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Free Hours at L.A. Museums (PDF, 269 KB)
Art Platform – Los Angeles
A + D Museum
Autry National Center
Craft and Folk Art Museum
Fowler Museum at UCLA
Hammer Museum
Huntington Library
Japanese American National Museum
Los Angeles Public Library
MAK Center for Art & Architecture
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
October 15, 2013
Tours and Gallery Talks
Garden Tour
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.

Spotlight of the Week
Daily through October 20, 2013
12 pm, 1 pm, 2 pm
Museum Galleries, Getty Center

Is the viewer part of a work of art? Travel back in time to hang out with 19th-century Parisians in Louis-Léopold Boilly's Entrance to the Jardin Turc. Join the docent at the Information Desk for a 15-minute talk about this work of art.

Getty Center
Architecture Tour
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
Tuesday - Saturdaythrough October 31, 2013
11 am
Museum Galleries, Getty Center

This one-hour tour provides an overview of major works from the Museum's collection. Meet the docent at the Information Desk.

Focus Tour: Fit for a King
Daily through November 3, 2013
12:30 pm
Museum Galleries, Getty Center

Explore the Getty's collection of 17th- and 18th-century art in this one-hour tour of French decorative arts, paintings, and sculpture made during the reigns of kings Louis XIV, Louis XV, and Louis XVI. Meet the docent at the Information Desk.

Exhibition Tour: Canterbury and St. Albans: Treasures from Church and Cloister
Tuesday - Saturdaythrough November 27, 2013
1:30 pm
Museum Galleries, Getty Center

Explore masterpieces of medieval stained glass and illuminated manuscripts in this special one-hour overview of the exhibition Canterbury and St. Albans: Treasures from Church and Cloister. Meet the educator at the Information Desk.

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

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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Poetry of Paper
The Poetry of Paper
Daily through October 20, 2013

West Pavilion, Plaza Level, Getty Center

The selection of drawings in this exhibition explores the concept of negative space—the unoccupied ground around drawn elements. It elucidates how artists such as Rembrandt, Boucher, and Seurat deliberately left areas of paper blank to create the illusion of light and form, using absence to evoke a sense of presence.

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Canterbury and St. Albans
Canterbury and St. Albans: Treasures from Church and Cloister
Daily through February 2, 2014

Exhibitions Pavilion, Getty Center

This exhibition brings together masterpieces of medieval English art: panels of stained glass from Canterbury Cathedral and pages from the St. Albans Psalter, a splendidly illuminated book of psalms. Uniting monumental glass painting with the art of book illumination, this presentation reveals how specific texts, prayers, and environments shaped the medieval viewer's understanding of these pictures during the era of artistic renewal following the Norman Conquest of England.

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Werner Herzog: Hearsay of the Soul
Werner Herzog: Hearsay of the Soul
Daily through January 19, 2014

North Pavilion, Plaza Level, Getty Center

A new acquisition by the Getty Museum's Department of Photographs, Hearsay of the Soul (2012) is a five-channel video installation by celebrated German filmmaker Werner Herzog. It combines the early-seventeenth-century landscape etchings of Dutch artist Hercules Segers with recent scores and a performance by Dutch cellist and composer Ernst Reijseger, resulting in a richly layered work that is at once intimate and epic.

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Abelardo Morell
Abelardo Morell: The Universe Next Door
Daily through January 5, 2014

West Pavilion, Lower Level, Getty Center

Over the past twenty­five years, Abelardo Morell (American, born Cuba, 1948) has become internationally renowned for photographs that push the boundaries of the medium while exploring visual surprise and wonder. From intimate domestic scenes taken with a child's view to images in which an entire room is a camera obscura, Morell has approached picture making with remarkable creativity and wit. Showing a range of individual works and series—many never displayed before—this exhibition demonstrates how Morell has mined photographic history for inspiration. The exhibition was organized by the Art Institute of Chicago in association with the J. Paul Getty Museum and the High Museum of Art in Atlanta.

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At the Window
At the Window: The Photographer's View
Daily through January 5, 2014

West Pavilion, Lower Level, Getty Center

One of the first camera subjects, the window is literally and figuratively linked to the photographic process itself. This exhibition, drawn primarily from the Getty Museum's collection (including several new acquisitions funded by the Getty Museum's Photographs Council), looks at the ways photographers have explored their medium by turning to the window as a framing device or conceptual tool. It spans the history of photography, from some of the earliest images by William Henry Fox Talbot, Julia Margaret Cameron, and Eugène Atget to contemporary works by artists such as Robert Adams, Uta Barth, Gregory Crewdson, Sabine Hornig, and Yuki Onodera.

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In Focus: Architecture
In Focus: Architecture
Daily through March 2, 2014

West Pavilion, Lower Level, Getty Center

From its inception, photography has functioned as a significant tool in the documentation and perception of architecture. The camera made it possible to record the built environment with accuracy and in greater detail, allowing photographers to represent the existence of a building from construction to demise. Drawn from the J. Paul Getty Museum's collection, this exhibition surveys the history of architectural photography through images of sacred and secular structures, picturesque environments, abstracted spaces, and conceptual forms.

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Miracles and Martyrs
Miracles and Martyrs: Saints in the Middle Ages
Daily through March 2, 2014

North Pavilion, Plaza Level, Getty Center

Throughout the Middle Ages, Christians were fascinated by stories about saints, who led extraordinary lives full of mystical events and miraculous occurrences. Saints were depicted in manuscripts experiencing revelatory visions and performing wondrous feats such as healing the sick or raising the dead. Even when their tormentors were performing exceptionally brutal acts—shooting them repeatedly with arrows, for example, or violently beheading them—martyr saints were pictured remaining steadfast in their faith. This exhibition, drawn from the Getty Museum's permanent collection, presents manuscripts that allowed medieval viewers to witness these dramatic narratives and venerate the saints as models of piety.

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October 15, 2013
The Getty Villa is closed to the general public on this date.