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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 29, 2011
Performances and Films
From Start to Finish: The Story of Gray Column
Tuesdays, Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays through March 11, 2012
1 pm
Museum Lecture Hall, Getty Center


This 30-minute documentary video recounts the remarkable story behind the making of "Gray Column"—a monumental sculpture cast in polyresin—from its original concept to its display at the Getty. Through interviews with Valentine, his contemporaries, conservators, curators, and scientists, this video illustrates the extraordinary lengths Valentine undertook to create his colossal works.

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Courses and Demonstrations
Art Circles
Saturday October 29, 2011
6 pm - 8 pm
Museum Galleries, Getty Center


Enrich your Saturday nights. Join an open-ended discussion in the galleries to heighten your appreciation and understanding of the visual arts by exploring one masterpiece with a Museum educator. The chosen work of art changes every session, making each visit a new experience. Course fee $20 (includes a sandwich voucher). Open to 50 participants. Meet at the Museum Information Desk for course introduction.


Family Activities
Family Art Stops
Weekends
2 pm, 2:30 pm
Museum Galleries, Getty Center


Get up close and personal with a single work of art at this half-hour, hands-on gallery experience geared for families with children ages 5 and up. Sign-up begins 30 minutes before the program at the Museum Information Desk.

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Family Drawing Hour: Exploring Color
Saturday October 29, 2011
3:30 pm
Museum Galleries, Getty Center


In this one-hour guided workshop, we'll draw from sculpture and paintings in the Museum's collection as we discover how artists throughout time have expressed their creativity with color! The program is geared for families with children ages 7 and up, but anyone can participate. Space is limited. Sign-up begins at 3:00 p.m. at the Museum Information Desk.

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.

¡Bienvenidos al Getty!
Weekends
11 am
Museum Galleries, Getty Center


Disfruten de una breve y divertida introducción al Museo y sus colecciones. Las familias son bienvenidas. Los esperamos en la sala de entrada del Museo bajo la escalera.

Focus Tour: Modern and Contemporary Art
Saturdays
3 pm
Museum Galleries, Getty Center


Enjoy a one-hour tour focusing on modern and contemporary works at the Museum by exploring the art and culture of the late 19th, 20th, and 21st 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.

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.

Collage Meet-Up
Saturday October 29, 2011
4 pm - 6:30 pm
Museum Courtyard, Getty Center


Join us for an informal, drop-in collage-making activity inspired by the collage and assemblage art on view in the Getty's Pacific Standard Time exhibitions. Following the Masterpiece of the Week talk on Edward Kienholz's Walter Hopps, Hopps, Hopps at 4:00 p.m., we'll create our own collage portraits at tables in the Museum Courtyard. If you like, bring an object that suggests the spirit of a person who is meaningful to you. Supplies are provided; capacity is limited to the seating at the collage tables.

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 29, 2011
Courses and Demonstrations
Handling Sessions: Glassmaking Techniques
Weekends through October 30, 2011
11:30 am - 12:30 pm
Reading Room, Getty Villa


From salt and sand to objects of beauty: drop by to learn about the transformative process of glassmaking in this unique handling session. Touch original works of art made by contemporary glassmakers as you examine the tools and recipes used to make these objects.

Artist-at-Work Demonstration: Encaustic Painting
Weekends through October 30, 2011
2 pm - 4 pm
Education Studio, Getty Villa


Join artist Sylvana Barrett in this live demonstration of encaustic painting, an ancient technique in which pigment is mixed with wax on a warm palette. Discover the tools and materials used to create some of the mummy portraits in the Museum's collection.

Handling Sessions: Glassmaking Techniques
Weekends through October 30, 2011
3:30 pm - 4:30 pm
Reading Room, Getty Villa


From salt and sand to objects of beauty: drop by to learn about the transformative process of glassmaking in this unique handling session. Touch original works of art made by contemporary glassmakers as you examine the tools and recipes used to make these objects.

Family Activities
Art Odyssey for Families
Weekends
2 pm
Museum Galleries, Getty Villa


This 45-minute journey through the galleries is a fun, activity-filled experience for children (ages 5 and up) and adults to enjoy together. Space is limited. Ofrecida en español. Sign-up begins 15 minutes before the tour at the Tour Meeting Place.

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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.

Collection Highlights Tour
Weekends
11 am
Museum Galleries, Getty Villa


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

Tea by the Sea
Saturdays through December 26, 2015
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 (310) 440-7300 or get tickets online.

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Spotlight Talk: Mummy of Herakleides
Thursdays - Sundays through October 31, 2011
1 pm
Museum Galleries, Getty Villa


Learn how to look at ancient art in this 20-minute gallery talk examining in depth one work in the Villa galleries. The featured object this month is the Mummy of Herakleides from around A.D. 150. Sign-up begins 15 minutes before the talk at the Tour Meeting Place.

Culinary Garden Tour
Saturdays through December 31, 2011
3:30 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. Meet at the Tour Meeting Place outside the Museum Entrance.

Restaurant Events
Tea by the Sea
Saturdays through December 26, 2015
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 (310) 440-7300 or get tickets online.

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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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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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