Artist Sylvana Barrett demonstrates the art of gilding at a past artist-at-work demonstration
Learn about historic and contemporary materials and techniques from practicing artists in these free drop-in programs.

Artist at Work
The Getty Center and The Getty Villa


Enjoy presentations of historical art-making techniques related to the Museum's collection and exhibitions. Meet artists, ask questions, and get close to the action. This is a free, drop-in program.

 
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Arms and Armor
Sunday, October 19, 2014;
repeats Sunday, November 2
1:00–3:00 p.m.
Getty Center, Museum Studios

How did knights get that shining armor? Drop by as master blacksmith Tony Swatton demonstrates materials and techniques used in making arms and armor of the Middle Ages. Complements the Chivalry in the Middle Ages exhibition.








 
Manuscript Illumination
Sundays, December 21, 2014–January 18, 2015
1:00–3:00 p.m.
Getty Center, Museum Studios

Drop by as artist Sylvana Barrett demonstrates the traditional materials and techniques used to create the fine gold gilding and painted images found in illuminated manuscripts from the Middle Ages. Complements the Give and Ye Shall Recieve: Gift-Giving in the Middle Ages exhibition.











 
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Unstitching Ancient Garments
Saturday, September 6, 2014;
repeats Saturday, September 13
11:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m.
2:30–3:30 p.m.
Getty Villa, Museum Galleries

Join costumed reenactors from the Legion Six Historical Society to investigate ancient Greek and Roman garments as depicted in sculptures in the Museum's collection. Explore women's fashion on September 6, and men's fashion on September 13. This is a free program. Sign-up begins 15 minutes before the start of the program at the Tour Meeting Place.


 
French Fashion
Sunday, September 7, 2014;
repeats Sunday, September 14
1:00–3:00 p.m.
Getty Center, Museum Studios

Drop by as historic costume designer Maxwell Barr explores Rococo fashion in the prosperous world of 18th-century Paris. He will demonstrate with a live model the extrordinary craftmanship and virtuosity required to create the wardrobe for a day of dressing in an elite bourgeois household.





 
Byzantine Chanting
Saturday, August 16 and 23, 2014
11:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m. and
2:30–3:30 p.m.
Getty Villa, Inner Peristyle

Join chanters Father Konstantine Douvikas, Mario Lazaridis, and Dimitris Liogris for an intimate performance of sacred melodies from ancient and medieval Byzantium. In Byzantine chant, the human voice is regarded as a holy instrument, communicating with the divine through note and pitch. Learn how this form of early Christian music bridged ancient and medieval oral traditions, and continues to be performed today. Complements the exhibitions Heaven and Earth: Art of Byzantium from Greek Collections and Heaven and Earth: Byzantine Illumination at the Cultural Crossroads. This is a free, drop-in program.


 
The Institute for Art and Olfaction:
Scents of Byzantium

Sunday, June 8, 2014
1:00–2:30 p.m. and
3:00–4:30 p.m.
Getty Villa, Outer Peristyle

Which scents wafted through the air of Byzantium? Join Saskia Wilson-Brown of the Los Angeles-based Institute for Art and Olfaction for a historical introduction to perfumery from antiquity to today. Explore the materials used to create incense, fragrance waters, and perfume oils during the Byzantine era. Stay for a smelling session featuring myrrh, frankincense, narcissus, and other historic aromas. Complements the exhibition, Heaven and Earth: Art of Byzantium from Greek Collections. This is a free, drop-in program.


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Artist Projects
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Elana Mann: Villa Murmurs
Saturday, October 11, 2014;
repeats Saturday, October 18
11:15 a.m.–12:15 p.m.
Getty Villa, Herb Garden & Outer Peristyle

Los Angeles-based artist Elana Mann leads a participatory sonic engagement inspired by pioneering volcanologist Frank Alvord Perret, who invented "geophones" to listen to the earth's subterranean rumblings. Mann has designed contemporary listening devices to allow visitors to detect real and imagined murmurs of history in locations around the Getty Villa. What sounds will you hear? Open to 20 participants. This is a free program. Sign-up begins 15 minutes before the program at the Tour Meeting Place.

 
The Big Draw with Sumi Ink Club
Sunday, October 5, 2014
Noon–3:00 p.m.
Getty Center, Museum Entrance

Drop by, grab a brush, and join the Sumi Ink Club in the creation of a large scale, collaborative ink drawing as part of The Big Draw LA celebration. Founded by Los Angeles-based artists Sarah Rara and Luke Fischbeck, the Sumi Ink Club encourages participatory drawing projects for all ages and experience levels. This is a free program. Complements the exhibition In Focus: Tokyo.

 
Engaging Ensor:
Interactive Print Project

Friday and Saturday,
August 1 and 2, 2014
Noon–3:00 p.m.
Getty Center, Plaza Courtyard

Visit Mobile Arts Platform (MAP), the San Francisco-based art collective, at their pop-up screen-printing cart, a participatory social sculpture inspired by the classic teardrop trailer and pulled behind a vintage Vespa scooter. Join the artists as they create free, interactive posters in conjunction with the exhibition The Scandalous Art of James Ensor. This is a free, drop-in program.

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Getty Artists Program
The Getty Center


The Getty Artists Program extends the education department's existing artist-based programs to include individual artist projects or residencies. Invitations are extended to artists who have shown a strong interest in education. One artist is selected each year and given the freedom to select an audience to work with, and to develop focus and format of their own project.

One goal of the program is to provide invited artists with the opportunity to undertake innovative projects in collaboration with the Museum's staff. The projects provide Museum staff and visitors with new insights and perspectives into the Museum's collections and exhibitions. Thus, our existing audiences have new opportunities for unique learning experiences, and the program has the potential to bring in new audiences. Learn more about this program.

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Barbara Kruger—Whose Values?, 2014

Barbara Kruger, the 2014 Getty Artists Program invitee, is internationally-renown for her large-scale and immersive image, text, and video installations that address provocative social, cultural, and political issues.

For her project, Whose Values?, Kruger joins forces with LAUSD Title I High Schools, specifically 11th and 12th graders from Grover Cleveland High School's Humanities Magnet and Academy of Art and Technology, as well as 12th graders from Chatsworth High School's Humanitas Academy of Education and Human Services. Working with Getty staff and educators from the participating schools, Kruger will engage in small and large-format discussions and activities supporting collaborative art and writing projects connected to core curricular themes of social justice, identity, race, gender and advocacy.

"The Getty Artists Program is an opportunity for me to encourage students to try to visualize, musicalize, and textualize their experience in the world," says Kruger. "I know that this creation of commentary can change lives, encourage ambition, and suggest the pleasure of learning."

The project kicks off in November when Kruger speaks to participating students at Grover Cleveland High School, and will continue in 2015 with a culminating event in the spring.

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Studio Tours
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Judson Studios Tour

Tuesday, October 22, 2013
10:30–11:30 a.m.
Judson Studios, Los Angeles
Tour fee $20

Join us on a tour of Judson Studios to learn how stained-glass panels are made, from initial design to final stages of production, while exploring this designated Historic-Cultural landmark of Los Angeles. Tour fee $20. Open to 20 participants. Group meets at Judson Studios. Complements the exhibition Canterbury and St. Albans: Treasures of Church and Cloister.

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Point of View: Artist Talks
The Getty Center and The Getty Villa


Point of View: Artist Talks feature Los Angeles-based artists and related specialists in an informal and intimate gallery-talk program, offering a unique perspective on the Getty collection and temporary exhibitions. Free; offered on selected Saturday afternoons.

 
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L.A. Odyssey Project: Peter Shire in Conversation with Mary Hart
Saturday, October 18, 2014
2:00-3:00 p.m.
Getty Villa, Museum galleries

As part of the Library Foundation's monthlong celebration of Homer's Odyssey, L.A. artist Peter Shire joins curator Mary Hart for a conversation about ancient and contemporary storytelling through art. The tour features a presentation of Shire's recent interpretation of a Greek vase, which sets the tale of Odysseus in contemporary Los Angeles. In the galleries, explore the ancient Greek vases that inspired his new work. Sign-up begins at 1:45 p.m. at the Tour Meeting Place. This is a free program.


 
Point of View: Artist Talk
Wednesday, October 1, 2014
2:30 p.m.
Getty Center, Museum galleries

Join artist and writer Robert "Rio" Hahn in an exploration of photography as a tool for seeing. Hahn offers insights into the exhibition Minor White: Manifestations of the Spirit and shares his unique perspective stemming from his apprenticeship with Minor White in the 1970s, when he lived, worked, and taught with his mentor. Hahn also introduces observation exercises from his forthcoming book based on techniques initiated by White. This is a free program. Sign-up begins at 1:30 p.m. at the Information Desk.


 
Point-of-View Talk: Byzantine Icons
Saturday, May 17 and June 7, 2014
11:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m. and
2:00–3:00 p.m.
Getty Villa, Museum galleries

Join contemporary iconographer Father Michael Courey for an exploration of the sacred icons in the exhibition Heaven and Earth: Art of Byzantium from Greek Collections. The discussion focuses on gold leaf application, techniques of layering painted color, and the theological significance of materials, colors, and images in the Byzantine iconographic tradition. This is a free program. Sign-up begins 15 minutes before the start of the program at the Tour Meeting Place.

See upcoming and past events and learn more about Point of View: Artist Talks.






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