April 14, 2014

The Getty Presents Exploring Pollock

A film screening and lively panel discussion with actor Ed Harris, film composer Jeff Beal, and Pollock art historian Pepe Karmel.

Saturday, May 3, 2014 
At the J. Paul Getty Museum, Getty Center

Melissa Abraham 
Getty Communications 
(310) 440-6861

Los Angeles – Visit the Getty Center on Saturday, May 3, for an enjoyable evening of film and conversation about Jackson Pollock’s Mural with award-winning actor and filmmaker Ed Harris, who spent close to a decade working on the film Pollock. Also on the panel will be Pollock film score composer Jeff Beal; art historian and Pollock expert Pepe Karmel who served as an advisor on the film; and panel host Tom Learner, head of science at the Getty Conservation Institute, which is presenting the event.

Held on Saturday, May 3, the screening of the film Pollock begins at 4pm, with the panel discussion at 6:30pm. Tickets are free, but reservations are recommended. Parking at the Getty is $10 after 5 pm.

Jackson Pollock’s first large-scale painting, Mural (1943), now on view at the Getty Center through June 1, in many ways represents the birth of the Pollock legend. Mural’s creation has been recounted in dozens of books and also dramatized in the Oscar-winning film Pollock, directed and starred in by Ed Harris.

Rumors about this seminal work abound—that it was painted in one alcohol-fueled night, that it didn’t originally fit the intended space, and that the basis of the painting is the artist’s name, among others. Yet, there was never a doubt that the creation of the painting was pivotal, not only for Pollock’s career, but for Abstract Expressionism, which would follow the artist’s radical conception of art—"no limits, just edges."


Ed Harris made his feature film directing debut with Pollock, receiving an Academy Award nomination as Best Actor for his performance in the title role. His co-star, Marcia Gay Harden, won a Best Supporting Actress Oscar under his direction. Harris’ film credits include Appaloosa, History of Violence, The Hours, Pain and Gain, Gone Baby Gone, The Truman Show, Apollo 13, The Way Back, Copying Beethoven, The Right Stuff, The Abyss, The Rock, The Human Stain, A Beautiful Mind, Stepmom, The Firm, A Flash of Green, Places in the Heart, Alamo Bay, Sweet Dreams, Jacknife, State of Grace, The Third Miracle and Touching Home. Currently, he stars opposite Annette Bening in The Face of Love, which opened in March 2014.

Jeff Beal came to Los Angeles in 1993, after his "Concerto for Jazz Bass" was recorded by John Patitucci on Chick Corea’s new label. His big break came when Ed Harris called on him to score his directorial debut Pollock (2000). Beal’s unique blend of Americana, minimalism, and chamber orchestra caught the ear of many in Hollywood where he is now a well-regarded and award-winning composer of music for film, television, recordings, and the concert hall.

Pepe Karmel is an associate professor of art history at New York University. His areas of expertise and research include Picasso, Pollock, Cubism, Minimalism, Contemporary Art, Critical Theory, and Art and Perception. For the film Pollock he served as an advisor to Ed Harris.

Tom Learner is head of Science and leads the Getty Conservation Institute’s Modern and Contemporary Art Research Initiative. Recently he has been collaborating with the Getty Museum on the ongoing study and conservation of Jackson Pollock’s landmark painting Mural, which is on view at the Getty Center through June 1, 2014.


Pollock is a 2000 biographical film which tells the life story of American painter Jackson Pollock, starring Ed Harris, Marcia Gay Harden, Jennifer Connelly, Robert Knott, Bud Cort, Molly Regan and Sada Thompson. Ed Harris also directed the film. Marcia Gay Harden won the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress for portraying Lee Krasner, Pollock’s wife. Ed Harris also was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Actor for his portrayal of Pollock in the film.

The screening of Pollock, the film, begins at 4pm. The panel discussion, Exploring Pollock is presented at 6:30pm, both on Saturday, May 3, 2014, in the Harold M. Williams Auditorium at the Getty Center, 1200 Getty Center Drive, Los Angeles. Tickets are free; reservations are highly recommended. Visit to make reservations, or call (310) 440-7300. Parking is $10 after 5 PM.

Jackson Pollock’s Mural : Transition, Context, Afterlife
Tuesday, May 6, 9:30 a.m.–5:30 p.m.

Museum Lecture Hall, The Getty Center

In 1943 Jackson Pollock made his first monumental work for the New York apartment of his patron, Peggy Guggenheim. Stories about the creation and installation of the painting, entitled Mural, have dominated interpretations for decades.

Recent study and conservation at the Getty debunks many of these myths, recasting this iconic work in a new light. Take part in a day of lively conversation among art historians, scientists, and conservators about the context and legacies of Mural.

Confirmed speakers:
David Anfam, Art Exploration Consultancy Ltd., London
James Coddington, Museum of Modern Art, New York
Erika Doss, University of Notre Dame
Isabelle Duvernois, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York
Jennifer Hickey, National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C.
Susan Lake, Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Washington, D.C.
Megan Luke, University of Southern California
Richard Meyer, Stanford University
Michael Schreyach, Trinity University
Carol Stringari, Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York

Tickets are free; reservations are recommended.
Visit to make reservations, or call (310) 440-7300.

Image: Jackson Pollock, Truro, Massachusetts, 1944. Photo: Bernard Schardt. Pollock-Krasner House and Study Center, East Hampton, New York. Gift of Jeffrey Potter.

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Visiting the Getty Center
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