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September 23–December 7, 2008 at the Getty Center


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My Gold Mine: David Levine Speaks about Art, Caricature, and Subjects of Our Time
The work of David Levine, one of the world's foremost caricaturists, has appeared in The New York Review of Books for over 40 years, as well as in Time magazine, Newsweek, and other publications. Join him as he offers unique perspectives on multiple cultural subjects of our time, including literature, politics, science, and painting, and takes your questions.

Sunday, November 2, 2008, 4 p.m.
Getty Center, Harold M. Williams Auditorium
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Gallery Course

Exploring Humor and Political Satire in Drawings and Prints
For centuries drawings and prints have been used to lampoon human character, ridicule physical characteristics, and satirize behavior. Brands of humor, from wicked caricatures to wry observations of social injustice are explored in this two-part course which includes lectures and discussions. The historical imagery is revitalized in the context of our current presidential elections. Course fee $30; $20 students. Open to 25 participants. Call (310) 440-7300 for reservations.

Part 1: Saturday, November 8, 2008, 10:30–12:30 p.m.
Getty Center, GRI Lecture Hall and Museum galleries
Part 2: Saturday, November 15, 2008, 10:30–12:30 p.m.
Grunwald Center for the Graphic Arts, Hammer Museum, UCLA

Dancing Peasant Couple / Graf


Curator's Gallery Talks
Julian Brooks, associate curator, Department of Drawings, the J. Paul Getty Museum, leads a gallery talk on the exhibition. Free; meet under the stairs in the Museum Entrance Hall.

Wednesdays, October 22 and November 19, 2008, 2:30 p.m.
Getty Center, Museum galleries

GettyGuide™ Audio Player

Hear caricaturist David Levine and curator Julian Brooks talk about the different types of humor depicted in the exhibition. Pick up an audio player in the Museum Entrance Hall.