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The Getty Center

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If you are looking for a bit of creative inspiration The Getty Center should be at the top of your list. This stunning contemporary museum designed by architect Richard Meier and Partners for the J. Paul Getty Trust is a true gem. The Trust is the world’s largest cultural and philanthropic organization dedicated to the visual arts, conservation practice, art historical research and art appreciation. From the collection itself, to the architecture, the gardens or the view, no matter where you turn you will find something inspiring.

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On my recent visit I was thrilled to see the eight-foot-tall sculpture “Boy With Frog” at the entrance of the Getty Center. It was commissioned to sit at the tip of the Punta della Dogana, between the Grand and the Guidecca canals in Venice Italy and is the work of California artist Charles Ray. I hope this becomes the permanent home of this fun and whimsical statue, as I love it.

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Another famous sculpture that I adore is the “Standing Woman 1” from Alberto Giacometti. This elegant figure of a woman welcomes you right inside the lobby of the Getty Center.

There are several way to enjoy the museum, all depend on how much time you have. My favorite way is to purchase the audio guide for the museum and leisurely stroll the various exhibits activating the guide along the way at points of interest. I generally find the guides make the whole museum experience far richer.

Always on view at the Museum is the collection of European paintings, sculpture, and decorative arts. These are arranged roughly by era and the artist’s nationality in galleries that span all four pavilions. The European paintings collection spans several decades, with examples from the Middle Ages and Renaissance through the early modern era, including several Impressionist works. The collection of medieval and early Renaissance manuscripts and prints is displayed in rotating exhibitions. Several galleries display paintings, sculpture, and decorative arts from one era together, such as this gallery of late Neoclassical art. You find that photography exhibits are also available to explore. Below are some works from the various exhibits that are my favorites.

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After satisfying your appetite for a little art you may be hungry for something to eat. The Getty Center has both casual dinning and fine dinning options. The cafe menu has an assortment of sandwiches, soups, salads, pizza, tacos, burritos, and grilled items. Wine and beer are also available. While the Garden Terrace Cafe offers coffee, lunch, and snacks in an outdoor setting overlooking the Central Garden. The restaurant is an elegant setting, and on a clear day has views of the Santa Monica Mountains and even the ocean. We choose to power up for our day of art by starting with a bite to eat at the restaurant. The menu options are very nice and seasonal. (see samples below)

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You can’t leave the Getty Center without seeing the its amazing gardens and views. Click: Getty Gardens, to learn more about the various gardens and their design. If you are up for a little more adventure the Getty Center has several events that take place throughout the year-ranging from live performances of innovative theater and band from indie-pop to world music. There are lectures, conferences, symposia and film series. The Getty offers tours for the gardens,the architecture as well as the various galleries. For kids there are interactive activities, festivals, concerts and hands on galleries. I was surprised to learn that they even have culinary workshops. Learn more at: Getty 360

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THE GETTY CENTER
1200 N Sepulveda Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90049

Tuesday–Friday and Sunday 10:00 a.m.–5:30 p.m.
Saturday 10:00 a.m.–9:00 p.m.
Closed Mondays

May 29–August 28, 2015
open Fridays to 9:00 p.m.

Admission is always free.

Parking is $15 per car or motorcycle, and $10 after 5:00 p.m. for the Getty Center’s evening hours on Saturdays when we are open until 9:00 p.m., as well as for all evening public programming, including music, film, lectures, and other special programs.

 

STEPHEN MICHAEL GROSS






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