Tomorrow, September 17, from 10 AM to 4 PM (PST) we’ve got curators on tap to answer any question you have for them.
Tweet @GettyMuseum using #AskACurator and fire away.
Details on who you’re talking to and what their expertise is here. 

Tomorrow, September 17, from 10 AM to 4 PM (PST) we’ve got curators on tap to answer any question you have for them.

Tweet @GettyMuseum using #AskACurator and fire away.

Details on who you’re talking to and what their expertise is here

zoeblue:

The Information Desk at the Getty Center.

Where the journey through time begins.

zoeblue:

The Information Desk at the Getty Center.

Where the journey through time begins.


What were you looking at?
"I thought this painting was of a little girl. But I learned he’s a boy.”
Yes, he’s very fancy.
"His fancy clothing that tells us he’s royalty!"

Pro art sleuths in the making!
Elizabeth, Madeline, Katie, and Jack, July 8, 2014.

What were you looking at?

"I thought this painting was of a little girl. But I learned he’s a boy.”

Yes, he’s very fancy.

"His fancy clothing that tells us he’s royalty!"

Pro art sleuths in the making!

Elizabeth, Madeline, Katie, and Jack, July 8, 2014.

Painted in 1632, separated 1927, and reunited today, these paintings of this man and his wife live together in the collection.

His smize tells all.

Portrait of a Man, 1632, Nicolaes Eliasz Pickenoy. Dutch. J. Paul Getty Museum.

"Though we travel the world over to find the beautiful, we must carry it with us, or we find it not." 

—Ralph Waldo Emerson, “Art”.

May the design, colors, and textures of Union Station continue to be admired and appreciated for years to come. These photos were taken on the eve of the 75th Anniversary of the station. What did the opening celebration look like? The Huntington features it.

We’re teaming up The Huntington’s tumblr to bring you historic Los Angeles images on Wednesdays through August 6 as part of No Further West.

What did you think of the James Ensor show?
It was great—grotesque. It’s funny, because if someone were to do that kind of work today, it would still get the same reaction.
Peter (@petehalvorsen), July 14, 2014.
One month left to see The Scandalous Art of James Ensor at the Getty Center. 
Seated Cardinal, 1975-77, Giacomo Manzù. The J. Paul Getty Museum, 2005.114. Gift of Fran and Ray Stark. Artwork © Inge Manzù

What did you think of the James Ensor show?

It was great—grotesque. It’s funny, because if someone were to do that kind of work today, it would still get the same reaction.

Peter (@petehalvorsen), July 14, 2014.

One month left to see The Scandalous Art of James Ensor at the Getty Center. 

Seated Cardinal, 1975-77, Giacomo Manzù. The J. Paul Getty Museum, 2005.114. Gift of Fran and Ray Stark. Artwork © Inge Manzù

From renderings to reality, Los Angeles’ Union Station is a beautiful monument to California, the City of Angels, and the many passengers who’ve come through. It’s the last week to see No Further West, but let’s always remember the celebration of the station. 

Main entrance, Union Station, 2013
Alameda Street Elevation, Los Angeles Union Passenger Terminal (detail), July 16, 1936. Getty Research Institute
Ticket Concourse, Union Station, 2013
Main Concourse, Section XII, March 6, 1938, Edward Warren Hoak. Getty Research Institute
Tower, Section XII, with Early Proposal for Finial, November 9, 1937, Edward Warren Hoak. Getty Research Institute

What do you like to take photos of?
I would say I take lifestyle photos. If I start my day off with a coffee, I’ll take a picture of a coffee. If I end up at the beach, I’ll capture a sunset.
If you always wander around, you find things that are unexpected.

Sierra (@lilfoxx), July 14, 2014.

What do you like to take photos of?

I would say I take lifestyle photos. If I start my day off with a coffee, I’ll take a picture of a coffee. If I end up at the beach, I’ll capture a sunset.

If you always wander around, you find things that are unexpected.

Sierra (@lilfoxx), July 14, 2014.

Mission style or “Spanish Colonial” architecture is a California signature. San Luis Rey de Francia was founded in 1798, yet shares many of the features of Los Angeles’ Union Station. Compare with The Huntington’s capture of the station to see just how similar in line and form these buildings really are. 
We’re teaming up The Huntington’s tumblr to bring you historic Los Angeles images on Wednesdays through August 6 as part of No Further West.
Mission, San Luis Rey de Francia, 1880, Carleton Watkins. J. Paul Getty Museum.

Mission style or “Spanish Colonial” architecture is a California signature. San Luis Rey de Francia was founded in 1798, yet shares many of the features of Los Angeles’ Union Station. Compare with The Huntington’s capture of the station to see just how similar in line and form these buildings really are. 

We’re teaming up The Huntington’s tumblr to bring you historic Los Angeles images on Wednesdays through August 6 as part of No Further West.

Mission, San Luis Rey de Francia, 1880, Carleton Watkins. J. Paul Getty Museum.

What unexpected thing have you learned by working at a museum?

The more time you take with the art, the better. 

The first time I saw a work by James Turrell, my eyes totally deceived me. I walked into the room (Acton, at the Indianapolis Museum of Art) and saw a gray rectangle “painting,” but I was baffled and could not figure it out—I got closer and closer until my face was pressed against the wall next to it, trying to figure out what it was. When my friend stuck her arm into the painting and revealed the illusion (a square cut into the wall and lit to look flat), my mind was blown! You got me so good, James.

Also, always offer to take a family photo for the tourists!

What do you wish you could tell all people about yourself, museums, or life? 

Everyone is creative.

Emily, Education Technologist at the Getty, July 24, 2014

I think it’s very important for museums to do more with children, so that the next generation is interested. Make it fun.

Something like a playground. A big, artsy playground.

Polina (@pollyshot), July 14, 2014.

Hey mosaic lovers! Ever dreamed of making a mosaic at a Roman Villa?

Well, we need your help piecing together a mosaic this week! Join artist Karen Silton at the Getty this Monday, 11 am - 3 pm. Full details here!

The Union Oil Center was completed in 1958 and became the highest building in downtown Los Angeles (mostly thanks to the convenient hill it is situated upon). 
This neighborhood became known for the 19th century oil boom. However, come the ’90s, the building was up for demolition. Saved by Hollywood, this building became the Los Angeles Center Studios complete with a “vertical backlot.” What other SoCal oil buildings have transformed in time? The Huntington has one.  
We’re teaming up The Huntington’s tumblr to bring you historic Los Angeles images on Wednesdays through August 6 as part of No Further West.
Union Oil Center, 1957, Julius Shulman. Getty Research Institute. Julius Shulman Photography Archive.

The Union Oil Center was completed in 1958 and became the highest building in downtown Los Angeles (mostly thanks to the convenient hill it is situated upon). 

This neighborhood became known for the 19th century oil boom. However, come the ’90s, the building was up for demolition. Saved by Hollywood, this building became the Los Angeles Center Studios complete with a “vertical backlot.” What other SoCal oil buildings have transformed in time? The Huntington has one.  

We’re teaming up The Huntington’s tumblr to bring you historic Los Angeles images on Wednesdays through August 6 as part of No Further West.

Union Oil Center, 1957, Julius Shulman. Getty Research Institute. Julius Shulman Photography Archive.

What can you hear at the museum?

Artist Elana Mann creates participatory sonic experiences and invites you to listen in. More on the Iris.

  • How do sounds change depending on your body position, your direction, your eyes open or closed, or the position of the histophone? 
  • Can you imagine sounds coming from the art, architecture, and gardens?
  • If a sculpture could speak, what would it say? 
  • What are sounds you can make with your own body? 
  • Can you hear the tectonic plates shifting underneath your feet? 
  • How are natural and man-made sounds mixing and blending in this environment? 

A list of the sounds that have reverberated through my body, 2013, Elana Mann. Cut photographs on paper. 

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