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Free Hours at L.A. Museums (PDF, 269 KB)
A + D Museum
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
July 29, 2012
Courses and Demonstrations
Artist-at-Work Demonstration: Early Photography and the Landscape
Sundays through August 5, 2012
1 pm - 3 pm
Museum Courtyard, Getty Center


Drop by as photographer Luther Gerlach demonstrates variety of authentic 19th-century cameras, lenses, and other equipment used to capture the landscape, including the camera lucida and and camera obscura. This is a free, drop-in program. Complements the exhibition In Focus: Picturing Landscape.

1:00–2:00 p.m.: Historic equipment and techniques
2:00–3:00 p.m.: Interactive camera lucida and camera obscura

Family Activities
Family Art Stops
Weekends through September 2, 2012
2 pm, 3 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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Family Art Lab: Sculpted Surfaces
Weekends through September 2, 2012
11 am - 3 pm
Family Room Patio, Getty Center


Join your children in an outdoor, drop-in workshop designed to exercise the imagination. Visit the galleries and then make your own work of art inspired by what you see! Ofrecida en español.If you could dream up any design, what wo uld it be? Come see how one sculptor imagined the surface of his nine-foot tall vase teeming with bugs, snails, feathers, lace, ribbons, and more, then make a sculptural scene of your own!

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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


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.

¡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 Highlights
Sundays
3 pm
Museum Galleries, Getty Center


Experience the art of sculpture in a one-hour tour focusing on the Museum's collection of works from European history and the recent past. 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.

Exhibition Tour: Gustav Klimt: The Magic of Line
Weekends through September 23, 2012
1 pm
Museum Galleries, Getty Center


Mark the 150th birthday of Gustav Klimt by learning about the artist's intense study of the human figure, his mastery of line, and the evolution of his drawings. This one-hour tour looks at drawings in the exhibition Gustav Klimt: The Magic of Line. Meet the educator at the Information Desk.

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

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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Portraits of Renown
Portraits of Renown: Photography and the Cult of Celebrity
Daily through September 2, 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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In Focus: Picturing Landscape
In Focus: Picturing Landscape
Daily through October 7, 2012

West Pavilion, Terrace Level, Getty Center


Nature's challenge to photographers is the theme of this second exhibition on landscape in the Getty Museum's In Focus series. Comprising approximately twenty works from the permanent collection, it looks at the various ways that photographers have responded to the test of depicting the breadth and perspective of a natural landscape through a camera lens. From the pre-photographic drawings made with the aid of a camera lucida to more recent advances in digital technology, the exhibition touches on a range of technical and artistic explorations by figures such as John Beasly Greene, Imogen Cunningham, Harry Callahan, and William Garnett.

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Heaven, Hell, and Dying Well
Heaven, Hell, and Dying Well: Images of Death in the Middle Ages
Daily through August 12, 2012

North Pavilion, Plaza Level, Getty Center


Throughout the Middle Ages, death and the afterlife were stirring subjects that challenged and inspired the creativity of the artists who illuminated manuscripts. Delightful and disturbing visions of heaven and hell fueled the viewers' imaginations. Books adorned with depictions of God's mercy, saved souls in paradise, and the rewards of the blessed instilled hope, while morbid and sometimes horrific illustrations of funerals, demons, and the punishment of the wicked prompted pious Christians to repent for their sins. At the core of visual devotion stood images of Christ's Passion and crucifixion, promising resurrection and eternal life.

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Herb Ritts: L.A. Style
Herb Ritts: L.A. Style
Daily through September 2, 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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Self-portrait at age 17 / Fantin-Latour
The Getty Research Institute: Recent Print Acquisitions
Daily through September 2, 2012

Research Institute Exhibition Gallery, Getty Center


Representing some of the finest works from the beginning of the 1500s through the late 1900s, this exhibition features recently acquired masterpieces, including Albrecht Dürer's classically inspired suite, Life of the Virgin, and his exquisite etching, Desperate Man. Piranesi's first edition Prisons present the kind of technical and formal innovations that have captivated print collectors, writers, and artists for 250 years; the Getty Research Institute's copy is an exciting discovery in a unique state of preservation. Besides highlighting collection strengths such as artist portraits and landscapes, the exhibition also features Karl Friederich Schinkel's designs for Mozart's operas, and a monumental 12-plate reproductive print after the Last Judgment by the so-called French Michelangelo, Jean Cousin.

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Heemkerck's Ecce Homo altarpiece
Drama and Devotion: Heemskerck's "Ecce Homo" Altarpiece from Warsaw
Daily through January 13, 2013

North Pavilion, Plaza Level, Getty Center


One of the most admired Netherlandish painters of the sixteenth century, Maerten van Heemskerck (1498–1574) worked in an expressive style influenced by his exposure to the work of contemporary Italian painters, particularly Michelangelo. His dramatic Ecce Homo (1544) altarpiece from the National Museum in Warsaw, Poland, on view to the public for the first time following conservation and study at the Getty Museum, offers a rare opportunity to experience a complete triptych by this Renaissance master. The exhibition provides insight into Heemskerck's materials and expedient technique and elaborates on the original location of the altarpiece in Dordrecht. Supported by the Getty Museum Paintings Conservation Council, this event also marks the 150th anniversary of the National Museum. The accompanying catalogue, beautifully illustrated with numerous color images, contains insightful essays on the artist and the creation and conservation of the altarpiece.

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Gustav Klimt: The Magic of Line
Gustav Klimt: The Magic of Line
Daily through September 23, 2012

Exhibitions Pavilion, Getty Center


This retrospective is the first fully dedicated to the drawings of Gustav Klimt (1862—1918), one of the seminal figures in modern art. It explores the stylistic evolution of his drawings as well as their centrality to his artistic enterprise. Indeed, Klimt's paintings cannot be understood without careful consideration of his drawings, which also play a semi-autonomous role in his artistic output. Based upon assiduous study of the human figure, they are characterized by an unsurpassed mastery of line during all phases of his artistic development. This major loan exhibition was organized by the Albertina Museum, Vienna, in association with the J. Paul Getty Museum, to mark the 150th anniversary of Klimt's birth.

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Messerschmidt and Modernity
Messerschmidt and Modernity
Daily through October 14, 2012

West Pavilion, Plaza Level, Getty Center


The Vexed Man, acquired by the J. Paul Getty Museum in 2008, is one of a group of astonishing "Character Heads" produced by Franz Xaver Messerschmidt (1736–1783), a renowned German sculptor at the Habsburg court in Vienna. Messerschmidt and Modernity examines not only the study of expression and physiognomy during the eighteenth–century European Enlightenment but also the impact the heads have had on the work of modern and contemporary artists in Austria, Great Britain, and the United States.

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July 29, 2012
Courses and Demonstrations
Handling Session: Gem-Carving Techniques
Weekends through August 26, 2012
11 am - 1 pm
Reading Room, Getty Villa


Explore the ancient art of gem engraving in this drop-in handling session. Touch and look closely at replicas of gems on display in the Museum's collection as well as the range of materials and tools in an ancient engraver's tool kit. These include drill bits with tips the size of a grain of sand and carving materials like diamond dust and olive oil.

Family Activities
ArtQuest!
Weekends through September 2, 2012
11 am - 3:30 pm
Outer Peristyle, Getty Villa


Mummy magic! Drop by with your family to explore mysterious mummies through demonstrations, tours, and hands-on activities.

Art Odyssey for Families
Weekends through September 2, 2012
2 pm
Museum Galleries, Getty Villa


Enjoy a fun, activity-filled visit for children (ages 5 and up) and adults in this 30-minute journey through the galleries. Space is limited. Sign-up begins 15 minutes before the program 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 the architecture of the Getty Villa and learn more about daily life in the ancient world in this 40-minute tour. Meet at the Tour Meeting Place outside the Museum Entrance.

Spotlight Talk: Collection Highlight
Weekends through December 30, 2012
11 am
Museum Galleries, Getty Villa


Discover the richness of ancient art in this 30-minute gallery talk that looks in-depth at a major work in the Museum's collection. Sign-up begins 15 minutes before the talk at the Tour Meeting Place.

Collection Highlights Tour
Sundays through September 9, 2012
1 pm
Museum Galleries, Getty Villa


This one-hour tour provides an overview of major works from the Museum's collection. Sign-up begins 15 minutes before the tour at the Tour Meeting Place.

Focus Tour: Experiencing Ancient Art
Sundays through December 30, 2012
1 pm
Museum Galleries, Getty Villa


In this hour-long program for all ages, join an educator and other museum visitors for an in-depth experience with works of art in the Museum's collection. Experiment with drawing, writing, movement, and discussion-based activities to gain a deeper and more personal understanding of ancient art. Sign-up begins 15 minutes before the tour at the Tour Meeting Place.

Spotlight Talk: Honoring the Dead
Weekends through July 29, 2012
3 pm
Museum Galleries, Getty Villa


Join an educator for this 30-minute gallery discussion about a work of art in the Museum's collection that deals with funerary traditions in the ancient world. Sign-up begins 15 minutes before the talk 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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The Sanctuaries of Demeter and Persephone at Morgantina
The Sanctuaries of Demeter and Persephone at Morgantina
Daily through January 21, 2013

Museum, Floor 1, Getty Villa


A cache of votive offerings excavated from the sanctuaries of the ancient city of Morgantina is on loan from the Museo Archeologico of Aidone, Sicily. These objects, which date from 400 to 200 B.C., were given as gifts by worshippers to Demeter and her daughter Persephone, goddesses of agricultural fertility. Ranging from terracotta figures of the deities to bone hair pins and oil lamps used in nocturnal rituals, the artifacts reveal worship practices and highlight the vibrancy of local craftsmanship. Several works have been conserved by the Getty, such as a bust of Persephone, for which treatment uncovered a painted scene of dancing women on her garment.

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