Harp Player, a Cycladic marble sculpture dating from 2700 B.C. Space is limited. Sign up at the Tour Meeting Place outside the Museum Main Entrance beginning at 10:30 a.m.

Getty Villa Outer Peristyle
Getty Villa Architecture and Gardens Tour
Daily through June 30, 2007
11:30 am, 1:30 pm, 3:30 pm
Museum, Getty Villa


This 45-minute tour explores the architecture and gardens of the Getty Villa and their historical prototypes. Meet at the Tour Meeting Place outside the Museum Main Entrance.

Lansdowne Herakles
Collection Highlights Tour
Mondays, Thursdays and Fridays through June 29, 2007
2 pm
Museum Galleries, Getty Villa


This one-hour tour provides an overview of major works from the Museum's collection. Meet at the Tour Meeting Place outside the Museum Main Entrance.

Focus Tour: The Conservation of Metal Objects
Thursday May 18, 2006
3 pm
Museum Galleries, Getty Villa


Discover how the antiquities conservation department approaches the treatment of metal objects in the Getty Villa's collection through the study of ancient technology in this one-hour gallery talk. Learn about research and techniques used to conserve these objects. Space is limited. Sign up at the Tour Meeting Place outside the Museum Main Entrance beginning at 2:30 p.m.

Current Exhibitions
Molten Color: Glassmaking in Antiquity
Molten Color: Glassmaking in Antiquity
Daily through July 24, 2006

Museum, Floor 2, Getty Villa


This exhibition celebrates the acquisition of the Oppenländer collection of ancient glass, and will be among the first exhibitions to mark the opening of the Getty Villa. The Oppenländer collection is remarkable for its high quality and its chronological breadth, covering all periods of ancient glass production. The objects are arranged by their method of manufacture, from casting and core-forming to inflation, and in-gallery videos will illustrate ancient glassmaking techniques.

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