Getty Center, Getty Villa

Getty Center and Getty Villa Open Late This Summer

Enjoy dramatic sunsets, art, architecture, and gardens this summer at both Getty locations, which are also open July 4

Getty Center sunset

Late Getty nights are back! The Getty Center is open till 9 on Fridays and Saturdays this summer, starting May 29. The Getty Villa is open till 9 on Saturdays starting May 30, and both locations are open on July 4. Full details on our summer hours below.

Browse the galleries, see the architecture and gardens transform with the setting sun, and be part of these special programs:

Evenings, Curated

Join us for a new season of Friday Flights at the Getty Center, monthly events that mix music, art, discussion, and dance kicking off May 29. Each event is curated by an L.A. creative.

May 16 marks the return of our free outdoor music series Saturdays Off the 405, with artists including Cathedrals and Shannon and the Clams.

Getty Villa sunset

Ancient Rome by Night

The Getty Villa is open till 9 on Saturdays, a perfect time to bask in the glinty glory of Ancient Luxury and the Roman Silver Treasure from Berthouville, featuring dazzling silver vessels, gems, and other luxury objects.

Tip: If you’re ambitious, take advantage of the “Pay Once, Park Twice” program. Visit the Getty Villa and the Getty Center the same day and pay only once for parking—a pretty good deal for 8,000 years of art.


Getty Summer Hours at a Glance

Getty Center, May 29–August 28, 2015
Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday: 10:00 a.m.–5:30 p.m.
Friday and Saturday: 10:00 a.m.–9:00 p.m.
Sunday: 10:00 a.m.–5:30 p.m.
Monday: Closed

Complete Getty Center visitor info »

Getty Villa, May 30–August 29, 2015
Monday, Wednesday*, Thursday, Friday: 10:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m.
Saturday: 10:00 a.m.–9:00 p.m.
Sunday: 10:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m.
Tuesday: Closed

*The Getty Villa will be closed on the following Wednesdays accommodate preparations for the annual Outdoor Classical Theater production: August 26, September 2, September 9, September 23, September 30.

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      William Pope.L

      Tell us a bit about how and why you became an artist.

      I used to blame my being an artist on my grandmother, but that was my younger self looking for a scapegoat. At one point in undergrad, I had a moment, a crisis where I thought it was my job to save my family and the best way to that was to be a commercial artist—but I had to let go of that. Truth be told, being an artist is something I choose every day. Of course, maybe I choose art because I’m afraid of theater—too much memorizing and being in the moment and shit.

      A lot of your work deals with racial issues—perceptions of “blackness,” “whiteness,” the absurdity of racial prejudices, the violence of it. Why do you address race in your work? Do you think art can be an agent of change?

      I address race in my work ‘cause day-to-day in our country it addresses me. Yes, art can change the world but so can Disney—so there is that. I think the real question is not can art change the world, but can art be changed by the world? Would we allow this?

      Humor, with a touch of the absurd, seems to be an important component in your artistic practice. What role does humor play in your work?

      I like to use humor in my work ‘cause it answers/deals with questions in ways that are very unique. Humor answers questions with an immediacy and creates a productive amnesia of the moment in the receiver—but then the wave recedes, the world floods back in with its pain, confusions, and crush but the humor remains like a perfume or an echo or a kiss inside beneath one’s skin.

      More: Artist William Pope.L on Humor, Race, and God

      From top: Obi Sunt (Production Image from the making of Obi Sunt), 2015, William Pope.L. Courtesy of the Artist © Pope.L; Gans-Nelson fight, from the album ‘Incident to the Gans-Nelson fight’ (Page 40-3), Goldfield, NV, September 3, 1906, William Pope.L. Courtesy of Steve Turner and the Artist; Tour People, 2005, William Pope.L. Courtesy of the Artist © Pope.L; Failure Drawing #301, NYU/Napkin, Rocket Crash, William Pope.L. Courtesy of the Artist © Pope.L.


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