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October 26, 2006–April 30, 2007 at the Getty Villa

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All events are free and are held in the Auditorium at the Getty Villa, unless otherwise noted.

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Gallery Talks

Conservators and curators lead one-hour gallery talks on the exhibition. Space is limited. Sign up at the Tour Meeting Place outside the Museum Main Entrance a half hour before the talk.

Kristin Kelly, assistant director, the Getty Conservation Institute
Fridays, October 27, 2006 and February 2, 2007, 3:00 p.m.

Carrie Tovar, curatorial assistant, Department of Antiquities, the J. Paul Getty Museum
Fridays, November 10 and December 8, 2006, 3:00 p.m.

Jeffrey Maish, associate conservator of antiquities, the J. Paul Getty Museum
Friday, December 22, 2006, 3:00 p.m.

Marie Svoboda, associate conservator of antiquities, the J. Paul Getty Museum
Friday, January 5, 2007, 3:00 p.m.

Janet Grossman, associate curator of antiquities, the J. Paul Getty Museum
Fridays, January 19 and April 27, 2007, 3:00 p.m.

Eduardo Sanchez, associate conservator of antiquities, the J. Paul Getty Museum
Fridays, February 16 and March 16, 2007, 3:00 p.m.

Anna Zagorski, research associate, the Getty Conservation Institute
Friday, March 2, 2007, 3:00 p.m.

Erik Risser, assistant conservator of antiquities, the J. Paul Getty Museum
Friday, March 30, 2007, 3:00 p.m.

Family Festivals

Experience the music of North Africa, enjoy dramatic retellings of ancient myths, and create your own mosaic in a hands-on workshops.

Getty Villa, Peristyle Gardens and Auditorium

Sunday, December 3, 2006, 10:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m.
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Saturday, March 10, 2007, 10:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m.
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Gallery Course

From Tunisia to L.A.: Mosaics through History
Explore traditions of mosaic-making with art historians, curators, and artists as they discuss mosaic imagery and techniques. Course fee $20. Open to 40 participants. Call (310) 440-7300 to sign up.

Wednesday, March 21, 2006, 10:00 a.m.–1:00 p.m.
Getty Villa, Office Building

Studio Course

The Ancient Art of Mosaics
Learn ancient mosaic-making techniques in this daylong workshop led by award-winning mosaicist Lillian Sizemore. The class begins in the galleries with an overview of the exhibition, then moves into the studios, where participants will create a take-away mosaic project. Course fee $65. Open to 15 participants. Call (310) 440-7300 to sign up.

Saturday and Sunday, October 28 and 29, 2006, 10:00 a.m.–4:00 p.m.
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Saturday and Sunday, February 10 and 11, 2007, 10:00 a.m.–4:00 p.m.
Getty Villa, Education Studio


To hear curators and conservators discuss mosaics of Roman Africa and the dedicated efforts to conserve them, use a GettyGuide audio player. Always available for $5 at the Pick-Up Desk near the Museum Entrance.


Stories in Stone
Running time: about 12 minutes
Providing an overview of Roman floor mosaics in Tunisia, this short film highlights the efforts of the Institut National du Patrimoine and the Getty Conservation Institute to preserve these works at archaeological sites.

Presented daily in the Auditorium

Detail: Elephant and Horse

Self-Driving Tour

Mosaic L.A.
The J. Paul Getty Museum has partnered with the Los Angeles Conservancy to present a daylong, self-driving tour of historic public mosaics in Los Angeles. The tour explores the beauty and artistry of these works while highlighting the continued vibrancy of the ancient tradition of architectural mosaics, which is highly evident in Los Angeles. Tour tickets are $30, $25 for Conservancy members. For details and tickets, visit

Sunday, March 25, 2007
10:00 a.m.–4:00 p.m.
Various Los Angeles locations

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Wall, Floor, or Building? Thoughts on Exhibiting Mosaics
Janet Grossman, associate curator of antiquities, the J. Paul Getty Museum, examines various strategies that museums employ to display mosaics that have been removed from their original contexts.

Saturday, November 11, 2006, 3:00 p.m.

Puzzling Images
Christine Kondoleon, senior curator of Greek and Roman art at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, explores the enigmatic iconography of several mosaics in the exhibition.

Thursday, February 1, 2007, 8:00 p.m.

Panel Discussion
A panel of experts discusses conservation methods used on mosaics.

Thursday, March 8, 2007, 8:00 p.m.

Conserving Mosaics of Tunisia
Aïcha Ben Abed, director of monuments and sites at the Institut National du Patrimoine, Tunisia, speaks about the mosaics selected for this exhibition.

Thursday, April 26, 2007, 8:00 p.m.

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Artist-at-Work Demonstrations

Drop in as Lillian Sizemore, a San Francisco-based artist inspired by ancient motifs, demonstrates ancient mosaic-making techniques.

Thursdays through Mondays, November 9–13, 2006 and February 15–19, 2007, 1:00 p.m.–5:00 p.m.
Getty Villa, Education Court


Your Hope in My Heart: The Music of Orchestra El Azifet, Amina Srarfi, Artistic Director
Widely acknowledged as the first all-female orchestra in the Arab world, El Azifet is celebrated for its exquisite rendering of the very emblem of Tunisian identity, the malouf. The pioneering ensemble brilliantly demonstrates the potent transcendence of the country's music and culture. Tickets $25; $20 students/seniors.

Saturday, January 27, 2007, 8:00 p.m.
Sunday, January 28, 2007, 3:00 p.m.

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