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Virtual Program
Getty Graduate Symposium 2021
February 5–7, 2021

Virtual Program
The Arensbergs in Hollywood Discussion Series
Part 1: December 15, 2020
Part 2: March 9, 2021


Upcoming Exhibition

Botanical Imagination

Fascination with botanical life has stimulated scientific and artistic imaginations for centuries. As botanists collected and documented local plants and faraway specimens, artists depicted blooms in gardens and bouquets. In black and white and in living color, images of blossoming flowers and medicinal herbs evoke the marvels of nature. These vivid representations continue to spark imaginations today.

Image: Bird-of-Paradise, adapted from Cobweb Houseleek and Bird-of-Paradise by Frederick J. Sansom, after Sydenham Edwards. From Sydenham Edwards, The New Botanic Garden, vol. 2 (London, 1812), pl. 53. Getty Research Institute, 2885-173. Gift of Tania Norris

Online Exhibitions

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.

The Legacy of Ancient Palmyra

War in Syria has irrevocably changed the ancient caravan city of Palmyra, famed as a meeting place of civilizations since its apogee in the mid-2nd to 3rd century CE. The Romans and Parthians knew Palmyra as a wealthy oasis metropolis, a center of culture and trade on the edge of their empires. For centuries, traveling artists and explorers have documented the site in former states of preservation. This online exhibition captures the site as it was photographed for the first time by Louis Vignes in 1864 and illustrated in the 18th century by the architect Louis-François Cassas. Their works contribute to Palmyra's legacy, one that goes far beyond the stones of its once great buildings.

Image: Temple of Bel, cella entrance (detail), Jean Baptiste Réville and Pierre Gabriel Berthault after Louis-François Cassas, 1799. From Voyage pittoresque de la Syrie, de la Phoénicie, de la Palestine, et de la Basse Egypte (Paris, 1799), vol. 1, pl. 46. The Getty Research Institute, 840011