About: Steve Saldivar

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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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Posted in Behind the Scenes, Gardens and Architecture, Getty Center

Change: Collecting Coins at the Getty Museum

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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Posted in Behind the Scenes, Getty Villa, Photographs, Film, and Video

Unpixelated: Luther Gerlach Makes Photographs Like It’s 1851

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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Posted in J. Paul Getty Museum

Festival a Family Affair at the Getty Center

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»
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Selected Shorts Celebrates the Written (and Spoken) Word

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»
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Posted in Art, Behind the Scenes, Conservation, Exhibitions and Installations, Paintings

Behind the Scenes with J.M.W. Turner’s “Modern Rome”

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

Six Questions for Peter Greenaway

Peter Greenaway at the Getty Center
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»
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Volunteer Profile: Suzanne Ziesmer, 10 Years of Giving

Suzanne Ziesmer has been volunteering at the Getty for a decade.
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»
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Posted in Architecture and Design, Getty Center

Chasing Clouds at the 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.
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Posted in Art, Exhibitions and Installations, Getty Research Institute

Obsidian Mirror-Travels Explores Myths and Truths about Ancient Mexico

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»
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      Views of Versailles from the 1920s by photographer Eugène Atget

      A mob stormed the palace of Versailles during the night of October 5, 1789. No French head of state ever resumed permanent residence there, though everyone from Bonaparte to De Gaulle and Sarkozy have spent extended time living in pavilions on the grounds.

      Atget became obsessed with Versailles, which he saw as the embodiment of French civilization—a blend of elegance, order, and baroque excess. He worked there from 1901 until his death over 25 years later.


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