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Natural History Museum
Norton Simon Museum
Orange County Museum of Art
Pacific Asia Museum
Pasadena Museum of California Art
Skirball Cultural Center
Fowler Museum at UCLA
August 9, 2009
Courses and Demonstrations
Artist-at-Work Demonstration: Painting Lifelike Sculpture
Sundays through August 9, 2009
1 pm, 2 pm
Museum Courtyard, Getty Center


Join artist Sylvana Barrett as she brings sculpture to life with Baroque polychrome painting techniques including oil painting and estofado, the elegant and elaborate gilding decoration used in 17th-century Spain. Complements the exhibition La Roldana's Saint Ginés: The Making of a Polychrome Sculpture.

1–2 p.m. Estofado: gold gilding, paint, and surface decoration
2–3 p.m. Polychrome oil painting: size, gesso, and paint layers

Transitions in Art History: Mannerism (Part 1)
Sunday August 9, 2009
10:30 am - 12:30 pm
GRI Lecture Hall, Getty Center


Join Museum educator Jennifer S. Li in this four-session gallery course which examines moments of transition and change in art history. The first session focuses on the late Renaissance and Mannerism, an art movement emphasizing affectation and exaggeration in painting and sculpture, through the works of artists such as Pontormo. Course fee $15 per session.

Part 1, Mannerism: Sunday, August 9, 2009
Part 2, Rococo: Sunday, September 6, 2009
Part 3, Romanticism: Sunday, October 4, 2009
Part 4, Impressionism: Sunday, November 1, 2009



Family Activities
Family Art Lab: Rain or Shine? Weather in Art
Weekends through September 6, 2009
11 am - 3:30 pm
Family Room Patio, Getty Center


Join your children in an outdoor, drop-in workshop designed to exercise the imagination. Compare two paintings—one calm, one stormy—and create a dramatic 3-D diorama that showcases your own interpretations of the calm and the storm. Ofrecida en español.

Saturdays and Sundays, August 8–September 6

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Art Adventures for Families
Weekends through September 6, 2009
2 pm
Museum Galleries, Getty Center


Our one-hour tours for children (ages 5 and up) and adults to enjoy together feature a fun, activity-filled visit to the galleries. Space is limited. Sign up at the Museum Information Desk beginning at 1:30 p.m. the day of the program.

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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.

Getty Center
Architecture Tour
Tuesdays - Thursdays and Sundays
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
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.

Exhibition Tour: Cast in Bronze: French Sculpture from Renaissance to Revolution
Daily through September 27, 2009
1:30 pm
Museum Galleries, Getty Center


A special one-hour overview of the exhibition Cast in Bronze: French Sculpture from Renaissance to Revolution. Meet the gallery teacher at the Museum Information Desk.

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 at the Museum Information Desk.

Architecture Tour
Tuesdays - Thursdays and Sundays
4 pm
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.

Exhibitions
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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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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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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Foundry to Finish
Foundry to Finish: The Making of a Bronze Sculpture
Daily

South Pavilion, Plaza Level, Getty Center


Get a rare look at how bronze sculpture is born in Foundry to Finish. Visitors explore a process called direct lost-wax casting—a method that yields a single, unique bronze cast of an artist's original clay-and-wax model. Thirteen step-by-step models illustrate the sculpting and casting process. Through X-radiographs, visitors can even get a glimpse inside an original sculpture to see firsthand evidence of how the bronze was cast. The installation complements Cast in Bronze: French Sculpture from Renaissance to Revolution, an international touring exhibition also on view.

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Cast in Bronze
Cast in Bronze: French Sculpture from Renaissance to Revolution
Daily through September 27, 2009

Exhibitions Pavilion, Getty Center


Taking advantage of the current resurgence of interest in sculpture and a widespread taste for Renaissance and Baroque art, this exhibition brings together a large number of spectacular bronzes that exemplify an art form that has been described as "among the most splendid manifestations of artistic genius in France." It is the first comprehensive exhibition on the art of French bronze sculpture from its beginnings during the Renaissance until the French Revolution of 1789. Co-organized by the J. Paul Getty Museum, the Musée du Louvre, and The Metropolitan Museum of Art, this exhibition reflects the latest scholarship on the subject. At the same time, it provides a platform for the exploration of 16th- to 18th-century French culture on many levels. This exhibition is supported by an indemnity from the Federal Council on the Arts and the Humanities.

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In Focus: Making a Scene
In Focus: Making a Scene
Daily through October 18, 2009

West Pavilion, Terrace Level, Getty Center


Photography, despite its association with truth, has been used to create fiction throughout its history. Staged photographs—from casually directed scenes to elaborate tableaux vivants made with props, costumes, and posed actors—embody many styles, techniques, and subjects. Drawing inspiration from art, literature, and cinema, the photographs in this exhibition include early daguerreotypes, bromoil and platinum prints as well as contemporary Polaroids and chromogenic prints. Comprising more than twenty-five photographs from the Getty’s collection, it features works by Henry Peach Robinson, Julia Margaret Cameron, Man Ray, Ralph Eugene Meatyard, Lucas Samaras, and Eileen Cowin.

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Capturing Nature's Beauty
Capturing Nature's Beauty: Three Centuries of French Landscapes
Daily through November 1, 2009

West Pavilion, Plaza Level, Getty Center


Highlighting key moments of the French landscape tradition—from its emergence in the 1600s to its preeminence in the 1800s—this selection of drawings reveals the engrossing tension between the passion for the real and the quest for an ideal. Featuring a wide array of techniques, functions, and styles, the exhibition showcases the work of major exponents of the genre, including Nicolas Poussin, Claude Lorrain, Jean-Honoré Fragonard, Georges Seurat, and Vincent van Gogh.

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August 9, 2009
Family Activities
ArtQuest!
Weekends through September 6, 2009
11 am - 4 pm
Outer Peristyle, Getty Villa


Drop by to explore travel and trade in the classical world. Play the Trading Game, where you and your family become ancient merchants crossing the high seas! Take an Art Odyssey Family Tour through the galleries to discover actual objects traded in the ancient world.

Every Saturday and Sunday through September 6, and Monday, September 7.

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Art Odyssey for Families
Weekends through August 30, 2009
2 pm
Museum Galleries, Getty Villa


A fun, activity-filled experience for children (ages 5 and up) and adults to enjoy together, this 45-minute tour through the galleries explores trade and travel in the ancient world. Space is limited. Ofrecida en español. Sign up at the Tour Meeting Place outside the Museum Entrance 15 minutes before the tour

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Tours and Gallery Talks
Spotlight Talk
Weekends through August 30, 2009
1 pm
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 object is a Roman mosaic floor featuring a boxing scene from around A.D. 175. Sign up at the Tour Meeting Place outside the Museum Entrance 15 minutes before the talk.

Exhibition Spotlight Talk: The Chimaera of Arezzo
Weekends through August 30, 2009
11:30 am
Museum Galleries, Getty Villa


In this 20-minute discussion, learn about the large-scale bronze masterpiece of Etruscan sculpture featured in this exhibition, which inaugurates a partnership with the National Archaeological Museum in Florence. Space is limited. Sign up at the Tour Meeting Place outside the Museum Entrance 15 minutes before the talk.

Getty Villa Inner Peristyle
Orientation Tour
Daily through December 31, 2009
10:30 am, 12:30 pm, 2:30 pm
Getty Villa


Learn about the Getty Villa's architecture and educational mission in this 40-minute introduction to the site. Meet at the Tour Meeting Place outside the Museum Entrance.

Collection Highlights Tour
Weekends through December 31, 2009
11 am
Museum Galleries, Getty Villa


This one-hour tour provides an overview of major works from the Museum's collection. Offered in English and Spanish. Space is limited. Sign up at the Tour Meeting Place outside the Museum Entrance 15 minutes before the tour.

Getty Villa Outer Peristyle
Architecture and Gardens Tour
Daily through December 31, 2009
11:30 am, 1:30 pm, 3:30 pm
Museum, Getty Villa


Explore the ancient Roman world through the Museum's architecture and gardens in this 40-minute tour. Meet at the Tour Meeting Place outside the Museum Entrance.

Gem-Handling Session
Weekends through September 6, 2009
11:30 am - 1:30 pm
Museum, Floor 2, Getty Villa


Ever wonder what it would be like to take a museum object out of its case for a closer look? Drop by the Reading Room adjacent to the exhibitionCarvers and Collectors: The Lasting Allure of Ancient Gems to handle replicas of gems on display as well as the materials and tools used by ancient carvers.

Focus Tour: Roman Mosaics
Sunday August 9, 2009
3 pm
Museum Galleries, Getty Villa


From top to bottom, an ancient Roman villa was an impressive display of popular art. This one-hour tour focuses on mosaic pavements, exploring their history, construction, and modern conservation. Space is limited. Tour topic is subject to change. Sign up at the Tour Meeting Place outside the Museum Entrance 15 minutes before the tour.

Exhibitions
Carvers and Collectors
Carvers and Collectors: The Lasting Allure of Ancient Gems
Daily through September 7, 2009

Museum, Floor 2, Getty Villa


Carved gemstones have captivated connoisseurs of every age, from antiquity to the modern period. The exhibition Carvers and Collectors: The Lasting Allure of Ancient Gems brings together remarkable intaglios and cameos carved by ancient master engravers along with some of the outstanding works by modern carvers that they have inspired. The gems are displayed together with material from later periods that evinces their importance through the ages—illuminated manuscripts, rare engravings from early catalogues, cabinets designed to house collections of gems, and other works of art in diverse media to illustrate the lasting allure of these masterpieces in miniature.

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The Golden Graves of Ancient Vani
The Golden Graves of Ancient Vani
Daily through October 5, 2009

Museum, Floor 2, Getty Villa


The Georgian site of Vani lies in what was the ancient kingdom of Colchis, known in Greek myth as the destination of Jason and the Argonauts in their quest for the Golden Fleece. Colchis was renowned as a region rich in gold, and excavations at Vani have confirmed this reputation. The archaeological finds not only demonstrate the highly refined craftsmanship of local goldworkers but also testify to contacts with both the Greek world and the Persian Empire. This exhibition presents an array of precious objects from Vani, including four bronze lamps that were discovered in 2007 and are displayed together for the first time. The Golden Graves of Ancient Vani has been organized by the Institute for the Study of the Ancient World, New York, and the Georgian National Museum, Tbilisi.

The Chimaera of Arezzo
The Chimaera of Arezzo
Daily through February 8, 2010

Museum, Floor 2, Getty Villa


Inaugurating a partnership with the National Archaeological Museum in Florence, this exhibition traces the myth of Bellerophon and the Chimaera over five centuries of classical art. Featured is a masterpiece of Etruscan sculpture known as the Chimaera of Arezzo: a large-scale bronze of the triple-headed, fire-breathing monster that was slain by the virtuous hero. From its ancient dedication to the supreme Etruscan deity in a sanctuary at Arezzo to its Renaissance display in the Medici collection, the Chimaera has endured as an emblem of the triumph of right over might.

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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.