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Japanese American National Museum
Hammer Museum
Museum of Latin American Art
Autry National Center
Huntington Library
Los Angeles Public Library
MAK Center for Art & Architecture
Natural History Museum
Norton Simon Museum
Orange County Museum of Art
Pacific Asia Museum
Pasadena Museum of California Art
Skirball Cultural Center
UCLA Fowler Museum
November 18, 2008
Tours and Gallery Talks
Masterpiece of the Week Talk
Daily through November 23, 2008
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 Mirror Lake, Valley of the Yosemite by Eadweard J. Muybridge. Meet at the Museum Information Desk.

Getty Center
Architecture Tour
Tuesdays - Thursdays and Sundays through June 30, 2009
10:15 am, 11 am, 1 pm, 2 pm, 3 pm
Museum Entrance Hall, Getty Center

Getty Center architecture tours are offered daily by docents. Tours last 30–45 minutes. Meet outside in front of the Museum Entrance Hall.

Halberdier / Pontormo
Collection Highlights Tour
Daily through June 30, 2009
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.

Central Garden
Garden Tour
Daily through June 30, 2009
11:30 am, 12:30 pm, 2:30 pm, 3:30 pm
Central Garden, Getty Center

Garden Tours are offered daily by docents. They focus on the Central Garden and landscaping of the Getty Center site. Tours last 45–60 minutes. Meet in front of the Museum Entrance Hall.

Focus Tour: Medieval and Renaissance Art
Tuesdays through June 30, 2009
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.

Please Be Seated
Please Be Seated: A Video Installation by Nicole Cohen
Daily through January 11, 2009

South Pavilion, Plaza Level, Getty Center

Internationally recognized video artist Nicole Cohen (American, b. 1970) explores the intersection of historical interiors, the social behaviors they conditioned, contemporary popular culture, and fantasy. Her project for the Getty Museum focuses on the Museum's collection of French seating furniture and its original and museological contexts. Viewers are invited to engage in a participatory experience, forming personal, imaginative narratives through video projections that render the chairs virtually accessible.

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Tango with Cows
Tango with Cows: Book Art of the Russian Avant-Garde, 1910–1917
Daily through April 19, 2009

Research Institute Exhibition Gallery, Getty Center

Drawing principally from the Getty Research Institute's superb collection of Russian modernist books, Tango with Cows: Book Art of the Russian Avant-Garde, 1910–1917 brings into focus a brief, but tumultuous period when Russian visual artists and poets, including Natalia Goncharova, Mikhail Larionov, Kazimir Malevich, Alexei Kruchenykh, and Velimir Khlebnikov, challenged Symbolism and revolutionized book art. They fabricated pocket-sized, hand-lithographed books and juxtaposed primitive and abstract imagery with a transrational poetry they called zaum'("beyonsense"). The exhibition traces the avant-garde's use of the materials of their book art—imagery, language and its sounds, design, graphic technique—to convey humor, parody, and an intriguing ambivalence and apprehension about Russia's past, present, and future.
In Focus: The Landscape
In Focus: The Landscape
Daily through January 11, 2009

Center for Photographs, Getty Center

Like painters and draftsmen before them, photographers turned to the landscape as a source of inspiration after the invention of the medium was announced in 1839. Since then, changing artistic movements and continual technical advancements have provided opportunities for camera artists to approach the subject in diverse and imaginative ways. This exhibition, which is drawn exclusively from the Getty's collection, brings together the work of over 25 innovative photographers who have left their mark on the history of the genre, including Gustave Le Gray, Alfred Stieglitz, and Robert Adams.

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A Light Touch
A Light Touch: Exploring Humor in Drawing
Daily through December 7, 2008

Museum Galleries, Getty Center

As a result of its immediacy, drawing has for centuries been used to lampoon human character, ridicule physical characteristics, and satirize behavior. While some drawings were intimate objects viewed by individuals or small groups of people, others were transferred into prints with a wider agenda. Different drawing media (watercolor, pen and ink, etc.) often highlight diverse aims and effects. This exhibition will include works by Leonardo da Vinci, Urs Graf, Giambattista Tiepolo, Francisco de Goya, Thomas Rowlandson, and Pierre Bonnard, and will explore brands of humor, from wicked caricatures to wry observations of social injustice.

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Dialogue among Giants
Dialogue among Giants: Carleton Watkins and the Rise of Photography in California
Daily through March 1, 2009

Center for Photographs, Getty Center

Dialogue among Giants presents the photographs of Carleton Watkins (American, 1829–1916) in the context of the birth and evolution of photography in California. The exhibition considers the social, political, economic, and artistic developments in California between the time of statehood in 1850 and the mid-1880s. It includes approximately 150 works, from daguerreotypes by unknown makers to mammoth-plate photographs by Watkins and his contemporaries.

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Belles Heures of the Duke of Berry
The Belles Heures of the Duke of Berry
Daily through February 8, 2009

Museum Galleries, Getty Center

The Belles Heures of John, Duke of Berry is one of the most beloved books of the Middle Ages and one of the most sumptuous. Painted by the Limbourg brothers when the art of manuscript illumination in France reached new heights of elegance and sophistication, the book, in the collection of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, will be presented with its individual leaves unbound. The resulting display offers a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for the visitor to walk through the book to view all of its major miniatures, a unique gallery of paintings of sublime beauty.

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Sur le Motif: Painting in Nature around 1800
Sur le motif: Painting in Nature around 1800
Daily through March 8, 2009

West Pavilion, Plaza Level, Getty Center

During the late 1700s and early 1800s European artists made a formal practice of working outdoors in the clear, pure light of the Italian countryside, transcribing the atmosphere and depth of picturesque landscape views. Originally intended as studies for more formal, idealized studio paintings, the sketches they created are today considered highly satisfying works of art in their own right. This concise survey exhibition features recent acquisitions by artists such as Jean-Victor Bertin, Jean-Joseph Xavier Bidauld, Camille Corot, Simon Denis, and Pierre-Henri de Valenciennes, supplemented by loans from local collections.

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November 18, 2008
The Getty Villa is closed to the general public on this date.