Visiting the Getty Research Institute

Contact Information:
The Getty Research Institute
1200 Getty Center Drive
Suite 1100
Los Angeles, CA 90049-1688
Tel. (310) 440-7335
Getty Research Institute Gallery Hours:
Tuesday–Friday, 10:00 a.m.–5:30 p.m.
Saturday, 10:00 a.m.–9:00 p.m.
Sunday, 10:00 a.m.–5:30 p.m.
Closed Mondays and on January 1, July 4, Thanksgiving, and December 25
Research Library Hours:
9:30 a.m.–5:00 p.m.
Closed Saturdays, Sundays, major U.S. holidays, November 25, December 26–December 30
Reference Desk: (310) 440-7390

Portrait of a Family / Giacomo Caneva

Essential China

Considering itself the Middle Kingdom—the center of the world (中國)—China existed for centuries as an independent and self-sustaining empire. When Europeans brought the camera to Asia in the early 1840s, it was taken up by Chinese artists who, alongside Western photographers, recorded centuries-old traditions within an empire undergoing dramatic cultural shifts. Photography served both as a witness to these changes and as a catalyst to further modernization.

A Palace Eunuch / Liang Shitai