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Free Hours at L.A. Museums (PDF, 269 KB)
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 26, 2011
Lectures and Conferences
A Pacific Standard Time Event
Modern Art in Los Angeles: Women Curators in Los Angeles
Wednesday October 26, 2011
7 pm
Harold M. Williams Auditorium, Getty Center


In the 1960s and 1970s, a generation of women curators emerged as leading voices in the rapidly growing Southern California art scene. This conversation will bring together pioneering curators—Barbara Haskell, Jane Livingston, and Helene Winer—to discuss their critical role in defining West Coast art as well as the paths they followed as gallerists, curators, and art historians.

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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.

Focus Tour: Baroque and Rococo Art
Wednesdays
3 pm
Museum Galleries, Getty Center


Enjoy a one-hour tour focusing on the Museum's Baroque and Rococo collections by exploring the art and culture of these related and distinctive historic periods of the 17th and 18th centuries. 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.

A Pacific Standard Time Event
Exhibition Tour: Pacific Standard Time
Daily through February 5, 2012
1:30 pm
Museum Galleries, Getty Center


Set your watch to Pacific Standard Time and celebrate the art of Southern California. In this one-hour tour, survey exhibitions at the Getty Center that are part of the Pacific Standard Time: Art in L.A. 1945–1980 initiative. Meet the educator at the Museum Information Desk.

Curator's Gallery Talk
Wednesday October 26, 2011
1:30 pm
Museum Galleries, Getty Center


Rani Singh of the Getty Research Institute leads a gallery talk on the exhibition Pacific Standard Time: Crosscurrents in L.A. Painting and Sculpture, 1950–1970. Meet under the stairs in the Museum Entrance Hall.

Masterpiece of the Week Talk
Daily through October 30, 2011
4 pm
Museum Galleries, Getty Center


Name your price. In this 15-minute talk, explore the inner workings of LA art-world impresario Walter Hopps by looking at a work of art by Edward Kienholz titled Walter Hopps Hopps Hopps. Meet the educator at the Museum Information Desk.

Exhibitions
La Roldana's Saint Gines
La Roldana's Saint Ginés: The Making of a Polychrome Sculpture
Daily through December 11, 2011

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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Medieval and Renaissance Sculpture and Decorative Arts
New Galleries for Medieval and Renaissance Sculpture and Decorative Arts
Daily

North Pavilion, Plaza Level, Getty Center


A newly designed installation of medieval and Renaissance European sculpture and decorative arts is now on view in the J. Paul Getty Museum's North Pavilion at the Getty Center. Displayed with paintings, drawings, and illuminated manuscripts that enrich their context, the works of art are arranged by period and theme. The installation features innovative technologies, including interactive touch screens, that enhance the visitor's experience.

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Greetings from L.A.: Artists and Publics, 1950-1980
Greetings from L.A.: Artists and Publics, 1950–1980
Daily through February 5, 2012

Research Institute Exhibition Gallery, Getty Center


Beginning in the 1950s, Southern California saw the emergence of newly diverse audiences for art. While gallerists cultivated collectors, Beat artists Wallace Berman and George Herms distributed handcrafted works among friends. Others, including Chris Burden, exploited the mass media to circulate their work. Art schools became innovative forums for artists such as Judy Chicago and John Baldessari. Social and political movements that championed peace and feminism mobilized artists to take their messages to the streets. Drawn from the Getty Research Institute's archives of Los Angeles art, this exhibition features photographs, ephemera, correspondence, and artwork—many on view for the first time—that reveal how these artists disseminated their works to a broader public.

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In Focus: The Sky
In Focus: The Sky
Daily through December 4, 2011

West Pavilion, Terrace Level, Getty Center


Generations of artists have found inspiration in the sky, which became a rich subject for the medium of photography after it was introduced in 1839. Drawn from the J. Paul Getty Museum's permanent collection, this exhibition explores the genre through the history of photography, including works by Gustave Le Gray, Alfred Stieglitz, André Kertész, and John Divola. Four sections—urban skies, clouds, dark skies, and skies in color—give an overview of the diverse and imaginative ways photographers have approached this theme.

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Saint John / Mesrop of Khizan Isfahan
In the Beginning Was the Word: Medieval Gospel Illumination
Daily through November 27, 2011

North Pavilion, Plaza Level, Getty Center


The four Gospels of Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John, among the most well-known texts in the Bible, offer a powerful account of the life of Christ and form the basis of the religion that his disciples founded. The Gospels were considered of paramount importance and thus richly decorated throughout the Middle Ages. Drawing primarily from the Getty Museum's permanent collection, this exhibition includes examples of Armenian, Ethiopian, and Byzantine as well as Western European manuscript illumination. It examines the major forms of decoration associated with the Gospels, including portraits of the four Evangelists, and explores the varied approaches to illustrating the life of Christ.

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De Wain Valentine's Gray Column
From Start to Finish: De Wain Valentine's Gray Column
Daily through March 11, 2012

West Pavilion, Plaza Level, Getty Center


Gray Column was one of the largest sculptures De Wain Valentine ever cast with polyester resin—the material with which he worked throughout the 1960s and 1970s to create his dazzling circles and columns. This monumental, free-standing slab, measuring twelve feet high and eight feet wide, was abandoned in 1975 and only completed for this exhibition. Curated by the Getty Conservation Institute and on view at the J. Paul Getty Museum, From Start to Finish tells the story of how this extraordinary piece was made and features preparatory drawings and maquettes, videos documenting the fabrication process, interviews with the artist, and a discussion of the conservation of this sculpture. This Getty Center exhibition is part of the region-wide Pacific Standard Time initiative.

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Pacific Standard Time: Crosscurrents in L.A. Painting and Sculpture, 1950-1970
Pacific Standard Time: Crosscurrents in L.A. Painting and Sculpture, 1950–1970
Daily through February 5, 2012

Exhibitions Pavilion, Getty Center


Pacific Standard Time: Crosscurrents in L.A. Painting and Sculpture, 1950–1970 charts the abundant artistic innovation in post–World War II Los Angeles. During this period, Los Angeles artists looked for new approaches, subjects, and techniques for art making, including experimenting with the materials and processes of the pioneering industries in the region and the local surf and car cultures. The exhibition leads viewers on a dynamic tour from the emergence of an indigenous strain of modernism evident in the hard-edge paintings, assemblage sculpture, and large-scale ceramics of the 1950s, to the subsequent development of iconic Pop images of the city in the 1960s, and the conceptual and material contributions of Light and Space art and process painting that fostered the advanced art of the 1970s. This Getty Center exhibition is part of the region-wide Pacific Standard Time initiative.

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Lyonel Feininger: Photographs
Lyonel Feininger: Photographs, 1928–1939
Daily through March 11, 2012

West Pavilion, Terrace Level, Getty Center


A highly regarded painter, printmaker, and draftsman, Lyonel Feininger (American, 1871–1956) was the first master appointed to the newly established Bauhaus in Weimar, Germany, in 1919. Like many other figures at the innovative art school, Feininger turned to photography as a tool for visual exploration. Beginning in 1928 and for the next decade, he used the camera to explore transparency, reflection, night imagery, and the effects of light and shadow. Organized by the Harvard Art Museum/Busch-Reisinger Museum, Cambridge, Massachusetts, in cooperation with the J. Paul Getty Museum, this exhibition presents the first comprehensive overview of little-known photographs by one of the most important artists of the twentieth century. The presentation at the Getty is accompanied by a selection of Bauhaus photographs from the Museum's permanent collection. The exhibition, tour, and catalogue were funded in part through the generosity of the German Friends of the Busch-Reisinger Museum, the Terra Foundation for American Art, the Dedalus Foundation, Inc., and the Emily Rauh Pulitzer and Joseph Pulitzer Jr. Fund for Modern and Contemporary Art, Harvard Art Museums.

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Narrative Interventions in Photography
Narrative Interventions in Photography
Daily through March 11, 2012

West Pavilion, Terrace Level, Getty Center


Featuring contemporary artists Eileen Cowin (American, born 1947), Carrie Mae Weems (American, born 1953), and Simryn Gill (Singaporean, born 1959), this exhibition explores the concept of storytelling through three distinct bodies of photographic works. Cowin's images present a philosophical questioning of narrative and what is fact or fiction; Weems's art attempts to rewrite a profound aspect of human history; while photographs by Gill reflect a more personal interaction with stories through deconstructed books. Although each artist has a different approach, all are concerned with photography and the notion of narrative: implied, real, or revised.

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October 26, 2011
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.

Lansdowne Herakles
Collection Highlights Tour
Weekdays
2 pm
Museum Galleries, Getty Villa


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

Focus Tour: Artists of Antiquity
Wednesday October 26, 2011
3 pm
Museum Galleries, Getty Villa


Through interactive discussion of ancient artistic techniques, this hour-long tour explores how artists in antiquity created marble sculptures, pottery, frescoes, and more. Tour topic subject to change. Sign-up begins 15 minutes before the tour 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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