The power and vitality of any scholarly discipline rests on its ability to forge connections—among people and ideas and across international boundaries. Connecting Art Histories aims to increase opportunities for sustained intellectual exchange across national and regional borders. It springs from the recognition that all forms of art historical study will be stronger when scholars from around the world inform each other's ideas and methodologies.

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“Art history has always been at the heart of the Getty's mission. Serious scholarship ultimately forms the basis for all interpretations of art, from classroom teaching to museum exhibitions. What has distinguished the Getty's commitment to art history has been our international focus, connecting the best scholars around the world to one another and to the Getty, significantly enhancing the understanding and interpretation of the world's artistic heritage.” —Joan Weinstein, Deputy Director, Getty Foundation

Connecting Art Histories seeks to strengthen art history as a global discipline by fostering new intellectual exchanges among scholars in targeted regions whose economic or political realities have prevented previous collaboration. Foundation grants are supporting visiting professorships in select art history departments and research centers, as well as intensive research seminars, in countries where art history is an emerging discipline. Current Connecting Art Histories grantees are listed below by geographic area.


ArtNexus team members at the Getty
Fundación ArtNexus para la Promolgación y Divulgación del arte

Fundación ArtNexus is hosting Intellectual Networks: Art and Politics in Latin America, a project that brings together scholars from across Latin America to study intellectual and artistic networks in the region during the 1920s and the 1970s. A project team of international scholars is meeting in two research seminars — one at the Getty Center and one at the Universidad Nacional de Colombia in Bogotá — to address these important decades in Latin American social and artistic history. The team will present its research in papers at a public conference at the Universidad Nacional Tres de Febrero de Buenos Aires and an exhibition of archival material in 2013.

Grant awarded: $127,500 (2011)

Bustos, Mula (2007)
Museum of Latin American Art

The Museum of Latin American Art in Long Beach, the only museum in the Western United States exclusively focused on contemporary Latin American art, organized two linked international symposia, Between Museum and Practice: Rethinking Latin American Art in the 21st Century. Academics, curators and museum directors from 16 countries came together to discuss new models for interpreting and presenting modern and contemporary Latin American art. The first gathering was held in Los Angeles, hosted jointly at MoLAA and the Getty Center in March 2011; the second seminar took place at the Museo de Arte de Lima in Peru in November 2011. The seminars are available online as webcasts, expanding the discussion beyond Los Angeles and Lima.

Grant awarded: $160,000 (2010)

UERJ group at Museo de Arte Decorativo in Buenos Aires
Universidade do Estado do Rio de Janeiro

In partnership with other universities across Latin America, the Universidade do Estado do Rio de Janeiro is undertaking a series of faculty and student exchanges and a related research project to examine the complex history of 19th century Latin American Art. The exchanges will take place as three intensive seminars held in Buenos Aires, Mexico City, and Rio de Janeiro focused on the following topics: the persistence of the classical tradition; the origins of Latin American modernism; and the appropriation of art and artifacts from indigenous cultures and trade networks with Africa and Asia.

Grant awarded: $310,000 (2012)

University of Texas at Austin

A team led by scholars at the University of Texas at Austin is organizing a series of research seminars on Latin American and Latino art from 1960-1990 that brings together art historians from Brazil, Colombia, Argentina, and the United States. The project involves senior scholars and advanced graduate students working together to analyze the history of Latin American avant-garde and neo-vanguard art.

Grant awarded: $224,000 (2012)

Basílica Nossa Senhora do Brasil
Universidade Federal de São Paulo

Forging an innovative alliance, the art history departments at Federal University of São Paulo (UNIFESP) and the University of Zurich, Switzerland, have established a teaching exchange focused on the topics of The Global Baroque, The Notion of the Renaissance, and Practices in the Expanded Field of Art History. These courses feature residencies by visiting faculty from the respective programs in São Paulo and Zurich as well as first-hand study of objects and monuments in Brazil and Europe. This pedagogical project is complemented by a sequence of research seminars that focus on the challenges posed for art history by globalization, with a particular emphasis on Latin American art history.

Grant awarded: $214,000 (2011)

San Martin group at the Getty
Universidad Nacional de San Martín

Universidad Nacional de San Martín in Buenos Aires, home of one of the leading conservation centers in Latin America, has organized a series of research seminars entitled Materiality between Art, Science and Culture in the Viceroyalties. Art historians, conservators, and conservation scientists are collaborating to gain new understandings of the making and meaning of artworks. Seminar organizers will also develop a database of pigments, dyes, resins, and other materials present in viceregal works of art, which promises to become a key resource for the field. The grant supports four convenings on three continents—including one at the Getty Center—focusing on artistic practices in colonial Hispanic America from the 16th through the 18th centuries.

Grant awarded: $214,000 (2010)

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Brown seminar at Bignor Roman Villa
Brown University

Distinguished scholars Susan E. Alcock and Natalie Kampen organized a research seminar exploring The Arts of Rome's Provinces. The seminar brings together 20 art historians and archaeologists from the Middle East, North Africa, Central and Eastern Europe, and the republics of the Caucasus and Central Asia to study "romanization" and material culture in these regions. Through on-site research of historical monuments and important collections in Greece and Great Britain, the seminars encourage collaboration between art historians and archaeologists, creating a model for future interdisciplinary exchange.

Grants awarded: $235,000 (2010) and $150,000 (2009)

Charitable Foundation of Boğaziçi University

Boğaziçi University (Istanbul, Turkey), one of the largest and most highly regarded programs in art history, architecture and visual culture in Turkey and the Middle East, has organized a Distinguished Visiting Professorship program that brings renowned scholars from a variety fields to the university to teach graduate courses and thereby strengthen training of its graduate students. Visiting professors have taught courses in topics ranging from contemporary art to South Asian photography and Near Eastern art.

Grants awarded: $200,000 (2011) and $175,000 (2010)

Council of American Overseas Research Councils

The Council of American Overseas Research Councils (CAORC) has established a program that will bring together art historians from Afghanistan, Algeria, Cyprus, Egypt, Greece, Italy, Iraq, Israel, Jordon, Morocco, Palestine, Tunisia, Turkey and Yemen in residential fellowships at two CAORC member centers in the Mediterranean Basin and Middle East: American Research Institute in Turkey (ARIT) in Istanbul and the Centre d'Etudes Maghrébines en Algérie (CEMA) in Oran. These residencies and accompanying seminars are designed to deepen and strengthen cooperative intellectual networks. They provide an important opportunity for scholars who rarely have the chance to conduct independent research outside their home countries to work collaboratively around common scholarly interests.

Grant awarded: $157,000 (2011)

Ampitheatre of El Jem, Tunisia
Max-Planck-Gesellschaft zur Förderung der Wissenschaftern E.V. / Kunsthistorisches Institut in Florenz

The Kunsthistorisches Institut in Florence has developed a five-year series of research symposia, entitled Space and Mobility in the Early Ages of Globalization, to examine how the visual arts have shaped and strengthened connections among cultures in the Mediterranean, Middle East, Central Asia, and the Indian subcontinent from late antiquity to early modernity. The program brings together approximately 25 young scholars from the regions under consideration to work with distinguished senior scholars from around the world in seminars, workshops, summer programs and research trips to important historical sites.

Grants awarded: $236,000 (2011) and $200,000 (2009)

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Jawaharlal Nehru University

One of India's leading post-graduate universities, Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) in New Delhi is currently conducting a Distinguished Visiting Professorship program in the School of Art and Aesthetics to expand its range of art history graduate courses. Established in 1969, the School has become the country's premier center for interdisciplinary study in the visual arts. Headed by JNU Professor Kavita Singh, the three-year program brings distinguished scholars to the university each year to teach courses in diverse areas such as gender and identity in Roman art, contemporary art theory, and the history of art in Jerusalem.

Grants awarded: $145,000 (2010) and $145,000 (2009)

Seton Hall University

Seton Hall University, in collaboration with Peking University, received Getty support to organize and implement an international seminar on the subject of "Chinoiserie" and artistic encounters between China and the West during the Qing dynasty. The meeting is scheduled for October 2012 in Bejing.

Grants awarded: $64,500 (2012) and $23,000 (2011)

University of Sydney

The Power Institute, based at the University of Sydney, is working with scholars in Singapore and Indonesia to plan a series of regional meetings that will assess the current state of art history in Southeast Asia. In recent decades, this area has been largely overlooked in favor of China, India, and Japan. The project focuses on modern and contemporary art, subfields that have historically offered the most opportunities for professional support and advancement in the region, and aims to address the challenge of developing an art history that might better account for and interpret the diversity of Southeast Asian art practices.

Grant awarded: 94,000 AUD (2012)

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New Europe College

This program at New Europe College (NEC) brings together 15 residential fellows from Central and Eastern Europe with more than 20 distinguished senior scholars from Europe and the U.S. to study Soviet-era art and criticism over a three-year period. Founded by Romanian philosopher and art historian Andrei Plesu, NEC cultivates new research and exchange between Romanian scholars and their peers abroad. The fellowship program includes seminars and public talks for the wider art history community of Bucharest.

Grant awarded: $150,000 (2010)

Sterling and Francine Clark Institute

Three intensive seminars, entitled Unfolding Narratives: Art Histories in East-Central Europe after 1989, have brought together scholars from Central and Eastern Europe in Tallinn, Bucharest, and Brno to explore past and present approaches to art history in the region and to form a scholarly network across national borders. In the final phase of the program, ten participants from these seminars took part in week-long residencies at the Clark Institute and New York City.

Grants awarded: $20,000 (2011) and $100,000 (2010)

The following grant supported participants from multiple regions to attend the Getty Research Institute's 2012 Summer Research Institute:

Université de Montréal

In 2012, the International Consortium on Art History will organize a summer research academy at the Getty Research Institute on the theme of Encounters. Getty funding will permit graduate students from regions where art history is an emerging discipline to attend the academy and engage in dialogue with colleagues in the consortium with the goal of forging long-term relationships that will facilitate greater integration of diverse perspectives within art history. The Academy is being organized by Todd Porterfield, Canada Research Chair, Université de Montréal, in collaboration with the staff of the Getty Research Institute and consortium faculty.

Grant awarded: $48,000 (2011)