Monthly Archives: May 2010

Posted in Behind the Scenes, Exhibitions and Installations, Getty Research Institute

Royal Propaganda, from Prints to Pixels

Queens of Persia at the Feet of Alexander (detail), Gérard Edelink after Charles Le Brun, ca. 1675

Spin control—it’s been around for centuries. Louis XIV, king of France from 1660 to 1715, was a master at it, using art—especially the work of his court painter, Charles Le Brun—to create and perpetuate a glorified image of his monarchy…. More»

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Posted in Exhibitions and Installations, Getty Center, J. Paul Getty Museum, Photographs, Film, and Video

Seeing L.A. through Catherine Opie’s Lens

Untitled #15 from Mini-Malls, Catherine Opie, 1997. © Catherine Opie

For six months, I lived up the hill from Sunset and Coronado in Silverlake. I’d go to Mariela’s for burritos—always a little too watery, always with salsa not quite spicy enough, but cheap, and the size of a brick. It… More»

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SCVNGR Hunts in L.A. Museums

Kellian Adams and Phillippa Pitts writing clues for the SCVNGR hunt in the Getty Center’s North Pavilion

The American Association of Museums annual conference is in Los Angeles this week. In between sessions and schmoozing, AAM is hoping that conference attendees will have some fun playing games! To that end, AAM invited Kellian Adams, museum maven from… More»

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Exploring Los Angeles on a Multitouch Table

Design for the table exhibit: A central controller pops out to a list of institutions, which can also be accessed via touchable dots on the map. At bottom, a news feed of this week's events at the Getty.

Los Angeles is a gigantic, sprawling city. Just trying to find your way across town can make you feel a little desperate. At the Getty Center, we often see visitors looking out over the landscape, attempting to get situated—“Wait, where’s… More»

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Art Circles—Better than Bowling

The Angel Appearing to Elijah, Ferdinand Bol, about 1643–4. Private Collection, New York
The Angel Appearing to Elijah, Ferdinand Bol, about 1643–4. Private Collection, New York

On a recent Saturday night, nearly 20 visitors tried to make sense of a huge, mysterious painting in the Getty Center’s Flemish gallery. Mysterious, because our leader, Lilit Sadoyan, had covered up the painting’s accompanying wall text. We were forced… More»

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Posted in Behind the Scenes, Education, Photographs, Film, and Video

L.A. Students Photograph Their Personal Journeys

826LA volunteer Bristol Baughan and Westchester student Vivian Gaitan take practice shots in the Getty Center's Central Garden

Jennifer Lisowski’s ninth-grade English class from Westchester Senior High recently enjoyed a visit to the exhibition Urban Panoramas: Opie, Liao, Kim with a special guide: photographer Soo Kim. The visit was part of Community Photoworks, a partnership between the Museum’s… More»

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Posted in Art, J. Paul Getty Museum, Sculpture and Decorative Arts

Cabinet of Wonders

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The Augsburg Display Cabinet—the Getty Museum’s 17th-century “cabinet of curiosities” on display starting tomorrow in our New Galleries for Medieval and Renaissance Sculpture and Decorative Arts—is both a work of art and an early prototype of museums. With dozens of… More»

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Posted in Gardens and Architecture, Getty Center, Getty Villa, Photographs, Film, and Video

Favorite Garden Photos from Our Flickr Group

Allium going to seed in the Central Garden by Juan Madrigal
Allium going to seed in the Central Garden by Juan Madrigal

Last week we asked you to post photos of the Getty gardens to our Flickr group for National Public Gardens Day, and you responded! On the group, which launched earlier this year, you can find fantastic uses of perspective, color,… More»

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Posted in Education, J. Paul Getty Museum

Encouraging Freefall: David and Fred Wilson on the Museum Experience

Provocateurs? David Wilson (left) and Fred Wilson (center), with Selma Holo

Education is at the heart of a museum’s mission. You want to know what you’re looking at, and we want to tell you—through object labels, audio tours, videos, brochures, Web sites, and public programs. But is this really education? Not… More»

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Selected Shorts: Story Meets Storyteller

Isaiah Sheffer and Leonard Nimoy on stage at the Getty Center

It’s one thing to see a writer read her own work, but when someone else gets their hands on it, the fluid dynamic between story and storyteller is revealed. How much is the reader outside of the story, telling it… More»

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      What unexpected thing have you learned by working at a museum?

      The more time you take with the art, the better. 

      The first time I saw a work by James Turrell, my eyes totally deceived me. I walked into the room (Acton, at the Indianapolis Museum of Art) and saw a gray rectangle “painting,” but I was baffled and could not figure it out—I got closer and closer until my face was pressed against the wall next to it, trying to figure out what it was. When my friend stuck her arm into the painting and revealed the illusion (a square cut into the wall and lit to look flat), my mind was blown! You got me so good, James.

      Also, always offer to take a family photo for the tourists!

      What do you wish you could tell all people about yourself, museums, or life? 

      Everyone is creative.

      Emily, Education Technologist at the Getty, July 24, 2014

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