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Tours and Talks
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Courses and Demonstrations
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
June 16, 2009
Lectures and Conferences
Why Do We Lust for Objects?
Tuesday June 16, 2009
7 pm
Harold M. Williams Auditorium, Getty Center

Deyan Sudjic, director of the Design Museum in London and author of The Language of Things: Understanding the World of Desirable Objects, explores the power of design and what it means for art and commerce. Complements the exhibition Taking Shape: Finding Sculpture in the Decorative Arts. Presented in collaboration with Zócalo Public Square.

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Courses and Demonstrations
Silverpoint Drawing Workshop
Tuesdays through June 16, 2009
1 pm - 5 pm
Museum Studios, Getty Center

Renaissance artists used silver wire to create delicate underdrawings in panel paintings as well as fine, finished drawings. Join artist Sylvana Barrett in this two-day drawing workshop and explore the materials and techniques used in silverpoint. Learn how to prepare the drawing surface, draw with silver wire, and heighten drawings with handmade white paint. Course fee $65; $50 students. Open to 25 participants.

Family Activities
Family Art Stops
Tuesdays - Fridays through September 4, 2009
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 at the Museum Information Desk beginning 30 minutes before the program.

Tours and Gallery Talks
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.

Exhibition Tour: Paul Outerbridge: Command Performance and Jo Ann Callis: Woman Twirling
Daily through July 12, 2009
1:30 pm
Museum Galleries, Getty Center

A special one-hour exhibition overview of the exhibitions Paul Outerbridge: Command Performance and Jo Ann Callis: Woman Twirling. Meet the gallery teacher at the Museum Information Desk.

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.

Walls Of Algiers: Narratives of the City
Walls of Algiers: Narratives of the City
Daily through October 18, 2009

Research Institute Exhibition Gallery, Getty Center

The city of Algiers, renowned for its white walls cascading to the Mediterranean, historically sheltered a diverse population. During the Ottoman centuries (1529–1830), Algeria had been a semi-independent province of the empire. French rule (1830–1962) transformed Algeria. European norms and the French system of governance were imposed. The land was mapped, its peoples surveyed and classified, and dramatic interventions to urban fabrics enforced a new duality. In Algiers the "Arab" city on the hillside, known as the Casbah, was separated from the "French" or European city that spread out in districts below and around the Casbah. This division endured during the 132 years of French occupation leading to the War of Independence (1954–1962). More than a colonial capital, Algiers served as a testing ground for urban renewal with its walls extending metaphorically across the Mediterranean to take part in the search for modernity. Walls of Algiers: Narratives of the City, examines the city's complex history by considering its places and peoples through diverse 19th- and 20th-century visual sources. The exhibition will trace, for example, an itinerary of the Casbah and the European quarters through vintage postcards, and juxtapose the long-tradition of staged Orientalist representations of "indigenous" people with photojournalist coverage from the Algerian War.

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Made for Manufacture
Made for Manufacture
Daily through July 5, 2009

Museum Galleries, Getty Center

For both economic and creative reasons, many Renaissance and Baroque artists made drawings for sculpture and decorative arts. Such designs are appreciated not only for their aesthetic merit, but for how they were actually used. This exhibition comprises drawings for three-dimensional objects to be made in a variety of media, including metal, wood, glass, ceramic, and stone, with particular attention paid to how the form of a design reflects an object's function and how two-dimensional drawings were transferred to three-dimensional works of art.

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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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Taking Shape: Finding Sculpture in the Decorative Arts
Taking Shape: Finding Sculpture in the Decorative Arts
Daily through July 5, 2009

West Pavilion, Plaza Level, Getty Center

Focusing on the sculptural aspects of the decorative arts, this exhibition explores the rich plasticity of objects intended for functional or ceremonial use. In addition to sculpture, it showcases astonishingly inventive works of art, such as furniture, light fixtures, and accessories for the hearth from the Getty Museum and Temple Newsam, a historic country house near Leeds, England. Nearly forty extraordinary works from England, France, Holland, and Italy—executed in the exuberant Baroque and Rococo styles popular during the 1600s and 1700s—are featured. Taking Shape: Finding Sculpture in the Decorative Arts has been co-organized by the J. Paul Getty Museum and the Henry Moore Institute, Leeds.

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Paul Outerbridge: Command Performance
Paul Outerbridge: Command Performance
Daily through August 9, 2009

West Pavilion, Terrace Level, Getty Center

Paul Outerbridge Jr. (American, 1896–1958) burst onto the New York art scene in the early 1920s with photographs that were visually fresh and decidedly Modernist. He applied his talent for the formal arrangement of objects to the commercial world and was a visionary for his use of color. This exhibition brings together nearly one hundred photographs from all periods of Outerbridge's career, including his Cubist still life images, staged magazine photographs, and controversial nudes.

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Jo Ann Callis: Woman Twirling
Jo Ann Callis: Woman Twirling
Daily through August 9, 2009

West Pavilion, Terrace Level, Getty Center

In 1977 Susan Sontag's now-classic collection of serious criticism, On Photography, brought photography to center stage. That same year, Jo Ann Callis, an art student at the University of California, Los Angeles, who had learned to draw, paint, and photograph, received her master of fine arts degree. Her mentor, legendary art professor Robert Heinecken, taught that photographs should be made, not found, and Callis has been constructing photographs, as well as paintings and sculpture, in her studio ever since. Over the past 30 years, she has borrowed inspiration and imagery from the best of Los Angeles's traditions in film, fashion, and design. Fabricated tableaux of the 1980s and 1990s dominate this photographs exhibition selected from the Getty's holdings, gifts from the photographer Gay Block, and the artist's own archive.

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The Psalms of King David
Temptation and Salvation: The Psalms of King David
Daily through August 16, 2009

North Pavilion, Plaza Level, Getty Center

The 150 Psalms of the Bible played a central role in Christian religious life throughout the Middle Ages, their elusive poetry attracting both written interpretation and painted decoration. Medieval artists illustrated the psalms in a variety of ways, at times concentrating on the literal meaning of single verses, and at other times addressing broader themes, such as the role of the Psalms in preparing the Christian faithful for the Last Judgment. This exhibition celebrates the importance of the Psalms in medieval devotion and reveals the splendor and variety of the illumination developed to accompany them.

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June 16, 2009
The Getty Villa is closed to the general public on this date.