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The Philosopher's Stone (detail), Barbara Fahrner and Daniel E. Kelm, 1992. The Getty Research Institute,
94-B18918. © Barbara Fahrner and Daniel E. Kelm


  The Philosopher's Stone, Barbara Fahrner and Daniel E. Kelm, 1992. The Getty Research Institute,
94-B18918. © Barbara Fahrner and Daniel E. Kelm

Artists and Their Books/Books and Their Artists

Through October 28, 2018 | The Getty Center
Featuring the work of 42 artists, Artists and Their Books/Books and Their Artists challenges the concept of what a book can be, from self-contained art projects in book form to larger-than-life publications and books that feature soundscapes. Special emphasis is placed on books from the GRI's collections that can be unpacked, unfolded, or read in unique ways, such as Barbara Fahrner and Daniel E. Kelm's The Philosopher's Stone (1992), which is opened and closed using an intricate structure of pins.

Gallery tours are held Tuesdays and Thursdays at 2:00 p.m. with special viewings of artists' books from GRI collections following the public tours every Tuesday.

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  Perspective sketch for Mount Zion Temple, Erich Mendelsohn, 1952. The Getty Research Institute, 2018.M.6. Gift of Schiller Family Trust. © Schiller Family Trust/Peter Schiller, Trustee, and with courtesy of Daria Joseph, the Erich and Luise Mendelsohn Estate

Erich Mendelsohn Collections

Several collections of material related to the work of German architect Erich Mendelsohn include documents, drawings, photographs, and ephemera that capture the architect's practice in the San Francisco Bay Area in the late 1940s and early 1950s; the design for six new synagogues; the project for the Atomic Energy Commission Research Laboratory at University of California, Berkeley; and extensive documentation on the 2005 restoration of the De La Warr Pavillion in Sussex, England, which was originally designed by Mendelsohn in 1935.

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  Artworks from Barbara T. Smith's Coffin series (top to bottom: Hokusai's Wave and Time Piece, Pink Rose), 1965–1966. The Getty Research Institute, 2013.M.23

A Conversation on Artists' Books: Barbara T. Smith and Andrea Bowers

Conversation | July 20, 2018 | 7:00 p.m. | The Getty Center
Artists Barbara T. Smith and Andrea Bowers—who are both featured in the GRI's current exhibition Artists and Their Books/Books and Their Artists—discuss the topic of artists' books and their practice with the show's co-curator Glenn Phillips.

This program is held in conjunction with the Getty Center's Friday Flights series.

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  Still from The Horse, János Szikora (director), Gyula Pauer (set design), 1983. From Infermental 3 (1983–1984). Courtesy ZKM | Center for Art and Media Karlsruhe

Looking into the Camera: Amateur Films, Surveillance, and Video Art in Cold War Hungary

Film Screening and Conversation | July 21, 2018 | 6:30 p.m. | The Getty Center
Excerpts from Picturesque Epochs (2018) by Péter Forgács and the iconic video art magazine Infermental 3 (1984) by Gábor Bódy show how filmmakers in Hungary engaged with the camera to record personal memories and create innovative visual media during the Cold War. Following these screenings, Forgács will take part in a Q&A.

This event complements the exhibition Promote, Tolerate, Ban: Art and Culture in Cold War Hungary, a collaboration with the GRI that is on view at the Wende Museum of the Cold War in Culver City through August 26, 2018.

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The Art of Curating: Paul J. Sachs and the Museum Course at Harvard

Sally Anne Duncan and Andrew McClellan
From 1921 until 1948, Harvard University's Paul J. Sachs offered a yearlong program in art museum training called "Museum Work and Museum Problems," or, as it was known colloquially, the "Museum Course." In The Art of Curating, authors Duncan and McClellan examine how Sachs and his Museum Course shaped the emerging professional fields of museum curatorship and management at a time of museum expansion in America, and in turn, defined the organizational structures and values of institutions where the program's graduates began their careers.

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  Poster for "New Music, New York," a festival of avant-garde and experimental music held at The Kitchen, 1979. The Getty Research Institute, 2014.M.6

The Kitchen Videos and Records,

Finding Aid
Over 5,000 video and audio recordings, nearly 300 original posters—designed by artists such as Sol LeWitt, Robert Longo, Barbara Kruger, Kiki Smith, and the Gran Fury collective—and an array of artist and marketing files from the 1970s through 1990s are held in The Kitchen Archive, which documents the rich history of one of New York City's oldest nonprofit gallery spaces for emerging and established artists. Currently, approximately 800 recordings are available to researchers, and work is ongoing to digitize the remaining audiovisual materials.

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