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Thematic exhibitions and gallery installations featuring and complementing the permanent collections

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Mike Leigh’s “Mr. Turner” Shows Art as Hard Work

Timothy Spall as J. M. W. Turner / Still from Mr. Turner
Photo by Simon Mein, Courtesy of Sony Pictures Classics

“Leigh’s Mr. Turner is a gentleman by social position, but he’s also a brute laborer, with paint-spattered hands.” More»

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“We Are All the Same”: A Conversation with Josef Koudelka

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What makes an artist? Questions for the great Czech photographer. More»

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Three Ways to Avoid the Freeways: Transport Advice from Apulian Vases

Funerary Vessel with Phrixos on the Ram, 340–310 B.C., Attributed to the Phrixos Group. Created in Ceglie del Campo, Italy, Apulia. Terracotta, 18 1/2 in. diam. Antikensammlung, Staatliche Museen zu Berlin. © Staatliche Museen zu Berlin, Antikensammlung. Photo: Johannes Laurentius
Antikensammlung, Staatliche Museen zu Berlin. © Staatliche Museen zu Berlin, Antikensammlung. Photo: Johannes Laurentius

Sick of driving? Hitch a ride on these mythical creatures. More»

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“I Declare War on All Europe”

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A closer look at two propaganda posters from World War I More»

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Museum Visitors Write the Rules of 21st-Century Chivalry

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Visitors common-sense (and sometimes hilarious) rules for 21st-century behavior. More»

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Art Historians Share Progress on Exhibitions for Pacific Standard Time: LA/LA

Discussion panel during the Pacific Standard Time workshop at the Getty Center, October 2014
Discussion panel during the Pacific Standard Time: LA/LA workshop

Work is in full swing on dozens of Pacific Standard Time exhibitions slated for 2017. More»

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Peter Paul Rubens Unrolls in L.A.

It's almost up!
Tapestry © PATRIMONIO NACIONAL

See how Peter Paul Rubens’s enormous tapestries were installed at the Getty. More»

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“Where You and Image Blend”: On Learning from Minor White

Somerville, Massachusetts / Carl Chiarenza
© Carl Chiarenza

“Concentration, contemplation, and meditation were at his core whether making, studying, listening, or engaging. He preferred to be alone with silence, spirit, self.” More»

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Does It Matter If Artists Are Queer?

Arches of the Dodd Building / Minor White
Arches of the Dodd Building (Southwest Front Avenue and Ankeny Street), Portland, Oregon, 1938, Minor White. Gelatin silver print, 13 3/16 x 10 5/16 in. Portland Art Museum, Fine Arts Program, Public Buildings Service, U.S. General Services Administration

“Should an artist’s sexuality even be a part of the academic and public dialogue?” 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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      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.

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