The Iris is the Getty’s online magazine. Launched in April 2010, it is written by the staff, volunteers, scholars, interns, and others at the Getty’s two Los Angeles campuses—the Getty Center in Los Angeles and the Getty Villa in Malibu—and around the world.
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The goal of The Iris is to share. Through first-person perspectives, in-depth articles, and videos, we strive to offer news, stories, and discoveries about art, conservation, research, and philanthropy and to provide an entertaining and substantive behind-the-scenes look at the inner workings of the Getty. On The Iris we share our work with you in our own words, and provide a platform for the Getty’s many voices—including those of our visitors—to be heard.
About the Title
The Iris is a reference to the Getty Museum’s best-known painting, Irises by Vincent van Gogh. The word iris can evoke the flowers in the Getty’s gardens at both the Villa and the Center; an iris is also part of the eye, and part of a camera lens. It’s how we focus, how we see. Iris is also the Greek and Latin word for rainbow, and the goddess Iris is personified by the rainbow.
The title was a result of a brainstorming challenge sent to the whole Getty staff. Ideas ranged from the tongue in cheek (Getty Up!) to the poetic (Verso, now by happy coincidence the perfect name of the Huntington’s blog). The Iris was an inspired idea from a staff member in the Getty Museum.
About the Logo
The round Iris logo is a contemporary rendition of the color spheres (Farbenkugel) of German artist Phillip Otto Runge, which map the spectrum much as an explorer would chart a globe. A copy of Runge’s Color spheres, or construction of a relationship of all mixes of colors to one another… is found the Special Collections of the Getty Research Institute, and appears on posters and web materials for the Research Institute’s current scholar theme, color.
The new logo is intended to represent the diversity of topics and voices we publish on The Iris, as well as what we aspire to be: vivid, diverse, handmade, and contemporary with a boundless curiosity about the past.
About the Featured Blogs and Videos
The Iris now features videos, blog posts, articles, blog links, and other curated arts content. The Getty is just one of many interesting, diverse, and creative voices in the international arts community, and we look forward to using The Iris as an outlet to share great content from this wider community.
Our videos, links, and blogroll are carefully curated by Getty editors. If you have interest in seeing your online publication, blog, video, or site shared with the Getty community, please send a link to firstname.lastname@example.org and we’ll take a look!
We Want Your Comments
We’re eager to hear from readers with questions, comments, critiques, and requests, and we always like to hear about topics of interest you’d like to see us cover. Feel free to leave a comment on any post or to email us at email@example.com, and we’ll get back in touch.
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