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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
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
October 24, 2013
Lectures and Conferences
The Villa Savoye: A Manifesto for Modernity
Thursday October 24, 2013
7 pm
Museum Lecture Hall, Getty Center


Join Pierre-Antoine Gatier, architecte en chef de Monuments Historiques, France, for an examination of the conservation management plan for the Le Corbusier-designed Villa Savoye. As part of his presentation Gatier will draw on works of modern architecture such as Maison La Roche, which has recently undergone conservation treatments and is home to the Fundación Le Corbusier in Paris.

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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.

Spotlight of the Week
Daily through October 27, 2013
12 pm, 1 pm, 2 pm
Museum Galleries, Getty Center


Can love last forever? Debate this timeless question while examining Soldani-Benzi's bronze sculpture Venus and Adonis. Join the docent at the Information Desk for a 15-minute talk about this work of art.

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
Tuesday - Saturday through 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 - Saturday through 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.

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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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 24, 2013
Courses and Demonstrations
Handling Session: Fresco Painting
Thursdays through March 27, 2014
11 am - 12 pm
Reading Room, Getty Villa


How were ancient frescoes painted into wet plaster? Learn about the oldest-known painting medium in this multisensory handling session. Touch tools and materials used by ancient wall painters, including plaster, marble dust, sand, pigment, and trowels. This is a free, drop-in program.

Tours and Gallery Talks
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.

Garden Tour
Thursdays
10:30 am, 11:30 am, 12:30 pm, 1:30 pm, 3:30 pm
Museum Galleries, 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.

Collection Spotlight Talk
Daily through December 30, 2013
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.

Tea by the Sea
Thursdays
1 pm - 3 pm
Getty Villa


Enjoy Tea by the Sea, a special dining experience inspired by the Mediterranean herbs, vegetables, and fruits that grow at the Villa. Feast on a Mediterranean-inspired menu of sweet and savory sandwiches and pastries, along with fruits, cheeses, and a varied selection of teas. After tea, you can tour the Villa's authentically re-created first-century Roman gardens with knowledgeable docents, then spend the rest of the afternoon savoring the Villa's exhibitions and permanent collection. $36 per person.

Please reserve in advance. Call (800)369-3059 or email us at BonAppetitReservations@getty.edu.

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Collection Highlights Tour
Daily through December 30, 2013
1 pm
Museum Galleries, Getty Villa


This 50-minute 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.

Exhibition Tour: Tiberius: Portrait of an Emperor
Daily through March 2, 2014
2 pm
Museum Galleries, Getty Villa


Join a museum educator for a 30-minute tour of the exhibition Tiberius: Portrait of an Emperor, which is centered around an over life-size, bronze statue of Rome's second emperor. Learn about the portrait's discovery and history, and explore the vices and virtues of this reluctant ruler.

Culinary Garden Tour
Thursdays through December 26, 2013
2:30 pm
Getty Villa


Enjoy a 30-minute food-themed tour of the Getty Villa's gardens as you explore the plants, herbs, and fruits used for cooking in antiquity.

Curator's Gallery Talk
Thursday October 24, 2013
3 pm
Museum Galleries, Getty Villa


David Saunders, assistant curator of antiquities, the J. Paul Getty Museum, leads a 45-minute tour of the exhibitions Tiberius: Portrait of an Emperor and The Cyrus Cylinder and Ancient Persia: A New Beginning, focusing on rulers and their reputations. Sign-up begins 15 minutes before the tour at the Tour Meeting Place.

Restaurant Events
Tea by the Sea
Thursdays
1 pm - 3 pm
Getty Villa


Enjoy Tea by the Sea, a special dining experience inspired by the Mediterranean herbs, vegetables, and fruits that grow at the Villa. Feast on a Mediterranean-inspired menu of sweet and savory sandwiches and pastries, along with fruits, cheeses, and a varied selection of teas. After tea, you can tour the Villa's authentically re-created first-century Roman gardens with knowledgeable docents, then spend the rest of the afternoon savoring the Villa's exhibitions and permanent collection. $36 per person.

Please reserve in advance. Call (800)369-3059 or email us at BonAppetitReservations@getty.edu.

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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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Relief with Antiochos and Herakles
Relief with Antiochos and Herakles
Daily through May 4, 2015

Museum, Floor 2, Getty Villa


On loan from the National Archaeological Museum in Athens, a stele honoring Prokleides, a military officer in the Athenian army, is on view at the Getty Villa in a gallery (208) devoted to Religious Offerings. Carved in relief above a public decree are figures of Antiochos, the mythical founder of the tribe Antiochis, and his father, the Greek hero Herakles.

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Cyrus Cylinder
The Cyrus Cylinder and Ancient Persia: A New Beginning
Daily through December 2, 2013

Museum, Floor 2, Getty Villa


Found in 1879, the Cyrus Cylinder is among the most iconic discoveries from the ancient world, with a legacy that resounds to this day. A clay cylinder inscribed with cuneiform script, it records the conquest of Babylon in 539 B.C. by the Persian king Cyrus the Great. The text proclaims that Cyrus restored religious practices and allowed exiled peoples to return home. In doing so, it bears witness to the multiethnic nature of the Achaemenid Empire, which introduced innovative forms of writing, religion, and luxury goods to the Near East. This exhibition is organized by the British Museum in partnership with the Iran Heritage Foundation and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery, Smithsonian Institution, in collaboration with the J. Paul Getty Museum. The Los Angeles presentation is made possible by the generosity of Farhang Foundation.

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Tiberius
Tiberius: Portrait of an Emperor
Daily through March 3, 2014

Museum, Floor 2, Getty Villa


Buried by the eruption of Vesuvius in A.D. 79, an over-life-size bronze statue of Tiberius (ruled A.D. 14–37) was discovered in 1741, during the first years of excavation at Herculaneum. The subject of a recent conservation project at the Getty Villa, the sculpture—on loan from Museo Archeologico Nazionale in Naples—provides the occasion to explore Tiberius's character and career. Through twists of fate and familial circumstance, he succeeded Augustus to become Rome's second emperor. Yet, ill at ease with his position, he famously removed himself to the island of Capri for the final decade of his reign. This exhibition has been co-organized by the J. Paul Getty Museum and the Museo Archeologico Nazionale in Naples.

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