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Overdrive: L.A. Constructs the Future, 1940–1990
Exhibition closes July 21, 2013


From Los Angeles's Case Study Houses to the impact of freeways on the city's urban planning, Overdrive demonstrates the region's rapid economic and cultural ascent with drawings, models, films, and other ephemera. Co-organized by the Getty Research Institute and the J. Paul Getty Museum, this exhibition is part of Pacific Standard Time Presents: Modern Architecture in L.A.

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Case Study House No. 21, Pierre Koenig, architect, 1958. Julius Shulman Photography Archive. The Getty Research Institute, 2004.R.10

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Harald Szeemann Papers, Series I
Finding Aid


Harald Szeemann (1933–2005) was a visionary curator of more than 150 exhibitions from 1957 to 2005. Processed with support from the National Endowment for the Humanities, Series I of the massive Harald Szeemann archive documents his curatorial process from conception to installation. Included are project files from the exhibitions When Attitudes Become Form (1969), documenta 5 (1972), and the 1980, 1999, and 2001 Venice Biennials.

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Harald Szeemann with hammer during the installation of Monte Verità, 1979. The Getty Research Institute, 2011.M.30
Harald Szeemann's documenta 5 Exhibition
Digital Collection

Swiss photographer Balthasar Burkhard chronicled curator Harald Szeemann's landmark 1972 exhibition documenta 5: Questioning reality–Image worlds today. A vast and dynamic survey of young artists from across the world, documenta 5 included advertising, science fiction, outsider art, urban planning, and other visual realms.

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Read about the Harald Szeemann Archive and Library.

Artists Joseph Beuys and Abraham David Christian box with referee Anatol, hosted in Ben Vautier's installation, 1972. Balthasar Burkhard, photographer, 1972. The Getty Research Institute, 2011.M.30

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Chatting with Matisse: The Lost 1941 Interview
Edited by Serge Guilbaut
Translation by Chris Miller


In 1941, the Swiss art critic Pierre Courthion travelled through Nazi-controlled France to interview the artist Henri Matisse, who discussed everything from his student days to his experiences with collectors, only to cancel the publication at the last minute. Available for first time in this volume, Chatting with Matisse contains the full manuscript of their conversations.

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Objects in Motion in the Early Modern World
Videos of May 10–11, 2013, Conference

Researchers looked at how objects circulated across regions and cultures in the early modern period (1500–1800). Topics included Rococo decorative prints in 18th-century South America, trading trends in coastal East Africa, and European reception of Mexican codices.

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Banner image: USC Associate Professor of Art History and History Daniela Bleichmar presents "The Itinerant Lives of Mexican Codices" as part of Objects in Motion, 2013.
USC Associate Professor of Art History and History Daniela Bleichmar presents "The Itinerant Lives of Mexican Codices" as part of Objects in Motion, 2013.

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