Exhibitions and Installations

Thematic exhibitions and gallery installations featuring and complementing the permanent collections

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When Spray Cans Meet Quill Pens

Work by Krush, featured on a wall curated by Axis at ESMoA’s “Scratch” exhibit 
Courtesy Getty Research Institute
Work by Krush, featured on a wall curated by Axis at ESMoA’s “Scratch” exhibit Courtesy Getty Research Institute

A new exhibition pairs rare books from the 15th to 18th centuries with a contemporary collaboration between Los Angeles graffiti artists. More»

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The Fur-Cloaked Prophet: Elijah and the “City of Beavers”

Icon with the Prophet Elijah / Byzantine
Image courtesy of the Byzantine Museum, Kastoria

Religion, commerce, and art combine in the unusual story of a Byzantine icon from Kastoria, Greece. More»

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Tableaux of the Seasons

The Princess Royal and Prince Arthur as “Summer” in the Tableaux of the Seasons, 1854, Roger Fenton. Royal Collection Trust / Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II 2014
Royal Collection Trust / Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II 2014

The royal children enact the seasons in a rare album now on display at the Getty Museum. More»

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Seeking Shelter: A Story of Greek Refugees and the Virgin Episkepsis

Detail of Mosaic Icon with the Virgin and Child / Byzantine
Image courtesy of the Byzantine and Christian Museum, Athens, inv. no 990

What dramatic stories could this Byzantine icon tell? More»

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Myth and Miraculous Performance: The Virgin Hodegetria

Icon with the Virgin and Child / Byzantine
Image courtesy of the Byzantine Museum, Kastoria, no. 457

Revered in Constantinople, the icon known as the Virgin Hodegetria was believed to hold special powers. More»

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Science Behind Glass

Getty Conservation Institute scientist Vincent Beltran working on high-tech frames
Photo: S. Warren

Santa Ana winds are no match for these high-tech frames. More»

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10 Features of L.A.’s Union Station Not to Miss

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The top ten hidden design gems of L.A.’s Union Station. More»

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Hot Sauce, Be My Fiery Muse

Hot sauce / Michael Hsiung
Hot sauce + pen-and-ink = Michael Hsiung's ode to L.A. cuisine, the poster image for LA Heat: Taste Changing Condiments at the Chinese American Museum

How do you make art about Tapatío and Sriracha? First, eat many tacos… More»

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Uncovering the History of a Long-Buried Byzantine Treasure

Hagia Sophia mosaic of the Virgin Mary
The Virgin Mary wears ornamented cuffs to secure her sleeves in this mosaic in Hagia Sophia. Photo from Mosaics of Thessaloniki: 4th to 14th century, ed. Charalambos Bakirtzis (Athens: 2012)

A woman’s gold cuff provides a window into the rich history of Thessaloniki. More»

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What Did Byzantine Food Taste Like?

Spoons with Inscriptions / Byzantine
Image courtesy of and © Benaki Museum, Athens, 2013

In the kitchen with the Byzantines. 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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