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Fashion Off the 405, Weekender Edition

We look good on the weekends—thanks to you, our stylish visitors

Weekends at the Getty are all about family, friends, and fun. Some travel from afar, checking the Getty Center off their “Things to Do in LA” lists, and locals drop by for a weekend staycation.

This past weekend, at the last Garden Concert of our summer series for kids, the sun was shining brightly and the Central Gardens seemed especially vibrant. The landscape was absolutely picturesque, as were our weekend visitors.

These weekenders were dressed head-to-toe in happiness, accessorized with smiles and laughs. Check out some of my favorite moments and looks that embody that feeling of weekend wanderlust.

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More pix: Fashion Off the 405 on Flickr.

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      It’s been 125 years since Van Gogh’s death, today we celebrate his life’s work.


      5 Ways to See Van Gogh’s Irises

      Through observations, visitor conversations, and some sneaky eavesdropping, we’ve compiled the top 5 ways people enjoy this painting.

      1. In a Crowd
        One of the most obvious ways that people see the painting is in a crowd. The gallery is almost always filled, and you might have to wait before you can get up close. The anticipation builds as you start in the back row, and slowly move until you are close enough to see the brushstrokes of Van Gogh’s thick paint.

      2. Online
        David from Colorado said that this was his first visit, but he had already seen the painting online. In addition to being available through the Getty’s Open Content program, the painting is often seen on social media. Just search #irises on Instagram for a taste of the painting’s popularity. 

      3. Alone
        If you arrive right at 10 a.m. when the museum opens, the quiet gallery provides a perfect backdrop to really examine the painting. Solitude and seclusion gives the gallery a sense of intimacy. 

      4. Multiple Times
        Repeat visits can give rise to multiple interpretations. Is it a melancholy or joyous painting? Expressive or depressive? 

      5. Internationally
        Visitors from all across the world viewed this famous Van Gogh. In just one hour I heard multiple languages—French, Italian, Chinese, Korean, German, and more. Irises seems to rise above cultural boundaries—a Dutch painting inspired by Japanese ukiyo-e prints—to strike an emotional resonance amongst all viewers. 

      What is your favorite lens to view Van Gogh’s work through? 

      07/29/15

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