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December 24, 1997
Each day as I inch down the Sepulveda Pass to behold the monstrosity that is the Getty Center, I will recall longingly the pristine hilltop it replaced. I will think of all the bombed-out, burned-out, blackened boroughs in the center city that clamor in vain for the kind of development, jobs, notoriety and traffic that the Getty Center will bring to a neighborhood that needs it like a SigAlert. I wish there were still a way to avoid the same mistake with Playa Vista. ANDREW TILLES Studio City
April 7, 2014 | By David Ng
The Getty Museum has announced that it is voluntarily returning a 12th-century Byzantine illuminated New Testament to a monastery in Greece after learning that the item had been illegally removed from the Monastery of Dionysiou more than 50 years ago. Officials at the Getty said in a release on Monday that the museum acquired the manuscript in 1983 as part of a "large, well-documented" collection.  The manuscript is currently at the Getty Center...
July 26, 2012 | By David Ng
Carmageddon will return in late September when a portion of the 405 Freeway will be shut down for 53 hours. As a result, the Getty Center will close its doors to the public and most staff on Sept. 29 and 30, which are a Saturday and Sunday. It will reopen to the public on Oct. 2. The Getty Villa in Pacific Palisades won't be affected by the closures, the museum said. During the first Carmageddon in 2011, the Getty Center also closed to the public for two days. The second installment of the freeway project involves the widening of the 405 and includes demolition work on the Mulholland Drive bridge.
April 1, 2014 | By David Ng
The Getty Museum reported an uptick in attendance for March due in part to interest in its exhibition devoted to Jackson Pollock's "Mural. " March attendance at the Getty Center reached 127,466 visitors, an increase of 3% from the same month last year, museum officials said. Attendance in March 2013 was 123,734, a Getty spokeswoman said, also an unusually high number due to an early Easter and spring break and an exhibition of Vermeer's "Woman in Blue. " From 2010 to 2012, average March attendance at the Getty Center was about 97,000.
April 20, 1998
May 31 is the deadline for volunteers applying to the Getty Center's visitor services program at the Brentwood facility. Experience in the arts and humanities is not required and fluency in more than one language is desired for volunteers who would welcome visitors to the center and answer questions on lectures, special projects and the center's various departments in fields of conservation, scholarship and education.
September 9, 2000
Starting today, parking reservations are no longer required to visit the Getty Center on weekends. The 3-year-old cultural complex in Brentwood is open on Saturdays and Sundays, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. The parking reservations requirement also was recently dropped for Thursday and Friday nights after 4 p.m. The parking fee is still $5 per car; admission to the center--including the J. Paul Getty Museum--is free. Information: (310) 440-7300.
March 14, 2014 | By Mike Boehm
When the great Irish poet William Butler Yeats prayed for some kind of connection to permanence and immortality, his thoughts turned to Byzantine art as the most perfect emblem of the profound, eternal state of creative grace he was after. He wrote, in "Sailing to Byzantium," of a yearning to encounter and be transformed by the gold-infused religious images of "sages standing in God's holy fire" that define the Byzantine style. Now Byzantium is sailing to Los Angeles. "Heaven and Earth: Art of Byzantium from Greek Collections," the biggest Byzantine art blockbuster to reach the West Coast, begins a 41/2-month run at the Getty Villa on April 9, along with a smaller related show of illuminated manuscripts at the Getty Center in Brentwood that runs for three months starting March 25. CHEATSHEET: Spring 2014 arts preview Whether the 178 works to be on display at the Villa will induce Yeatsian mystical transports is uncertain, but they promise to be an eyeful.
February 3, 2014 | By David Ng
Following an extensive cleaning process that included the removal of a coat of varnish, the Getty Museum will put Jackson Pollock's monumental work "Mural" on display for the public starting in March. "Mural," which is dated from 1943, is scheduled to be on public view at the Getty Center in Brentwood from March 11 to June 1. The large-scale painting is part of the collection at the University of Iowa Museum of Art but has been in L.A. for the past couple of years so Getty experts could work on studying and cleaning the abstract painting.
February 1, 2014 | By Mike Boehm
The Getty Research Institute is absorbing yet another chunk of New York City's experimental-arts patrimony, having recently bought a huge archive of video art, video and audio recordings of live performances, photographs, original posters and other materials documenting the first three decades of work created at the Kitchen, a space in lower Manhattan that since 1971 has tried with frequent success to foster creative breakthroughs in visual art, performance...
January 25, 2014 | By Suzanne Muchnic
"It's not about more. It's about better," says Scott Schaefer, the J. Paul Getty Museum's senior curator of paintings, a few days before his retirement. "The Getty's collections are meant to be small even though they are meant to be great. We have added 70 pictures; we have also deaccessioned 70 pictures. So the collection is the same size as when I started - about 430 paintings and pastels - but it's better," he says. As Schaefer prepares to leave his corner office at the Getty Center as well as the galleries he has visited almost daily, he leaves an impressive record of exhibitions organized under his purview.
January 18, 2014 | By Martha Groves
The southbound 405 Freeway from the 101 Freeway to Getty Center Drive in the Sepulveda Pass will close Saturday night for construction. Lane closures will begin at 11 p.m., officials said. All lanes will be blocked by 2 a.m. Sunday. Lanes are scheduled to reopen about 7 a.m. Sepulveda Boulevard will be the suggested detour, but Metro officials warned motorists to expect heavy traffic. Northbound lanes will remain open. The construction is part of the long-running project to add 10 miles of carpool lane on the northbound 405 through the Sepulveda Pass.
January 8, 2014 | By David Ng
Twenty venues around Southern California will offer free admission on Jan. 25 as part of the annual Museums Free-for-All program. Participating museums include the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, the Museum of Contemporary Art and the Orange County Museum of Art. The offer is valid for general museum admission only, organizers said, and may not apply to special ticketed exhibitions. Regular parking fees apply at each venue. RELATED: Big weekend on tap for art, and that's just the beginning The free day can offer substantial savings for families.
August 8, 2013
If you happen to be at the Getty Center on Friday night or Saturday afternoon, you might bump into Dutch cellist Ernst Reijseger playing a pop-up recital. (Times and places will not be announced.) Reijseger embodies the range of his country's forward musical thinking, which means a forward approach to old music as well as new. This kind of building bridges over musical canals is also what Reijseger does in the music he has also contributed to filmmaker Werner Herzog's new video installation, "Hearsay of the Soul.
July 17, 2013 | By Armand Emamdjomeh
Brent Goldman took advantage of the lighting at sunset as made this portrait of Jenny Woo while she sketched the Getty Center on Saturday. Goldman used a Nikon D800 to make the image. Follow Armand Emamdjomeh on  Twitter  or  Google+ . Each week, we're featuring photos of Southern California submitted by readers. Share your photos on our  Flickr page  or  reader submission gallery .  Follow us on Twitter  or visit  for more on this photo series.
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