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Snapshots of a Human Petri Dish

Photo 3, 2014, Lars Jan. Courtesy of Pasadena Museum of California Art.
Photo 3, 2014, Lars Jan. Courtesy of Pasadena Museum of California Art.

Climate change and photography. More»

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Light, Paper, Process: Reinventing Photography

Spin (C-824) / Marco Breuer

Seven photographers revel in process, experiment, chance, and the happy mistake. More»

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This Is How Fun Looked in the 1850s

The Billiard Room, Mentmore House / Roger Fenton
The Billiard Room, Mentmore House, about 1858, Roger Fenton. Albumen silver print, 11 15/16 x 12 1/16 in. The J. Paul Getty Museum, 2001.27

There’s more to this game of billiards than meets the eye. More»

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Gregory Markopoulos’s Film “Galaxie” Screens at the Getty

Still of Jasper Johns from Galaxie, Gregory R. Markopoulos
Still of Jasper Johns from Galaxie, Gregory R. Markopoulos (1966, 16mm)

Free screening of a landmark film from the famously elusive director. More»

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Coming in 2016: Robert Mapplethorpe

Thomas / Mapplethorpe
Jointly acquired by the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, with funds provided by The David Geffen Foundation and The J. Paul Getty Trust. The J. Paul Getty Museum, 2011.7.31. © Robert Mapplethorpe Foundation

A major retrospective of the artist’s work is coming in March 2016. More»

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This Just In: The Shunk-Kender Archive

Harry Shunk (left) and Janos Kender in 1961
Harry Shunk (left) and János Kender in 1961 at a dinner for artist Lucio Fontana at La Coupole in Montparnasse, Paris. Photo: Shunk-Kender. The Getty Research Institute, 2014.R.20

The 20th-century art scene, told in photographs. More»

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By Paddleboat, By Inner Tube, By Car

July 4, 2013. Images by Terry Evans, courtesy of Amon Carter Museum
July 4, 2013. Images by Terry Evans, courtesy of Amon Carter Museum

An ever-changing relationship between a community and a river. More»

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Glamour in Old Beijing

Young Pioneer with the Three Gorges, 2008
Copyright Chen Man. Courtesy of L.A. Louver
Young Pioneer with the Three Gorges, 2008 Copyright Chen Man. Courtesy of L.A. Louver

“All reality is a phantom, all phantoms are real.” More»

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Experimental Music Built on Provocative Films

Body/Head
Photo: Adela Loconte

Body/Head combines improvised music with films that explore deep sexual and psychological themes. More»

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Where Is Yucatan? Julius Shulman at Chichen Itza

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Julius Shulman photographs the Yucatan, mecca for the midcentury consumer. More»

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      #ThyCaptionBe: Bonnacon

      You captioned this detail. And we’re revealing the full story now.

      Farting unicorn or the origin of “say it, don’t spray it”? It’s actually a magical animal from the Middle Ages…

      Here’s the full story:

      Porcupines have got nothing on this animal’s self-defense!

      According to the medieval bestiary (a kind of animal encyclopedia), the bonnacon is a creature with curled horn, leaving it defenseless against predators. 

      To compensate, it has the ability to aim and eject excrement like a projectile to distances of over 500 feet. Oh yeah, and the dung is burning hot. Doesn’t the bonnacon in this image look just a tad smug?

      #ThyCaptionBe is a celebration of modern interpretations of medieval aesthetics. You guess what the heck is going on, then we myth-bust.

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