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April 3–September 2, 2012 at the Getty Center


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All events are free, unless otherwise noted. Seating reservations are required. For reservations and information, please call (310) 440-7300.

Panel Discussion

Are We All Paparazzi Now?
This panel comprised of people immersed in the paparazzi culture convenes to consider our conflicted feelings about these photographers and their art, the celebrities who may or may not be unwitting subjects, and our role as consumers of these images. Presented with Zócalo Public Square.

Wednesday, May 16, 2012, 7:30pm
Getty Center, Harold M. Williams Auditorium
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Film Series: What Becomes a Legend
Many of Herb Ritts's photographs recall the glamour of Hollywood's golden age, a time when celebrities were larger than life, flawless and impeccable. Ritts's relationship with his subjects echoes certain director-actor relationships dating from the silent era and the eight films in this series showcase this special relationship and the characters that changed culture and society.

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Saturday, April 28, 2012
3:00p.m.: The Sheik (1921)
7:00p.m.: Pandora's Box (1929)

Sunday, April 29, 2012
Noon: Morocco (1930)
3:00p.m.: Gilda (1946)

Saturday, May 5, 2012
3:00p.m.: A Streetcar Named Desire (1951)
7:00p.m.: And God Created Woman (1956)

Sunday, May 6, 2012
Noon: Rebel without a Cause (1955)
3:00p.m.: Jailhouse Rock (1957)

Gloria Swanson, Edward Steichen


Curator's Gallery Talk
Paul Martineau, associate curator of Photographs, the J. Paul Getty Museum, leads a gallery talk on the exhibition.

Thursday, May 3, 2012, 2:30 p.m.

Meet under the stairs in the Museum Entrance Hall.

Family Activity

Family Festival
Delve into the world of celebrity, image, photography, and Los Angeles at this free daylong family festival inspired by exhibitions, Herb Ritts: L.A. Style and Portraits of Renown: Photography and the Cult of Celebrity. Design a magazine cover with a photo of you as the featured celebrity. Learn how to strike a pose and dance to the sounds of Los Angeles at the end of the 20th century.

Saturday, June 9, 2012, 10:00 a.m.–6:00 p.m.

GettyGuide® Multimedia Player

Hear the curator discuss photographs of celebrities through history, from early daguerreotypes, to Andy Warhol's image of Monaco royalty. Pick up an iPod Touch in the Museum Entrance Hall.