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Halloween 2013 Suggestion: The Supernatural in Art at the Getty

Location: The Getty Center, 1200 Getty Center Drive, Los Angeles, CA 90049

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Description: Looking for a safe and sophisticated way for your children to enjoy Halloween in Los Angeles? Then take them on this spooky audio tour at the Getty Museum. “Demons, Angels and Monsters: The Supernatural in Art” made its debut a couple Octobers ago; though available year-round, it is perfectly suited to the Halloween season.

This is a self-guided tour that can be accessed at the museum on an iPod touch, on your smartphone with the Goggles app for iPhone and Android, or on the Museum Collection section of the Getty website. The paintings are all part of the museum’s permanent collection, which you can browse at your leisure, but the audio tour provides information in a way that should interest young art afficianados, featuring reactions to the paintings from real kids, interspersed with actors providing voices for some of the Demons, Angels, and Monsters.

Medusa (detail), 1911. Vincenzo Gemito (Italian, 1852-1929). Partially gilt silver. The J. Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles.
One of the monsters on display in the J. Paul Getty Museum: Medusa (detail), 1911. Vincenzo Gemito (Italian, 1852-1929). Partially gilt silver.

The Getty Center is open Tuesday through Friday and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., 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 free after 5pm on 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.

Click here to see the original press release, which provides more details.

The Getty will also be offering some more adult programs during the Halloween season, but these will be more oriented towards All Saints Day than All Hallow’s Eve. Check out the press release below:


Programs include a Zócalo panel discussion, staged reading, and kid-friendly audio tour

LOS ANGELES – This fall, visitors can come to the Getty for a different take on Halloween (and All Saints and All Souls Day), as the museum offers a special selection of off-beat events that provide enough brain food to be a zombie’s delight. The events complement the exhibitions Miracles and Martyrs: Saints in the Middle Ages and Canterbury and St. Albans: Treasures from Church and Cloister.

First, saints are in the spotlight on October 30 for Why Do We Need Saints?, a panel discussion presented by Zócalo Public Square and the Getty. For centuries, Christians have looked to the saints as God’s intermediaries, praying to them for protection, comfort, inspiration, and miracles. People have called on saints to defend everyone from artists to alcoholics, and as patrons of everything from childbirth to whale conservation. How did saints emerge as a powerful force throughout Christian history? Who were they? What needs do they fulfill?

The panel, moderated by documentary filmmaker Jody Hassett Sanchez, and including Candida Moss, professor of theology at Notre Dame University; Leonard Primiano, professor of religious studies at Cabrini College; and Conrad Rudolf, professor of art history at UC Riverside, explores the origins and meaning of saints in order to understand their depictions throughout history.

In addition to the panel, an installation by Otis College of Art and Design students in the course “Saint and Spirits” will be on view in the auditorium lobby. To inspire their installation, the students spent time studying saints in Getty exhibitions and collections. The panel and installation offer the perfect way to get in the mood for All Saints Day, celebrated on November 1.

Making a sharp turn into murderous territory, the programs continue on November 2 with a staged reading of T.S. Eliot’s Murder in the Cathedral. Boston Court co-artistic director, Jessica Kubzansky, directs Eliot’s best known drama based on the assassination of Thomas Becket the Archbishop of Canterbury in 1170. Produced by The Theatre @ Boston Court.

Need something a little more tame for the kids? The Getty offers free audio tours, including Demons, Angel and Monsters: The Supernatural in Art, which takes kids on a nefarious adventure that explores the creepy beings that can be found in the museum’s permanent collection.

Why Do We Need Saints?
Date: Wednesday, October 30, 2013
Time: 7:00 p.m.
Location: Harold M. Williams Auditorium, Getty center
Admission: Free; reservations required. Call (310) 440-7300 or visit www.getty.edu.

T.S. Eliot’s Murder in the Cathedral
Date: Saturday, November 2, 2013
Time: 3:00 p.m.
Location: Harold M. Williams Auditorium, Getty Center
Admission: Free; reservations required. Limit 4 reservations per person. Call (310) 440-7300 or visit www.getty.edu.