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FREE Lecture: Artist Ed Ruscha in Conversation at the Getty

RESERVE YOUR FREE TICKET BEFORE RSVPing.  While ticket is free--parking is $10 after 5PM.


Artist Ed Ruscha is featured in a conversation with Madeleine Brand of KCET (and formerly KPCC) and Los Angeles Times columnist Steve Lopez. Complements the exhibition In Focus: Ed Ruscha.

Harold M. Williams Auditorium, Getty Center


Edward Joseph Ruscha IV is an American artist associated with the Pop art movement. He has worked in the media of painting, printmaking, drawing, photography, and film. Ruscha lives and works in Culver City, California

In Focus: Ed Ruscha
Ed Ruscha's art is characterized by graphic simplicity, playful humor, and a keen interest in the vernacular as it applies to both language and architecture. This exhibition explores his photography, including well-known photo-based book projects.
818 Doheny Dr

Ruscha moved to Los Angeles in 1956 to study design at Chouinard Art Institute. Throughout a career of more than fifty years, he has produced paintings, photographs, prints, drawings, and films that often reflect on the city's vernacular architecture, urban landscape, and car culture. Photography has always been central to his artistic practice, most notably for the slender, pocket-sized volumes that he began publishing in 1963 and his extensive documentation of Los Angeles streets, beginning with Sunset Boulevard in 1965. Several of the photographs that appeared in these publications became source material for works of art that he would realize in other media, either at the same time or years later—for example, the photograph of Standard Station, Amarillo, Texas, published in Twentysix Gasoline Stations and later abstracted in a well-known painting now in the Hood Museum of Art, Dartmouth College.

The works in this show are drawn from recent acquisitions of vintage prints by the Getty Museum and of Ruscha's Streets of Los Angeles Archive by the Getty Research Institute.

Standard, Amarillo Texas and Standard, Figueroa Street, Los Angeles Left: Standard, Amarillo, Texas, 1962, Ed Ruscha, gelatin silver print. The J. Paul Getty Museum, 2011.54.9. © Ed Ruscha. Right: Standard, Figueroa Street, Los Angeles, 1962, Ed Ruscha, gelatin silver print. The J. Paul Getty Museum, 2011.54.13. © Ed Ruscha

See more of his work here:

The auditorium is behind and up one flight from the tram stop.  I will be at the tables right outside the entrance door. 


Tickets are free but you must reserve them here:

While ticket is free--parking is $10 after 5PM.  Use public transportation to avoid this.

Remember, attendance rules apply.




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  • Chrissy

    Ruscha was a not a good interviewee and came off as sheltered, almost standoffish but not necessarily arrogant. How do you go throug the 60s/70s and claim that it didn't effect your work. Kind of an ass.

    May 10, 2013

  • Jeannette

    I was a little dissapointed that his work as a graphic designer wasn't addressed. But I loved to see/hear him in person.

    May 9, 2013

  • Dana A.

    Ay, have to stay late at work..hate to miss this

    May 9, 2013

  • Dia R.

    So sorry I can no longer attend. Dia

    May 8, 2013

  • lerena b.

    i will attend alone

    May 8, 2013

  • Chrissy

    Regarding construction. Getty Center Drive is open both ways (well it was Saturday night when I went by there). There is only one way into there from Sepulveda so enter there.

    Judith, the discussion begins @ 7 and I don't know if they'll let you in once it's begun. If you want to know for sure you should give them a call. Otherwise, I would say don't bother because it'd be a pain if you couldn't get in.

    Looking forward to seeing you all there.

    May 6, 2013

    • Judith G.

      Thank you Chrissy. I'll call tomorrow. With traffic on the 405 it's hard to predict when I'll arrive

      May 6, 2013

  • Judith G.

    Can I come after work which would be around 7-7:15? I'd like to be there if I don't miss the discussion

    May 6, 2013

  • Geraldine

    Sorry ill be gone I'd love to know what is said in the lecture enjoy

    May 5, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    does anyone have clue about how to get to getty these days with all the closures? i'm scared to drive in circles and miss the event.

    May 4, 2013

  • Jeannette

    Looking forward to meet this group with similar interests as mine.

    April 24, 2013

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