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Autry National Center
Craft and Folk Art Museum
Hammer Museum
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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
Skirball Cultural Center
Fowler Museum at UCLA
October 20, 2009
Lectures and Conferences
California Missions: History, Art, and Preservation
Tuesday October 20, 2009
7 pm
Harold M. Williams Auditorium, Getty Center

The Spanish missions of California represent one of the state's oldest and richest historical legacies. Established in the late eighteenth century and early nineteenth century by Franciscan missionaries, the missions were designed by artisans from Mexico and built and decorated largely by Native Americans. Join us for a lively panel discussion about the history, art, and preservation of the California missions as viewed from multiple perspectives.

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Tours and Gallery Talks
Garden Tour
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.

Exhibition Tour: Irving Penn: Small Trades
Daily through December 13, 2009
1:30 pm
Museum Galleries, Getty Center

A special one-hour overview of the exhibitions Irving Penn: Small Trades. Meet the gallery teacher at the Museum Information Desk.

Masterpiece of the Week Talk
Daily through October 25, 2009
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 Secrétaire by Jean-François Leleu. Meet at the Museum Information Desk.

Getty Center
Architecture Tour
10:15 am, 11 am, 1 pm, 2 pm, 3 pm, 4 pm
Museum Entrance Hall, Getty Center

Getty Center architecture tours are offered daily by docents. Tours last 30-45 minutes. Meet the docent outside at the bench under the sycamore trees near the front entrance of the Museum.

Halberdier / Pontormo
Collection Highlights Tour
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.

Focus Tour: Medieval and Renaissance Art
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.

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

North 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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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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Out of Bounds
Out-of-Bounds: Images in the Margins of Medieval Manuscripts
Daily through November 8, 2009

North Pavilion, Plaza Level, Getty Center

Part of the genius of medieval art lies in its unique ability to combine serious and profound images with playful and witty ones. In illuminated manuscripts, a primary artistic medium of the Middle Ages, scenes in the margins of a page often comment on the paintings illustrating the text in the center. As often as they expand on the narrative, they poke fun at the lofty themes and, more broadly, at human foibles. Out-of-Bounds: Images in the Margins of Medieval Manuscripts explores the margins of medieval books and explains its wealth of subject matter: children playing games, romantic pursuits, men battling fantastic creatures, and composite figures—half-human, half-beast—that wend their ways through the sinuous foliage of the painted borders.

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Irving Penn: Small Trades
Irving Penn: Small Trades
Daily through January 10, 2010

West Pavilion, Terrace Level, Getty Center

Working in Paris, London, and New York in the early 1950s, photographer Irving Penn (American, born 1917) created masterful representations of skilled tradespeople dressed in work clothes and carrying the tools of their trade. A neutral backdrop and natural light provided a stage on which his subjects could present themselves with dignity and pride. Penn revisited his Small Trades series over many decades, producing evermore-exacting prints, including platinum enlargements. In 2008 the Getty acquired the most comprehensive group of these images, carefully selected by the photographer—155 gelatin silver prints and 97 platinum prints—which will be exhibited in their entirety for the first time.

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October 20, 2009
The Getty Villa is closed to the general public on this date.