Library Catalog


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: Muscles of the neck (detail), 1811. Etching and engraving inked à la poupée in red and black ink. From Giuseppe Del Medico, Anatomia per uso dei pittori e scultori (Rome, 1811), pl. 16. Getty Research Institute, 84-B28069

Reinventing the Américas: Construct. Erase. Repeat.
August 23, 2022–January 8, 2023

This exhibition analyzes representations of the Americas, questioning the mythologies and utopian visions that proliferated after the arrival of Europeans to the continents. Featuring artistic interventions by Denilson Baniwa, an Indigenous contemporary artist from the Amazon region of Brazil, and the voices of local community groups in Los Angeles, Reinventing the Américas counters the views of European chroniclers, illustrators, and printmakers from the 16th to 19th centuries by offering a multi-perspectival approach.

Image: Columnam à Praefecto prima navigatione locatam venerantur Floridenses (Column in Honor of the First Voyage to Florida) (detail), Jacques de Morgues Le Moyne. Engraving from Jacques de Morgues Le Moyne, Brevis narratio eorum quae in Florida Americæ provincia Gallis acciderunt (Frankfurt, 1591), pl. 8. Getty Research Institute, 87-B24110

Events & Series

Dancers on Film

This series asks the question: what does dance archive and how do we archive dance? From Hollywood musicals to surrealist documentaries, the series screens classic and contemporary films together as a way to explore the dynamic influences of Black dance forms on the moving image. Each program features scholars, visual artists, and dancers who expand on the dynamic relationship between dance and documentation. Dancers on Film draws upon the Getty Research Institute's rich archives of performance and video and is associated with the African American Art History Initiative.

Dancers on Film: Maya Deren in Context
April 7, 2022

Dancers on Film: Two by Madeleine Hunt-Ehrlich
June 10, 2021

Dancers on Film: Okwui Okpokwasili & devynn emory
Oct 21, 2020

Image: Still of Talley Beatty from A Study in Choreography for Camera (1945) by Maya Deren. Courtesy NACG/The Film-Makers' Cooperative

Imaginaries of LA

Since before its official founding in 1781, Los Angeles has existed on contested Tongva land. Although long recognized as a diverse and multicultural city, its history is marked by segregation, racist city planning, and harmful urban redevelopment policies. Imaginaries of LA is a series of conversations between Los Angeles-based artists and curators that explores what is at stake in the various strategies that artists use to represent Los Angeles and provides a forum for debate about the past, present and future of the city.

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

Imaginaries of LA: Guadalupe Rosales and Pilar Tompkins
March 18, 2021

Imaginaries of LA: Edgar Arceneaux and Julian Myers-Szupinska
December 10, 2020

Image: Map of the Greater West (or, The Lemurian Triangle) (detail), Umar Rashid, 2017. Ink, acrylic, coffee, and tea on paper. 134.62 x 154.94 cm. Courtesy the artist

Beyond the Borders, Beyond the Boundaries

Beyond the Borders, Beyond the Boundaries 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's 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.

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

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

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

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

Online Exhibitions & Projects

At the Crossroads: Qandahar in Images and Empires

For centuries, the city of Kandahar was a seat of political, cultural, and commercial power and home to some of Afghanistan's most important monuments. The "Kandahar Album," part of the Getty Research Institute's collections, features the earliest known photographs of the city, taken between 1880 and 1881 at the end of the Second Anglo-Afghan War.

Explore the region, its local populations, and its rich cultural traditions in At the Crossroads: Qandahar in Images and Empires, a free downloadable publication in English with Dari and Pashto translations. In addition, preview a selection of photographs in an immersive Google Arts & Culture presentation. This project was done in partnership with the Aga Khan Foundation.

Image: No. 1. Tomb of Ahmed Shah, from the Southwest Bastion of the Citadel (detail). 1881. Benjamin Simpson. Kandahār album. Albumen print. Getty Research Institute, 2013.R.5

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.

12 Sunsets: Exploring Ed Ruscha's Archive

Beginning in 1965, Ed Ruscha took tens of thousands of photographs documenting every building along Los Angeles's major thoroughfares. For the first time, Ruscha's Streets of Los Angeles archive is digitally available in an interactive interface that allows the user to virtually "drive" down LA's iconic streets as Ruscha captured them over 40 years, as well as search for specific locations and landmarks.

Image: From Sunset Blvd. shoot (detail), Ed Ruscha, 1966. Streets of Los Angeles Archive. The Getty Research Institute, 2012.M.1. © Ed Ruscha

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 Research Institute's archives, the project culminates with three interactive exercises inviting viewers to immerse themselves in surprising aspects of Bauhaus curriculum.