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Free Hours at L.A. Museums (PDF, 269 KB)
Autry National Center
Craft and Folk Art Museum
Fowler Museum at UCLA
Hammer Museum
Huntington Library
Japanese American National Museum
Los Angeles Public Library
MAK Center for Art & Architecture
Museum of Latin American Art
Natural History Museum
Norton Simon Museum
Orange County Museum of Art
Pacific Asia Museum
Pasadena Museum of California Art
Santa Monica Museum of Art
Skirball Cultural Center
May 22, 2012
Courses and Demonstrations
Drawing from the Old Masters: Depicting Depth
Tuesday May 22, 2012
1 pm - 4 pm
Museum Studios, Getty Center

For centuries, artists have been challenged by how to convey the illusion of depth on a flat surface. Join artist Peter Zokosky to discover several strategies for drawing convincing three-dimensional forms and compositions. Discussion, demonstrations, and gallery visits support this hands-on experience. Course fee $35. Open to 25 participants.

Tours and Gallery Talks
Garden Tour
11:30 am, 12:30 pm, 2:30 pm, 3:30 pm
Getty Center

The gardens of the Getty are the focus of this 45-minute tour. Meet the docent outside at the bench under the sycamore trees near the front entrance to the Museum.

Focus Tour: Medieval and Renaissance Art
3 pm
Museum Galleries, Getty Center

Enjoy a one-hour tour focusing on the Museum's medieval and Renaissance collections by exploring the art and culture of these related and distinctive historic periods. The tour may spotlight the current manuscripts exhibition. Meet the educator at the Museum Information Desk.Meet the educator at the Museum Information Desk.

Getty Center
Architecture Tour
10:15 am, 11 am, 1 pm, 2 pm, 3 pm, 4 pm
Museum Entrance Hall, Getty Center

Discover more about Richard Meier's architecture and the design of the Getty Center site in this 45-minute tour. Meet the docent outside at the bench under the sycamore trees near the front entrance to the Museum.

Halberdier / Pontormo
Collection Highlights Tour
11 am
Museum Galleries, Getty Center

This one-hour tour provides an overview of major works from the Museum's collection. Meet the educator at the Museum Information Desk.

Famous Faces: Celebrity Portraits
Tuesdays - Fridays through July 13, 2012
1:30 pm
Museum Galleries, Getty Center

Examine the portrayal of identity, lifestyles, and celebrity culture in paintings, sculptures, and photographs. This one-hour tour looks at works in the exhibitions Herb Ritts: L.A. Style and Portraits of Renown: Photography and the Cult of Celebrity. Meet the educator at the Museum Information Desk.

Masterpiece of the Week Talk
Daily through May 27, 2012
4 pm
Museum Galleries, Getty Center

What is the face of labor? Explore Jean-François Millet's controversial Man with a Hoe in this 15-minute talk. Meet the educator at the Information Desk.

The  Life of Art
The Life of Art: Context, Collecting, and Display

South Pavilion, Plaza Level, Getty Center

From the time an object is made until the day it enters a museum's collection, it may be displayed, used, and perceived in different ways. The Life of Art takes selected objects from the Getty Museum's galleries and encourages visitors to sit down and spend time with them, offering the opportunity to examine them closely to understand how they were made and functioned, why they were collected, and how they have been displayed. Through careful looking, what may be learned about the maker and previous owners of a French gilt-bronze wall light, for example, or the transformation in England of a Chinese porcelain bowl? Close engagement reveals the full lives of these works and why they continue to be collected and cherished today.

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German Renaissance Drawings
Renaissance Drawings from Germany and Switzerland, 1470–1600
Daily through June 17, 2012

West Pavilion, Plaza Level, Getty Center

The period of 1470–1600 represents one of the high points in German art, spanning the careers of artists such as Martin Schongauer, Albrecht Dürer, Lucas Cranach the Elder, and Hans Holbein the Younger. Because different styles of drawing developed in the various regions of present-day Germany and Switzerland, this exhibition of works from the Getty Museum's permanent collection is organized by region—the Middle and Upper Rhine, Switzerland, Nuremberg, and Saxony. The exhibition explores the drawings' wide range of functions and captivating subject matter, including mercenary soldiers and scenes of courtly love. It also presents important new scholarship in the field that has been accomplished during the past decades.

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Portraits of Renown
Portraits of Renown: Photography and the Cult of Celebrity
Daily through August 26, 2012

West Pavilion, Terrace Level, Getty Center

Photography's remarkable propensity to shape visual identities has made it the leading vehicle for representing the famous. Soon after photography was invented in the 1830s, it was used to capture the likenesses and accomplishments of great men and women, gradually supplanting other forms of commemoration. In the twentieth century, the proliferation of photography and the transformative power of fame have helped to accelerate the desire for photographs of celebrities in magazines, newspapers, advertisements, and on the Internet. Drawn from the J. Paul Getty Museum's collection, the exhibition surveys some of the visual strategies used by photographers to picture the famous from the 1840s to the year 2000.

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In Focus: Picturing Landscape
In Focus: Picturing Landscape
Daily through October 7, 2012

West Pavilion, Terrace Level, Getty Center

Nature's challenge to photographers is the theme of this second exhibition on landscape in the Getty Museum's In Focus series. Comprising approximately twenty works from the permanent collection, it looks at the various ways that photographers have responded to the test of depicting the breadth and perspective of a natural landscape through a camera lens. From the pre-photographic drawings made with the aid of a camera lucida to more recent advances in digital technology, the exhibition touches on a range of technical and artistic explorations by figures such as John Beasly Greene, Imogen Cunningham, Harry Callahan, and William Garnett.

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Herb Ritts: L.A. Style
Herb Ritts: L.A. Style
Daily through August 26, 2012

West Pavilion, Lower Level, Getty Center

Herb Ritts (American, 1952–2002) was a Los Angeles-based photographer who established an international reputation for his distinctive photographs of fashion models, nudes, and celebrities. From the late 1970s until his untimely death from AIDS in 2002, Ritts's ability to create photographs that successfully bridged the gap between art and commerce was not only a testament to the power of his imagination and technical skill but also marked the synergy between art, popular culture, and business that followed in the wake of the Pop Art movement of the 1960s and 1970s. This exhibition features a selection of Ritts's vintage prints, magazine covers, Polaroids, and commercial video projects.

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Self-portrait at age 17 / Fantin-Latour
The Getty Research Institute: Recent Print Acquisitions
Daily through September 2, 2012

Research Institute Exhibition Gallery, Getty Center

Representing some of the finest works from the beginning of the 1500s through the late 1900s, this exhibition features recently acquired masterpieces, including Albrecht Dürer's classically inspired suite, Life of the Virgin, and his exquisite etching, Desperate Man. Piranesi's first edition Prisons present the kind of technical and formal innovations that have captivated print collectors, writers, and artists for 250 years; the Getty Research Institute's copy is an exciting discovery in a unique state of preservation. Besides highlighting collection strengths such as artist portraits and landscapes, the exhibition also features Karl Friederich Schinkel's designs for Mozart's operas, and a monumental 12-plate reproductive print after the Last Judgment by the so-called French Michelangelo, Jean Cousin.

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May 22, 2012
The Getty Villa is closed to the general public on this date.