Corona Avenue School (Bell, Calif.), 1953 (detail), Julius Shulman (photographer), Richard Neutra (architect). The Getty Research Institute, 2004.R.10. © J. Paul Getty Trust


  Open-Air School for Healthy Children, Amsterdam. Architects: Jan Duiker and A.M. Bijvoet, built 1927–28. Collection of the Het Nieuwe Instituut, Rotterdam. Image courtesy of Wikimedia Commons

Fresh air and outdoor learning

In the fall of 1935, 200 students walked into Corona Avenue Elementary in southeast Los Angeles, a new kind of school wherein glass walls slid open so teachers could move lessons out to the lawn. L.A.'s school board had commissioned the radical building, feeling it was high time that architecture caught up to progressive child psychologists' recommendations that education "revolve around the child" and encourage critical thinking instead of rote indoctrination. Plus, public health officials had long stated that widespread illnesses thrived in urban areas where children attended school in dim, crowded conditions. (Sound familiar?)

All about the open-air school movement »


  Jitterbug (from Copacetic Suite), 2018–2019, Alison Saar. Multi-block color linocut on Japanese kozo paper. Image © Alison Saar. Courtesy of L.A. Louver, Venice, CA

Feeling copacetic?

In a new print suite and cookbook, artist Alison Saar captures the many moods stirred by cooking, listening to music, and even better, doing both at the same time. In the prints, music calls up ghostly figures from textured surfaces and backgrounds, creating spiritual, as well as mysterious, moments. The cookbook is illustrated with Saar's artworks and includes selected comfort-food recipes and playlists to accompany them. "Conjurin' in the kitchen is about the feel more than measurement," Saar writes. "The syncopation of ingredients is essential. Improvisation strongly encouraged."

See Copacetic Suite and Recipes for Trouble »


  Fresco with a Meal Preparation (detail), A.D. 1–79, Roman. Fresco. The J. Paul Getty Museum

What did ancient Romans eat?

If you sat down for a meal with ancient Romans, some of the food on your plate might leave you scratching your head. Dormouse and flamingo, anyone? Other dishes might be familiar, like bread, cheese, and wine. Dietary evidence from gladiator bones, food remnants in the sewers at archaeological sites like Herculaneum, and representations of food in art provide clues to what Romans ate.

Common condiments, fast food, desserts, and more in ancient Rome »


  Pledge of Allegiance, Raphael Weill Elementary School, San Francisco, negative April 20, 1942, Dorothea Lange. Gelatin silver print. The J. Paul Getty Museum

An educator considers the relationship between art and social change

Looking at the 1942 Dorothea Lange photograph Pledge of Allegiance, Raphael Weill Elementary School, San Francisco, educator Alice Doo flashed back on her own California childhood. "I share the experience of all the children in this photograph who were taught to stand at attention and pledge their allegiance to flag and country without understanding that if you are Black, Indigenous, or a person of color, 'liberty and justice for all' has for most of history not fully represented or protected you," says Doo.

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Luis Alfaro's Electricidad

Available on demand beginning Sunday, November 22, 5:00 p.m. P.T.
Getty is proud to partner with Center Theatre Group in presenting MacArthur Fellow Luis Alfaro's Electricidad in a reading filmed at the Kirk Douglas Theatre. Transporting Sophocles' Electra to the Los Angeles barrios, Luis Alfaro investigates violence, loss, and redemption through the lens of this age-old tragedy. Performed in English with option for Spanish captioning.

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