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Performances and Films/Videos
Lectures and Conferences
Tours and Talks
Japanese American National Museum
Hammer Museum
Museum of Latin American Art
February 12, 2008
Lectures and Conferences
Who Wants to be a Connoisseur? The Politics of a Disputed Leonardo
Tuesday February 12, 2008
4 pm
Museum Lecture Hall, Getty Center

The notorious case of Hahn v. Duveen in the 1920s hinged not just on whether a particular picture—a version of La belle ferronnière—was a genuine Leonardo da Vinci, but also on who was considered to be an expert and what it meant to be a connoisseur. The so-called battle of the experts cast a spotlight on the inner workings of the art world, illuminating the cult of Leonardo, the contradictory imperatives and vituperative quarrels that marked connoisseurship, and the demands made outside and inside the art world for a more scientific art expertise. In this fourth annual lecture of the Project for the Study of Collecting and Provenance, John Brewer, Eli and Edye Broad Professor of Humanities and Social Sciences and professor of literature at CalTech, uses the case of Hahn v. Duveen to explore the history of connoisseurship from Giovanni Morelli to the present.

Please note that this event was previously scheduled for 6:00 p.m. The start time is 4:00 p.m.

Courses and Demonstrations
Sculpting the Figure (Studio Course)
Tuesdays through February 26, 2008
1 pm - 5 pm
Museum Studios, Getty Center

Explore sculpting the human figure in this three-session workshop with artist Peter Zokosky. Working from a life model in oil-based clay, participants will learn basic anatomy, proportion, and techniques for developing the figure from smile to more complex forms. Anatomical instruction, demonstrations, and technical assistance will enable first-time sculptors as well as advanced artists to develop their skills and render the figure in one-quarter scale. Course fee $115; $85 students with ID. Open to 25 participants.
Tues. Feb. 12, 19, and 26; repeats Tues. Mar. 11, 18, and 25 and Tues. Apr. 8, 15, and 22. 1–5 p.m.

Tours and Gallery Talks
Getty Center
Architecture Tour
Tuesdays - Thursdays and Sundays through June 29, 2008
10:15 am, 11 am, 1 pm, 2 pm, 3 pm
Museum Entrance Hall, Getty Center

Getty Center architecture tours are offered daily by docents. Tours last 30–45 minutes. Meet outside in front of the Museum Entrance Hall.

Curator's Gallery Talk: Hidden Compartments
Tuesday February 12, 2008
10:30 am
Museum Galleries, Getty Center

Jeffrey Weaver, assistant curator of sculpture and decorative arts, the J. Paul Getty Museum, leads a gallery talk on the exhibition Medieval Treasures from the Cleveland Museum of Art. Meet under the stairs in the Museum Entrance Hall.

Halberdier / Pontormo
Collection Highlights Tour
Daily through June 29, 2008
11 am
Museum Galleries, Getty Center

This one-hour tour provides an overview of major works from the Museum's collection. Offered in English and Spanish on weekends. Meet at the Museum Information Desk.

Central Garden
Garden Tour
Daily through June 29, 2008
11:30 am, 12:30 pm, 2:30 pm, 3:30 pm
Central Garden, Getty Center

Garden Tours are offered daily by docents. They focus on the Central Garden and landscaping of the Getty Center site. Tours last 45–60 minutes. Meet in front of the Museum Entrance Hall.

Focus Tour: Medieval and Renaissance Art
Tuesdays through June 30, 2008
3 pm
Museum Galleries, Getty Center

Enjoy a one-hour tour focusing on the Getty's medieval and Renaissance collections by exploring the art and culture of these related and distinctive historic periods. Meet at the Museum Information Desk.

Classical Connections: The Enduring Influence of Greek and Roman Art
Daily through December 31, 2009

North Pavilion, Plaza Level, Getty Center

This installation of antiquities demonstrates the relationship of ancient art to later work, showing some of the themes, techniques, and motifs borrowed by later artists—from mythology to decorative design—and the approach to the human figure known today as the classical ideal. This permanent collection installation is on view in the North Pavilion.

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Please Be Seated: A Video Installation by Nicole Cohen
Daily through January 11, 2009

South Pavilion, Plaza Level, Getty Center

Internationally recognized video artist Nicole Cohen (American, b. 1970) explores the intersection of historical interiors, the social behaviors they conditioned, contemporary popular culture, and fantasy. Her project for the Getty Museum focuses on the Museum's collection of French seating furniture and its original and museological contexts. Viewers are invited to engage in a participatory experience, forming personal, imaginative narratives through video projections that render the chairs virtually accessible.

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Consuming Passion: Fragonard's Allegories of Love
Daily through May 4, 2008

West Pavilion, Plaza Level, Getty Center

This small, focused exhibition assembles a group of paintings, drawings, and prints—for the first time—to examine the late allegories of love by Jean-Honoré Fragonard (1732–1806). This project comes out of research based on the Getty Museum's painting, The Fountain of Love, which was acquired in 1999. The exhibition concentrates on the extraordinary, and still little-known, later works of Fragonard, in which he embarked on a series of dramatic reflections on the subject of romantic love, adopting a newly-restrained palette and allegorical vocabulary, while retaining his famously fluid and effortless handling.

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Ten Years of Drawings: What, How, and Why
Daily through May 4, 2008

West Pavilion, Plaza Level, Getty Center

This exhibition celebrates the 10th anniversary of the Getty Center and the growth of the drawings collection during the decade. With an emphasis on showing how and why works are selected for acquisition, the exhibition provides a glimpse into the process by which works enter the collection, as well as a compelling survey of some of the drawings acquired. Highlights include an important transfer-drawing by Gauguin, 18th-century drawings by Guardi, Canaletto, Rosalba Carriera, and the Tiepolos, and rare examples from the early German school, including works by an Upper Rhenish Master and a follower of the Housebook Master.

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André Kertész: Seven Decades
Daily through April 13, 2008

West Pavilion, Terrace Level, Getty Center

Celebrating the quality and diversity of Kertész's long career in photography, this exhibition comprises approximately 55 prints drawn from the Getty's collection that the artist made in Hungary, France, and the United States, where he lived for 40 years. This exhibition is organized chronologically and geographically, beginning in Hungary, where Kertész was born in 1894 and made his first photograph in 1912, then moving to rare small prints made in Paris, where he emigrated in 1925. The final section presents photographs made in New York, where he lived and worked from 1936 until his death in 1985.

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The Goat's Dance: Photographs by Graciela Iturbide
Daily through April 13, 2008

West Pavilion, Terrace Level, Getty Center

The work of Mexico City photographer Graciela Iturbide (b. 1942) is featured in a show of about 140 prints drawn from a combination of sources, including the Getty Museum's holdings, the collection of Daniel Greenberg and Susan Steinhauser, and the artist's own archives. Not strictly a retrospective of the photographer's career, this exhibition highlights Iturbide's work with surviving indigenous communities in southern Mexico (such as the Zapotec Indians of Juchitán and the Mixtec Indians of Huajuapan), outsider immigrant groups in East Los Angeles (like members of the White Fence and Maravilla gangs), and those struggling at La Frontera, the U.S./Mexico border. Concentrating on this international artist's North American pictures, it examines her more recent landscape studies from the American South as well as Mexico, and presents images from Iturbide's native city created almost 40 years.

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Rare Finds: Ten Years of Collecting Manuscripts
Daily through April 20, 2008

North Pavilion, Plaza Level, Getty Center

In celebration of the 10th anniversary of the Getty Center, the Manuscripts Department of the J. Paul Getty Museum is mounting an exhibition of selected acquisitions of the past ten years. The display includes some of the collection's illuminated treasures including the 12th-century Stammheim Missal, a masterpiece of German medieval art; the Avranches psalter, one of the earliest examples of Gothic book painting in France; three miniature paintings from a famous 14th-century Florentine hymnal; the unique copy of a racy epistolary novel written by the future Pope Pius II; and the portrait of King Louis XII of France from his book of hours. The selection includes a strong representation of manuscripts and miniatures ranging from the 13th to the 16th centuries from Italy along with examples of illumination from France, Germany, Spain, Belgium, the Czech Republic, Greece, and Ethiopia.

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In Focus: The Nude
Daily through February 24, 2008

West Pavilion, Terrace Level, Getty Center

The unclothed human figure became a camera subject shortly after the discovery of photography was announced in 1839. From that point forward, artists have been challenged to use a variety of photographic materials and processes to find new ways of picturing the nude. This exhibition, which is drawn exclusively from the Getty Museum's collection of photographs, brings together the work of over 25 innovative photographers who have left their mark on the history of the genre.

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February 12, 2008
The Getty Villa is closed to the general public on this date.