Behind the Scenes, J. Paul Getty Museum

College Night—Tell Us What You Thought!

It wasn’t your typical house party! Monday’s College Night was an evening at the Museum just for college students, but also something more—an interactive and dynamic atmosphere where students could enjoy exhibitions, tours, and art against the backdrop of nighttime views of Los Angeles and live entertainment.

College Night 2011 at the Getty Center -- projection on Museum wall

Each year we recruit a committee of local students, who come together to consult and collaborate, making the event truly from a college student’s point of view. This year, students from UCLA, USC, UC Riverside, and California Lutheran University helped to plan, create, and market the event to their fellow students around L.A.

The awesome result? Music from indie-pop band Lady Danville and DJ Trackstars and activities inspired by the exhibitions Paris: Life & Luxury and Brush and Shutter: Early Photography in China, including gallery talks, a scavenger hunt, curator Q&As, a presentation of 18th-century fashion, and a calligraphy demonstration by Qingnian Tang—plus a photo booth with fun props, and (yes!) unlimited sandwiches and French fries. We even had fun LOLCATS-inspired tags for our curators and gallery teachers.

You can has answerz! John Giurini, Antonia Boström, and Clare Kunny with a LOLCATS tag.

You can has answerz! The Getty's John Giurini, Antonia Boström, and Clare Kunny go LOLCATS for the night.

Unique to College Night 2011 was <Re>Vision, a multimedia art project created by students from the UCLA Department of Design | Media Arts under the direction of artist Jennifer Steinkamp within the Getty Artists Program. The works varied in scope and size. Upon arrival at the Getty Center, enormous twirling vases (inspired by this monumental vessel in the Museum’s collection) projected onto a wall greeted you, and inside the Museum Entrance Hall, where the majority of the installations resided, you could find J. Paul Getty’s bust speaking to you!

Did you hear Mr. Getty speak? We’d like to hear what you thought, and what you’d suggest for next year.

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  1. Christiana
    Posted May 3, 2011 at 3:51 pm | Permalink

    The calligraphy demonstration was unexpected and fun. I loved the twirling vases also — so cool!

  2. Tina
    Posted May 3, 2011 at 4:02 pm | Permalink

    I had a great time! Loved the food and music, wish I was able to stay longer but glad I saw the J. Paul Getty bust piece – that was creepy and thought-provoking at the same time!

  3. Janet
    Posted May 6, 2011 at 11:39 pm | Permalink

    I loved music ( Lady Denville were playing and singing ) and desert, video film , getty art and Paris Exhibition were great! We’re going back on Saturday to see more . Fashion show was cool. We watched rococo fashion costume demo. Wow , I wanted to be in that dress so much but I am not sure if corset would make me feel comfy enough. They had real model on stage transforming into a lady. Artist made us learn fan language. It was FUN ! I love Getty Museum and LA !!! Oh, the view was spectacular and I run out of battery , so I am going back to get more sun set photos . Chao :)

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