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Two Darkly Humorous Czech Films about the Craziness of Politics

Poster for the film The Joke, 1968
Poster for The Joke (Žert), 1968

“What’s so bracing about Czech New Wave films is how honest and artful they are.” More»

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Discovering “Daisies”

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A film as beautiful as it is weird. More»

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How Should We Remember the Berlin Wall?

Memorial for the 25th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall in a shopping mall
Photo: Christof Zwiener

“We believe that celebrations and congratulatory moments must give way to more creative engagement.” More»

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Tokyo Stories

Still from Adrift in Tokyo / 2007
Courtesy of The Japan Foundation, Los Angeles

Three filmmakers have radically different takes on the city of Tokyo. More»

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A Curator “Visits” the Getty

A child dressed in chain mail at a Getty Center family festival
Kids aren't the only ones who know how to have fun on a Saturday at the museum. The faux-medieval chain mail helps, though.

Does a scholar of manuscripts art enjoy jousting, storytelling, and fun hats? Of course! More»

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Long Looks from Island to Island

Old Couple / John Currin
Artwork © John Currin. Photo: Robert McKeever

Two paintings of lovers, decades and centuries apart. More»

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Everything You Wanted to Know about Medieval Arms and Armor

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Come see how arms and armor are made in free demos at the Getty Center. More»

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“L.A. Summer of Learning” Turns the City into an Open-Air Classroom

Los Angeles Summer of Learning

Make your own summer camp with this new citywide program. More»

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Be a Part of “Fuzzy Grids II”

A family builds Fuzzy Grids II at the Getty Center
Building "Fuzzy Grids II" at the Getty Center

Be a part of an oversize living artwork at the Getty Center. More»

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Back to the Future with Chicano Batman

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They’re not just a Latin band. Five questions for Chicano Batman. More»

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      This milky pink boomed into popularity because of a marketing ploy, a mistress, and its ambiguous origins.

      In an effort to compete with the renowned Meissen porcelain factory, the French Sèvres manufactory recruited the glamorous Madame de Pompadour (mistress to King Louis XV). Like a smart sponsorship deal, Sèvres gave her all the porcelain she requested. 

      Introduced in 1757, this rich pink exploded on the scene thanks to favoritism by Madame Pompadour herself. 

      The glaze itself had a weird history. To the Europeans it looked Chinese, and to the Chinese it was European. It was made based on a secret 17th-century glassmaker’s technique, involving mixing glass with flecks of gold.

      For more on colors and their often surprising histories, check out The Brilliant History of Color in Art.

      12/19/14

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