Event Calendar
June 2010 Next Month
    1 2 3 4 5
6 7 8 9 10 11 12
13 14 15 16 17 18 19
20 21 22 23 24 25 26
27 28 29 30      
Performances and Films/Videos
Lectures and Conferences
Tours and Talks
Family Activities
Courses and Demonstrations
Readings and Book Signings
Free Hours at L.A. Museums (PDF, 269 KB)
Autry National Center
Craft and Folk Art Museum
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
Skirball Cultural Center
Fowler Museum at UCLA
June 8, 2010
Lectures and Conferences
Creating Cinematic Worlds
Tuesday June 8, 2010
7 pm
Harold M. Williams Auditorium, Getty Center

A Conversation with Alex McDowell, Lisa Jackson and Boris Hars-Tschachotin.

Production designers have been seminal in shaping the aesthetics of film, and particularly of cinematic space, but their artistry and craft have been largely overlooked in the world of film studies. This panel discussion explores the process of production design—the transformation from paper, to set, to film—and recent changes to this evolution. Panelists chart the changing media involved in production design, as well as the essential role that research plays in the process. Reception to follow. *New location: Harold M. Williams Auditorium

 Learn more about this event

Family Activities
Family Art Stops
Tuesdays - Fridays through September 3, 2010
2 pm, 2:30 pm
Museum Galleries, Getty Center

Get up close and personal with a single work of art at this half-hour, hands-on gallery experience geared for families with children ages 5 and up. Sign-up begins 30 minutes before the program at the Museum Information Desk.

Learn more about Family Art Stops

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

This is a 45-minute tour of the Getty gardens, including Robert Irwin's Central Garden. Meet the docent outside at the bench under the sycamore trees near the front entrance of the Museum.

Food in Art Tour
Daily through June 20, 2010
3 pm
Museum Galleries, Getty Center

Delve into the relationship between food and art! This special, hour-long tour takes you through delectable works in the permanent collection and the exhibition In Focus: Tasteful Pictures. 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.

Tradition and Innovation in the Italian Renaissance
Daily through June 27, 2010
1:30 pm
Museum Galleries, Getty Center

Survey the Museum's collection of Renaissance artworks in this special one-hour tour, which complements the exhibition Leonardo da Vinci and the Art of Sculpture: Inspiration and Invention. Meet the educator at the Museum Information Desk.

La Roldana's Saint Gines
La Roldana's Saint Ginés: The Making of a Polychrome Sculpture

South Pavilion, Plaza Level, Getty Center

Luisa Roldán (Spanish, 1650–1704), affectionately known as La Roldana, was one of the most celebrated and prolific sculptors of the Baroque period. This intimate exhibition introduces visitors to La Roldana, whose artistic superiority catapulted her to fame at the royal court in an otherwise male-dominated profession. She ran a workshop, worked for the king, raised a family, and was a celebrity in her own day. With her polychrome sculpture of Saint Ginés de la Jara from the Getty Museum's collection as a focal point, this exhibition explores the artist's life, artistic achievement, and the multifaceted process used to create masterfully lifelike polychrome sculpture.

 Learn more about this exhibition
Foundry to Finish
Foundry to Finish: The Making of a Bronze Sculpture
Daily through January 2, 2011

North Pavilion, Plaza Level, Getty Center

Get a rare look at how bronze sculpture is born in Foundry to Finish. Visitors explore a process called direct lost-wax casting—a method that yields a single, unique bronze cast of an artist's original clay-and-wax model. Thirteen step-by-step models illustrate the sculpting and casting process. Through X-radiographs, visitors can even get a glimpse inside an original sculpture to see firsthand evidence of how the bronze was cast. The installation complements Cast in Bronze: French Sculpture from Renaissance to Revolution, an international touring exhibition also on view.

 Learn more about this exhibition
Old Testament
The Old Testament in Medieval Manuscript Illumination
Daily through August 8, 2010

North Pavilion, Plaza Level, Getty Center

The Old Testament, as the Hebrew Bible is known to Christians, served as one of the richest sources for narrative art in the Middle Ages. It provided familiar stories—such as those of the Creation of the World and Noah's Ark—and held up heroes such as David and Solomon for emulation. Medieval readers turned to the Old Testament not only for inspiration and moral guidance, but also as a source of entertaining tales and historical information. This exhibition features the Old Testament in a wide variety of books, including Bibles, private devotional manuscripts, books for the mass, and world histories.

 Learn more about this exhibition
Leonardo da Vinci and the Art of Sculpture: Inspiration and Invention
Leonardo da Vinci and the Art of Sculpture: Inspiration and Invention
Daily through June 20, 2010

West Pavilion, Plaza Level, Getty Center

The first display of works by Leonardo da Vinci in Los Angeles in decades, this major international loan exhibition celebrates his achievements and involvement in the art of sculpture. Through original drawings, the exhibition explores his ambitious designs for huge equestrian sculpture projects that were never completed. Important works by artists who inspired Leonardo—and were inspired by him—are also on view. These include Donatello's marble Bearded Prophet and three larger-than-life-size bronze figures by Leonardo's collaborator Giovan Francesco Rustici, all recently restored in Florence and never before seen outside Italy. The exhibition is organized by the High Museum of Art, Atlanta, in association with the J. Paul Getty Museum.

 Learn more about this exhibition
In Focus: Tasteful Pictures
In Focus: Tasteful Pictures
Daily through August 22, 2010

West Pavilion, Terrace Level, Getty Center

Photographers have been enticed by the subject of food since the earliest years of the medium. Drawn exclusively from the Museum's collection, this selection of more than 20 works highlights important technological and aesthetic developments, including bountiful still life compositions, innovative close-ups and photograms, and documentary studies. Among the photographers featured are Roger Fenton, Adolphe Braun, Edward Weston, Bill Owens, Martin Parr, and Taryn Simon.

 Learn more about this exhibition
Printing the Grand Manner
Printing the Grand Manner: Charles Le Brun and Monumental Prints in the Age of Louis XIV
Daily through October 17, 2010

Research Institute Exhibition Gallery, Getty Center

Printing the Grand Manner explores the form, content, and function of late 17th-century reproductive engravings that, given their quality and impressive size, were meant to evoke the grandeur of Charles Le Brun's large-scale paintings and tapestry designs. Despite the fact that no other moment in the history of art witnessed such a concerted production of unusually grand reproductive prints, this visually compelling group of images has not drawn the attention of specialists or the public (in part, because the prints are difficult to handle and display). The exhibition examines the prints' rich vocabulary and illuminates the context of their production between the mid-1660s and 1690. It also calls out the relationship between Le Brun and his printmakers, while interpreting the prints and their inscriptions in light of debates regarding allegories, narratives, and the representation of Louis XIV.

 Learn more about this exhibition
Medieval and Renaissance Sculpture and Decorative Arts
New Galleries for Medieval and Renaissance Sculpture and Decorative Arts

North Pavilion, Plaza Level, Getty Center

A newly designed installation of medieval and Renaissance European sculpture and decorative arts is now on view in the J. Paul Getty Museum's North Pavilion at the Getty Center. Displayed with paintings, drawings, and illuminated manuscripts that enrich their context, the works of art are arranged by period and theme. The installation features innovative technologies, including interactive touch screens, that enhance the visitor's experience.

 Learn more about this exhibition
June 8, 2010
The Getty Villa is closed to the general public on this date.