About: Steve Saldivar

Posted in Architecture and Design, Voices

My L.A.: The Once and Future Golden Gate Theater


Hollow and in disrepair, it embodied the reason I wanted to leave Los Angeles. I was wrong. More»

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Posted in Ancient World, Antiquities, Behind the Scenes, Getty Villa, Sculpture and Decorative Arts

Installing “Lion Attacking a Horse” at the Getty Villa

Sovraintendenza ai Beni Culturali di Roma Capitale—Musei Capitolini

The massive sculpture of a Lion Attacking a Horse hasn’t left Rome in over 2,000 years, but it feels right at home sitting in the Atrium of the Getty Villa. The giant marble, on loan through January 2013 as part… More»

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Sound: Let There Be (Some) Light


The next time you’re in the Getty Center galleries, look up. The large louvers in the ceiling are working throughout the day to keep light-sensitive artwork from direct sunlight. The goal is to keep the amount of light coming in… More»

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Unmasking Scandal at Villa Theater Lab


Villa Theater Lab invites performers to work in residence at the Getty Villa for two weeks, workshopping new theater pieces and presenting them in four performances over a single weekend. For the past two weeks, Rogue Artists Ensemble has been… More»

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Posted in Behind the Scenes, Getty Research Institute

Bodacious Buggerrilla Takes On Race, Class, and the 1%

Larry Broussard, DaShell Hart, Ed Bereal (in pig mask), and Bobby Farlice rehearse "Killer Joe" at the Getty Center

In South-Central in the ‘60s and ‘70s, everybody knew Bodacious Buggerrilla. The street theater group staged shocking and hilarious consciousness-raising skits at schools, churches, cafes, prisons, even Laundromats. Members of the group spoke with us before their recent appearance at… More»

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Kalpa: No Strings Attached


Dancers, a World War II searchlight, and 400 spools of thread combined to turn the Getty Center’s Arrival Plaza into a performative installation last Friday night. Hirokazu Kosaka’s Kalpa was part of the Pacific Standard Time Public Art Festival, an… More»

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In Rehearsal with Inara George and Van Dyke Parks


Saturday Nights at the Getty enjoys performing from aerial silk. It’s mostly a concert series, but it often features film, dance, poetry, or some improbably awesome musical mashup, like Irish mariachi or hip-hop violin. Earlier this season Inara George and… More»

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Posted in Behind the Scenes, Conservation, Exhibitions and Installations

How Do You Conserve a Dancing Sculpture? Magic.

Collection of Nancy Reddin Kienholz. Artwork © Petra von Huene, Hamburg

Recently, we needed a little magic to get a sculpture in working order. Stephan von Huene’s Tap Dancer—which springs to life every half hour in the first room of our Crosscurrents exhibit—hadn’t danced since 2003, when it was on display… More»

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Saturdays Off the 405: You Came, You Saw, You Tweeted


Saturdays Off the 405 wrapped up its 2011 season last Saturday, October 15, but it lives on thanks to you who tweeted, Flickr’d and YouTubed it. Here, highlights! [View the story “Saturdays Off the 405 | 2011 Highlights” on Storify]

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Volunteer Chuck Panama: Pinned and Proud


Chuck Panama wants you to know that the whole thing is an accident. “I’m not a pin collector,” Chuck, a seven-year volunteer at the Getty Center, told me. “I’m not one of these people who studies it. I’m sure there’s… More»

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      Wanna manna?

      God rained down manna (bread from heaven) on Moses and the hungry Israelites on their journey out of Egypt. 

      Described as white “like coriander seed” and tasting “like wafers made with honey,” manna was both physical and spiritual nourishment and a sign that God was watching over the Jews.

      In this image, the Israelites around Moses bend down to hurriedly collect manna, which the Bible says melted in the sunlight.


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