Event Calendar
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Performances and Films/Videos
Lectures and Conferences
Tours and Talks
Family Activities
Courses and Demonstrations
Readings and Book Signings
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
December 31, 2008
Family Activities
Family Art Stops / Enfoque Artístico
Tuesdays - Fridays through January 2, 2009
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. Ofrecida en español a 2:30 p.m. Sign up at the Museum Information Desk 30 minutes before the start of the program.

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Tours and Gallery Talks
Exhibition Tour: Captured Emotions: Baroque Painting in Bologna, 1575–1725
Daily through May 3, 2009
1:30 pm
Museum Galleries, Getty Center

A special one-hour exhibition overview of Captured Emotions: Baroque Painting in Bologna, 1575–1725. 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: Baroque and Rococo Art
Wednesdays through June 30, 2009
3 pm
Museum Galleries, Getty Center

Enjoy a one-hour tour focusing on the Getty'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 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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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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Captured Emotions: Baroque Painting in Bologna, 1575–1725
Daily through May 3, 2009

Exhibitions Pavilion, Getty Center

In the late sixteenth century, a small group of artists from Bologna changed the course of art history. This exhibition tells the extraordinary story of the Carracci family, who reinvigorated the art of painting with tremendous energy and vitality. Their achievement set standards that remained authoritative for more than two centuries. A selection of key works by the Carracci and their followers brings this artistic triumph to life. Twenty-seven of them—most never exhibited before in North America—are on loan from the Gemäldegalerie Alte Meister, Staatliche Kunstsammlungen Dresden, one of the world's premier collections of old master paintings. This exhibition has been co-organized by the J. Paul Getty Museum and the Gemäldegalerie Alte Meister, Staatliche Kunstsammlungen Dresden.

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Drawing the Classical Figure
Daily through March 8, 2009

Museum Galleries, Getty Center

Mastering the depiction of the human figure has long been a cornerstone of an artist's training. This survey of drawings from the 1300s to the 1800s examines how the rediscovery classical sculpture influenced the ways in which artists rendered the human form. A selection of Italian, Flemish, Dutch, Swiss, French, and British drawings illustrates the powerful aesthetic, philosophical, and political forces that informed the representation of the classical figure.

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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December 31, 2008
Tours and Gallery Talks
Special Holiday Wednesday at the Getty Villa
Wednesday December 31, 2008
10 am - 5 pm
Getty Villa

The Getty Villa is open on two special Wednesdays during the holidays: December 24 and December 31, 2008. No tours or gallery talks will be held on these two days, and the Family Forum will be closed. The Cafe and Museum Store will be open.