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Posted in Exhibitions and Installations, Getty Research Institute, J. Paul Getty Museum, Sculpture and Decorative Arts

Physiognomy, The Beautiful Pseudoscience

Untitled / Ken Gonzales-Day

What do the expressions “highbrow” and “lowbrow” have in common with saying a woman has “mousey” features? What does Homer Simpson have to do with photographs of sculpture in profile by contemporary artist Ken Gonzales-Day? All are contemporary manifestations of… More»

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Art and Power

Looking at art in the North Pavilion galleries at the Getty Center

“Focus is power,” said theater director Peter Sellars to a packed crowd at the American Association of Museums annual meeting earlier this year. Artworks can make you recognize things you instinctively knew but weren’t able to articulate. They bring ideas… More»

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      On this day in history, the cornerstone of the United States Capitol was laid by George Washington in 1793.

      Since then, the Capitol has been rebuilt and expanded dramatically (by no less than four different architects).

      This daguerreotype is from a trio of images by John Plumbe, Jr. that form the first photographic record of the site.

      The United States Capitol, 1846, John Plumbe, Jr. J. Paul Getty Museum. 

      09/18/14

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