Posing like the art–the sillier the better–is a perfect art-nerd way to celebrate April Fool’s Day. It’s also fun every day, as the many awesome participants in our ongoing #MusePose challenge keep showing.
Here are the objects you’ll find featured over the next few months on the visitor quick guides you pick up as you arrive. From mythological Greek sirens to an investigation of the ideal woman, there are plenty of options for your next #MusePose win!
(And PS: For more inspiration, check out more pose-like picks we’ve highlighted in the last few months: brawling musicians and a classical hero, a monarch in tights and a goddess with a wardrobe malfunction, and a leg-lifting woman and a mountain-climbing bear.)
At the Getty Center
Man with a Hoe (April)
This man’s fatigued posture indicates that he’s been working hard. And so will you as you strive to exactly mimic his momentary rest. Find him in the West Pavilion, Gallery W203 (upstairs).
Self Portrait, Yawning (May)
Could you portray yourself mid-yawn, like artist Joseph Ducreux did? See if you can replicate his stretch, from eyes to knuckles to belly! Get the feeling in the West Pavilion, Gallery W102.
Ideal Female Heads (June)
Is there such a thing as an ideal female expression? Try one of these poses with an expression you think represents an ideal (or its opposite). Meet the ladies in the South Pavilion atrium.
At the Getty Villa
Poet as Orpheus with Two Sirens (April)
The seated poet and part-bird, part-woman sirens share expressive body language. With a friend, imitate their dramatic gestures and relationships. Approach with caution in Gallery 109.
Bust of Emperor Commodus (May)
Roman emperor Commodus was known for his ruthlessness. Replicate his haughty expression and unflinching gaze in Gallery 209.
Portrait of Faustina the Elder (June)
After her death, Faustina’s husband Antoninus Pius declared her divine. Exalt yourself to Gallery 207 to imitate her pose.
And last but not least: Find your own #MusePose candidate and share it with us! We’ll add it to our greatest-hits list.