Greetings from L.A.: Artists and Publics, 1950–1980
Experience what the Boston Globe calls "a reminder of how rich, fertile, and varied the Los Angeles art scene was in the decades following World War II." Drawn from the GRI's archives of Los Angeles art, this exhibition features photographs, correspondence, and artwork that reveal how these artists interacted with their audiences and disseminated their works to a broader public.
Betye Saar, George Herms, and Nancy Reddin Kienholz at the Getty Center.
Modern Art in Los Angeles: Assemblage and Politics
Los Angeles artists Ed Bereal, Mel Edwards, George Herms, Nancy Reddin Kienholz, and Betye Saar all made assemblage works that reflected on the charged political climate of postwar America. They used found materials to produce complex objects that engaged with issues including the civil rights movement, the war in Vietnam, and the censorship of art. This lively discussion explored how the medium of assemblage sculpture emerged and continues to thrive as a tool of social critique and transformation.
Chemosphere (Malin House), John Lautner, 1960. Photo: Julius Shulman, 1961. Julius Shulman photography archive. The Getty Research Institute, 2004.R.10
California Modernism: The John Lautner Papers
The John Lautner Papers, 1937–2002 comprehensively document the career of the Southern California architect famous for such innovative structures as Chemosphere (the Malin House) and Silvertop (the Reiner House). Including drawings, photographs, models, and client files, the archive is an important resource for the study of Southern California modernism.
Dancing Figure Holding a Mask, Pierre-Charles Canot after Jean Pillement, 1759. The Getty Research Institute, P830005
Jean Pillement's 18th-Century Etchings
These 329 etchings by Jean Pillement feature Chinese and European genre scenes, rococo and chinoiserie motifs, landscapes, flowers, and figures, and were originally a part of the collection of English book collector Charles William Dyson Perrins. Genre scenes depict the countryside or small villages, some with additional allegorical meaning related to the seasons or time of day. This collection represents one-quarter of Pillement's printed designs.
Unpublished manuscript, Pietro Mellini, 1681. The Getty Research Institute, 860066
Art History 2.0: Digital Mellini
The GRI and the Getty Web Group are working to create an innovative online tool that brings together art historians, linguists, librarians, and archivists to collaborate on manuscript analysis using the latest in digital technology. The pilot project, Digital Mellini, focuses on a unique rhyming inventory of paintings authored by a prominent Roman, Pietro Mellini, in 1681, enabling online discussions within the text of the manuscript itself. Recently, members of the Web Group gave a presentation describing their efforts and the challenges surrounding digital scholarship and online publishing.
Optical theater of the Exposition Universelle, Paris (detail), A. Faisandier, 1867. The Getty Research Institute, 93.R.106
Applications Now Available for the Summer Research Academy
Set to take place August 9–September 7, 2012 at the GRI, this new program promotes research and networks, connecting art historians across cultural, linguistic, national, and methodological traditions. This year's theme is "Encounters in World Art History," and topics explored include artworks as products of encounters, the reception of such artworks, and the staging of encounters. Submissions are sought from doctoral students in Africa, Asia, and Latin America.