September 13, 2011–March 11, 2012
J. Paul Getty Museum, West Pavilion
Gray Column was one of the largest sculptures De Wain Valentine ever cast with polyester resin―the material with which he worked through the 1960s and 1970s to create his dazzling Circles and Columns. This monumental, free-standing slab, measuring 12 feet high and 8 feet wide, will be displayed to the public for the first time. The exhibition From Start to Finish: De Wain Valentine’s “Gray Column” tells the story of how this extraordinary piece was made and features preparatory drawings and maquettes, videos documenting the fabrication process, interviews with the artist, and a discussion of the conservation of this sculpture.
This exhibition is organized by the Getty Conservation Institute in collaboration with the J. Paul Getty Museum.
Listen to stories from curators, historians, and many of the artists who worked in L.A. in the 50s and 60s.
Check out an iPod™ Touch at the Getty Center. Free for a limited time.
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.
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."
Watch a video recording of this event.
Wednesday, November 2, 2011, 6:00 p.m.
Getty Center, Harold M. Williams Auditorium
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.
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
Tuesday–Sunday, September 27–October 2, 2011
12:00 p.m. and 2:30 p.m.
Getty Center, Museum Lecture Hall