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July 2008

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Audio Interview with Influential Photographer

Current Exhibitions

For almost 50 years, Bernd and Hilla Becher photographed aging industrial buildings and workers' housing in Western Europe. Their unique approach has influenced subsequent generations of artists. Hear Hilla Becher talk about the motivations, technique, and meaning of her work with her husband in an audio interview conducted by the Getty Museum.

Use the audio to introduce students to this contemporary artist's work, or to prepare your class for a visit to the Museum.

Listen to the audio interview with Hilla Becher. A transcript of the interview is also available.

Learn more about the exhibition Bernd and Hilla Becher: Basic Forms, on view through September 14, 2008.

'Hasard' Coal Mine, Cheratte, near Liège, Belgium, / Becher
"Hasard" Coal Mine, Cheratte, near Liège, Belgium, 1970. © Bernd and Hilla Becher

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Getty Drawing Hour: Central Garden
Fridays, July 18, August 1, and August 15, 2008

6:00 p.m.–8:00 p.m., Central Garden
The Getty Center

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Learn about drawing from nature and gain techniques for boosting your observation and drawing skills. Take your new skills back to the classroom and share the experience with your students. Artist Kathy Dunham provides general guidance; all you need to bring are drawing pads and pencils. All levels of experience are welcome. Sign up at the Museum Information Desk beginning at 5:00 p.m. the day of the program. This program is free. Open to 35 participants from the general public.

Get details about the Getty Drawing Hour program.

Learn more about the exhibition Maria Sibylla Merian & Daughters: Women of Art and Science, on view at the Getty Center through August 31, 2008.

Gumbo-Limbo Tree with White Witch Moth and Cocoon and Caterpillar.../ Merian
Gumbo-Limbo Tree with White Witch Moth and Cocoon and Caterpillar of Hawkmoth from The Insects of Suriname, Maria Sibylla Merian, 1730. The Huntington Library, San Marino, California

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Collaboration and Classification

Current Exhibitions

In the exhibition Bernd and Hilla Becher: Basic Forms, students in grades K–12 can explore how some artists document and classify their surroundings. Adapt the lesson "Clearly Classified" to motivate students to observe and identify the unique and common characteristics of buildings in their own neighborhoods, much as the Bechers did in their region of Germany.

View the lesson "Clearly Classified."

Learn more about the exhibition Bernd and Hilla Becher: Basic Forms, on view through September 14, 2008.

Framework House Hauptstrasse 3 / Becher
Students can document the world around them, just as Bernd and Hilla Becher did.

Eight Views, Haupstrasse 3, Birken, Germany, 1971
© Bernd and Hilla Becher

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2008–2009 School Tours Available!

School Visits

It's time to schedule your 2008–2009 school visit to the Getty Center or the Getty Villa! We are expecting high demand for our programs this year, so schedule your visit early.

Visit the School Visit section of our Web site for updates and more information.

A student works on an activity during a Guided Visit to the Getty Villa.
A student works on an activity during a Guided Visit to the Getty Villa.
Changes in the Galleries

Getty Bookmarks

Did you know that works of art at the Getty Museum are often moved to new locations? Before you bring your class to the Getty, make sure all the artworks you want to visit are on view. Here is one recent change:

The Getty Villa
Dionysiac Vintage Festival/ Unknown

On View
Sarcophagus representing a Dionysiac Vintage Festival by an unknown Roman artist is a recent acquisition, and is currently on display in Gallery 213 at the Villa.

Find the location of a work of art by using Getty Bookmarks. Register for an account and you'll always know the most current location of your bookmarked artworks. For the most up-to-date information, be sure to check Getty Bookmarks on the day of, or the night before, your visit.

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