April 13, 2011

Getty Museum Presents College Night at the Getty Center

Gallery Tours and Activities, Live Band, DJ, Student Art Installations, Free Food, and Much More!

At the J. Paul Getty Museum, Getty Center
Monday, May 2, 2011, 6:00—9:30 p.m.

LOS ANGELES—The J. Paul Getty Museum at the Getty Center will host its annual College Night on Monday, May 2, 2011, from 6:00—9:30 p.m. Local college students are invited to enjoy a free night of special presentations, music, food, and other surprises.

At College Night, students can transport themselves to the extraordinarily creative period of 18th-century Paris through activities complementing the exhibition Paris: Life and Luxury, which explores the fine art of elite 18th-century Parisian living. Exhibition curator Charissa Bremer-David will be on hand to provide insight into a typical Parisian day of that era—from dressing and letter writing to dining, music, and other evening entertainment.

The night’s activities don’t stop in Paris. Students can take gallery tours of German drawings, early Chinese photographs, and selections from the Getty Museum’s permanent collection. Spirit of an Age: Drawings from the Germanic World, 1770—1900 reflects the profound changes—intellectual, social, and political—undergone in the Germanic world; Brush and Shutter: Early Photography in China offers students a unique opportunity to see early hand-painted photographs by Chinese artists; and the Museum’s collection includes such masterpieces as Vincent van Gogh’s Irises and the Museum’s newest acquisition, J.M.W Turner’s Modern Rome - Campo Vaccino. Additionally, curator Antonia Boström will be present to answer questions about the Museum’s Sculpture and Decorative Arts collection.

Los Angeles indie-pop trio Lady Danville provides live music. Recognized for their well-crafted harmonies and energy, Lady Danville evokes the sound of Simon and Garfunkel meets Death Cab for Cutie, with the self-described humor of Larry, Moe, and Curly. Additional entertainment includes a DJ, supplying a more-than-lively soundtrack for the night’s activities.

Adding to the multisensory experience is <Re>Vision, a series of media-art projects that respond to works of art in the Museum’s collection. The projects are created by students from the UCLA Department of Design Media Arts (DMA) under the direction of Jennifer Steinkamp, an artist leading this year’s Getty Artists Program. Steinkamp, an internationally exhibited installation artist who uses new media and video to explore ideas of architectural space, motion, and perception, has selected college audiences as the primary focus of her Getty project. On College Night, Steinkamp’s students will debut their virtual 3-D responses to works of art in a series of projection installations.

Food and nonalcoholic drinks are complimentary, and a cash bar is available for the purchase of beer and wine (with ID). Admission and parking are free, but reservations are encouraged. Students will be asked to present a college ID upon arrival. For more information on College Night at the Getty Center and to make a reservation, visit This year’s College Night at the Getty Center was planned with the help of a student committee, comprised of members from UCLA, USC, UC Riverside, and California Lutheran University.

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Juvenio Guerra
Getty Communications
(310) 440-7606

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