College Night

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Top 10 Cool Things About College Night

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College Night is back at the Getty Center on April 15. Here, the funnest of the fun stuff from last year. More»

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Camera-Ready: Hooper Elementary Students on a Digital Scavenger Hunt

Students from Hooper Avenue Elementary School participate in a scavenger hunt at the Getty Center organized by John Divola

The Getty Center is one of the most-photographed landmarks in Los Angeles, with visitors snapping images of its art, architecture, gardens, and breathtaking views. In March, the Getty Museum’s education department chose to up the ante with a “Digital Scavenger… More»

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How to Wear a Toga the Ancient Roman Way

Guy Wheatley modeling a toga in the galleries of the Getty Villa

In ancient Rome, togas were no laughing matter. They were the fashion must-have for all male citizens, but men hated them: they were heavy, made your left arm as useful as a T. Rex’s, and required a team of highly… More»

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College Night—Tell Us What You Thought!

College Night 2011 at the Getty Center -- projection on Museum wall

It wasn’t your typical house party! Monday’s College Night was an evening at the Museum just for college students, but also something more—an interactive and dynamic atmosphere where students could enjoy exhibitions, tours, and art against the backdrop of nighttime… More»

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College Night: Students Take Over the Getty

Students mingle and enjoy the tunes of Marc b. Photo by CSUCI photography student Chelsea Archer.

What if you were in college, and I told you that you could put on a party at the Getty? We didn’t go quite that far, but we explored that question by working with a class from Cal State Channel… More»

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      #ThyCaptionBe: Warnings to the Rich & Powerful

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

      It would be awesome if this was Medieval hangman, or a really awkward frat party, but it’s actually the result of a one-letter swap gone wrong in a book about the fates of the rich. 

      Here’s the full story:

      You sometimes regret what pops out unexpectedly when you open your mouth, but in this case, even the fish must have been quite surprised when a wooly lamb burst forth. 

      The stories in this text by Giovanni Boccaccio warn of the terrible fate that often awaits the rich and powerful. He uses here the example of King Polycrates, who tossed a ring into a river, hoping for good luck, and found it later in the mouth of a fish. 

      Someone got confused, though, and instead of a ring (in French, annel), what came out instead was a lamb (agnel). Apparently, neither the ring nor the lamb worked because the king was later hanged (background).

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

      08/31/15

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