This exhibition investigates various paradigms of monumentality generated through systems of belief and structures of power, and considers monuments both real and imagined as markers of history, memory, and meaning. While monuments may be used to legitimize ideological regimes or superiority, cities and the built environment can likewise reveal how power shapes the landscape. Los Angeles, in particular, serves as an interesting case study of this with large-scale projects like Ed Ruscha's Streets of Los Angeles and Michael Light's aerial photography documenting the city's growth and development.
Costume of the Cook, Nicolas I de Larmessin, ca. 1690s. The Getty Research Institute, 2018.M.15. Gift of Anne Willan and Mark Cherniavsky
Anne Willan and Mark Cherniavsky Gastronomy Collection
An extraordinary collection of rare books and prints amassed by antiquarian cookbook collectors Anne Willan, founder of the École de Cuisine La Varenne, and Mark Cherniavsky offers a glimpse into the culture of food and its preparation, consumption, and display throughout early modern history. This collection, which was featured in the GRI's 2015 exhibition The Edible Monument: The Art of Food for Festivals, holds nearly 200 books published before 1830, with some dating to the 15th century, and hundreds more from the 19th and 20th centuries. Additionally, Willan's professional archives from her time with the École de Cuisine La Varenne are included in this acquisition.
Anchored by exciting discoveries in architect Pierre Koenig's archive at the GRI, architectural historian Neil Jackson's text paints a vibrant portrait of Koenig's career and the evolution of his oeuvre against the backdrop of Los Angeles through drawings, photographs, diaries, building contracts, and moremany of which are being published for the first time. Over a 50-year career, Koenig not only designed iconic houses but also directed their restoration, ensuring that his work could be seen and appreciated by future admirers.
Jerry McMillan Photographs of the Los Angeles Art Scene in the 1960s and 1970s
After moving to Los Angeles from Oklahoma in 1957 and studying at the Chouinard Art Institute (now the California Institute of the Arts), photographer Jerry McMillan became a figure of the city's mid-century art scene, particularly through his collaborations with artists and fellow Oklahomans Ed Ruscha and Joe Goode. McMillan's work helped craft recognizable brands for these artists, among others, but he also experimented with photography as a medium and became a pioneer of photosculpture. This collection contains a near complete archive of McMillan's artistic output and includes approximately 7,000 negatives, 150 contact sheets, and 375 prints, as well as magazine articles, exhibition announcements, and other ephemera.
Award-winning artist Carolee Schneemann is one of the pioneers of 1960s feminist art, whose workmost notably her performance artintroduced the female body as the principal medium in challenging the definition of art, especially in regard to sexuality and gender. In conversation with art historian Anja Foerschner, Schneemann discusses the practical and aesthetic aspects of her archive, which are housed here at the GRI.