Popular and Mass Culture


Scholars for the 1991/1992 year engaged in research that advanced our understanding of the realms of expression variously labeled traditional, popular, folk, ethnic, and commercial. They explored the thresholds between these categories and what is generally defined as high culture. Their research focused on the nature and impact of popular and traditional beliefs on religion, education, imagery, and culture from the Middle Ages to the present. The fields of study represented included art, architecture, dance, literature, philosophy, and film.

Getty Scholars


William Christian, Jr., Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, Spain, History/Anthropology

Lynn Garafola, New York, History and Criticism of Dance

William Gass, International Writer's Center, Washington University, Writer/Philosophy and Literature

Neil Harris, University of Chicago, U.S. Cultural History

Mikhail Iampolski, Moscow Institute of Cinema Studies, Russia, European Cultural History

Ursula Pia Jauch, Universität Zürich, Switzerland, Philosophy

Barbara Kirshenblatt-Gimblett, New York University, Performance Studies (Jewish Folklore and Ethnology)

Gàbor Klaniczay, Eötvös Lóránd University, Hungary, Medieval History

Keith Moxey, Columbia University, Art History

Juan-Antonio Ramirez, Universidad Autónoma de Madrid, Spain, Art and Architectural History

Joseph Rykwert, University of Pennsylvania, Architectural History and Theory

Anthony Vidler, Princeton University, Art and Architectural History

Visiting Scholars


Amedeo Belluzzi, Pistoia, Italy, Architectural History (Renaissance)



Veronika Birke, Graphische Sammlung Albertina, Austria, Art History

David Cairns, London, England, Music Critic

Elliott Carter, New York, Composer

Richard Hebdige, University of London, England, Communication/ Cultural Studies

Tamar Katriel, University of Haifa, Israel, Ethnography

Jose Luis Mateo, Spain, Architect

Raymonde Moulin, Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales, France, Sociology of Art

Werner Oechslin, ETH-Hönggerberg, Germany, Architectural History and Theory

David Rieff, New York Institute for the Humanities, Urban History

Marlon Riggs, University of California, Berkeley, Filmmaker

Sandro Scarrocchia, University of Udine, Italy, Architectural History

Gianni Viola, Istituto della Enciclopedia Italiana, Italy, Art History

Brian Winston, Pennsylvania State University, Mass Communications

Richard Wollheim, University of California, Berkeley, Philosophy

Stuart Wrede, Museum of Modern Art, Architectural History

Pre-Doctoral and Post-Doctoral Fellows


Aris Fioretos, Yale University, Comparative Literature (19th-20th c.)



Peter Pozefsky, University of California, Los Angeles, European Intellectual History

Birgit Verwiebe, Ernst-Moritz-Arndt Universität, Greifswald, East Germany, Art History

Brigitte Werneburg, Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität, Munich, Germany, History of Photography/Photojournalism

Research Associate


Luisa Ciammitti, Pinacoteca Nazionale, Italy, Art History