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Unmasking Scandal at Villa Theater Lab

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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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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

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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

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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.

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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

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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

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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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Can’t Get Enough of Carmageddon

Evening traffic along Pacific Coast Highway in Malibu, near the Getty Villa
It's nothing new: Gridlock and bad air, A.D. 2009. Photo: Eric Demarq, CC BY-NC-ND 2.0
Update, September 2012—Carmageddon II is upon us Saturday and Sunday, September 29 and 30, 2012. The Getty Center will be closed both days (Getty Villa open). Will it finally be the real carpocalypse, or a repeat of 2011's nonevent? In... More»
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Change: Collecting Coins at the Getty Museum

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You close your eyes, make a wish, and throw a coin in a fountain. This scene isn't uncommon here at the Getty. Last year, some $1,649.03 worth of coins were collected from the Azalea Pool in the Central Garden, contributed... More»
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Unpixelated: Luther Gerlach Makes Photographs Like It’s 1851

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There are digital photographers. And then there’s Luther Gerlach. In the time it took you to read that last paragraph, you could have snapped six digital photos. It would take Luther half a day to make that many images—on a... More»
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      This milky pink boomed into popularity because of a marketing ploy, a mistress, and its ambiguous origins.

      In an effort to compete with the renowned Meissen porcelain factory, the French Sèvres manufactory recruited the glamorous Madame de Pompadour (mistress to King Louis XV). Like a smart sponsorship deal, Sèvres gave her all the porcelain she requested. 

      Introduced in 1757, this rich pink exploded on the scene thanks to favoritism by Madame Pompadour herself. 

      The glaze itself had a weird history. To the Europeans it looked Chinese, and to the Chinese it was European. It was made based on a secret 17th-century glassmaker’s technique, involving mixing glass with flecks of gold.

      For more on colors and their often surprising histories, check out The Brilliant History of Color in Art.

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