Exhibitions at the Getty Center

Related Events at the Getty Center

Admission to the Getty Center is FREE. No tickets or reservations are required for general admission. For visitor information, see information on planning a visit or call (310) 440-7300. All events are free, unless otherwise noted. Reservations are required for performances, lectures, seminars, and courses.

Lectures

Modern Art in Los Angeles—Women Curators in Los Angeles In the 1960s and 1970s, a generation of women curators emerged as leading voices in the rapidly growing Southern California art scene. This conversation brings together pioneering curators—Barbara Haskell, Jane Livingston, and Helene Winer—to discuss their critical role in defining west coast art as well as the future paths they followed as gallerists, curators, and art historians. This event is part of the Getty Research Institute's ongoing Modern Art in Los Angeles project, in which leading artists, filmmakers, musicians, curators, and critics are invited to discuss their contributions to the Los Angeles’s vibrant postwar art scene. Learn more about this event. Wednesday, October 26, 2011, 7:00 p.m. Getty Center, Harold M. Williams Auditorium Modern Art in Los Angeles—An Evening with De Wain Valentine The Getty Conservation Institute collaborates with the Getty Research Institute to present a special evening with artist De Wain Valentine on the occasion of the exhibition From Start to Finish: De Wain Valentine's "Gray Column."  This conversation with the artist investigates the production, conservation, and display challenges that surround Valentine’s monumental 1975–76 sculpture, Gray Column. The work was one of the largest sculptures Valentine ever cast with polyester resin—the material with which he worked throughout the 1960s and 1970s to create his dazzling circles and walls. This event is part of the Getty Research Institute's ongoing Modern Art in Los Angeles project, in which leading artists, filmmakers, musicians, curators, and critics are invited to discuss their contributions to the Los Angeles’s vibrant postwar art scene. The 30-minute documentary video From Start to Finish: The Story of Gray Column will screen at 6:00 p.m. Discussion with the artist starts at 7:00 p.m. The exhibition will be open for special viewing from 5:30-7:00 p.m. Watch a video recording of this event. Wednesday, November 2, 2011, 6:00 p.m. Getty Center, Harold M. Williams Auditorium Modern Art in Los Angeles—Assemblage and Politics This conversation brings together Los Angeles artists, including Ed Bereal, Mel Edwards, George Herms, Nancy Reddin Kienholz, and Betye Saar, who employed assemblage sculpture as a way to reflect on the charged political climate of postwar America. These and other artists used found materials to produce complex objects that engaged with issues like the civil rights movement, the Vietnam War, and the censorship of art. This discussion explores how the medium of assemblage sculpture emerged and continues to thrive as a tool of social critique and transformation. This event is part of the Getty Research Institute's ongoing Modern Art in Los Angeles project, in which leading artists, filmmakers, musicians, curators, and critics are invited to discuss their contributions to Los Angeles’s vibrant postwar art scene. Learn more about this event. Wednesday, November 16, 2011, 7:00 p.m. Getty Center, Harold M. Williams Auditorium Modern Art in Los Angeles—Frank Gehry and the Los Angeles Art Scene In the 1960s, artists and architects in Los Angeles shared ideas and inspiration and developed close friendships.  This was particularly true of Frank Gehry, whose distinctive vision of architecture was, in part, shaped by his many exchanges with visual artists, primarily those in the Venice art scene. For this lively event, Frank Gehry reunites with some collaborators and friends to reflect on their formative years in L.A. Guests include Peter Alexander, Chuck Arnoldi, Tony Berlant, Billy Al Bengston, and Ed Moses. This event is part of the Getty Research Institute's ongoing Modern Art in Los Angeles project, in which leading artists, filmmakers, musicians, curators, and critics are invited to discuss their contributions to the Los Angeles’s vibrant postwar art scene. Tuesday, December 13, 2011, 7:00 p.m. Getty Center, Harold M. Williams Auditorium

Symposia

Artists & Archives: A Pacific Standard Time Symposium A panel of artists and scholars explores the ways contemporary artists incorporate archives into their work. Invited speakers George Herms, Suzanne Lacy, Mario Garcia Torres, and Sven Spieker discuss how archives can go beyond documentation to inspire and inform artistic practices—at times becoming part of the work itself. Presented in conjunction with the Pacific Standard Time exhibition Greetings from L.A.: Artists and Publics, 1950–1980, this symposium is organized by the Getty Research Institute in partnership with the Smithsonian Institution's Archives of American Art. Learn more about this event. Saturday, November 12, 2011, 1:00–6:00 p.m. Getty Center, Museum Lecture Hall How Los Angeles Invented the World From movies to pop music to surfing, Los Angeles has created many of the world's most iconic cultural symbols. How did L.A. culture come to stand in for America in music, books, film, and art?  This half-day conference explores how Los Angeles's unique culture was built and how it spread to the rest of the world.  Presented with Zócalo  Public Square. Saturday, November 19, 2011, 2:00–7:00 p.m. Getty Center, Harold M. Williams Auditorium

Gallery Courses

Made in L.A.: The Birth of a Modern Art Capital This three-part course explores how artists in postwar Los Angeles developed radical new art forms, responded to the urban landscape, and laid the foundations for a West Coast modern art capital. Educators Audrey Chan and Lucena Valle-Rey lead this course that looks at all four of the Getty's Pacific Standard Time exhibitions. Course fee $15 per session. Open to 40 participants. Three Saturdays, 10:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m.: Part 1: November 12, 2011: Freeways, Riots, and Swimming Pools Part 2: December 17, 2011: Antics and Institutions Part 3: January 14, 2012: Process and Perception Getty Center, Research Institute Lecture Hall and Museum Galleries Get Tickets

Émigrés and Experimentalists: Music in Los Angeles in the 1930s and 1940s LA Opera and the Getty spotlight the musical culture of Los Angeles during the interwar years, when Austrian and German composers took up residence and mentored young experimentalists like John Cage. A conversation with maestro James Conlon is followed by a musical recital reflecting the period. Nancy Perloff of the Getty Research Institute moderates a roundtable discussion that explores the significance of Los Angeles's émigré culture for young  American composers, providing another perspective on the visual arts celebrated in Pacific Standard Time. Course fee $35; $30 students and LA Opera members. Open to 100 participants. Call (310) 440-7300 to register. Learn more about this event. Part 1: Saturday, January 21, 2012, 10:30 a.m.–1:00 p.m.: Dorothy Chandler Pavilion, Rehearsal Room 4 Part 2: Sunday, January 29, 2012, 10:30 a.m.–1:00 p.m.: Getty Center, Research Institute Lecture Hall and galleries Get Tickets

Studio Courses

Collect, Compose: Collage Workshop Join artist Analia Saban and art historian Claire de Dobay Rifelj in this daylong studio workshop exploring the practice and history of assemblage and collage. Participants learn various collage techniques incorporating encaustic paint and are encouraged to bring additional materials to personalize their works of art. Course fee $125 (includes materials and lunch). Open to 20 participants. Wednesday, October 19, 2011, 10:30 a.m.–5:00 p.m. Repeats: Wednesday, January 18, 2012, 10:30 a.m.–5:30 p.m. Getty Center, Private Dining Room Get Tickets   In Studio Join us for this behind-the-scenes opportunity as artists featured in the Getty's Pacific Standard Time exhibitions open their studios and share insights on their work, inspiration, and process. Information and directions will be sent following registration. Fee $25 per studio visit. Fred Eversley Sunday, December 11, 2011, 11:00 a.m.–12:00 p.m. Venice, CA Get Tickets   Ed Moses Sunday, December 18, 2011, 11:00 a.m.–12:00 p.m. Venice, CA Get Tickets   John Mason Sunday, January 8, 2012, 11:00 a.m.–12:00 p.m. Los Angeles, CA (Downtown) Get Tickets   Larry Bell Sunday, January 22, 2012, 11:00 a.m–12:00 p.m. Venice, CA Get Tickets   De Wain Valentine Sunday, February 12, 2012, 4:00–5:00 p.m. Gardena, CA Get Tickets  

Talks

Curator’s Gallery Talks—From Start to Finish: De Wain Valentine's Gray Column Curators Tom Learner, Rachel Rivenc, and Emma Richardson, of the Getty Conservation Institute, lead a gallery talk on the exhibition From Start to Finish: De Wain Valentine’s Gray Column. Meet under the stairs in the Museum Entrance Hall. Free; no reservations required. Tuesdays, October 4 and December 13, 2011, 1:30 p.m. Thursday, January 12, 2012, 1:30 p.m. Thursday, November 10, 2011, 1:30 p.m. Tuesday, February 7, 2012, 2:30 p.m. Thursday, March 1, 2012, 2:30 p.m. Curator’s Gallery Talk—Pacific Standard Time: Crosscurrents in L.A. Painting and Sculpture, 1950–1970 A curator from the Getty Research Institute leads a gallery talk on the exhibition Pacific Standard Time: Crosscurrents in L.A. Painting and Sculpture, 1950–1970. Meet under the stairs in the Museum Entrance Hall. Free; no reservations required. Wednesdays, October 12 and 26, 2011, 1:30 p.m. Wednesdays, November 9 and 30, 2011, 1:30 p.m. Wednesday, December 7, 2011, 1:30 p.m. Wednesdays, January 4, 18, and 25, 2012, 1:30 p.m. Curator’s Gallery Talk—Greetings from Los Angeles: Artists and Publics, 1950–1980 John Tain of the Getty Research Institute leads a gallery talk on the exhibition. Meet in the Research Institute Exhibition Gallery. Free; no reservations required. Thursdays, October 6, 13, and 27, 2011, 2:00 p.m. Thursdays, November 3 and 10, 2011, 2:00 p.m. Thursday, December 1, 2011, 3:00 p.m. Thursdays, December 8, 15, and 22, 2011, 2:00 p.m. Thursdays, January 5, 12, 19, and 26, 2012, 2:00 p.m.

Performances

Saturday Nights at the Getty: An Invitation with Inara George and Van Dyke Parks Two Los Angeles musical legends from different generations come together for an unforgettable evening of sonic confections. Van Dyke Parks has played with almost everyone that matters in modern music—from the Beach Boys to U2 by way of the Grateful Dead, Ringo Starr and the Byrds. Inara George is the lilting voice behind the indie-rock duo the Bird and the Bee. Joining them in this performance is a chamber orchestra led by concert master Peter Kent. Learn more about Saturday Nights at the Getty. Saturday, November 5, 2011, 7:30 p.m. Getty Center, Harold M. Williams Auditorium Gordon Getty Concert: Carl Stone: Sonic Excursions from Al-Noor to Zang  Carl Stone is one of the pioneers of live computer music, and has been hailed by the Village Voice as "one of the best composers living in (the United States) today." This concert revives some of his early works with new musical technology and also includes world premieres featuring internationally acclaimed pianist Gloria Cheng and Min Xiao-Fen performing with the pipa, the traditional Chinese lute. Tickets $15, $10 students/seniors. Learn more about Gordon Getty Concerts. Saturday, November 12, 2011, 7:30 p.m. Getty Center, Harold M. Williams Auditorium IGLU and Tell Me IGLU (1977) is one of four plays created by Guy de Cointet in collaboration with Robert Wilhite. Tell Me, Guy de Cointet’s piece, premiered in 1979 and starred actresses Helen Berlant, Denise Domergue, and Jane Zingale. In this rare opportunity, both works are carefully restaged with their signature simple and colorful props, presenting a delightfully entertaining combination of sense, beyond sense, and nonsense. Learn more about this event. Saturday, December 10, 2011, 7:00 p.m. Sunday, December 11, 2011, 3:30 p.m. Getty Center, Harold M. Williams Auditorium Make Reservation   Saturday Nights at the Getty: Los Angeles Free Music Society Influential experimental-music anarchists Los Angeles Free Music Society have had an immeasurable impact on the spread and evolution of noise and avant-garde music and DIY culture for the last 40 years. This live program includes ensemble performances by Extended Organ, Le Forte Four, Smegma, and a solo performance by Tom Recchion. Saturday, December 3, 7:30 p.m. Getty Center, Harold M. Williams Auditorium Make Reservation   Kalpa Kicking off the Pacific Standard Time Performance and Public Art Festival, this major new site-specific commission by Hirokazu Kosaka transforms the Getty Center’s Arrival Plaza into a sculptural and performative installation. In this event, Kosaka builds a symbolic parallel between kalpa—a Sanskrit word that means “a long period of time”—and how it inevitably transforms our lives, histories, and memories. Learn more about this event. Friday, January 20, 2012, 7:00 p.m. Getty Center, Arrival Plaza Reservations available beginning December 20, 2011

Film Screening

From Start to Finish: The Story of Gray Column This 30-minute documentary video recounts the remarkable story behind the making of Gray Column, from its original concept to its display at the Getty Center, through interviews with Valentine and his contemporaries, his studio assistants, collectors, conservators, curators, and scientists, and includes a wealth of stunning archival images taken during Gray Column's creation. It illustrates the extraordinary measures Valentine undertook to develop a material that would enable him to cast colossal pieces, and the efforts needed to achieve their extremely delicate and pristine surfaces. Free; no reservations required. Tuesdays, Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays, September 13–25, 2011, and October 4, 2011–March 11, 2012 1:00 p.m Tuesday–Sunday, September 27–October 2, 2011 12:00 p.m. and 2:30 p.m. Getty Center, Museum Lecture Hall

Family Festival

This daylong festival takes its inspiration from the city of Los Angeles and the artists of Pacific Standard Time. Enjoy music and dance performances by local ensembles that demonstrate the vibrant artistic diversity of our city, roll up your sleeves at the various art-making workshops, join a family tour through the galleries, and more! Free; no reservations required. Learn more about this event. Saturday, October 22, 2011, 10:00 a.m.–6:00 p.m. Getty Center, Museum Courtyard

September 2011

Film Screening—From Start to Finish: The Story of Gray Column This 30-minute documentary video recounts the remarkable story behind the making of Gray Column, from its original concept to its display at the Getty Center, through interviews with Valentine and his contemporaries, his studio assistants, collectors, conservators, curators, and scientists, and includes a wealth of stunning archival images taken during Gray Column's creation. It illustrates the extraordinary measures Valentine undertook to develop a material that would enable him to cast colossal pieces, and the efforts needed to achieve their extremely delicate and pristine surfaces. Free; no reservations required. Tuesdays, Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays, September 13–25, 2011, 1:00 p.m Tuesday–Sunday, September 27–October 2, 2011 12:00 p.m. and 2:30 p.m. Getty Center, Museum Lecture Hall  

October 2011

Curator's Gallery Talks—From Start to Finish: De Wain Valentine's Gray Column Curators Tom Learner, Rachel Rivenc, and Emma Richardson, of the Getty Conservation Institute, lead a gallery talk on the exhibition From Start to Finish: De Wain Valentine's Gray Column. Meet under the stairs in the Museum Entrance Hall. Free; no reservations required. Tuesday, October 4, 2011, 1:30 p.m. Getty Center, Museum galleries Curator's Gallery Talk—Pacific Standard Time: Crosscurrents in L.A. Painting and Sculpture, 1950–1970 A curator of the Getty Research Institute leads a gallery talk on the exhibition Pacific Standard Time: Crosscurrents in L.A. Painting and Sculpture, 1950–1970. Meet under the stairs in the Museum Entrance Hall. Free; no reservations required. Wednesdays, October 12 and 26, 2011, 1:30 p.m. Getty Center, Museum galleries Curator’s Gallery Talk—Greetings from Los Angeles: Artists and Publics, 1950–1980 John Tain of the Getty Research Institute leads a gallery talk on the exhibition. Meet in the Research Institute Exhibition Gallery. Free; no reservations required. Thursdays, October 6, 13, and 27, 2011, 2:00 p.m. Getty Center, Getty Research Institute Gallery Collect, Compose: Collage Workshop Join artist Analia Saban and art historian Claire de Dobay Rifelj in this daylong studio workshop exploring the practice and history of assemblage and collage. Participants learn various collage techniques incorporating encaustic paint and are encouraged to bring additional materials to personalize their works of art. Course fee $125 (includes materials and lunch). Open to 25 participants. Wednesday, October 19, 2011, 10:30 a.m.–5:00 p.m. Getty Center, Private Dining Room   Family Festival This daylong festival takes its inspiration from the city of Los Angeles and the artists of Pacific Standard Time. Enjoy music and dance performances by local ensembles that demonstrate the vibrant artistic diversity of our city, roll up your sleeves at the various art-making workshops, join a family tour through the galleries, and more! Free; no reservations required. Learn more about this event. Saturday, October 22, 2011, 10:00 a.m.–6:00 p.m. Getty Center, Museum Courtyard Modern Art in Los Angeles—Women Curators in Los Angeles In the 1960s and 1970s, a generation of women curators emerged as leading voices in the rapidly growing Southern California art scene. This conversation brings together pioneering curators—Barbara Haskell, Jane Livingston, and Helene Winer—to discuss their critical role in defining west coast art as well as the future paths they followed as gallerists, curators, and art historians. This event is part of the Getty Research Institute's ongoing Modern Art in Los Angeles project, in which leading artists, filmmakers, musicians, curators, and critics are invited to discuss their contributions to the Los Angeles's vibrant postwar art scene. Learn more about this event. Wednesday, October 26, 2011, 7:00 p.m. Getty Center, Harold M. Williams Auditorium   Film Screening—From Start to Finish: The Story of Gray Column This 30-minute documentary video recounts the remarkable story behind the making of Gray Column, from its original concept to its display at the Getty Center, through interviews with Valentine and his contemporaries, his studio assistants, collectors, conservators, curators, and scientists, and includes a wealth of stunning archival images taken during Gray Column's creation. It illustrates the extraordinary measures Valentine undertook to develop a material that would enable him to cast colossal pieces, and the efforts needed to achieve their extremely delicate and pristine surfaces. Free; no reservations required. Tuesdays, Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays, October 4, 2011–March 11, 2012, 1:00 p.m Tuesday–Sunday, September 27–October 2, 2011 12:00 p.m. and 2:30 p.m. Getty Center, Museum Lecture Hall

November 2011

Modern Art in Los Angeles—An Evening with De Wain Valentine The Getty Conservation Institute collaborates with the Getty Research Institute to present a special evening with artist De Wain Valentine on the occasion of the exhibition From Start to Finish: De Wain Valentine's "Gray Column." This conversation with the artist investigates the production, conservation, and display challenges that surround Valentine's monumental 1975–76 sculpture, Gray Column. The work was one of the largest sculptures Valentine ever cast with polyester resin—the material with which he worked throughout the 1960s and 1970s to create his dazzling circles and walls. This event is part of the Getty Research Institute's ongoing Modern Art in Los Angeles project, in which leading artists, filmmakers, musicians, curators, and critics are invited to discuss their contributions to the Los Angeles's vibrant postwar art scene. The 30-minute documentary video From Start to Finish: The Story of Gray Column will screen at 6:00 p.m. Discussion with the artist starts at 7:00 p.m. The exhibition will be open for special viewing from 5:30-7:00 p.m. Watch a video recording of this event. Wednesday, November 2, 2011, 6:00 p.m. Getty Center, Harold M. Williams Auditorium   Curator’s Gallery Talk—Greetings from Los Angeles: Artists and Publics, 1950–1980 John Tain of the Getty Research Institute leads a gallery talk on the exhibition. Meet in the Research Institute Exhibition Gallery. Free; no reservations required. Thursdays, November 3 and 10, 2011, 2:00 p.m. The November 17 talk has been canceled. We apologize for any inconvenience. Getty Center, Getty Research Institute Gallery Saturday Nights at the Getty: An Invitation with Inara George and Van Dyke Parks Two Los Angeles musical legends from different generations come together for an unforgettable evening of sonic confections. Van Dyke Parks has played with almost everyone that matters in modern music—from the Beach Boys to U2 by way of the Grateful Dead, Ringo Starr and the Byrds. Inara George is the lilting voice behind the indie-rock duo the Bird and the Bee. Joining them in this performance is a chamber orchestra led by concert master Peter Kent. Learn more about Saturday Nights at the Getty. Saturday, November 5, 2011, 7:30 p.m. Getty Center, Harold M. Williams Auditorium   Curator's Gallery Talk—Pacific Standard Time: Crosscurrents in L.A. Painting and Sculpture, 1950–1970 A curator from the Getty Research Institute leads a gallery talk on the exhibition Pacific Standard Time: Crosscurrents in L.A. Painting and Sculpture, 1950–1970. Meet under the stairs in the Museum Entrance Hall. Free; no reservations required. Wednesdays, November 9 and 30, 2011, 1:30 p.m. Getty Center, Museum galleries Curator's Gallery Talks—From Start to Finish: De Wain Valentine's Gray Column Curators Tom Learner, Rachel Rivenc, and Emma Richardson, of the Getty Conservation Institute, lead a gallery talk on the exhibition From Start to Finish: De Wain Valentine's Gray Column. Meet under the stairs in the Museum Entrance Hall. Free; no reservations required. Thursday, November 10, 2011, 1:30 p.m. Getty Center, Museum galleries Artists & Archives: A Pacific Standard Time Symposium A panel of artists and scholars explores the ways contemporary artists incorporate archives into their work. Invited speakers George Herms, Suzanne Lacy, Mario Garcia Torres, and Sven Spieker discuss how archives can go beyond documentation to inspire and inform artistic practices—at times becoming part of the work itself. Presented in conjunction with the Pacific Standard Time exhibition Greetings from L.A.: Artists and Publics, 1950–1980, this symposium is organized by the Getty Research Institute in partnership with the Smithsonian Institution's Archives of American Art. Learn more about this event. Saturday, November 12, 2011, 1:00–6:00 p.m. Getty Center, Museum Lecture Hall   Made in L.A.: The Birth of a Modern Art Capital This three-part course explores how artists in postwar Los Angeles developed radical new art forms, responded to the urban landscape, and laid the foundations for a West Coast modern art capital. Educators Audrey Chan and Lucena Valle-Rey lead this course that looks at all four of the Getty's Pacific Standard Time exhibitions. Course fee $15 per session. Open to 40 participants. Three Saturdays, 10:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m.: Part 1: November 12, 2011: Freeways, Riots, and Swimming Pools Part 2: December 17, 2011: Antics and Institutions Part 3: January 14, 2012: Process and Perception Getty Center, Research Institute Lecture Hall and Museum Galleries Get Tickets   Gordon Getty Concert: Carl Stone: Sonic Excursions from Al-Noor to Zang Carl Stone is one of the pioneers of live computer music, and has been hailed by the Village Voice as "one of the best composers living in (the United States) today." This concert revives some of his early works with new musical technology and also includes world premieres featuring internationally acclaimed pianist Gloria Cheng and Min Xiao-Fen performing with the pipa, the traditional Chinese lute. Tickets $15, $10 students/seniors. Learn more about Gordon Getty Concerts. Saturday, November 12, 2011, 7:30 p.m. Getty Center, Harold M. Williams Auditorium   Modern Art in Los Angeles—Assemblage and Politics This conversation brings together Los Angeles artists, including Ed Bereal, Mel Edwards, George Herms, Nancy Reddin Kienholz, and Betye Saar, who employed assemblage sculpture as a way to reflect on the charged political climate of postwar America. These and other artists used found materials to produce complex objects that engaged with issues like the civil rights movement, the Vietnam War, and the censorship of art. This discussion explores how the medium of assemblage sculpture emerged and continues to thrive as a tool of social critique and transformation. This event is part of the Getty Research Institute's ongoing Modern Art in Los Angeles project, in which leading artists, filmmakers, musicians, curators, and critics are invited to discuss their contributions to Los Angeles's vibrant postwar art scene. Learn more about this event. Wednesday, November 16, 2011, 7:00 p.m. Getty Center, Harold M. Williams Auditorium   How Los Angeles Invented the World From movies to pop music to surfing, Los Angeles has created many of the world's most iconic cultural symbols. How did L.A. culture come to stand in for America in music, books, film, and art?  This half-day conference explores how Los Angeles's unique culture was built and how it spread to the rest of the world.  Presented with Zócalo  Public Square. Saturday, November 19, 2011, 2:00–7:00 p.m. Getty Center, Harold M. Williams Auditorium   Film Screening—From Start to Finish: The Story of Gray Column This 30-minute documentary video recounts the remarkable story behind the making of Gray Column, from its original concept to its display at the Getty Center, through interviews with Valentine and his contemporaries, his studio assistants, collectors, conservators, curators, and scientists, and includes a wealth of stunning archival images taken during Gray Column's creation. It illustrates the extraordinary measures Valentine undertook to develop a material that would enable him to cast colossal pieces, and the efforts needed to achieve their extremely delicate and pristine surfaces. Free; no reservations required. Tuesdays, Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays, October 4, 2011–March 11, 2012, 1:00 p.m Getty Center, Museum Lecture Hall

December 2011

Saturday Nights at the Getty: Los Angeles Free Music Society Influential experimental-music anarchists Los Angeles Free Music Society have had an immeasurable impact on the spread and evolution of noise and avant-garde music and DIY culture for the last 40 years. This live program includes ensemble performances by Extended Organ, Le Forte Four, Smegma, and a solo performance by Tom Recchion. Saturday, December 3, 7:30 p.m. Getty Center, Harold M. Williams Auditorium   Curator's Gallery Talk—Pacific Standard Time: Crosscurrents in L.A. Painting and Sculpture, 1950–1970 A curator of the Getty Research Institute leads a gallery talk on the exhibition Pacific Standard Time: Crosscurrents in L.A. Painting and Sculpture, 1950–1970. Meet under the stairs in the Museum Entrance Hall. Free; no reservations required. Wednesday, December 7, 2011, 1:30 p.m. Getty Center, Museum galleries Curator’s Gallery Talk—Greetings from Los Angeles: Artists and Publics, 1950–1980 John Tain of the Getty Research Institute leads a gallery talk on the exhibition. Meet in the Research Institute Exhibition Gallery. Free; no reservations required. Thursday, December 1, 2011, 3:00 p.m. Thursdays, December 8, 15, and 22, 2011, 2:00 p.m. Getty Center, Getty Research Institute Gallery IGLU and Tell Me IGLU (1977) is one of four plays created by Guy de Cointet in collaboration with Robert Wilhite. Tell Me, Guy de Cointet's piece, premiered in 1979 and starred actresses Helen Berlant, Denise Domergue, and Jane Zingale. In this rare opportunity, both works are carefully restaged with their signature simple and colorful props, presenting a delightfully entertaining combination of sense, beyond sense, and nonsense. Learn more about this event. Saturday, December 10, 2011, 7:00 p.m. Sunday, December 11, 2011, 3:30 p.m. Getty Center, Harold M. Williams Auditorium   In Studio Join us for this behind-the-scenes opportunity as artists featured in the Getty's Pacific Standard Time exhibitions open their studios and share insights on their work, inspiration, and process. Information and directions will be sent following registration. Fee $25 per studio visit. Fred Eversley Sunday, December 11, 2011, 11:00 a.m.–12:00 p.m. Venice, CA Ed Moses Sunday, December 18, 2011, 11:00 a.m.–12:00 p.m. Venice, CA   Modern Art in Los Angeles—Frank Gehry and the Los Angeles Art Scene In the 1960s, artists and architects in Los Angeles shared ideas and inspiration and developed close friendships. This was particularly true of Frank Gehry, whose distinctive vision of architecture was, in part, shaped by his many exchanges with visual artists, primarily those in the Venice art scene. For this lively event, Frank Gehry reunites with some collaborators and friends to reflect on their formative years in L.A. Guests include Peter Alexander, Chuck Arnoldi, Tony Berlant, Billy Al Bengston, and Ed Moses. This event is part of the Getty Research Institute's ongoing Modern Art in Los Angeles project, in which leading artists, filmmakers, musicians, curators, and critics are invited to discuss their contributions to the Los Angeles's vibrant postwar art scene. Tuesday, December 13, 2011, 7:00 p.m. Getty Center, Harold M. Williams Auditorium Made in L.A.: The Birth of a Modern Art Capital This three-part course explores how artists in postwar Los Angeles developed radical new art forms, responded to the urban landscape, and laid the foundations for a West Coast modern art capital. Educators Audrey Chan and Lucena Valle-Rey lead this course that looks at all four of the Getty's Pacific Standard Time exhibitions. Course fee $15 per session. Open to 40 participants. Three Saturdays, 10:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m.: Part 1: November 12, 2011: Freeways, Riots, and Swimming Pools Part 2: December 17, 2011: Antics and Institutions Part 3: January 14, 2012: Process and Perception Getty Center, Research Institute Lecture Hall and Museum Galleries Make Reservation   Film Screening—From Start to Finish: The Story of Gray Column This 30-minute documentary video recounts the remarkable story behind the making of Gray Column, from its original concept to its display at the Getty Center, through interviews with Valentine and his contemporaries, his studio assistants, collectors, conservators, curators, and scientists, and includes a wealth of stunning archival images taken during Gray Column's creation. It illustrates the extraordinary measures Valentine undertook to develop a material that would enable him to cast colossal pieces, and the efforts needed to achieve their extremely delicate and pristine surfaces. Free; no reservations required. Tuesdays, Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays, October 4, 2011–March 11, 2012, 1:00 p.m Getty Center, Museum Lecture Hall

January 2012

Curator's Gallery Talk—Pacific Standard Time: Crosscurrents in L.A. Painting and Sculpture, 1950–1970 A curator of the Getty Research Institute leads a gallery talk on the exhibition Pacific Standard Time: Crosscurrents in L.A. Painting and Sculpture, 1950–1970. Meet under the stairs in the Museum Entrance Hall. Free; no reservations required. Wednesdays, January 4, 18, and 25, 2012, 1:30 p.m. Getty Center, Museum galleries Curator’s Gallery Talk—Greetings from Los Angeles: Artists and Publics, 1950–1980 John Tain of the Getty Research Institute leads a gallery talk on the exhibition. Meet in the Research Institute Exhibition Gallery. Free; no reservations required. Thursdays, January 5, 12, 19, and 26, 2012, 2:00 p.m. Getty Center, Getty Research Institute Gallery In Studio Join us for this behind-the-scenes opportunity as artists featured in the Getty's Pacific Standard Time exhibitions open their studios and share insights on their work, inspiration, and process. Information and directions will be sent following registration. Fee $25 per studio visit. John Mason Sunday, January 8, 2012, 11:00 a.m.–12:00 p.m. Los Angeles, CA (Downtown) Get Tickets Larry Bell Sunday, January 22, 2012, 11:00 a.m–12:00 p.m. Venice, CA Get Tickets   Curator's Gallery Talks—From Start to Finish: De Wain Valentine's Gray Column Curators Tom Learner, Rachel Rivenc, and Emma Richardson, of the Getty Conservation Institute, lead a gallery talk on the exhibition From Start to Finish: De Wain Valentine's Gray Column. Meet under the stairs in the Museum Entrance Hall. Free; no reservations required. Thursday, January 12, 2012, 1:30 p.m. Getty Center, Museum galleries Made in L.A.: The Birth of a Modern Art Capital This three-part course explores how artists in postwar Los Angeles developed radical new art forms, responded to the urban landscape, and laid the foundations for a West Coast modern art capital. Educators Audrey Chan and Lucena Valle-Rey lead this course that looks at all four of the Getty's Pacific Standard Time exhibitions. Course fee $15 per session. Open to 40 participants. Three Saturdays, 10:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m.: Part 1: November 12, 2011: Freeways, Riots, and Swimming Pools Part 2: December 17, 2011: Antics and Institutions Part 3: January 14, 2012: Process and Perception Getty Center, Research Institute Lecture Hall and Museum Galleries Make Reservation   Collect, Compose: Collage Workshop Join artist Analia Saban and art historian Claire de Dobay Rifelj in this daylong studio workshop exploring the practice and history of assemblage and collage. Participants learn various collage techniques incorporating encaustic paint and are encouraged to bring additional materials to personalize their works of art. Course fee $125 (includes materials and lunch). Open to 20 participants. Wednesday, January 18, 2012, 10:30 a.m.–5:30 p.m. Getty Center, Private Dining Room Get Tickets

Kalpa Kicking off the Pacific Standard Time Performance and Public Art Festival, this major new site-specific commission by Hirokazu Kosaka transforms the Getty Center's Arrival Plaza into a sculptural and performative installation. In this event, Kosaka builds a symbolic parallel between kalpa—a Sanskrit word that means "a long period of time"—and how it inevitably transforms our lives, histories, and memories. Learn more about this event. Friday, January 20, 2012, 7:00 p.m. Getty Center, Arrival Plaza Reservations available beginning December 20, 2011   Émigrés and Experimentalists: Music in Los Angeles in the 1930s and 1940s LA Opera and the Getty spotlight the musical culture of Los Angeles during the interwar years, when Austrian and German composers took up residence and mentored young experimentalists like John Cage. A conversation with maestro James Conlon is followed by a musical recital reflecting the period. Nancy Perloff of the Getty Research Institute moderates a roundtable discussion that explores the significance of Los Angeles's émigré culture for young  American composers, providing another perspective on the visual arts celebrated in Pacific Standard Time. Course fee $35; $30 students and LA Opera members. Open to 100 participants. Call (310) 440-7300 to register. Learn more about this event. Part 1: Saturday, January 21, 2012, 10:30 a.m.–1:00 p.m.: Dorothy Chandler Pavilion, Rehearsal Room 4 Part 2: Sunday, January 29, 2012, 10:30 a.m.–1:00 p.m.: Getty Center, Research Institute Lecture Hall and galleries Get Tickets   Film Screening—From Start to Finish: The Story of Gray Column This 30-minute documentary video recounts the remarkable story behind the making of Gray Column, from its original concept to its display at the Getty Center, through interviews with Valentine and his contemporaries, his studio assistants, collectors, conservators, curators, and scientists, and includes a wealth of stunning archival images taken during Gray Column's creation. It illustrates the extraordinary measures Valentine undertook to develop a material that would enable him to cast colossal pieces, and the efforts needed to achieve their extremely delicate and pristine surfaces. Free; no reservations required. Tuesdays, Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays, October 4, 2011–March 11, 2012, 1:00 p.m Getty Center, Museum Lecture Hall

February 2012

Curator's Gallery Talks—From Start to Finish: De Wain Valentine's Gray Column Curators Tom Learner, Rachel Rivenc, and Emma Richardson, of the Getty Conservation Institute, lead a gallery talk on the exhibition From Start to Finish: De Wain Valentine's Gray Column. Meet under the stairs in the Museum Entrance Hall. Free; no reservations required. Tuesday, February 7, 2012, 2:30 p.m. Getty Center, Museum galleries   In Studio Join us for this behind-the-scenes opportunity as artists featured in the Getty's Pacific Standard Time exhibitions open their studios and share insights on their work, inspiration, and process. Information and directions will be sent following registration. Fee $25 per studio visit. De Wain Valentine Sunday, February 12, 2012, 4:00–5:00 p.m. Gardena, CA Get Tickets   Film Screening—From Start to Finish: The Story of Gray Column This 30-minute documentary video recounts the remarkable story behind the making of Gray Column, from its original concept to its display at the Getty Center, through interviews with Valentine and his contemporaries, his studio assistants, collectors, conservators, curators, and scientists, and includes a wealth of stunning archival images taken during Gray Column's creation. It illustrates the extraordinary measures Valentine undertook to develop a material that would enable him to cast colossal pieces, and the efforts needed to achieve their extremely delicate and pristine surfaces. Free; no reservations required. Tuesdays, Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays, October 4, 2011–March 11, 2012, 1:00 p.m Getty Center, Museum Lecture Hall

March 2012

Curator's Gallery Talks—From Start to Finish: De Wain Valentine's Gray Column Curators Tom Learner, Rachel Rivenc, and Emma Richardson, of the Getty Conservation Institute, lead a gallery talk on the exhibition From Start to Finish: De Wain Valentine's Gray Column. Meet under the stairs in the Museum Entrance Hall. Free; no reservations required. Thursday, March 1, 2012, 2:30 p.m. Getty Center, Museum galleries   Film Screening—From Start to Finish: The Story of Gray Column This 30-minute documentary video recounts the remarkable story behind the making of Gray Column, from its original concept to its display at the Getty Center, through interviews with Valentine and his contemporaries, his studio assistants, collectors, conservators, curators, and scientists, and includes a wealth of stunning archival images taken during Gray Column's creation. It illustrates the extraordinary measures Valentine undertook to develop a material that would enable him to cast colossal pieces, and the efforts needed to achieve their extremely delicate and pristine surfaces. Free; no reservations required. Tuesdays, Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays, October 4, 2011–March 11, 2012, 1:00 p.m Getty Center, Museum Lecture Hall