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Free Hours at L.A. Museums (PDF, 269 KB)
Art Platform – Los Angeles
A + D Museum
Autry National Center
Craft and Folk Art Museum
Fowler Museum at UCLA
Hammer Museum
Huntington Library
Japanese American National Museum
LACMA
Los Angeles Public Library
MAK Center for Art & Architecture
MOCA
Museum of Latin American Art
Natural History Museum
Norton Simon Museum
Orange County Museum of Art
Pacific Asia Museum
Pasadena Museum of California Art
Santa Monica Museum of Art
Skirball Cultural Center
March 10, 2013
Tours and Gallery Talks
Garden Tour
Daily
11:30 am, 12:30 pm, 2:30 pm, 3:30 pm
Getty Center


The gardens of the Getty are the focus of this 45-minute tour. Meet the docent outside at the bench under the sycamore trees near the front entrance to the Museum.

Getty Center
Architecture Tour
Daily
10:15 am, 11 am, 1 pm, 2 pm, 3 pm, 4 pm
Museum Entrance Hall, 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.

Halberdier / Pontormo
Collection Highlights Tour
Daily
11 am
Museum Galleries, Getty Center


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

Halberdier / Pontormo
Collection Highlights Tour
Sundays
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 Museum Information Desk.

Exhibitions
The  Life of Art
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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In Focus: Robert Mapplethorpe
In Focus: Robert Mapplethorpe
Daily through March 24, 2013

West Pavilion, Lower Level, Getty Center


A tastemaker and provocateur, Robert Mapplethorpe (American, 1946–1989) ranks as one of the great photographers of the second half of the twentieth century. His highly stylized explorations of gender, race, and sexuality became hallmarks of the period and exerted a powerful influence on his contemporaries. Arranged chronologically, this one-gallery exhibition presents works—from his early mixed-media objects to his photographic portraits, nudes, and still lifes—that were jointly acquired in 2011 by the Getty Museum and the Los Angeles County Museum of Art from the Robert Mapplethorpe Foundation, New York City.

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Untold Stories
Untold Stories: Collecting and Transforming Medieval Manuscripts
Daily through May 12, 2013

North Pavilion, Plaza Level, Getty Center


For hundreds of years, manuscripts have been bought and sold, hidden and displayed, preserved and rearranged, loved and forgotten, cut into pieces, hung on the wall, and glued into albums. At times valued for their beauty, for their religious significance, or simply for the strength of their parchment pages, the manuscripts in this exhibition have been transformed again and again to suit the changing expectations of their various audiences and owners. Drawn from the Getty Museum's permanent collection and including several outside loans, the exhibition reveals the ways in which manuscripts have been refashioned both conceptually and physically and explores the long and eventful history of these books before their entry into the Museum.

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Looking East: Rubens's Encounter with Asia
Looking East: Rubens's Encounter with Asia
Daily through June 9, 2013

West Pavilion, Plaza Level, Getty Center


Peter Paul Rubens was one of the most talented and successful artists working in seventeenth-century Europe. During his illustrious career as a court painter and diplomat, Rubens expressed a fascination with exotic costumes and headdresses. With his masterful handling of black chalk and touches of red, Rubens executed a compelling drawing that features a figure wearing Asian costume—a depiction that has recently been identified as Man in Korean Costume. Now in the collection of the J. Paul Getty Museum, this drawing is the focal point of an exhibition that explores for the first time what the Flemish artist could have known about Asia in general and Korea in particular.

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Farewell to Surrealism
Farewell to Surrealism: The Dyn Circle in Mexico
Daily through April 14, 2013

Research Institute Exhibition Gallery, Getty Center


In the 1940s, an international circle of writers and artists from Europe, Latin America, and North America came together in Mexico City and created the unique journal Dyn. Many of them—including the journal's founder and primary editor, Wolfgang Paalen—had been part of Andre Breton's Parisian surrealist circle in the 1930s, before taking refuge in Mexico during World War II. This group shared a passion for the pre-Columbian past of the Americas, and their immersion in its artifacts transformed their art. Dyn is a record of their ideas and the art they made, an art that had ramifications far beyond Mexico City.

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Vermeer's Woman Reading a Letter
Johannes Vermeer, Woman in Blue Reading a Letter
Daily through March 31, 2013

Museum Galleries, Getty Center


One of Johannes Vermeer's most exquisitely nuanced paintings, Woman in Blue Reading a Letter (about 1663–64), is on view at the Getty Center as a special loan from Amsterdam's Rijksmuseum. Standing alone, a young woman reads a letter with rapt attention, bathed in soft morning light that captures a delicate array of blues within the interior. The painting serves as an ambassador for the Rijksmuseum, which reopens on April 13, 2013, after a ten-year upgrade and renovation.

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Drama and Devotion: Heemskerck's 'Ecce Homo' Altarpiece from Warsaw 	  Drama and Devotion: Heemskerck's Ecce Homo Altarpiece from Warsaw
Drama and Devotion: Heemskerck's Ecce Homo Altarpiece from Warsaw
Daily through April 7, 2013

Museum Galleries, Getty Center


One of the most admired Netherlandish painters of the sixteenth century, Maerten van Heemskerck (1498–1574) worked in an expressive style influenced by his exposure to the work of contemporary Italian painters, particularly Michelangelo. His dramatic Ecce Homo (1544) altarpiece from the National Museum in Warsaw, Poland, on view to the public for the first time following conservation and study at the Getty Museum, offers a rare opportunity to experience a complete triptych by this Renaissance master. The exhibition provides insight into Heemskerck's materials and expedient technique and elaborates on the original location of the altarpiece in Dordrecht. Supported by the Getty Museum Paintings Conservation Council, this event also marks the 150th anniversary of the National Museum.

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March 10, 2013
Performances and Films
Villa Play Reading: The Antaeus Company Presents Oedipus the Man
Sunday March 10, 2013
2 pm
Auditorium, Getty Villa


Noted playwright Kenneth Cavander, director Casey Stangl and the actors of Antaeus Company present the story of the cursed Royal House of Thebes. Drawn from classical Greek texts, this original adaptation distills the myths of three doomed generations into a single evening of drama, centered on the ancient legend of Oedipus. Free; a ticket is required.

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Courses and Demonstrations
Handling Session: Greek Vases
Sundays through March 31, 2013
11 am - 12 pm
Reading Room, Getty Villa


How were Greek vases made? Find out in this multisensory handling session! Touch tools and materials used by ancient potters and painters, ranging from riverbed clays to mouse-whisker brushes. Discover the hidden techniques used to shape and decorate these ancient painted vessels. This is a free, drop-in program.

Tours and Gallery Talks
Getty Villa Inner Peristyle
Architecture Tour
Daily
10:30 am, 11:30 am, 12:30 pm, 1:30 pm, 2:30 pm, 3:30 pm
Museum, Getty Villa


Explore the architecture of the Getty Villa and learn more about daily life in the ancient world in this 40-minute tour. Meet at the Tour Meeting Place outside the Museum Entrance.

Getty Villa Outer Peristyle
Garden Tour
Sundays
10:30 am, 11:30 am, 12:30 pm, 1:30 pm, 2:30 pm, 3:30 pm
Getty Villa


Discover the rich mythological and cultural connections of ancient gardens in this 40-minute tour of the Getty Villa's four Roman gardens. Meet at the Tour Meeting Place outside the Museum Entrance.

Collection Highlights Tour
Weekends through March 31, 2013
1 pm
Museum Galleries, Getty Villa


This one-hour tour provides an overview of major works from the Museum's collection. Sign-up begins 15 minutes before the tour at the Tour Meeting Place.

Exhibitions
Molten Color
Molten Color: Glassmaking in Antiquity
Daily

Museum, Floor 2, Getty Villa


In 2003, the J. Paul Getty Museum acquired a collection of over 350 pieces of ancient glass, formerly owned by Erwin Oppenländer. The works on view in Molten Color are remarkable for their high quality, their chronological breadth, and the glassmaking techniques illustrated by their manufacture. The vessels are accompanied by text and videos illustrating ancient glassmaking techniques.

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Lion attacking a Horse from the Capitoline Museums, Rome
Lion Attacking a Horse from the Capitoline Museums, Rome
Daily through May 6, 2013

Museum, Floor 1, Getty Villa


Among the most storied works of art to survive from antiquity, the spectacular Lion Attacking a Horse was created in the era of Alexander the Great. A trophy of war in imperial Rome, then a symbol of justice in the medieval city, this image of savage animal combat was admired by Michelangelo and inspired generations of artists. On the Capitoline Hill, its presence heralded the Renaissance spirit, laying the foundation for the world’s first public art collection. The extraordinary loan of this recently conserved marble group, presented in a special installation at the Getty Villa, signals a new partnership between the J. Paul Getty Museum and the civic museums of Rome.

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Relief with Antiochos and Herakles
Relief with Antiochos and Herakles
Daily through May 4, 2015

Museum, Floor 2, Getty Villa


On loan from the National Archaeological Museum in Athens, a stele honoring Prokleides, a military officer in the Athenian army, is on view at the Getty Villa in a gallery (208) devoted to Religious Offerings. Carved in relief above a public decree are figures of Antiochos, the mythical founder of the tribe Antiochis, and his father, the Greek hero Herakles.

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