Tuesday, December 23, 2014

Tue, Dec 23, 2014

The Getty Center

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  • Garden Tour

    Daily
    11:30 am, 12:30 pm, 2:30 pm, 3:30 pm
    Getty Center

    Designed and conceived by artist Robert Irwin, the Central Garden is the focus of this 45-minute tour. Meet outside at the bench near the Museum's front entrance.

  • Collection Highlights Tour

    Daily, December 20, 2014 - January 4, 2015
    10:30 am, 12 pm, 1:30 pm
    Museum Galleries, Getty Center

    This one-hour tour provides an overview of major works from the Museum's collection. Meet the educator at the Information Desk.

  • Architecture Tour

    Daily
    10:15 am, 11 am, 1 pm, 2 pm, 3 pm, 4 pm
    Getty Center

    Discover more about Richard Meier's architecture and the design of the Getty Center site in this 45-minute tour. Meet the docent outside at the bench under the sycamore trees near the front entrance to the Museum.

  • World War I: War of Images, Images of War

    Daily through April 19, 2015

    Research Institute Galleries I and II, Getty Center

    World War I: War of Images, Images of War examines the art and visual culture of the First World War—a conflict of unprecedented mechanized slaughter as well as a struggle over the cultural dominance and direction of Europe. The exhibition juxtaposes the representation of the war in visual propaganda with its depiction by artists who experienced the brutality firsthand. Drawing principally from the Getty Research Institute's special collections, the exhibition features a range of satirical journals, prints, posters, and photographs as well as accounts from the front, including a war diary, correspondence, and "trench art" made by soldiers. Through such archival and graphic material, World War I: War of Images, Images of War captures the trauma of this first modern war.

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  • The Life of Art: Context, Collecting, and Display

    Daily

    South Pavilion, Plaza Level, Getty Center

    From the time an object is made until the day it enters a museum's collection, it may be displayed, used, and perceived in different ways. The Life of Art takes selected objects from the Getty Museum's galleries and encourages visitors to sit down and spend time with them, offering the opportunity to examine them closely to understand how they were made and functioned, why they were collected, and how they have been displayed. Through careful looking, what may be learned about the maker and previous owners of a French gilt-bronze wall light, for example, or the transformation in England of a Chinese porcelain bowl? Close engagement reveals the full lives of these works and why they continue to be collected and cherished today.

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  • Drawing in the Age of Rubens

    Daily through January 11, 2015

    West Pavilion, Plaza Level, Getty Center

    This exhibition of Flemish drawings from the Getty Museum's collection bears witness to the flourishing of artistic culture in the southern Netherlands from the sixteenth to the seventeenth centuries. It features drawings made by Peter Paul Rubens and his most talented pupils as well as sheets by his contemporaries and predecessors. This survey of drawn landscapes, figural studies, and religious subjects from Rubens's time demonstrates the master's grand, synthetic vision as well as the dynamic tradition of his native Flanders. The exhibition complements the international loan show Spectacular Rubens: The Triumph of the Eucharist.

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  • Spectacular Rubens: The Triumph of the Eucharist

    Daily through January 11, 2015

    Exhibitions Pavilion, Getty Center

    The Flemish painter Peter Paul Rubens excelled at devising captivating large-scale compositions. During the mid-1620s, he designed a series of monumental tapestries for the devout Infanta Isabel celebrating the spiritual victory of the Roman Catholic Church. This exhibition unites the exhilarating designs in the collection of the Prado Museum, painted in oil on wood panel, with the magnificent tapestries—rare loans from the Patrimonio Nacional in Madrid. Characterized by exuberant energy, clever visual illusions, and an astonishing array of figures, the Eucharist series is one of the wonders of the Baroque period.

  • Josef Koudelka: Nationality Doubtful

    Daily through March 22, 2015

    West Pavilion, Lower Level, Getty Center

    After photographing theatrical productions in Prague and Roma settlement camps across Eastern Europe, Josef Koudelka (born 1938) risked his life and career to document the 1968 Warsaw Pact invasion of Czechoslovakia. His images of the event, smuggled into the West and reproduced worldwide, forced his exile. This exhibition—the first U.S. retrospective devoted to Koudelka since 1988—presents more than 140 works produced over five decades by this legendary photographer, including early photographic experiments, vintage Gypsies book prints and maquettes, and a selection of large-scale panoramas that he has made since 1986. This exhibition was co-organized by the J. Paul Getty Museum and the Art Institute of Chicago.

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  • Give and Ye Shall Receive: Gift Giving in the Middle Ages

    Daily through March 15, 2015

    North Pavilion, Plaza Level, Getty Center

    In the Middle Ages, gift exchange helped people define their relationships to family and friends, to acquaintances and strangers, to God and to church. This exhibition, drawn from the Museum's permanent collection, examines models for giving found in scripture and in the lives of the saints, explores how gift giving functioned in medieval society, and highlights the special role of the medieval book as a gift.

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  • In Focus: Play

    Daily, December 23, 2014 - May 10, 2015

    West Pavilion, Lower Level, Getty Center

    The introduction of photography in 1839 coincided with major social and economic changes spurred by the Industrial Revolution and a burgeoning culture of leisure. In addition to documenting historic events, this new medium was used to record the everyday, including the many ways people spent their free time. With the advent of faster film and handheld cameras, dancing and carousing were captured with the same enthusiasm as moments of respite and quiet contemplation. This exhibition traces the development of the photographic subject of leisure through the works of artists such as Roger Fenton, Eugène Atget, Gertrude Käsebier, Brassaï, Larry Sultan, and Bill Owens.

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