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Getty Center and Getty Villa join Nationwide Effort to Recognize the Continuing AIDS Crisis

November 27, 2007

LOS ANGELES—Saturday, December 1, 2007, marks the Getty Museum’s eighteenth annual observance of Day Without Art, a day when the international arts community pauses to remember and respond to the AIDS crisis and its impact on the arts.

This year, the Getty will shroud the sculpture Air by Aristide Maillol, part of the Stark collection of outdoor sculptures, on the plaza steps at the Getty Center, and the Roman statue Wounded Youth at the Getty Villa.  In shrouding these objects, the Getty acknowledges the creative loss caused by the AIDS epidemic.  A temporary label explaining the symbolism will be placed next to each object for the day.

Additionally, the Getty Museum’s Education department will offer special one-hour Focus Tours at both sites, highlighting works in the permanent collection.  The tour at the Getty Center – entitled “The Cycle of Life” – will focus on different facets of the cycle of life and encourage reflection upon shared human experiences, from birth to death.  The Focus Tour at the Getty Villa – entitled “Before One’s Time” – will explore the theme of untimely death in the art and mythology of ancient Greece, Rome, and Etruria. 

Information will be provided to visitors about AIDS and various organizations that welcome donations and volunteer help.  In support of Day Without Art, the J. Paul Getty Trust will make a donation to Camp Laurel, which provides educational and support programs to children, youth, and families affected by or living with HIV/AIDS.

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Desiree Alcalde-Wayne
Getty Communications

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