Art, Behind the Scenes, J. Paul Getty Museum, Paintings

Getty Center Closes, Art Takes the Weekend Off!

Getty Museum Pig
It’s a lot of pressure, day after day, holding the same pose. I’ve been standing up, staring at the underside of a ringing bell for years now. I love hanging out with my pal Saint Anthony, but how can I be expected to handle work on a weekend like this?

With the Museum—actually all of L.A.—in the throes of Carmageddon, we works of art are enjoying a day off. Nothing to do, no one to impress all weekend long! (Though of course we will miss our trusty guards, glamorous tourists, meticulous curators, and enthusiastic schoolkids…)

So check out the great time I’ve been having!

Life moves pretty fast. If you don’t stop and look around once in a while, you could miss it.

You still here? Go relax at home…and come visit me next week!

Me in my usual spot in the North Pavilion at the Getty Center (that's me at bottom left!)

Me in my usual spot in the North Pavilion at the Getty Center (that's me at bottom left!)

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  1. Kallyanne
    Posted July 16, 2011 at 3:02 pm | Permalink


  2. krh
    Posted July 16, 2011 at 3:27 pm | Permalink

    LOVE this little video, very clever, thank you little piggy.

  3. Posted July 16, 2011 at 7:50 pm | Permalink

    @Kallyanne merci! @krh muah!

  4. Francisco
    Posted July 17, 2011 at 8:24 am | Permalink

    Very nice :-)

  5. Mario
    Posted July 17, 2011 at 9:00 am | Permalink

    Very very funny. Good thing Carmageddon will (potentially) only happen once, ha ha.

  6. Michele
    Posted July 17, 2011 at 9:15 am | Permalink

    Adorable! Animal and Art lovers, please watch. I hope you’ll do more after-hours piggy outings!! Thank you

  7. Posted July 17, 2011 at 11:40 am | Permalink

    Aww thanks @Francisco. You think I have a future in the talkies??

  8. Jody
    Posted July 18, 2011 at 12:32 am | Permalink

    Looks like the pig has a future in pictures! (What a clever idea, Getty folks!)

  9. Posted July 18, 2011 at 2:50 am | Permalink

    ha ha, what an enjoyable little video! Hope you had a relaxing weekend :)

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