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Jackson Pollock’s ‘Mural’ gives Getty a bump in attendance

originally posted by The Los Angeles Times
April 1, 2014

The Getty Museum reported an uptick in attendance for March due in part to interest in its exhibition devoted to Jackson Pollock’s “Mural.”

March attendance at the Getty Center reached 127,466 visitors, an increase of 3% from the same month last year, museum officials said. Attendance in March 2013 was 123,734, a Getty spokeswoman said, also an unusually high number due to an early Easter and spring break and an exhibition of Vermeer’s “Woman in Blue.”

From 2010 to 2012, average March attendance at the Getty Center was about 97,000.

Contributing to the attendance jump for March 2014 was the opening of an exhibition devoted to Ansel Adams photographs.

The Pollock show, which details the conservation of the 1943 “Mural,” opened to the public on March 11. For that week, the Getty Center saw 29,374 visitors, a 25% increase from the first week of the month. The last week of March saw 34,306 visitors, a 46% jump from the first week of the month.

Pollock’s “Mural” will be on display through June 1. The abstract painting is part of the collection at the University of Iowa Museum of Art but has been in L.A. for the past couple of years so Getty experts could study and clean the work.

“In Focus: Ansel Adams,” which opened March 18, is scheduled to run through June 20.

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