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What Can You Do with Kids at the Getty Center?

A girl shows off a mask she decorated in the Getty Center's Family Room

Visit the giant bug, create a scavenger hunt on the fly, and help yourself to the giant rolling lawn. More»

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Holiday Lights at the Getty Center through January 2


Get sparkly with us this winter with special starry light projections, free hot cider, and luminous exhibitions. More»

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A Salad Garden Grows at the Getty: An Interview with Julia Sherman of Salad for President

Getty Salad Garden
Photo: Abby Han

An installation of organic heirloom vegetables and salad greens has sprouted at the Getty. More»

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Getty Gardens: Brown Is the New Green

Green and brown flowers and rocks in the Getty's Central Garden

To adapt to the California drought, the Getty gardens team embraces the brown. More»

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Summer Family Fun at the Getty

Family enjoying Garden Concerts for Kids at the Getty
Family enjoying Garden Concerts for Kids

Free summer activities for kids and parents at the Getty Center and Getty Villa More»

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Mirror Selfies and Art History

Selfie by Philippe Halbert
Art historian selfie ft. the author

Neoclassical selfies? Check. More»

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Getty Center and Getty Villa Open Late This Summer

Getty Center sunset
Getty Center at sunset

The Getty’s open late this summer! More»

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Participate in StoryCorps at the Getty

StoryCorps interview featuring two African American men
Photo: Rob Lowell, courtesy of StoryCorps

Take part in an oral history project this March. More»

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Join the Getty Community in Donating Food for #GivingTuesday

Debra Canter and Joe Dyer with donations to the Westside Food Bank
Getty volunteers Debra Canter and Joe Dyer with a vanload of donated food and toys at the Getty Center loading dock

Bring a donation of food on December 2 and we’ll match it. More»

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Watch the Oakes Brothers’ Drawing of the Getty Take Shape, Line by Line

The Oakes Brothers in the Central Garden at the Getty Center, 2011

See artist-brothers Ryan and Trevor Oakes live-sketch the Central Garden. More»

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      #ThyCaptionBe: You Look Like Hell

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

      Escaping the in-laws or medieval Sea World? It’s actually an extreme punishment for a dress code violation. 

      Here’s the full story:

      The Christian tale of Saint Josaphat is roughly based on the life of the Buddha in a kind of medieval game of telephone, in which the sources for the text passed through Christian circles in the Middle East in the 8th century before appearing in European versions in the 11th century. 

      Here an unsuitably dressed guest—we can see that his tattered clothing and scruffy facial hair have no place at the well-dressed gathering—is cast into the dark, open mouth of a terrifying animal. 

      To make matters worse, the story is a parable in which Barlaam, Josaphat’s Christian teacher, describes the sinful who do not make the cut at the Last Judgment.

      Holiday Lesson: Always check the dress code.

      #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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