As markers of history and repositories of collective memory, monuments can project multiple and sometimes contradictory meanings while evoking an aura of greatness and sense of power that demands public recognition. This exhibition investigates various paradigms of monumentality, considering why some monumental structures outlast their original purpose while others meet their demise.
Signs of Life: Aspects of Global Performance in the 1970s
Lecture | December 4, 2018 | 7:30 p.m. | The Getty Center
In this inaugural Thomas and Barbara Gaehtgens Lecture, Dr. Kellie Jones discusses the global reaches of performance art during the 1970s through the lens of projects by Latin American and African American artists, and considers the circumstances that allowed performance to be dispersed effortlessly into the flow of everyday life. Dr. Jones is Professor in Art History and Archaeology at Columbia University, research fellow at the Institute for Research in African American Studies (IRAAS), and senior consultant for the Getty Research Institute's African American Art History Initiative.
This lecture is sponsored by the Getty Research Institute Council.
Grant Awarded to Process GRI Archives Related to the Woman's Building
Founded in 1973 and headquartered in a warehouse on Spring Street in downtown Los Angeles, the Woman's Building played an instrumental role in the women's movement of the 1970s, shaping both the field of feminist art and American arts education. The GRI was recently awarded a grant by the Institute of Museum and Library Services in collaboration with the National Park Service to process and preserve 11 archival collections related to the Woman's Buildingincluding the Woman's Building records and videos; the archives of artists Nancy Buchanan, Barbara T. Smith, and Faith Wilding; and archives of artist groups such as the Feminist Art Workers and Waitressesall of which document a pivotal moment for American art and culture in the latter half of the 20th century. Processing begins in January 2019 and is slated for completion by the end of 2020.
Architecture and Design at the Museum of Modern Art: The Arthur Drexler Years, 19511986
Architectural historian Thomas S. Hines delves into the work of Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) curator Arthur Drexler and how his 34 years at the helm of the museum's Architecture and Design Department (from 1951 to 1986) established MoMA as a touchstone for the practice and study of midcentury architecture. Over the course of four decades he conceived and oversaw trailblazing exhibitions and played a pivotal role in confirming the reputations of 20th-century architects, including Marcel Breuer, Le Corbusier, Ludwig Mies van der Rohe, Richard Neutra, and Frank Lloyd Wright. Hines's rigorous archival research explores the unexpected subjects of Drexler's boundary-pushing showsfrom the design of automobiles to a reconstruction of a Japanese house and gardenwhich promoted new ideas about architecture and design as modern arts.
Signed manuscript promissory note from sculptor Laurent Guiard dated August 5, 1767. The Getty Research Institute, 2017.M.62
Cornelius Ver Heyden de Lancey Collection of French Letters and Documents by Painters, Sculptors, Architects, and Printmakers
Not only was Dutch-born British Baron Cornelius Ver Heyden de Lancey a medical doctor, dentist, and barrister, he became an avid art historian while practicing in London and Italy during the early and mid-20th century. His particular interest was in French historical books, letters, and manuscripts. He amassed a collection of correspondence and documents from more than 75 artists predominantly of the 17th and 18th centuries, including painters Nicolas de Largillierre, Jean-Baptiste Regnault, and Louise-Élisabeth Vigée-Lebrun; architect Marie-Joseph Peyre; sculptor Laurent Guiard; printmaker Noël Hallé; and engraver Jean Bernard Restout, among many others.