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Online Exhibition


 
The Legacy of Ancient Palmyra
ONLINE ONLY

War in Syria has irrevocably changed the ancient caravan city of Palmyra, famed as a meeting place of civilizations since its apogee in the mid-2nd to 3rd century CE. The Romans and Parthians knew Palmyra as a wealthy oasis metropolis, a center of culture and trade on the edge of their empires. For centuries, traveling artists and explorers have documented the site in former states of preservation. This online exhibition captures the site as it was photographed for the first time by Louis Vignes in 1864 and illustrated in the 18th century by the architect Louis-François Cassas. Their works contribute to Palmyra's legacy, one that goes far beyond the stones of its once great buildings.

Image: Temple of Bel, cella entrance (detail), Jean Baptiste Réville and Pierre Gabriel Berthault after Louis-François Cassas, 1799. From Voyage pittoresque de la Syrie, de la Phoénicie, de la Palestine, et de la Basse Egypte (Paris, 1799), vol. 1, pl. 46. The Getty Research Institute, 840011


Upcoming Exhibitions


 
Concrete Poetry: Words and Sounds in Graphic Space
March 28–July 30, 2017
Getty Research Institute, Gallery I

Drawn principally from the Getty Research Institute's collection of prints, artists' books, journals, and manuscripts documenting the international concrete poetry movement, this exhibition focuses on the visual, verbal, and sonic experiments of the 1950s, '60s, and '70s. Featuring works by foundational figures Augusto de Campos and Ian Hamilton Finlay, Concrete Poetry explores how these artists invented new forms such as cube poems and standing poems and continuously re-created their projects across media. Poetry by contemporaries including Henri Chopin, Ernst Jandl, Mary Ellen Solt, and Emmett Williams also plays a prominent role.

Image: Open (Abre), Augusto de Campos (b. 1931) and Julio Plaza (1938–2003), 1969. From Poemobiles (São Paulo, 1974). The Getty Research Institute, 92-B21581. Courtesy Augusto de Campos. Courtesy Anabela Plaza.


 
Berlin / Los Angeles: Space for Music
April 25–July 30, 2017
Getty Research Institute, Gallery II

Berlin / Los Angeles: Space for Music celebrates the 50th anniversary of the sister-city partnership between West Berlin and Los Angeles by exploring two iconic buildings: the Berlin Philharmonic (1963), designed by Hans Scharoun, and the Walt Disney Concert Hall (2003) in Los Angeles, designed by Frank Gehry. Both buildings have captured the public's imagination and become signature features of the urban landscape of each city. Focusing on the buildings' extraordinary interiors, this exhibition brings together original drawings, sketches, prints, photographs, and models to convey each architect's design process. Berlin / Los Angeles demonstrates how the Berlin Philharmonic and the Walt Disney Concert Hall were pivotal in fostering a strong resonance between architecture and the city.

Image: Walt Disney Concert Hall, Carol Highsmith, 2012. Courtesy of The Jon B. Lovelace Collection of California Photographs in Carol M. Highsmith's America Project, Library of Congress, Prints and Photographs Division


 
The Metropolis in Latin America, 1830–1930
September 16, 2017–January 7, 2018
Getty Research Institute, Galleries I and II

Over the course of a century of rapid urban growth, sociopolitical upheavals and cultural transitions reshaped the architectural landscapes of major cities in Latin America. Focusing on six capitals—Buenos Aires, Havana, Lima, Mexico City, Rio de Janeiro, and Santiago de Chile—The Metropolis in Latin America, 1830–1930, presents the colonial city as a terrain shaped by Iberian urban regulations, and the republican city as an arena of negotiation of previously imposed and newly imported models, which were later challenged by waves of indigenous revivals. Photographs, prints, plans, and maps depict the urban impact of key societal and economic transformations, including the emergence of a bourgeois elite, extensive infrastructure projects, rapid industrialization, and commercialization.

This exhibition is organized by the Getty Research Institute in conjunction with Pacific Standard Time: LA/LA and the Getty's four PST: LA/LA exhibitions opening at the Getty Center on September 16, 2017.

Image: The City of the Future: Hundred Story City in Neo-American Style, Francisco Mujica, 1929. From Francisco Mujica, History of the Skyscraper (Paris, 1929), pl. 134. 88-B34645


Traveling Exhibition


 
The Edible Monument: The Art of Food for Festivals
December 16, 2016–April 16, 2017
Detroit Institute of Arts, Detroit, Michigan

Elaborate artworks made of food were created for royal court and civic celebrations in early modern Europe. Like today's Rose Bowl Parade on New Year's Day or Mardi Gras just before Lent, festivals were times for exuberant parties. Public celebrations and street parades featured large-scale edible monuments made of breads, cheeses, and meats. At court festivals, banquet settings and dessert buffets featured magnificent table monuments with heraldic and emblematic themes made of sugar, flowers, and fruit. This exhibition, drawn from the Getty Research Institute's Festival Collection, features rare books and prints, including early cookbooks and serving manuals that illustrate the methods and materials for making edible monuments.

This exhibition is on view at Detroit Institute of Arts in Detroit from December 16, 2016, to April 16, 2017.

Image: Pastry Tools (detail), Robert Bénard, 1771. From Denis Diderot, ed., Encyclopédie; ou, dictionnaire raisonné: Recueil de planches, vol. 8 (Paris, 1771), pl. 2, 84-B31307


Events


 
Lecture
Bouchardon and His Contemporaries
April 2, 2017






 
 
Symposium
The Birth of the Museum in Latin America
Reserve: May 11, 2017
Reserve: May 12, 2017





 
Residential Course
Mellon Summer Institute in Italian Paleography
July 10–28, 2017