Future Exhibitions and Installations

The Getty Center

  • Lumen: Helen Pashgian

    August 6–November 5, 2024

    Helen Pashgian’s Untitled (Lens) challenges human perception. The feelings evoked by this meditative sculpture and light installation could be likened to those inspired by medieval sacred spaces that, like Pashgian’s work, use light to take the viewer utterly beyond the outside world, energizing and focusing the mind, and creating transformative experiences.

    This installation is part of the exhibition Lumen: The Art and Science of Light.

  • Abstracted Light: Experimental Photography

    August 20–November 24, 2024

    Abstract imagery made with experimental light exposures was of great interest to avant-garde photographers from the 1920s to the ‘50s. This exhibition features photographs by international artists devoted to the practice, including László Moholy-Nagy, Francis Bruguière, Man Ray, Tōyō Miyatake, Asahachi Kono, and Jaromír Funke. The selection of works demonstrates the dynamic interplay between still photography, experimental film, and the dazzling time-based artworks by Thomas Wilfred called “Lumia instruments.”

  • Sculpting with Light: Contemporary Artists and Holography

    August 20–November 24, 2024

    Made possible by the invention of laser technology in the 1960s, holograms produce the illusion of three-dimensional objects floating in space. Many artists have experimented with holography: Louise Bourgeois, Ed Ruscha, and others were invited by the C Project to explore the creative potential of the medium in the late 1990s, and Deana Lawson turned to holography to expand her photographic practice around 2020. The master technician in both instances was Matthew Schreiber, an artist in his own right, whose work is also featured.

  • Sensing the Future: Experiments in Art and Technology (E.A.T.)

    September 10, 2024–February 23, 2025

    This exhibition tells the story of a mid-20th century collaboration between artists and engineers to form the group Experiments in Art and Technology (E.A.T.). E.A.T.'s events integrated art, theater, multi-sensory environments, and groundbreaking technology. The group's pioneering efforts to facilitate communication and collaboration pushed its programs beyond the art world, laying the path for new technological innovations.

  • Magnified Wonders: An 18th-Century Microscope

    September 10, 2024–February 2, 2025

    The spectacular French microscope from Getty’s collection is a unique testament to scientific advances and Rococo design in the Age of Enlightenment. It allowed science enthusiasts to immerse themselves in the recently discovered world of the microscopically small. New study and conservation present the cultural and historical context of this magnificent object and reveals its technical complexity in a display which includes its lavish tooled-leather case and specimen slides of natural curiosities.

  • Lumen: The Art and Science of Light

    September 10–December 8, 2024

    Medieval artists created dazzling light-filled environments with gold, crystal, and glass evoking the layered realms of the divine. Long associated with divinity, light also occupied a central place in scientific inquiry. Today we tend to separate science from religion, but for medieval people these disciplines were firmly intertwined. Focusing on the arts of western Europe, this exhibition explores the ways that the science of light was studied by Christian, Jewish, and Muslim philosophers, theologians, and artists during the “Long Middle Ages” (800–1600). To convey the sense of wonder created by moving light on precious materials, several contemporary artworks are placed in dialogue with historic objects. Special installations by Helen Pashgian and Charles Ross extend Lumen throughout the Museum.

  • Charles Ross: Spectrum 14

    September 10, 2024–Ongoing

    Spectrum 14 is a calibrated array of prisms that cast a dazzling display of luminous color across the Museum’s rotunda. Bands of spectral light traverse the space in relation to the sun, which follows a slightly different arc through the sky every day. Over time, Ross’s work changes in response to Earth’s rotational orbit, connecting us to the premodern experience of astronomical observation and calculation that defined cycles of days, seasons, and rituals.

    This project was commissioned for PST ART as part of the exhibition Lumen: The Art and Science of Light. This is the second “Rotunda Commission,” a series of art installations inspired by the Getty Museum’s collection, architecture, and site.

  • Rising Signs: The Medieval Science of Astrology

    October 1, 2024–January 5, 2025

    Medieval Europeans believed that the movements of the sun, moon, stars, and planets directly affected their lives on earth. The position of these celestial bodies had the power to not only influence individual personalities but also created the seasonal conditions ideal for a variety of tasks from planting crops to bloodletting. Exploring the 12 signs of the zodiac still familiar to us today, this exhibition reveals the mysteries of medieval astrology as it intersected with medicine, divination, and daily life in the Middle Ages.

  • Ultra-Violet: New Light on Van Gogh’s Irises

    October 1, 2024–January 19, 2025

    Examine Getty’s much-loved painting, Irises by Vincent Van Gogh, from the perspective of modern conservation science. This exhibition shows how the artist’s understanding of light and color informed his painting practice, and how conservators and scientists working together can harness the power of light with analytical tools that uncover the artist’s materials and working methods. Lastly, the exhibition reveals how light has irrevocably changed some of the colors in Irises. A painting we thought we knew so well has suddenly become quite unfamiliar.

  • Paper and Light

    October 15, 2024–January 19, 2025

    Artists have for centuries explored the interaction of paper and light. This exhibition of drawings charts some of the innovative ways in which the two media were creatively used together. Works include the Museum’s extraordinary 12-foot-long transparency by Carmontelle—essentially an 18th-century motion picture—which will be shown lit from behind as originally intended. Drawings by more contemporary artists including Vija Celmins will join sheets by Tiepolo, Delacroix, Seurat, and Manet to portray the themes of translucency and the representation of light.

  • Exploring the Alps

    November 12, 2024–April 27, 2025

    Based around Giovanni Segantini’s monumental pastel Study for “La Vita” depicting the Alpine peaks that ringed his home in the Engadine Valley in Switzerland, this focused exhibition highlights the different ways in which later 19th-century artists explored and depicted the Alps. Themes include the joys and difficulties of working outdoors and the connections between the land and its inhabitants.

The Getty Villa

  • Ancient Thrace and the Classical World: Treasures from Bulgaria, Romania, and Greece

    November 6, 2024–March 3, 2025

    The ancient land of Thrace, on the northern border of Greece (comprising present-day Bulgaria and parts of Romania), was home to a tribal culture that produced superb gold, silver, and bronze works used in aristocratic pursuits, such as warfare, horsemanship, and banqueting. This exhibition features many objects that were discovered in spectacular Thracian burial mounds. At various times adversaries and allies of the Greeks, the Thracians were greatly influenced by Greek art but created their own distinctive style.

    Part of Getty’s program The Classical World in Context. Organized in collaboration with the Ministry of Culture, Republic of Bulgaria.