Artist Sylvana Barrett demonstrates the art of gilding at a past artist-at-work demonstration
Learn about historic and contemporary materials and techniques from practicing artists in these free drop-in programs.

Artist at Work
The Getty Center and The Getty Villa

Enjoy presentations of historical art-making techniques related to the Museum's collection and exhibitions. Meet artists, ask questions, and get close to the action. This is a free, drop-in program.

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French Fashion
Saturday, January 19 and
February 9, 2019
1:00–3:00 p.m.
Getty Center, Museum Lecture Hall

Dressing a live model, costume historian Maxwell Barr demonstrates the extraordinary craftsmanship and virtuosity involved in creating the daily wardrobe required by fashion icon Marie-Antoinette and other elite households of the 18th-century in this free, drop-in program. Complements the exhibition 18th-Century Pastel Portraits.

Wet Plate Collodion Photography
Sundays, November 18 & December 2, 2018
1:00–3:00 p.m.
Getty Center, Research Institute Lecture Hall

Drop by as photographer Luther Gerlach demonstrates how to make wet plate collodion negatives, ambrotypes and tintypes. Although pioneered in the 1850s, these techniques continue to inform and inspire the work of contemporary photographer Sally Mann who reinterprets these exacting processes to reveal traces of serendipity and exploration. Complements the exhibition Sally Mann: A Thousand Crossings. This is a free, drop-in program.

Classic Coifs and Latin Locks: Women's Hair in Ancient Rome
Saturday & Sunday, July 21 & 22, 2018
11:30 a.m.–1:30 p.m.
3:00–4:00 p.m.
Getty Villa, Education Courtyard

Stylist Janet Stephens is fascinated by ancient up-dos. Watch her recreate some of the more complicated hair styles seen in marble in the Villa's collection, with live models. Try your hand at recreating these styles too, while learning about the surprising tools and techniques ancient stylists used to create the most intricate hairstyles of elite Roman women.

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Artist Projects
The Getty Center and The Getty Villa

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Bodies of Evidence: Living Art at the Getty Villa
Saturday and Sunday, May 18 and 19, 2019
10:00 a.m.–4:00 p.m.
Getty Villa Gardens and Galleries

Renowned body painter Trina Merry connects the ancient fascination with the human figure to the art of optical illusion as she uses the human body as a canvas for exploring the intriguing forms, textures, and patterns of the Getty Villa's art and architecture. Observe live models being painted from head to toe, then discover site-specific interventions that transform the site as bodies morph into artworks, disappear into the architecture, and emerge from the Villa's gardens.

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Point of View: Artist Talks
The Getty Center and The Getty Villa

Point of View: Artist Talks feature Los Angeles-based artists and related specialists in an informal and intimate gallery-talk program, offering a unique perspective on the Getty collection and temporary exhibitions. Free; offered on selected Thursday or Saturday afternoons.

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Point of View Tour: Chris Killip
Wednesday, May 24, 2017
1:30-2:30 p.m.
Getty Center, Center for Photographs

Join photographer Chris Killip, whose work is featured in the exhibition Now Then: Chris Killip and the Making of In Flagrante, as he discusses the creation of his groundbreaking photobook In Flagrante (1988) and the decision to republish it decades later. Sign up begins at noon at the Information Desk.

Point of View Tour: Donald Blumberg
Thursday, March 2, 2017
1:30-2:30 p.m.
Getty Center, Center for Photographs

Join artist Donald Blumberg, whose work is featured in the exhibition Breaking News: Turning the Lens on Mass Media, and curator Arpad Kovacs as they discuss photographs the artist made in the late 1960s that respond to the media's coverage of the Vietnam War and the domestic political climate of the period. Sign up begins at noon at the Information Desk.


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