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Current Exhibitions

Fluxus Means Change: Jean Brown's Avant-Garde Archive
September 14, 2021–January 2, 2022

The Jean Brown Collection of Dada, Surrealism, and Fluxus was one of the first comprehensive collections on twentieth-century art at the Getty Research Institute. From Marcel Duchamp and George Maciunas to the international network of artists with whom she corresponded, this exhibition reveals Jean Brown's intuitive and innovative collecting strategies as well as the relationships she saw among the works, connecting earlier avant-garde art to Fluxus, artists' books, mail art, and multiples.

Image: Your Name Spelled with Objects, for Jeanette Brown, 1972, by George Maciunas. Los Angeles, Getty Research Institute, 890164. © 2021 Estate of George Maciunas / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York.

Blondell Cummings: Dance as Moving Pictures
September 18, 2021–February 19, 2022
On view at Art + Practice, Los Angeles

This collaboration by Art + Practice and the Getty Research Institute sheds new light on the pivotal work of African American choreographer and video artist Blondell Cummings. Featuring videos of rarely seen works from Cummings's personal archive, the exhibition—along with the book that accompanies it—is the first dedicated to the artist and the first produced by the Research Institute's African American Art History Initiative.

Blondell Cummings: Dance as Moving Pictures is generously supported by Maria Hummer-Tuttle and Robert Holmes Tuttle, with additional support from Gary and Kathi Cypres, and Michael Rubel and Kristin Rey.

Image: Blondell Cummings. Getty Research Institute, 2014.M.6. Photo: Beatriz Schiller. Courtesy the Estate of Blondell Cummings. Photo © Beatriz Schiller 2021

Upcoming Exhibition

Flesh and Bones: The Art of Anatomy
February 22–July 10, 2022

Focused at the intersection of science and art, this exhibition explores themes of art and anatomy from the 16th century to today. From spectacular life-size illustrations to delicate paper flaps that lift to reveal the body's interior, the structure of the body is represented through a range of media. Artists not only helped create these images but were part of the market for them, as anatomy was a basic component of artistic training for centuries.

Image: Visio catoptri microcosmici tertia (Third vision from mirrors of the microcosm), Lucas Kilian after Johann Remmelin. From Johann Remmelin, Catoptrum microcosmicum (Augsburg, 1619). Getty Research Institute, 2017-B292

Upcoming Events

Online Program
Imaginaries of LA: Umar Rashid and Sandy Rodriguez
November 10, 2021

Online Program
The Poetics of Art and Intervention
November 17, 2021

In-Person Program
Xerography: Women Artists, 1965–1990
November 18–19, 2021
Institut national d'histoire de l'art, Paris

In-Person and Online Program
Rainbow Power
December 12, 2021

Online Exhibitions

Return to Palmyra

Presented in both Arabic and English, this project relaunches Getty Research Institute's first online exhibition, The Legacy of Ancient Palmyra, while newly focusing on the current plight of the inhabitants of this Syrian world heritage site, which suffered widespread destruction by ISIS in 2015 and 2017.

The exhibition showcases some of the site's earliest visual documents—18th-century illustrations by architect Louis-François Cassas and photographs by Louis Vignes from 1864—and now makes them available to an Arabic-speaking audience. An interview with Waleed Khaled al-As'ad, former Director of Antiquities and Museums at Palmyra, and an overview of the city from the prehistoric to modern period by art historian Joan Aruz, present a local context for the significance of this multicultural urban center and a case for why rebuilding its community is imperative.

Bauhaus: Building the New Artist

Considered one of the most influential schools of art and design of the 20th century, the Bauhaus forged a unique educational vision that blended theory with practice in order to cultivate a new generation of artists and designers.

Conceived in tandem with the Getty Research Institute's gallery exhibition, the online exhibition Bauhaus: Building the New Artist offers an in-depth look into the school's novel pedagogy. Highlighting student explorations, masters' theories, and a variety of colorful media drawn from the GRI's archives, the project culminates with three interactive exercises inviting viewers to immerse themselves in surprising aspects of Bauhaus curriculum.

Event Series

Beyond the Borders, Beyond the Boundaries
Beyond the Borders, Beyond the Boundaries event series brings together speakers whose work expands art historical scholarship beyond the intellectual and geographic constraints that have traditionally defined it. Presented by the Getty Research Institute's Director's Office, the series' topics range from depictions of race in 18th-century painting to participatory art about undocumented migration, provoking new ways of thinking about how practices of inclusion and exclusion have shaped the field.

Blackness Is in the Making: Materials of the 18th-Century Artist
December 6, 2020

Hostile Terrain 94: Reflections on Immigration and Public-Facing Anthropology
March 31, 2021

Unfinished, Fraying: Processes of Exhibition Making
April 27, 2021

A Black Gaze: Tina Campt and LeRonn Brooks in Conversation
June 3, 2021

Image: Hostile Terrain 94 (detail), 2020. Part of the Undocumented Migration Project, the Manila tags represent the identified bodies of undocumented migrants who have died crossing the border, while the orange memorialize the over 1,000 deceased who remain unknown