About: Steve Saldivar

I'm the social media coordinator for the J. Paul Getty Trust. I was born and raised in East Los Angeles and have spent the last decade living in the Bay Area. I prefer the sun over the fog any day! I studied English literature and multimedia journalism at UC Berkeley. I love producing photography and video for the Web. When I’m not at the Getty, you can catch me in the streets of East L.A. making photographs.

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Posted in Art & Archives, Behind the Scenes, J. Paul Getty Museum, Paintings

Framing a Frames Exhibition

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How to hang a frame. More»

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Posted in Art, Art & Archives, Getty Foundation, Getty Research Institute, Miscellaneous

The Local Newspaper That Helped Shape a Chicano Identity

Luis C. Garza, former photographer for La Raza magazine, is helping digitize 20,000 images from its archive.
Luis C. Garza, former photographer for La Raza magazine, is helping digitize 20,000 images from its archive.

Thousands of historic negatives from La Raza magazine are being digitized for Pacific Standard Time: LA/LA. More»

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The Artists the Internet Almost Forgot

Stacey Allan, editor at East of Borneo
Stacey Allan, editor at East of Borneo and organizer of Unforgetting L.A., hosts the first Wikipedia edit-a-thon at the Getty Research Institute.

Building Los Angeles architecture and its architects, one Wikipedia entry at a time. More»

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How to Frame a Masterpiece

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How a frame conservator plays matchmaker between frames and paintings. More»

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10 Reasons Peter Paul Rubens Is the Ultimate Renaissance Man

Self-Portrait / Peter Paul Rubens
Royal Collection Trust / © Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II 2014

Multitasker, social media genius, collector, diplomat. More»

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Back to the Future with Chicano Batman

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They’re not just a Latin band. Five questions for Chicano Batman. More»

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Posted in Ancient World, Antiquities, Art & Archives, Getty Villa, J. Paul Getty Museum

Power in a Mummy Portrait

Mummy Portrait of Isidora / Isidora Master
Mummy Portrait of a Woman (detail), about A.D. 100–110, attributed to the Isidora Master. Linen, pigment, and gold; encaustic on wood, 18 7/8 x 14 3/16. The J. Paul Getty Museum, 81.AP.42

This woman is still beautiful and self-assured, 2,000 years after her portrait was painted. More»

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Posted in Art, Art & Archives, Exhibitions and Installations, Getty Research Institute

Yvonne Rainer in Her Own Words

Yvonne Rainer at the Getty Research Institute

Hear artist Yvonne Rainer read from her diaries. More»

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Posted in Art & Archives, Photographs, Film, and Video, technology

5 Questions about the State of Photography in L.A. Today

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Quick takes on photography and L.A. from four experts. More»

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Scott Schaefer on the Meaning of Collecting

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The retiring paintings curator walks the galleries with us one last time. 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.

      05/03/16

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