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September 13, 2011–March 11, 2012 at the Getty Center


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An Evening with De Wain Valentine
The Getty Conservation Institute collaborates with the Getty Research Institute to present a special evening with artist De Wain Valentine on the occasion of the exhibition From Start to Finish: De Wain Valentine's Gray Column.

This conversation with the artist will investigate the production, conservation, and display challenges that surround Valentine's monumental 1975–76 sculpture, Gray Column. The work was one of the largest sculptures Valentine ever cast with polyester resin—the material with which he worked throughout the 1960s and 1970s to create his dazzling circles and walls. Free; reservations required.

Wednesday, November 2, 2011, 7:00 p.m.
Getty Center, Harold M. Williams Auditorium

Curator's Gallery Talks

Curators Tom Learner, Rachel Rivenc, and Emma Richardson, of the Getty Conservation Institute, lead gallery talks on the exhibition From Start to Finish: De Wain Valentine's Gray Column. Meet under the stairs in the Museum Entrance Hall. Free; no reservations required.

Tuesdays, October 4 and December 13, 2011, 1:30 p.m. Thursday, January 12, 2012, 1:30 p.m.
Thursday, November 10, 2011, 1:30 p.m.
Tuesday, February 7, 2012, 2:30 p.m.
Thursday, March 1, 2012, 2:30 p.m.

De Wain Valentine in his Venice studio

Film Screening

From Start to Finish: The Story of Gray Column
This 30-minute documentary video recounts the remarkable story behind the making of Gray Column, from its original concept to its display at the Getty Center, through interviews with Valentine and his contemporaries, his studio assistants, collectors, conservators, curators, and scientists, and includes a wealth of stunning archival images taken during Gray Column's creation.

It illustrates the extraordinary measures Valentine undertook to develop a material that would enable him to cast colossal pieces, and the efforts needed to achieve their extremely delicate and pristine surfaces. Free; no reservations required.

Tuesdays, Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays, September 13–25, 2011, and October 4, 2011–March 11, 2012
1:00 p.m

Tuesday–Sunday, September 27–October 2, 2011
12:00 p.m. and 2:30 p.m.

Getty Center, Museum Lecture Hall