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50 years ago tomorrow 250,000 marched on Washington. On that day, Leonard Freed captured faces in the crowds, movement through the streets, and of the beginning and ends to the historic event.  Tomorrow, we celebrate the anniversary of this day and reflect on the call for civic and economic rights for all.

While we gaze past the camera, we are lifted up
on a soaring wave of sound—We shall
overcome! We shall overcome someday—
a marching song so strong that fifty years gone
I can hear it still—
                       calling to us all, calling like a bell.

An excerpt from “On This Day” by Dinah Berland on Getty Voices.

All images © Estate of Leonard Freed—Magnum Photos (Brigitte Freed)

You’re looking at one of the most influential (and least known) art journals of the 20th century: the surrealist magazine Dyn, published by a group of exiled artists in Mexico City in the ‘40s.

Four of the names on this journal cover are the same person—Jean Caroux, John Dawson, and Charles Givors are all pseudonyms of editor, publisher, writer, theorist, and painter Wolfgang Paalen. Alice Paalen is his wife; Eva Sulzer, his lover.

This week on Getty Voices, join curator Annette Leddy in an exploration of Paalen, the forgotten surrealist.

“This statue carries within herself a history of the worship of the feminine principle that echoed up through time. Even today our most basic, universal human experience is that of our mother’s body. It is our very first sensation.”

This week on Getty Voices, educator and religion buff Erin Branham talks about the ancient sacred and the differences between religion in ancient times and today.

Fertility Goddess, made on Cyprus, 3000–2500 B.C. The J. Paul Getty Museum


“My L.A. is very bright, hot, colorful, and a little rough around the edges. It’s far away from everything, but right next to everything at the same time.”

The messy chaos of Los Angeles can be charming. Or disorienting. Or a bit of both! Office hours with Chris & Lyra of Overdrive’s curatorial team continue tomorrow,12-1pm and Thursday, 2-3pm at the entrance to the exhibition at the Getty Center. 

Inside Out, 1961, Roger E. Kuntz. The Estate of Roger E. Kuntz, courtesy of Mary Kuntz. Photo by Maureen Murphy Fine Arts.


In the Peruvian Andes sits the modest adobe Church of Santiago de Kuño Tambo. Behind this enticing wooden door lie beautiful wall paintings.

Claudia Cancino of the Getty Conservation Institute has been working inside this church over the past week, documenting the wall paintings in preparation for the seismic retrofitting of the church, which will protect it from earthquakes. Claudia’s digital field notebook on her work kicks off a new series, Getty Voices, on The Iris: here.

Porcelain, furniture, metal, lights, woodwork. How often have we walked right past these objects in a museum without giving them a second thought?

This week on Getty Voices, designer Robert Checchi explains why he and a team worked for nearly three years on a tiny exhibition that attempts to get us to stop and look, really look, at four artworks in the Museum’s decorative arts collection.

Pair of Lidded bowls, about 1660–80. Chinese or Japanese porcelain with English gilt bronze. The J. Paul Getty Museum