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A + D Museum
Autry National Center
Craft and Folk Art Museum
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Hammer Museum
Huntington Library
Japanese American National Museum
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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
December 11, 2012
Tours and Gallery Talks
Garden Tour
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
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
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.

Exhibition Tour: Florence at the Dawn of the Renaissance: Painting and Illumination, 1300—1350
Daily through February 9, 2013
1 pm
Museum Galleries, Getty Center

Discover a treasure trove of early Renaissance paintings, manuscripts, and stained glass panels in this one-hour tour of the exhibition Florence at the Dawn of the Renaissance: Painting and Illumination, 1300—1350. Meet the educator at the Information Desk.

Curator's Gallery Talk
Tuesday December 11, 2012
2:30 pm
Museum Galleries, Getty Center

Julian Brooks, associate curator of Drawings, the J. Paul Getty Museum, leads a gallery talk on the exhibition Disegno: Drawing in Europe, 1520–1600. Meet under the stairs in the Museum Entrance Hall.

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

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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Florence at the Dawn of the Renaissance
Florence at the Dawn of the Renaissance: Painting and Illumination, 1300–1350
Daily through February 10, 2013

Exhibitions Pavilion, Getty Center

From 1300 to 1350, Florence witnessed rapid civic and church growth and was home to the revolutionary painter Giotto di Bondone and the iconic literary figure Dante Alighieri. In this 50-year period, which laid the foundation for the Renaissance, accomplished and prolific Florentine panel painters and illuminators developed such genres as devotional art and narrative painting, disseminating new religious and humanist texts composed in the city at this time. In a fresh approach to this material, the exhibition incorporates new findings about artistic techniques and artists' workshops based on conservation research and scientific analysis. This major international loan exhibition reveals a more complex and nuanced picture of the beauty and creativity of artistic production in Florence at the dawn of the Renaissance.

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Disegno: Drawing, 1520-1600
Disegno: Drawing in Europe, 1520–1600
Daily through February 3, 2013

West Pavilion, Plaza Level, Getty Center

Contorted, elongated forms and dramatic, animated compositions characterized the new artistic style of the late Renaissance period (about 1520–1600). With an overriding concern for grace and virtuosity in the depiction of the human figure, it combined decorative effects with complex—often ambiguous—subject matter, which particularly thrived in courtly environments. This exhibition explores the various radical iterations of the style across Europe, featuring rare Getty Museum drawings by Italian, French, and Netherlandish artists such as Jacopo Pontormo, Giorgio Vasari, Toussaint Dubreuil, and Hendrick Goltzius, together with a selection of works from the Los Angeles County Museum of Art.

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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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December 11, 2012
The Getty Villa is closed to the general public on this date.