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  Hard Edge group exhibition with works by Ronald Davis and Judy Chicago at Rolf Nelson Gallery, Los Angeles, 1964. The Getty Research Institute, 2010.M.38. Gift of Rolf G. Nelson

Greetings from L.A.: Artists and Publics, 1950–1980

In the postwar years, Los Angeles artists became known for disregarding traditional artistic practices and for experimenting with ways art could be exhibited and experienced. Drawn from the GRI's archives of Los Angeles art, this exhibition features photographs, ephemera, correspondence, and artwork that reveal how these artists interacted with their audiences and disseminated their works to a broader public.

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Explore the era and browse digitized materials from the exhibition.


  Color spheres from Philipp Otto Runge, Farben-Kugel (Hamburg, 1810), p. 16. The Getty Research Institute, 85-B14127

Applications Now Available for 2012/2013 Scholar Year

Every year the GRI invites scholars and artists to work in residence around a specific research theme. The Scholars Program is now accepting proposals that address the artistic use of color from ancient to contemporary times in any culture. Color—an essential component of artistic production—provides insight into the aesthetics, symbolism, psychology, technology, materiality, conservation, and production of works of art.

The application deadline is November 1, 2011.

Learn more about the research theme Color.

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  Helene Winer pouring tea at Pomona College Faculty Tea at Pomona College Museum of Art, ca. 1971. Photo courtesy of Helene Winer

A Conversation with Women Curators in Los Angeles

In the 1960s and 1970s, a generation of women curators emerged as leading voices in the rapidly growing Southern California art scene. This conversation brings together three pioneering curators—Barbara Haskell, Jane Livingston, and Helene Winer—to discuss their crucial role in defining West Coast art as well as the paths they followed as gallerists, curators, and art historians.

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  Hermes Trismegestus, the mythical ancient Egyptian founder of alchemy (detail). From Michael Maier, Symbola aureae mensae duodecim nationum (Frankfurt, 1617). The Getty Research Institute, 2931-015

Alchemy's Origins in Late Antiquity

Science historian Lawrence M. Principe of Johns Hopkins University presents a lecture about the origins of alchemy in Greco-Roman antiquity. Part of the GRI Art of Alchemy research project, this talk explores surviving fragments of text from the founders of alchemy, along with objects, that reveal a surprisingly vigorous beginning to alchemy in the waning years of the classical world.

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  3a Bienal Americana de Arte, Jesús Rafael Soto, 1966. The Getty Research Institute, 970074

Bienal Americana de Arte Records from the 1960s

The Americana de Arte biennials were important events for exhibiting contemporary art in Latin America in the 1960s. Although regional in focus, they attracted significant international attention with artworks selected by jurors such as Umbro Apollonio, Alfred Barr, Arnold Bode, Sam Hunter, Aldo Pellegrini, Herbert Read, and Carlos Raúl Villanueva. An experimental music section in 1966 featured John Cage among several Latin American composers. This archive documents the planning, realization, and reception of the biennials, as well as two contemporary Latin American art salons.

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  Cestero, ou fabricant de paniers (Basket maker), ca. 1861–80. The Getty Research Institute, 2000.R.25

Album of Mexican and French Cartes-de-Visite

This photographic album of 45 visiting cards contains portraits of French and Mexican political and military figures—including Napoleon III and Benito Juárez—indigenous people, Mexican street vendors, and images of pre-Columbian statuary.

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  Louis XIV, Robert Nanteuil, 1664. The Getty Research Institute, 2862-841

Research Projects at the GRI

GRI Research Projects provide opportunities for scholars from a variety of disciplines to engage with primary materials found in the GRI's unique collections. Descriptions of current research projects—including the Art of Alchemy, Book Art of the Russian Avant-Garde, and Printmaking in the Age of Louis XIV, 1660–1715—are now available online.

Research Project organizers welcome conversations with scholars working in related areas.

Learn more about these Research Projects.

Banner image: Wallace Berman in the Stone Brothers Printing display window, Charles Brittin (American, 1928–2011), 1957. Charles Brittin papers. The Getty Research Institute, 2005.M.11. © J. Paul Getty Trust


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