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All lectures, performances, and special events are free and are held in the Harold M. Williams Auditorium, unless otherwise noted. Seating reservations are required. Make reservations below, or call 310-440-7300 for more information. Tickets are available at the Museum Information Desk or via phone.
The Grand Tour Series explores 18th-century travel and tastes as well as the works of art, antiquities, and individuals that were an integral part of the Grand Tour experience.
The "First City of the World": Rome and the Grand Tour
Edgar Peters Bowron, Audrey Jones Beck curator of European Art, Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, explores the allure of the Grand Tour with a focus on 18th-century Rome and those who visited the city, their activities (sightseeing, studying, and shopping) and their response to the art and antiquities of the Eternal City.
Sunday, January 20, 4 p.m. Sold Out

Sir William Hamilton (1730-1803): A Modern Pliny on the Bay of Naples
Ian Jenkins, assistant keeper, Department of Greek and Roman Antiquities, The British Museum, London, examines one of the most distinguished figures of the age of the Grand Tour, Sir William Hamilton, British Ambassador to Naples, whose collections and related publications had a profound impact upon contemporary taste.
Sunday, February 10, 4 p.m.

Laughter and Unease in Rome and Naples: Some Destabilizing Encounters with Foreign Places
Getty Scholar in Residence Chloe Chard lectures on humor and irony in British and French travel narratives of the late 18th and early 19th centuries. This lecture complements the Grand Tour exhibitions.
Thursday, February 14, 4 p.m., Museum Lecture Hall

Sex and the (Eternal) City: The Grand Tour as Erotic Pilgrimage
Kevin Salatino, curator of prints and drawings, Los Angeles County Museum of Art, discusses how, for Grand Tourists and artists, a trip south was as liberating sexually as it was aesthetically. The erotic drawings of Northern artists who spent time in Italy, including Henry Fuseli and Johan Tobias Sergel, will be examined, as will other art world figures.
Sunday, March 3, 4 p.m. Sold Out

Gordon Getty Concerts - This ongoing series features music complementing current Museum exhibitions.
Tafelmusik's The Grand Tour: A Musical Journey
Canada's 17-member Baroque orchestra comes to the Getty with an orchestral version of the Grand Tour—a whirlwind adventure through London, Paris, Versailles, Rome, Venice, and Berlin, including music by Handel, Marais, Corelli, Vivaldi, Telemann and Bach. The orchestral odyssey includes an actor's readings of vivid contemporary anecdotes of the sights, sounds, and tastes of 18th-century Europe. Jeanne Lamon, Music Director.
Saturday, January 26, 8 p.m.
Tickets $28; Students/Seniors $22

Special Family Concert: Tafelmusik's The Grand Tour
Introduce a young person to the magic of the Baroque period through music and storytelling. Join Tafelmusik on an exciting musical quest through 18th-century Europe in a program especially designed for young listeners. Jeanne Lamon, Music Director.
Sunday, January 27, 3 p.m.
Tickets $15

Living Pictures: An Evening of Music, Dance, Theater, and Spectacle
Director Michael Hackett, in collaboration with Michael Eagan and Musica Angelica, stages a series of "living pictures" inspired by the 18th-century theatrical tradition of tableaux vivants. The series vividly depicts the vibrant artistic salons of Sir William Hamilton and the two Lady Hamiltons.
Saturday, March 2, 8 p.m.
Tickets $25; Students/Seniors $20
Sold Out

Artist-at-Work Demonstrations
Artist Stas Orlovski demonstrates how artists used sketches of vistas and architectural details to create finished drawings. Drop-in visitors are welcome.
Sundays: March 10, 17, 31, April 4, 11, and Thursdays: March 7, 14, 21, 28, April 7, 1-3 p.m. East Pavilion Art Information Room

Point-of-View Talks
Sign up at the Information Desk in the Museum Entrance Hall beginning at 4:30 p.m. Talks take place at 6 and 7:30 p.m. in the Museum galleries.
John O'Brien, artist, curator, teacher, and art critic discusses the history and modern permutations of the Grand Tour.
Friday, March 15

Family Festival
The Family Festival presents a wide array of interactive workshops and performances inspired by the Grand Tour; Italian folk and classical music, a reenactment of The Odyssey, and a chance to make your own Venetian carnival masks are all part of the fun.
Produced by Community Arts Resources.
Sunday, March 24, 10 a.m.- 6 p.m., Museum Courtyard

Family Guide
Take your family on their own Grand Tour through the collection using a special Family Guide. Available in the Family Room in English or Spanish, the guide focuses on travel and creating and collecting art. For families with children ages 5 and up.

Italy's 18th Century: Gender and Politics in the Age of the Grand Tour
Co-sponsored by the Getty Research Institute, the UCLA Center for Seventeenth and Eighteenth Century Studies, and the Clark Library, this two-day conference brings together international scholars whose research positions 18th-century Italy as a significant place from which to view cultural developments, and highlights the importance of gender in understanding Italian art, literature, music, and science.

Paper sessions take place at the Getty Center on Friday, April 19, and at the UCLA Clark Library on Saturday, April 20. Advance conference registration is required through UCLA's Center for Seventeenth and Eighteenth Century Studies; for information call 310-206-8552. A Getty Center parking reservation will be made for participants at the time they call UCLA to register.

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