The Getty & Hammer Museum Tour

Steven Gemmel, J. Paul Getty Museum, USA

The Getty & Hammer Museum Tour

Join us for a day on the westside of LA, with a morning at the Getty Center and afternoon at UCLA’s Hammer Museum. Taking as our starting point the idea of the “museum as stage”, the Getty morning tour will focus on what the public often doesn’t see. An afternoon at the Hammer will focus on the power of the museum engaging with visitors in various spaces, physically and online.

This tour requires 20 people to run.

The J. Paul Getty Trust is renowned for its stunning architecture and gardens, world-class collection, and both local and international influence. But much of what makes the Getty special onsite happens just outside the public eye. Go behind-the-scenes of the Getty Museum, Getty Conservation Institute, and Getty Research Institute with Getty staff to see what’s going on and what’s in store for the future.

The first half of the day will start at the Getty with backstage tours and the opportunity to see the Getty’s collection imaging and media production studios, special collections and library, and conservation labs. Accompanying attendees on these tours and throughout the morning will be Getty staff from a range of departments and interests, who will share their unique perspectives. Next, attendees will have the opportunity to explore the permanent collection galleries, Robert Irwin’s Central Garden, or special exhibitions, including Robert Mapplethorpe: The Perfect Medium and Woven Gold: Tapestries of Louis XIV. Conclude the morning with a shared lunch at the Getty over unconference chats, with colleagues discussing Getty initiatives around digital humanities, digital publishing, linked open data, and public engagement.

The Hammer Museum, affiliated with the University of California, Los Angeles, is an art museum and cultural center known for its artist-centric and progressive array of exhibitions and public programs. Find out how the Hammer pulls off more than 300 programs each year and LiveStreams most of them. Learn the history behind the Hammer’s innovative visitor experience team, free admission and free membership program, and edgy social media that often brings in contemporary artist voices. You’ll also get a curator’s tour of the exhibition Leap Before You Look: Black Mountain College 1933-1957.

The tour of the Hammer will start with a behind-the-scenes look at the audio-visual technology involved in presenting programs that range from film screenings and lectures to performance art and dance. Staff will be on hand to discuss programming philosophy and process, technology and staffing, and video production with LiveStream set up. A presentation about the visitor experience team will describe how this department was formed from a unique public engagement collaborative, and how the Hammer developed its free admission and free membership programs. The Hammer’s social media manager will discuss how online audiences engage with programs and exhibitions. Finally, a curator will give a tour of the exhibition Leap Before You Look: Black Mountain College 1933-1957. This exhibition is the first comprehensive museum exhibition in the United States to examine the history of this school, which had an enormous impact on American postwar cultural life through students and faculty such as Ruth Asawa, Merce Cunningham, Elaine and Willem de Kooning, Gwendolyn and Jacob Lawrence, and Robert Rauschenberg.

Tentative Schedule:
Tuesday, April 5, 2016; 8:30 am – 6:00 pm
8:30 am: Leave from the conference hotel in Downtown Los Angeles
9:30 am: Arrive at the Getty Center
11:30 am – 12:50 pm: Lunch meeting at the Getty Center
1:10 pm: Leave the Getty Center for the Hammer Museum
1:30 pm: Arrive at the Hammer Museum
5:00 pm: Leave the Hammer Museum for Downtown Los Angeles
6:00 pm: Arrive back in Downtown Los Angeles (Due to the traffic, this may take 40 minutes to 80 minutes.)