Posted in Behind the Scenes, Gardens and Architecture, Getty Center
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»
Posted in Behind the Scenes, Getty Villa, Photographs, Film, and Video
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»
Tagged ambrotype, antique, antique camera, antique cameras, chemistry, cyanide, daguerreotype, dark room, events, Film/Video, Gerlach, Luther Gerlach, wet plate
Posted in J. Paul Getty Museum
Early-morning showers and threatening clouds didn’t keep families from coming to our most recent Family Festival, a celebration of Chinese, Indian, and Japanese culture. More than 7,600 kids and parents attended the festivities that took place throughout the Getty Center…. More»
Posted in Getty Center
Rumors of the short story’s death have been greatly exaggerated. Only an appearance by Mark Twain himself could have capped an evening of well-crafted, funny narratives this past weekend at Selected Shorts, an annual series that pairs actors with classic… More»
Tagged Christina Pickles, Dorothy Parker, events, Heather Goldenhersh, Isaiah Sheffer, Juan Martinez, Lara Vapnyar, Nate Corddry, René Auberjonois, Selected Shorts, Selected Shorts at the Getty, spoken word, Stephen O'Connor, Symphony Space, T.C. Boyle, Theater, Tim Curry, Ziggurat
Posted in Art, Behind the Scenes, Conservation, Exhibitions and Installations, Paintings
How long does it take to install a painting in the Museum, from loading dock to gallery wall? For J.M.W. Turner’s Modern Rome—Campo Vaccino, the answer is seven days: really busy days, with lots of people working together to make… More»
Posted in Behind the Scenes, Education, Photographs, Film, and Video
For our Getty Perspectives lecture series, filmmaker Peter Greenaway came to speak about his new work creating immersive environments inspired by masterpieces of European painting. At the event, and on Facebook and Twitter, we put out the call for your… More»
Posted in Behind the Scenes, Getty Center, J. Paul Getty Museum
Suzanne Ziesmer has been volunteering at the Getty for a decade.
When you step off from the Getty Center tram on a Tuesday, Suzanne Ziesmer is there to greet you. It’s 64 degrees on this particular morning. A perfect spring day in most parts of the country—although Angelenos consider this downright… More»
Posted in Architecture and Design, Getty Center
They say the Getty Center never looks as beautiful as it does after the rain. I decided to find out! The day after a week of showers, I went out and filmed a sunny day.
Posted in Art, Exhibitions and Installations, Getty Research Institute
The current exhibition at the Getty Research Institute, Obsidian Mirror-Travels: Refracting Ancient Mexican Art and Archaeology, challenges our ideas of how we understand the past. More than 70 objects from the Colonial era to the present, including maps, books, photographs,… More»
Posted in Art, Behind the Scenes, Education, Getty Villa, J. Paul Getty Museum
David Saunders speaks with a group of students from UCLA. Most storeroom visits are reserved for college groups.
Eleven teachers enter an underground room at the Getty Villa. In a space with wooden crates marked “fragile” sits a large table. They are asked to put on latex gloves as an aura of anticipation fills the air. “When was… More»