Two of L.A.’s top museums, the Getty Center and the Getty Villa, are kicking off extended summer hours on Friday, May 30, 2014. Both museums will also be open for the Fourth of July holiday. Perched on a 110-acre hilltop above Brentwood, the Getty Center is world-renowned for its collection of European and American art from medieval times to the present. Located in the Pacific Palisades, the Getty Villa houses a collection of 44,000 Greek, Roman, and Etruscan antiquities that span 7,000 years of history, from the end of the Stone Age to the fall of the Roman Empire.
Parking at both locations, normally $15, is discounted to $10 after 5 p.m. The extended hours offer another opportunity to take advantage of the Getty’s “Pay Once, Park Twice” program - guests can park at both the the Center and the Villa on the same day for one $15 parking fee.
From May 30 through August 29, the Getty Center will stay open until 9 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays, giving visitors another long summer evening to enjoy the art, gardens and spectacular views. This summer, exhibitions include The Scandalous Art of James Ensor, which charts James Ensor's astonishing artistic development in the decade culminating with his avant-garde masterpiece, Christ's Entry into Brussels in 1889 (1888); and Minor White: Manifestations of the Spirit, a retrospective exhibition of one of the 20th century's most controversial, misunderstood, and overlooked photographers.
On May 30, the Getty Center launches its extended summer hours with Friday Flights, a free monthly series that fuses music, art, discussion and dance. Each session includes a collaboration between the Getty and a featured musician or cultural tastemaker who creates a specially curated evening inspired by an exhibition on view. The May 30 event features L.A.-based electronic band, Liars. Friday Flights features a cash bar with local beers and bites, and runs from 6-9 p.m. The Getty Center is also home to Saturdays Off the 405, one of L.A.’s most popular outdoor music series.
The Getty Villa will be open until 9 p.m. on Saturdays from May 30 to August 23 (with the exception of July 19), offering weekend visitors more time to explore the museum’s Greek and Roman antiquities. On view through August 25, Heaven and Earth: Art of Byzantium from Greek Collections features mosaics, icons, frescoes, sculpture, manuscripts, metalwork, jewelry, glass, embroideries and ceramics drawn from Greek collections. Also on view is the ongoing exhibition, Molten Color: Glassmaking in Antiquity.