August 02, 2012

Beat the Heat and the Crowds this Summer on Friday Evenings at the Getty Center

Enjoy Gustav Klimt: The Magic of Line, the last remaining weeks of Herb Ritts, and special Restaurant menus on Friday nights


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LOS ANGELES—Squeeze the most from your summer with Friday evenings at the Getty Center, when the crowds and the sun go down, and the Getty Restaurant offers themed menus tied to the Getty’s popular exhibitions Herb Ritts: LA Style and Gustav Klimt: The Magic of Line.

Herb Ritts (American, 1952–2002). Djimon with Octopus, Hollywood, 1989. Gelatin silver print.
The J. Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles, Gift of Herb Ritts Foundation. © Herb Ritts Foundation

Until September 21, the Getty is open until 9 p.m. on Friday evenings as well as Saturdays, creating another evening each week to enjoy the galleries and gardens and wait out the traffic on the 405.

Gustav Klimt (Austrian, 1862–1918). Drawing of a Woman with Cape and Hat in Three-quarter Profile (detail), 1897–1898.
Black and red crayon. Image courtesy of the Albertina, Vienna.

Herb Ritts: LA Style has been extended through September 2.  Gustav Klimt: The Magic of Line is on view through September 23.  In connection with the Ritts exhibition, the Restaurant offers a prix fixe Dine L.A. Style menu featuring a palate of black and white sauces, reductions, vinaigrettes and creamy desserts that express L.A.’s inimitable flair and flavors. Celebrate Gustav Klimt with a pork schnitzel and a flight of Austrian beer.

Tony Bevan (British, born 1951). Self-Portrait after Messerschmidt, 2010. Acrylic and charcoal on canvas.
Courtesy L.A. Louver, Venice, CA and Ben Brown Fine Arts, London. © Tony Bevan

Also on view is Messerschmidt and Modernity, featuring the astonishing "Character Heads" produced by Franz Xaver Messerschmidt (1736–1783), and the work of modern and contemporary artists who have responded to them. Don’t miss the opportunity to add your face to the exhibition in the Expression Lab, where you and your friends can pose and share your own response to the Character Heads.

The Restaurant is open for dinner on Friday and Saturday evenings, and coffee carts offer sandwiches, salads, snacks and drinks.  Parking, normally $15, is discounted to $10 after 5 p.m.  Admission is always free. For information about visiting the Getty, or to make dinner reservations at the Restaurant, go to

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Visiting the Getty Center
From June 1–September 21, 2012
, the Getty Center is open Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., and Friday and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. It is closed Monday and major holidays. Admission to the Getty Center is always free. Parking is $15 per car, but reduced to $10 after 5 p.m. on Fridays, Saturdays and for evening events throughout the week. No reservation is required for parking or general admission. Reservations are required for event seating and groups of 15 or more. Please call (310) 440-7300 (English or Spanish) for reservations and information. The TTY line for callers who are deaf or hearing impaired is (310) 440-7305. The Getty Center is at 1200 Getty Center Drive, Los Angeles, California.

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