Unique gallery courses explore the fascinating world of art and ideas found in the Museum's collection and current exhibitions. Participants have the opportunity for close encounters with art through lecture and guided discussion.

Courses are designed for adults and taught by educators, curators, and scholars. Registration and tickets are required for all courses.

Art Circles
The Getty Center


 
Enrich your Saturday nights. Join an open-ended discussion in the galleries to heighten your appreciation and understanding of the visual arts by exploring one masterpiece with an educator. The chosen work of art changes every session, making each visit a new experience. Course fee $25 per session (includes a food voucher and parking). Meet at the Museum Information Desk for course introduction.

Learn more about this program on our blog, The Iris.

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A Masterpiece to Be Explored

Saturday, February 13, 2016
6:00–8:00 p.m.



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Experiencing the Getty Center
The Getty Center


Novice and seasoned museumgoers are invited to fully experience works of art in the Museum's collection. Educators direct discussion and the study of select masterpieces. Each course includes up to four thematically linked sessions, which take place once a month, usually on a Saturday morning. Attend a single class or the whole series.

 
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The Erotic Male: From Classical Antiquity to Mapplethorpe

Sunday, April 17, 2016
1:00–4:00 p.m.
Getty Center, Getty Research Institute Lecture Hall and Museum galleries
Tickets $35; complimentary parking, refreshments will be provided.



A toned athletic body and remote gaze have signaled elite masculine beauty and sexual allure for thousands of years. Discover with educators Shelby Brown and William Zaluski the social and sexual contexts of posed and perfected classical nude sculptures, and explore their ultimate influence on the nude and portrait photography of Robert Mapplethorpe.

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Experiencing the Getty Villa
The Getty Villa


Enjoy an afternoon at the Getty Villa exploring the antiquities collection, gardens, and ancient architecture. Course fee varies.

 
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Lust and Libation: Wine and Sex in the Ancient World

Saturday, February 13, 2016
4:00–6:30 p.m.
Getty Villa
Tickets $75; includes parking. Must be over 21 years of age; explicit images may be shown.



Celebrate the feast of St. Valentine with an afternoon of art and wine at the Getty Villa. Start with a tour of selected artworks with educator Shelby Brown to discover the age-old connection of passion and the grape. Then enjoy a tasting and discussion of wines from Italy and Greece—the heart of classical antiquity—with advanced sommelier and wine instructor Giammario Villa. Hors d'oeuvres served.

This inaugural gallery course is offered as part of "Bacchus Uncorked," an occasional series of public programs exploring art, wine, and cultures of the ancient Mediterranean.

 
Bad Men, Monsters, and Misfits

Saturday, April 30, 2016
1:00–4:00 p.m.
Getty Villa
Tickets $35; available February 1, 2016. Complimentary parking, refreshments will be provided.

A successor to the course "Bad Women, Wives, and Witches," this class explores the misbehavior of males in classical mythology, from the horrifying deeds of husbands and lovers to the literally monstrous acts of hybrid beings. Compare the gendered rules for men and women, then tour the galleries with educator Shelby Brown.

 
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The Freed Slave in Roman Society: From Property to Prosperity

Saturday, December 5, 2015
1:00 p.m.–4:00 p.m.
Getty Villa, Meeting Rooms and
Museum galleries
Course fee $35 (includes parking)

While slavery was a grim reality in antiquity, the Romans offered many slaves an escape. Freed during a master's life or in his will, ex-slaves could become wealthy and powerful, even attaining positions in imperial circles. Join educator Eric Bruehl to explore the important role of freedmen in the Roman world.

 
Bad Women, Wives, and Witches

Saturday, October 3, 2015
1:00 p.m.–4:00 p.m.
Getty Villa, Meeting Rooms and
Museum galleries
Course fee $35 (includes parking and refreshments)

Investigate the bad women of ancient Greece with educator Shelby Brown. Consider the inappropriate behavior and misdeeds of both ordinary and magical women, from the merely shocking to actual mythological crimes. Then tour the galleries to see how artists depict good and bad women in art. (Relates to the fall Outdoor Classical Play based on Euripides' Medea,Luis Alfaro's Mojada: A Medea in Los Angeles).

 
Classical Monsters, Hybrids, and Bizarre Beings

Saturday, May 9, 2015
1:00 p.m.–4:00 p.m.
Getty Villa, Meeting Rooms and
Museum galleries
Course fee $35 (includes parking and refreshments)

Strange and dangerous creatures abound in Greco-Roman mythology, many sporting excess body parts or joined together from different beings. Some were born, others mutated by enraged gods. Explore with educator Shelby Brown the fascinating stories and imagery of these bizarre beings, then tour the galleries to compare normal with abnormal.

 


Stories for the Greek Dead

Sunday, April 12, 2015
1:00 p.m.–4:00 p.m.
Getty Villa, Meeting Rooms and
Museum galleries
Course fee $35 (includes parking and refreshments)

Delve into Greek and related south Italian tales of dramatic death and examine myths considered appropriate for the dead with educator Eric Bruehl. Tour the Museum collection and the exhibition Dangerous Perfection: Funerary Vases from Southern Italy to learn how artists approach scenes of death and to view the narratives decorating spectacular funerary urns.

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