The 2021/2022 academic year at Getty Research Institute will continue the theme of the fragment. Issues regarding the fragment have been present since the beginning of art history and archaeology. Many objects of study survive in physically fragmented forms, and any object, artwork, or structure may be conceived of as a fragment of a broader cultural context.

As such, fragments catalyze the investigative process of scholarship and the fundamental acts of the historian: conservation, reconstruction, and interpretation. The evolution of an object—its material and semiotic changes across time, space, and cultures—can offer insights into the ethics and technologies of restoration, tastes for incompleteness or completeness, politics of collection and display, and production of art historical knowledge.

While the fragment has been described as the central metaphor of modernity and the paradigmatic sign of a contemporary worldview, its history as a trope runs much deeper. Cultures of the fragment have flourished throughout history under such guises as the reuse of architectural parts and the cult of relics, the physical and conceptual image-breakings of iconoclasm, and the aesthetics of repair. Fragmentation can occur through artistic processes, acts of destruction, or forces of nature. It can be willful, accidental, or inevitable, but it is necessarily transformative.

Getty Scholars


Nina Amstutz is Associate Professor of the History of Art and Architecture at the University of Oregon, Eugene. Her research focuses on 18th- and 19th-century European art, the history of science, and environmental humanities.
Fossil Fragments: The Paleontological Imagination in the Age of Excavation and Extraction
(September–June)

C. Ondine Chavoya is Professor of Art at Williams College, Williamstown, Massachusetts. His research focuses on Latinx visual culture, specifically the interactions between art, social space, and the urban environment.
Correspondences: Mail Art, Queer Networks, and Latinx Conceptualism
(September–June)

Danièle Cohn is Professor Emeritus of Aesthetics and Philosophy of Art at the Université Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne, France. Her research focuses on critical theory and the history of art.
French Theory Confronted with Contemporary History Painting
(September–April)

Vance Byrd is Presidential Associate Professor of Germanic Languages and Literatures at the University of Pennsylvania. His research is concerned with the history and theory of media and visual art, German and American literature after the late 18th century, and the history of books and printing.
Opening the Wounds: Fragmentation and Repair as Physical and Material Methodology in Mark Bradford's "Pickett's Charge"
(April–June)

Eva Falaschi is an independent scholar based in Larciano, Italy. Her research focuses on the history of art, Greek and Roman archaeology, and on the biographies of Greek artists and related art criticism.
Fragmented (Art)words. The Fragments of Greek Art History: Reconstruction and Roman Reception
(September–December)

Verónica Uribe Hanabergh is Associate Professor of Art History at Universidad de los Andes, Bogotá, Colombia. Her research encompasses late modernity, Latin American art, and 19th-century Colombian art history, especially exchanges between European, American, and Colombian art during this period.
Artists Painting Artists Sketching: Fragmented Views of Modernity through the Representation of the Artist at Work
(April–June)

María José Herrera is Professor of Social Sciences at the Universidad Nacional de Tres de Febrero, Buenos Aires, Argentina. Her research focuses on modern and contemporary art, particularly from Argentina.
Critical Expography: Texts and Fragments for the Interpretation of Art on Exhibition
(September–December)

Jillian Hernandez is Assistant Professor at the Center for Gender, Sexualities, and Women's Studies Research at the University of Florida, Gainesville. Her research focuses on contemporary art history, visual cultures, gender and ethnic studies, and feminist theory.
Femme of Color Fragments: Femininity as Radical Political Iconography in 21st-Century Art
(January–April)

Kristopher Kersey is Assistant Professor in the Department of Art History at the University of California, Los Angeles. His research focuses on Japanese art, specifically the intersecting histories of Japanese aesthetics, art, and design.
Art as Metabolism: Fragmentation, Decay, and Assemblage in Japanese Art
(September–December)

Michael J. Kramer is Assistant Professor of History at the College at Brockport, State University of New York. His research focuses on modern US cultural history, music, and the history of technology.
"Programming the Mind": Harry Smith's Computational Imagination
(April–June)

Mia Yinxing Liu is Assistant Professor of Visual Studies at California College of the Arts, San Francisco. Her research focuses on the history and critical theory of Asian photography and modern Asian art.
Fragments and Phantasmagoria: Landscape Photography of Lang Jingshan (1895–1998)
(September–December)

Elizabeth Otto is Professor of Modern Art and Director of Graduate Studies at the State University of New York, Buffalo, New York. Her research focuses primarily on 20th-century Europe; art and visual culture in Europe and the United States from the 19th century to the present; and intersections of gender, history, and theory.
Bauhaus under National Socialism
(September–June)

Keelan Overton is an independent scholar based in Santa Barbara, California. Her research centers on art history and architecture of the Islamic world.
Persian Architecture Fragmented: The Biographies, Trails, and Economies of Iran's Tiled Surfaces, c. 1820–2020
(September–December)

Eleonora Pistis is Assistant Professor of Art History at Columbia University, New York. Her research focuses on European urbanism and architecture of the 17th and 18th centuries.
Antiquarian Fragments, Making of Knowledge, and Missing Architecture
(January–June)

Jenni Sorkin (Consortium Scholar) is Associate Professor in the History of Art and Architecture Department at the University of California, Santa Barbara. Her research centers on contemporary art, gender, and material culture.
Skin-Grid-Sin: Cloth at the Body's Margins
(September–June)

Dagmara Zuzanna Wielgosz-Rondolino is Assistant Professor of History at the University of Warsaw, Poland. Her research centers on the Eastern Mediterranean during the Greco-Roman Period.
Fragments of a Fragment. Reconstructing the Early Sculptural Decoration of the Sanctuary of Allat in Palmyra
(September–December)

Postdoctoral Fellows


Tiffany Barber is Assistant Professor of Africana Studies and Art History at the University of Delaware, Newark. Her work, which spans abstraction, Afrofuturism, dance, fashion, feminism, and the ethics of representation, focuses on artists of the Black diaspora working in the United States and the broader Atlantic world.
Undesirability and Her Sisters: Black Women's Visual Work in the New Millennium
(September–June)

Yong Cho is Assistant Professor in the Department of the History of Art at the University of California, Riverside. His research focuses on the art and architecture of East and Central Asia from the medieval to the early modern period, with particular emphasis on cross-cultural contacts and the impact of Mongol visual culture on Chinese art.
Reading against the Fragmentary Archive: A Mongol Perspective of Chinese Art History, 1271–1368
(September–June)

GRI-NEH Postdoctoral Fellows


Melissa Cradic (Villa) is a fellow at the University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia. Her research focuses on the archaeology of the Levant, eastern Mediterranean, and Near East, with particular emphasis on ancestor commemoration, embodiment, and social status after death.
Archaeology of Afterlives in the Ancient Mediterranean World
(September–June)

Sonia de Laforcade (Getty Center) is Visiting Assistant Professor of Latin American Art and Architectural History at the University of Oregon, Eugene. Her research focuses on Latin American, global modern, and contemporary art, particularly transnational connections between Europe and the Americas.
Live Images: Frederico Morais and the "Áudio-Visual"
(September–June)

Predoctoral Fellows


Aslihan Gunhan is a PhD candidate in the History of Architecture and Urban Development program at Cornell University, Ithaca, New York. Her research encompasses the history of architecture, especially in West Asia, as well as modernity, migration studies, diaspora and architectural practice, and postcolonial theory.
Fragments Left Inside and Scattered Outside: Armenian Properties in Turkey and Armenian Architects in Diaspora
(September–June)

Da Hyung Jeong (predoctoral fellow) is a PhD candidate in the Institute of Fine Arts at New York University, New York City. His research focuses primarily on Soviet architecture.
The Postmodern Fragment in the Architecture of the Soviet "Periphery"
(September–June)

Lisl Schoepflin is a PhD candidate in the History department at the University of California, Los Angeles.
Inca History in Fragments: Physical and Cultural Traces of Andean Voices in the Murúa Manuscripts
(September–June)

Hayley Bristow Woodward is a PhD candidate in the joint Art History and Latin American Studies program at Tulane University in New Orleans, Louisiana. Her research focuses on pre-Columbian and early colonial visual culture, with emphasis on explorations of narrative and Indigenous historiography.
A Mosaic of History: Fragmentary Narrative and Artistic Practices in the Codex Xolotl
(September–June)

Remote Fellows


Mycah Brazelton-Braxton (postdoctoral fellow) is an independent scholar in Arlington, Massachusetts. Her research focuses on modern and contemporary Japanese art and photography.
Investigating Reality: The Japanese Avant-Garde's Search for Realism, 1929–1941
(September–June)

Sushma Griffin (postdoctoral fellow) is an independent scholar in Brisbane, Australia. Her research encompasses nineteenth-century photography, South Asian art and architecture, and postcolonial theory.
Resistant Mediations: The Colonial Camera and the Art of Indian Pilgrimage
(September–June)

Tiffany Hunt (postdoctoral fellow) is an independent scholar in Reston, Virginia. Her research encompasses early modern art and architecture as well as historiography and exhibition history.
Renewing the Past, Maturing the Modern: Bruno Zevi's Exhibitions of Renaissance Architecture (1956–1977)
(September–June)

Alexandra McNabb Cook (predoctoral fellow) is a PhD candidate in the Department of Latin American and Iberian Cultures at Columbia University, New York City. Her research focuses on the arts of the Iberian Atlantic, aesthetics of law, and African art and comparative literature.
Fragmented Itineraries: Manufacturing Relics, Imagining the Past
(September–June)

Guest Scholars


Gala Porras-Kim (Artist in Residence) is an interdisciplinary independent artist based in Los Angeles. Her work explores the process of learning and knowledge formation, and the social and political contexts that influence how language and history intersect with art. She was a David and Roberta Logie Fellow at the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study at Harvard University from 2019 to 2020. Her work has been featured in numerous galleries and museums, including Colombia's AÚN 44 Salón Nacional de Artistas, the Frac des Pays de la Loire, the Hammer Museum, the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, and the Seoul Museum of Art, and as part of the Future Generation Art Prize @ Venice 2019 exhibition, the Ural Industrial Biennial of Contemporary Art, and the Whitney Biennial.
I Want to Prepare to Know Something I Don't Know
(August 2020–June 2022)

Getty Rothschild Fellow


Diana Davis is an independent scholar based in London. Her main area of research is the market for French decorative art in early 19th-century Britain and the role of the dealer in this system. Davis plans to investigate the evolution of the art market in Britain from 1870 to 1930, continuing the history that she began to chart in The Tastemakers: British Dealers and the Anglo-Gallic Interior, 1785–1865 (Getty Research Institute Publications, 2020).
The Modern Antiquaire, 1870–1930
(January–April)

President's International Council Scholars


Zosia Archibald is Associate Professor at the University of Liverpool, United Kingdom. Her research focuses on the classical archaeology of southern Europe and the Aegean, with particular emphasis on ancient economies and consumption practices.
Orphic Echoes: Divine, Human, and Animal Interactions in Ancient Thrace
(April–June)

Andreas Scholl is Director of Classical Antiquities for the Berlin State Museums.
Ancient Greek Relief Sculpture and Its Reception in European Art
(September 2021–August 2022)

Connecting Art Histories Scholars


Maria Berbara is Professor of Art History at the Universidade do Estado do Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Her research focuses on Italian and Iberian art produced between the 15th and 17th centuries.
Tupinambás, the Antarctic France and the Wars of Religion: Representing Violence and Perceiving Cruelty in the Early Modern Period.
(January–June)

Simon Soon is a senior lecturer at the University of Malaya, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. His research focuses on the art and visual culture of Southeast Asia during the 19th and 20th centuries.
The Procession of Semar and His Cavalcade: Terminologies, Genealogies, Cosmologies and Their Mobilities in the 19th- and Early 20th-Century Malay Archipelago
(January–June)

Museum Scholars


Mark Abbe is Assistant Professor of Classics at the University of Georgia, Athens. His research focuses on Greek and Roman art, particularly marble statuary and polychromy.
Host Department: Antiquities Conservation
Hidden Color: Polychromy on Ancient Marble Sculpture at the Getty
(April–June)

Kathleen Bickford Berzock is Associate Director of Curatorial Affairs at the Block Museum of Art, Northwestern University, Illinois. Her research focuses primarily on African art.
Host Department: Manuscripts
African Peoples, Material Culture, and the Medieval World
(July–September 2021)

Yannick Chastang is an independent conservator, specializing primarily in furniture, and founder of Yannick Chastang Ltd. He has worked for many years advising and collaboratoring with the Louvre Museum, the National Trust in England, the Bayerische Museum in Germany, Parliament House in Finland, and, previously, the J. Paul Getty Museum.
Host Department: Decorative Arts and Sculpture Conservation
Metal Marquetry: The Study and Analysis of Brass and Pewter Marquetry
(September–December)

Thomas Galifot is Chief Curator of Photographs at the Musée d'Orsay, Paris, France. His research focuses on 19th-century photography and photographers.
Host Department: Photographs
Charles Nègre, French 19th-Century Photographer
(September–December)

Erin Murphy is the James Needham Chief Conservator at the Weissman Preservation Center and Collections Care, Harvard Library, Cambridge, Massachusetts. Her research focuses on the preservation of photographs.
Host Department: Paper Conservation
Preservation and Conservation of 20th-Century Stabilized Photographs
(January–April)

Tim Murray is the Charles La Trobe Professor of Archaeology at La Trobe University, Melbourne, Australia. His research focuses on historical archaeology and urban archaeology, as well as the history of Australia.
Host Department: Director's Office
A New Global History of Archaeology
(January–April)

Petya Penkova is Assistant Professor at the Bulgarian Academy of Sciences, Sofia, Bulgaria.
Host Department: Antiquities Conservation
Thracian Toreutics from a Technological Point of View
(April–June)

Guido Rebecchini is a lecturer in 16th-century southern European art and Associate Dean for Students at the Courtauld Institute of Art, University of London, United Kingdom. His research focuses on 16th-century Italian art, politics, and urbanism, as well as courtly art and culture in Mantua.
Host Department: Paintings
Parmigianino's Brushstrokes and Sixteenth-Century Art Theory
(September–December)

Allison Rudnick is Associate Curator in the Department of Drawings and Prints at The Metropolitan Museum of Art. Her research focuses on modern and contemporary printmaking practices.
Host Department: Drawings
Defining America: Art, Politics, and Cultural Identity in the 1930s
(January–April)