Getty Research Institute


Opening between July 1, 2013 and June 30, 2014

  • Connecting Seas: A Visual History of Discovery and Encounters
    December 7, 2013–April 13, 2014 at the Getty Research Institute
    Connecting Seas drew on the Getty Research Institute’s extensive special collections to reveal how adventures on other continents and discoveries of different cultures were perceived, represented, and transmitted in the past, when ocean travel was the primary means by which people and knowledge circulated. Featuring rare books and maps, photographs and panoramic vues d’optique, prints, and even Napoleon’s monumental folios on Egypt, the exhibition traced the fascinating course of scholarly investigation and comprehension of cultures in Africa, Asia, and the Americas. Intriguing works from around the world, dating from the sixteenth to the twenty-first century, charted diverse narratives of discovery, exploration, commerce, and colonization, and illuminated the multiple levels of encounter at the roots of today’s globalization.
  • Yvonne Rainer: Dances and Films
    May 27–October 12, 2014 at the Getty Research Institute
    Dancer, choreographer, filmmaker, and writer Yvonne Rainer is one of the most influential artistic figures of the last fifty years, not only in the fields of dance and cinema but in other artistic movements such as minimalism, conceptual art, feminist art, and postmodernism. Drawn from Rainer's archive at the Getty Research Institute, this exhibition surveyed her major dance, film, and performance works through a lively array of photographs, scores, journals, ephemera, and audiovisual presentations.
  • No Further West: The Story of Los Angeles Union Station
    May 2–August 10, 2014 at the Los Angeles Public Library Central Library
    Los Angeles Union Station is a celebrated architectural icon and a symbol of the city’s early twentieth-century aspirations. When it was completed in 1939, Union Station centralized rail travel in Los Angeles and became the primary gateway into the city—before the rise of air and automobile travel. More than a historic artifact, it is now the vibrant centerpiece of the region’s evolving transportation network. Organized by the Getty Research Institute, the exhibition featured beautifully rendered architectural drawings, photographs, and other historic material that illuminated the contentious thirty-year process of creating the station’s eclectic, distinctly Southern Californian architecture. Presented in another iconic downtown landmark, the Los Angeles Public Library’s Central Library, the exhibition thoughtfully examined the architectural design, city-planning, and cultural politics of the historic station.
  • Scratch
    June 8–September 21, 2014 at ESMoA (El Segundo Museum of Art)
    In 2013 more than 150 of Los Angeles’s leading graffiti and tattoo artists contributed works on paper that were bound together into what became known as the Getty Black Book or LA Liber Amicorum, donated to the GRI by art collector Ed Sweeney, who funded the project. The book was named after a type of manuscript in the vaults of the Getty Research Institute (GRI) called a liber amicorum (book of friends). ESMoA and the Getty Research Institute invited Getty Black Book artists Axis, Cre8, Defer, Eyeone, Fishe, and Miner to co-curate those crews of creative friends from the city’s graffiti-art community and turn the art laboratory of ESMoA into an open black book. Rare books from the GRI’s collection in the history of calligraphy, engraving, and emblematic symbolism from the Renaissance to the Enlightenment, as well as sixteenth-century painted friendship-books that helped inspire the project, were installed in the space surrounded by the graffiti-writers’ art.