J. Paul Getty Trust

J. Paul Getty Trust

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  • Chat with Getty Archivists on October 5 for #AskAnArchivist Day

    The Getty Research Institute is home to millions of pages of archival material about art and the humanities, from Renaissance notebooks to contemporary art posters. A large part of the archives is historical records in the form of letters, photographs, prints, notebooks, and ephemera, but the collections also teem with fascinating objects: architectural models, woodblocks, gorilla masks, digital a...

  • Inside the Conservation Work at the Salk Institute, Louis Kahn’s Masterpiece

    The Salk Institute for Biological Studies in La Jolla is one of the most architecturally significant buildings in California. The setting alone is spectacular—the institute sits on a bluff overlooking the Pacific Ocean, on a 27-acre parcel gifted to Dr. Jonas Salk by the City of San Diego in 1960. Salk, the developer of the polio vaccine, wished to create “a collaborative environment where researc...

  • Archives Help Tell the Story of J. Paul Getty’s Life and Legacy

    How does an institution tell the story of its founder? This was the challenge a team of curators, designers, and content wranglers like myself faced as we prepared the new Getty Museum installation J. Paul Getty: Life and Legacy. While many books have been written by and about the billionaire oil tycoon who gave his name and fortune to the J. Paul Getty Trust, an engaging presentation of the man ...

  • VIDEO: The Kinora Picture Reel

    Founded in 1896, Kinora Ltd. produced some of the first motion pictures in history. It converted the Lumière brothers’ Cinématographe into a home entertainment movie machine. Printed film reels could be purchased or rented, and personal “moving portraits” could be taken in a photographic studio; in 1908, the company began offering a camera for amateur movie makers. Kinora Ltd. ceased to produce i...

  • AUDIO: A Talk with Richard Learoyd

    Photographer Richard Learoyd speaks with curator Arpad Kovacs about his work in the exhibition Richard Learoyd: In the Studio and various aspects of his photographic techniques and materials. Recorded live at the Getty Center on August 31, 2016.

  • Two “Tipsy Medievalists” Share Their Passion for Illuminated Manuscripts

    In 2013 the J. Paul Getty Museum acquired a magnificent copy of the Romance of Gillion de Trazegnies, now Ms. 111 in the Getty’s collection. In the Manuscripts Department, we’ve long been interested in experiments to engage diverse audiences with our collection. As senior curator of the collection and a specialist in Flemish illumination of that era (Elizabeth), I was particularly eager to share t...

J. Paul Getty Trust

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  • Different Places

    A pair of lidded bowls in the J. Paul Getty Museum have had quite an exciting existence. Though they are inanimate, we know much about the bowls’ history from research, comparison with similar objects, and visual clues on the works themselves. The large porcelain bowls and matching lids were most likely produced at a kiln in or around the Japanese town of Arita, on the southern island of Kyushu, ...

  • AUDIO: Lee Hendrix on Noir

    A new episode of the Art + Ideas podcast Technological advances in mid-19th century France saw a proliferation of black drawing media, which gave rise to unprecedented experimentation in drawing and printmaking. This episode explores the Getty exhibition "Noir: The Romance of Black in 19th-century French Drawings and Prints" with curator Lee Hendrix, who discusses how a group of artists drew insp...

  • Reflections on Performance as Vigil

    Marbles Jumbo Radio is a dancer and performance artist based in Northern California. taisha paggett invited them to collaborate on “Mountain, Fire, Holding Still.”, a performance that took place in the Getty Villa’s Outer Peristyle on August 27th. It explored blackness in antiquity and was conceived as a vigil for black lives lost to modern violence. Here, Marbles describes the process of collabor...

  • Embracing Imperfection: A Conversation with Photographer Richard Learoyd

    Working at large size—his prints are four feet wide and up to six feet tall—photographer Richard Learoyd creates striking, lifelike portraits and still lifes that reveal every pore of skin and mote of dust. “A photograph should have the ability to communicate a sense of humanity,” he says, “and it should have an internal narrative that allows you to walk away with a question or two in your mind.” ...

J. Paul Getty Trust

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  • Inside the Papers of Pioneering Artist and Scholar Harmony Hammond

    In 1973 the artist, curator, and scholar Harmony Hammond made a decisive change in her professional and personal life. “I came out as a lesbian artist,” she said, “meaning the two are connected and affect each other.” A pioneer of feminist, queer, and lesbian visual culture, Hammond has led a trailblazing career, creating art, curating exhibitions, publishing extensively, and cofounding a pioneeri...

  • Spinning the Story of the Wixárika Culture

    Psychedelic drugs, anthropology, art, commerce, 1960s counterculture, and indigenous culture collide in the stunningly vibrant and intricate yarn paintings of the Wixárika people of Western Mexico. On one level, these are psychedelic works fundamentally tied to peyote, the psychotropic drug that is integral to the Wixárika’s spiritual practices. On another, they are important documentation of a cu...

  • Updating Ancient Roman Comedy for the 21st Century

    Written 2,200 years ago, Plautus’s play Mostellaria (Haunted House) has a premise that suits a movie or sitcom episode today: while his father is away, a rich young man parties nonstop, falls for a prostitute, gets into debt, and tries to dodge getting caught. The Troubadour Theater Company is performing a 21st-century version of Mostellaria, renamed Haunted House Party, at the Getty Villa through...

  • Join 10 Getty Curators for #AskACurator Day on September 14

    Ten curators from the Getty Museum and the Getty Research Institute are excited to meet you—and join their colleagues at nearly 1,000 institutions in 50 countries around the globe—this Wednesday, September 14, for the seventh annual #AskACurator Day. What do curators do all day? What are the most unusual or storied artworks in the collections? How do you get started in a curatorial career? How ar...

  • Talking Greco-Roman L.A. with Art Historian Peter J. Holliday

    Oscar Wilde once wrote that California is “very Italy, without the art.” As art historian Peter J. Holliday discovered in writing his new book American Arcadia: California and the Classical Tradition, ancient Greece and Rome are everywhere in our state. Consider place names like Pomona, Roman goddess of fruit, or Arcadia, verdant paradise of Virgil and Horace. Minerva, the Roman goddess of wisdom ...

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