About: Valerie Tu

My name is Valerie, and I'm fresh out of UC Berkeley, with a brain full of art history and theater and a heart full of backstage shenanigans, cookie recipes, and purposely awful poems. Strangers describe me as a complete nerd (no Big Bang Theory comparisons, please!) while my friends are more familiar with me as a "nerd poseur." Willingly, and delusionally, a stage manager, I am primarily fueled by techie talk and sweets. On any given day, you can probably find me tracking down actors, playing with a light board, watching Doctor Who, or reading Wikipedia pages about movies.

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Posted in Behind the Scenes, Getty Villa, J. Paul Getty Museum, Voices

Getty Voices: Backstage at the Villa

AV staff setting up the tech booth in the Getty Villa's Outdoor Classical Theater, July 2, 2013.
AV staff setting up the tech booth in the Outdoor Classical Theater, July 2, 2013.

What does it take create live theater? Art, creativity, plotting, paperwork, energy, love, and tears. Plus lots of caffeine. More»

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      Color for Healing

      This sanitorium (tuberculosis hospital) in Paimio, Finland, was designed by architect Alvar Aalto in the 1920s. Unlike many hospitals, it was full of bright colors—including welcoming yellow on the main stairs and calming green for ceilings above bedridden patients. Aalto even created special chairs to open the chest and speed healing.

      The building’s colors were mostly whitewashed later in the 20th century, but now—due to a grant from the Getty Foundation as part of its Keeping It Modern initiative—its colors are being reconstructed and the building preserved for the future.

      More of the story: Saving Alvar Aalto’s Paimio Sanitorium

      Pictured: Paimio Sanatorium, patients’ wing and solarium terraces. Photo: Maija Holma, Alvar Aalto Museum. A color model for Paimio Sanatorium interiors by decorative artist Eino Kauria. Photo: Maija Holma, Alvar Aalto Museum, 2016.Paimio chairs (Artek no 41) in the Paimio Sanatorium lecture room, 1930s. Photo: Gustaf Welin, Alvar Aalto Museum. Aino Aalto resting in a chair on the solarium terrace. Photo: Alvar Aalto, Alvar Aalto Museum, 1930s. Main stairs of Paimio Sanatorium. Photo: Maija Holma, Alvar Aalto Museum.

      04/30/16

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