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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

Upcoming Exhibition

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.

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.