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Kate Millett making Naked Ladies at the Los Angeles Woman's Building, 1977. Gift of Sue Maberry


  Kate Millett's Naked Ladies sculpture on top of the Los Angeles Woman's Building, 1978. Gift of Sue Maberry

Photographs from the Women's Building and the Making of Naked Ladies

We've recently digitized images of the making of Kate Millet's Naked Lady sculptures as part of the Research Institute's Woman's Building preservation project. The photographs show the collaborative effort, hard work, and fun that defined the ideals of the Woman's Building, founded in 1973 in Los Angeles, by Sheila Levrant de Bretteville, Arlene Raven, and Judy Chicago. The striking sculpture towering over the street earned them a photograph in the Los Angeles Times and put the building on the map. The Woman's Building preservation project is made possible in part by a Save America's Treasures grant awarded by the Institute of Museum and Library Sciences and the National Park Service.

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Gala Porras-Kim: Artist in Residence for the 2020/2021 Scholars Program

The Getty Research Institute is pleased to introduce our Artist in Residence for the upcoming scholar year, Gala Porras-Kim. The Los Angeles-based artist's work explores the process of learning and knowledge formation, and the social and political contexts that influence how language and history intersect with art. Porras-Kim's residency coincides with the 2020/2021 scholar year at the Research Institute centered around the theme "The Fragment." Due to the coronavirus, many of this year's scholars will work remotely, while others will defer their residency to 2021/2022. Porras-Kim's residency will extend through 2022.

Learn more and see a complete list of this year's scholars.


NEW: African American Art History Initiative Fellowships Announced for 2021/2022

The Getty Research Institute invites applications from scholars of African American art and cultural history to participate in the upcoming 2021/2022 scholar year. Two opportunities for nine-month residencies have been newly created under the Getty's African American Art History Initiative (AAAHI). We welcome expressions of interest from scholars working at predoctoral, postdoctoral, mid-career, and senior levels who focus on African American art and cultural history in all time periods and media and in a broad range of theoretical and methodological traditions.

The application deadline for the 2021/2022 scholar year is October 1, 2020.

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  "A finite view of infinity," artist unknown. Thomas Wright, An Original Theory or New Hypothesis of the Universe (London 1750)

A Finite View of Infinity: Stargazing in Getty's Rare Book Collections

A virtual glance at the Research Institute's rare book collections on the intersection between art, science, and spirituality reveals how others around the world expressed through art what came to mind as they gazed at the stars, contemplated the cosmos, or meditated on how to envision the invisible—some of them during their own unsettling times. Curator David Brafman writes about how artists and scientists around the world once made sense of the night sky.

Read more on the Getty Iris blog.


  From Leonard Nadel's unpublished book Pueblo del Rio: The Story of a Planned Community. Getty Research Institute, 2002.M.42

Reflections: Johnny Tran on Pueblo del Rio

On this episode of the Getty's Reflections podcast series, the Research Institute's Johnny Tran relates to the simple joys of domestic life, as reflected in photographs of architect Paul R. Williams's Pueblo del Rio project from Leonard Nadel's unpublished book Pueblo del Rio: A Study of a Planned Community. Williams, whose archive we recently acquired, was the chief architect in the Pueblo del Rio housing project, a midcentury modernist community built in 1940 for African American defense industry workers.

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  The Phrenologer's Window, Betye Saar, 1966. Private collection, courtesy of Michael Rosenfeld Gallery, LLC, New York, NY. © Betye Saar

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 explores how the medium of assemblage sculpture emerged and continues to thrive as a tool of social critique and transformation. This conversation from 2019 was moderated by Lucy Bradnock, formerly a research associate at the Research Institute.

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Samuel van Hoogstraten's Introduction to the Academy of Painting; or, The Visible World

Edited by Celeste Brusati; Translation by Jaap Jacobs
The only comprehensive work on painting written by a Dutch artist in the later 17th century, Samuel van Hoogstraten's Introduction to the Academy of Painting; or, The Visible World (1678) is now available on preorder. Presenting novel twists on traditional topics, van Hoogstraten makes a distinctive case for the status of painting as a universal discipline basic to all the liberal arts. His magnum opus features firsthand reports of training in Rembrandt's studio as well as contemporary engagements with perspective, optics, experimental philosophy, the economics of art, and more.

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  "To Love, Honor, Cherish..." (1978). A photo shoot and performance in honor of the fifth anniversary of the Woman's Building. Getty Research Institute, 2017.M.48

Feminist Art Workers records, 1976–2013

Finding Aid
This collection documents the performances, exhibitions, and administrative activities of the Feminist Art Workers, a performance group that was formed in 1976 at the Los Angeles Woman's Building by Candace Compton, Laurel Klick, Nancy Angelo, and Cheri Gaulke. Compton soon left the group and Vanalyne Green joined in 1978. Active until 1981, the Feminist Art Workers were recognized for their combination of performance art and feminist pedagogy and their emphasis on making art in a non-hierarchical collaborative way. This project was made possible in part by the Institute of Museum and Library Services.

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Library Research Grants 2021/2022

The 2021/2022 application cycle has been canceled to accommodate the 2020/2021 Library Research Grant recipients whose visits were deferred due to COVID-19. Getty Library Research Grants provide partial, short-term support for researchers requiring the use of specific collections housed in the Getty Research Institute (GRI). The GRI's grant budget has been generously supplemented by donations from Getty Research Institute Council members and the Getty Conservation Institute.

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Dancers on Film: Okwui Okpokwasili and devynn emory

Virtual Film Screening & Conversation | October 21, 2020 | 12:00 pm–1:00 pm PST



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