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Long Live Tiki, the Whimsical Soul of Midcentury Modern

3505 Artesia Blvd. in Some Los Angeles Apartments / Ed Ruscha
© Ed Ruscha

Tiki is the style that refuses to die, and its endurance tells us something about Southern California design. More»

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Also posted in Antiquities, Exhibitions and Installations, Getty Villa, J. Paul Getty Museum

Ancient Sicilian Coins: Miniature Masterpieces, Full-Scale Challenges

Coin with Nike Driving a Four-Horse Chariot
Royal Library of Belgium—Coin Cabinet

The designer of the Sicily exhibition at the Getty Villa reveals the challenges of displaying small, double-sided, intricate objects—coins. More»

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Also posted in Exhibitions and Installations

Explore “Pacific Standard Time Presents: Modern Architecture in L.A.” on Newly Launched Website

Highways 5, 10, 60, and 101 Looking West, L.A. River and Downtown Beyond / Michael Light
Courtesy of and © Michael Light and Craig Krull Gallery, Santa Monica

Browse around L.A. faster than freeway travel (as if freeway travel is ever speedy). “Pacific Standard Time Presents” website sets new sights on how our city was made Modern. More»

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Also posted in Behind the Scenes, Exhibitions and Installations, J. Paul Getty Museum

Church Pews and iPads? Designing “Florence at the Dawn of the Renaissance”

Installation view of Florence at the Dawn of the Renaissance showing pews and iPads
Installation view of Florence at the Dawn of the Renaissance showing the design treatment for a gateway object, Giotto's Peruzzi Altarpiece from about 1309–15. (North Carolina Museum of Art, Raleigh, Gift of the Samuel H. Kress Foundation, GL.60.17.7). At left, The Virgin Mary with Saints Thomas Aquinas and Paul, about 1330, Bernardo Daddi. The J. Paul Getty Museum. At right, the Carmina regia manuscript, about 1335–40, Pacino di Bonaguida. The British Library

When we first started planning for the design of Florence at the Dawn of the Renaissance in the fall of 2011, we faced a major challenge: how to deliver the wealth of information we wanted to convey about the artworks…. More»

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Also posted in Art, Getty Research Institute

Treasures from the Vault: William Krisel, Southern California’s Architect

William Krisel and Dan Palmer in 1958
William Krisel and Dan Palmer in 1958. Julius Shulman photography archive. The Getty Research Institute, 2004.R.10

The Getty Research Institute is pleased to announce the opening of a new archive relating to mid-century architecture in Southern California: the William Krisel papers. Processed with a grant from the Council on Library and Information Resources, the collection consists… More»

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Also posted in Behind the Scenes, Getty Center

The Getty Center Turns 15

The Getty Center in 1997 - tram arrival plaza

Like all masterpieces, the Getty Center wasn’t built in a day. From architect selection to opening, it took 13 years. And it was well worth the wait. The J. Paul Getty Trust and all of its programs finally had a home…. More»

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Also posted in Exhibitions and Installations, Getty Foundation, Philanthropy

L.A.’s Modern Architecture Gets Its Due with “Pacific Standard Time Presents”

Pacific Standard Time Presents: Modern Architecture in L.A.

Taking one’s own city for granted is perhaps not uncommon, but next spring Angelenos will have a fresh lens through which to reconsider our recent past with Pacific Standard Time Presents: Modern Architecture in L.A. Announced just a few weeks… More»

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New SCI-Arc Media Archive Allows Forward-Oriented Institution to Look Back

Frank O. Gehry from the SCI-Arc Media Archive

On an elegant white background, I see familiar faces, many of whom are much younger and in their prime: Charles and Ray Eames in black and white; a dark-haired, mustachioed Frank Gehry; and Reyner Banham, the keen observer of early-1970s… More»

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From Getty Intern to Arts Professional: Preservation Planner Edgar Garcia

MUI alumnus Edgar Garcia at Los Angeles City Hall

When Edgar Garcia participated in the Getty Foundation’s Multicultural Undergraduate Internship program in 1999 with a position at the Los Angeles Conservancy, little did he think his supervisor would become his boss at a different organization several years later. But… More»

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Sears: Can an American Institution Return to Its Design Roots?

Design for Drip Coffee Maker / Karl Schneider

Some time ago, I saw a headline in the Wall Street Journal that read “In Retreat, Sears Set to Unload Stores.” It seems that Sears is cash strapped and needs to raise over $700 million, so selling its stores is… More»

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