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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
November 3, 2012
Family Activities
Family Art Stops
Saturdays through April 27, 2013
2:30 pm, 3 pm
Museum Galleries, Getty Center


Get up close and personal with a single work of art at this half-hour, hands-on gallery experience geared for families with children ages 5 and up. Sign-up begins 30 minutes before the program at the Museum Information Desk.

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América Tropical Celebrating a Siqueiros Masterpiece
Saturday November 3, 2012through November 3, 2012
12 pm - 7 pm
La Plaza de Cultura y Artes


Eighty years after it was first painted, the mural América Tropical by David Alfaro Siqueiros − one of the great Mexican artists of the 20th century − is again on view to the public. Bring your family to this festival celebration and explore the artistic, social, and historical significance of América Tropical through food, music, dance, children's activities and more.

Free. No reservation required.

Organized by the Getty Conservation Institute, La Plaza de Cultura y Artes, and El Pueblo de Los Angeles Historical Monument. Executive Producer, Community Arts Resources.

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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
Daily through November 24, 2012
1 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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Heemkerck's Ecce Homo altarpiece
Drama and Devotion: Heemskerck's "Ecce Homo" Altarpiece from Warsaw
Daily through January 13, 2013

North Pavilion, Plaza Level, 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. The accompanying catalogue, beautifully illustrated with numerous color images, contains insightful essays on the artist and the creation and conservation of the altarpiece.

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The Art of Devotion
The Art of Devotion in the Middle Ages
Daily through February 3, 2013

North Pavilion, Plaza Level, Getty Center


Manuscripts and their illuminations played a central role in fostering and expressing the devotion of Christian faithful during the Middle Ages. As the word of God, biblical phrases were introduced by elaborate initial letters; narrative stories about Christ or the saints were pictured in detailed miniatures; and borders brimming with fantastic scenes focused attention on important texts. Drawn entirely from the Getty Museum's collection, this exhibition looks at manuscripts that not only helped medieval viewers celebrate Christian beliefs but also—with their lavish decoration in precious pigments and gold—served as material testaments to the piety of their owners.

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The Photographs of Ray K. Metzker
The Photographs of Ray K. Metzker and the Institute of Design
Daily through February 24, 2013

West Pavilion, Lower Level, Getty Center


Ray K. Metzker (American, born 1931) is one of the most innovative photographers of the last half-century. Utilizing experimental techniques such as high-contrast printing, multiple exposure, and composite images, he creates photographs that strike a unique balance between formal elegance, technical precision, and a deep human regard for the objective world. A graduate of Chicago’s Bauhaus-inspired Institute of Design, Metzker studied with renowned photographers Harry Callahan (American, 1912–1999) and Aaron Siskind (American, 1903–1991). An introduction to the climate of intense photographic experimentation fostered by teachers and emulated by students at the school accompanies this overview of Metzker’s career. The Photographs of Ray K. Metzker and the Institute of Design was organized in collaboration with The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art in Kansas City, Missouri. The J. Paul Getty Museum has added photographs from its own collection and other key loans.

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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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Farewell to Surrealism
Farewell to Surrealism: The Dyn Circle in Mexico
Daily through February 17, 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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November 3, 2012
Performances and Films
Villa Play-Reading Series: Ensemble Studio Theatre/LA presents Deus Ex Machina by Tom Jacobson
Saturday November 3, 2012
1 pm
Auditorium, Getty Villa


In this staged reading of a new play, one of three parts of The Vesuvius Prophecies, a team of contemporary archaeologists fulfills an ancient Roman prophecy that ends the world. The three plays in this series can viewed together or individually and in any order. Free, tickets required.

Deus Ex Machina repeats Sunday, November 4, 1:00 p.m.

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Villa Play-Reading Series: Ensemble Studio Theatre/LA presents Clytemnestra by Tom Jacobson
Saturday November 3, 2012
4 pm
Auditorium, Getty Villa


In this staged reading of a new play, one of three parts of The Vesuvius Prophecies, Electra is told from Clytemnestra's point of view in an irreverent revision. The three plays in this series can viewed together or individually and in any order. Free, tickets required.

Clytemnestra repeats Sunday, November 4, 4:00 p.m.

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Villa Play-Reading Series: Ensemble Studio Theatre/LA presents The Rosy Fingers of Dawn by Tom Jacobson
Saturday November 3, 2012
7 pm
Auditorium, Getty Villa


In this staged reading of a new play, one of three parts of The Vesuvius Prophecies, a wealthy Roman family prepares to perform a fake Greek play in Pompeii in A.D. 79. The three plays in this series can viewed together or individually and in any order. Free, tickets required.

The Rosy Fingers of Dawn repeats Sunday, November 4, 7:00 p.m.

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Family Activities
Art Odyssey for Families
Saturdays through November 25, 2012
11 am
Museum Galleries, Getty Villa


Enjoy a fun-filled 30 minute journey through the galleries. For children (ages 5 and up) and adults. Space is limited. Sign-up begins 15 minutes before the program at the Tour Meeting Place.

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.

Garden Tour
Saturdays
10:30 am, 11:30 am, 12:30 pm, 1:30 pm, 3:30 pm
Museum Galleries, 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.

Tea by the Sea
Saturdays through December 26, 2015
1 pm - 3 pm
Getty Villa


Enjoy Tea by the Sea, a special dining experience inspired by the Mediterranean herbs, vegetables, and fruits that grow at the Villa. Feast on a Mediterranean-inspired menu of sweet and savory sandwiches and pastries, along with fruits, cheeses, and a varied selection of teas. After tea, you can tour the Villa's authentically re-created first-century Roman gardens with knowledgeable docents, then spend the rest of the afternoon savoring the Villa's exhibitions and permanent collection. $36 per person.

Please reserve in advance. Call (800)369-3059 or email us at BonAppetitReservations@getty.edu.

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Exhibition Tour: The Last Days of Pompeii
Weekends through January 6, 2013
1 pm
Museum Galleries, Getty Villa


A special one-hour tour of the exhibition The Last Days of Pompeii: Decadence, Apocalypse, Resurrection. Sign-up begins 15 minutes before the tour at the Tour Meeting Place.

Culinary Garden Tour
Saturdays through December 29, 2012
2:30 pm
Getty Villa


Enjoy a 30-minute food-themed tour of the Getty Villa's gardens as you explore the plants, herbs, and fruits used for cooking in antiquity. Meet at the Tour Meeting Place outside the Museum Entrance.

Spotlight Talk: Collection Highlight
Weekends through November 25, 2012
3 pm
Museum Galleries, Getty Villa


Discover the richness of ancient art in this 30-minute gallery talk that looks in-depth at a major work in the Museum's collection. Sign-up begins 15 minutes before the talk at the Tour Meeting Place.

Restaurant Events
Tea by the Sea
Saturdays through December 26, 2015
1 pm - 3 pm
Getty Villa


Enjoy Tea by the Sea, a special dining experience inspired by the Mediterranean herbs, vegetables, and fruits that grow at the Villa. Feast on a Mediterranean-inspired menu of sweet and savory sandwiches and pastries, along with fruits, cheeses, and a varied selection of teas. After tea, you can tour the Villa's authentically re-created first-century Roman gardens with knowledgeable docents, then spend the rest of the afternoon savoring the Villa's exhibitions and permanent collection. $36 per person.

Please reserve in advance. Call (800)369-3059 or email us at BonAppetitReservations@getty.edu.

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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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Roman Ephebe from Naples
Roman Ephebe from Naples
Daily

Getty Villa


Youth as a Lamp Bearer, a long-term loan from the Museo Archeologico Nazionale in Naples, is on view at the J. Paul Getty Museum at the Getty Villa.

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The Last Days of Pompeii
The Last Days of Pompeii: Decadence, Apocalypse, Resurrection
Daily through January 7, 2013

Museum, Floor 2, Getty Villa


Pompeii and the other cities destroyed and paradoxically preserved by the eruption of Mount Vesuvius in A.D. 79 are usually considered the places where we can best and most directly experience the daily lives of ancient Romans. Rather than presenting these sites as windows on the past, this exhibition explores them as a modern obsession. Over the three hundred years since their discovery in the early 1700s, the Vesuvian sites have functioned as shifting mirrors of the present, inspiring foremost artists—from Piranesi, Fragonard, Ingres, and Alma-Tadema to Duchamp, Dalí, Rothko, and Warhol—to engage with contemporary concerns in diverse media. This international loan exhibition is co-organized by the J. Paul Getty Museum and the Cleveland Museum of Art in association with the Musée national des beaux-arts du Québec.

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The Sanctuaries of Demeter and Persephone at Morgantina
The Sanctuaries of Demeter and Persephone at Morgantina
Daily through January 21, 2013

Museum, Floor 1, Getty Villa


A cache of votive offerings excavated from the sanctuaries of the ancient city of Morgantina is on loan from the Museo Archeologico of Aidone, Sicily. These objects, which date from 400 to 200 B.C., were given as gifts by worshippers to Demeter and her daughter Persephone, goddesses of agricultural fertility. Ranging from terracotta figures of the deities to bone hair pins and oil lamps used in nocturnal rituals, the artifacts reveal worship practices and highlight the vibrancy of local craftsmanship. Several works have been conserved by the Getty, such as a bust of Persephone, for which treatment uncovered a painted scene of dancing women on her garment.

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Lion attacking a Horse from the Capitoline Museums, Rome
Lion Attacking a Horse from the Capitoline Museums, Rome
Daily through February 4, 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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