Museum Home Past Exhibitions Close to Home: An American Album

October 12, 2004–January 16, 2005 at the Getty Center


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Snapshot Culture: Measuring Quality, Relevance, and Meaning in Family Photographs
Robert Flynn Johnson, curator at the Art Museums of San Francisco Palace of the Legion of Honor; Frish Brandt of the Fraenkel Gallery, San Francisco; Babbette Hines, author and collector; Jacqueline Woods, artist and collector; and Paul Martineau, Curatorial Assistant, Department of Photographs, the J. Paul Getty Museum; discuss what makes family snapshots and other found photographs such compelling objects today, and how to measure their quality, relevance, and meaning.

Sunday, December 5, 4:00 p.m
Harold M. Williams Auditorium

Point-of-View Talks

Talks are held at 6:00 and 7:30 p.m. in the Museum galleries. Sign up at the Museum Information Desk beginning at 4:30 p.m.

Gail Pine and Jacqueline Woods—artists, collectors, and dealers in found photographs who often use the images as impetus for their work—discuss the exhibition, which they helped organize.

Friday, November 19

Curator's Gallery Talk

Paul Martineau, Curatorial Assistant, Department of Photographs, the J. Paul Getty Museum, leads a gallery talk on the exhibition. Meet under the stairs in the Museum Entrance Hall.

Friday, October 22, 2:00 p.m.
Museum Galleries

Rosalie Julian and Connie Markoff / Stricherz and Malli


Friday Nights at the Getty
Charles Phoenix's God Bless Americana: The Retro Slide Show of Southern California
Histo-tainer Charles Phoenix gives hysterical-historical commentary on amateur slides shot in Southern California from the '40s, '50s, and '60s.

Friday, November 5, 7:30 p.m.
Harold M. Williams Auditorium

Gordon Getty Concert
Close to Home: A Mid-Century Musical Album
Graffiti, radio broadcasts, blues, train whistles—such are the everyday American sounds that composers as diverse as Samuel Barber, William Grant Still, Harry Partch, and John Cage incorporated as "found objects" in their music. This concert features an innovative mix of readings and musical performances by L.A. notables, including D.J. Waldie and the avant-garde ensemble Just Strings.

Saturday, November 6, 8:00 p.m.
Tickets: $20; students/seniors: $15

Documentary Film

"Other People's Pictures"
A special screening of "Other People's Pictures," a documentary film by Lorca Shepperd and Cabot Philbrick.

Sunday, December 5, 2004, 2:30–3:30 p.m.
Harold M. Williams Auditorium