Every year since 1985 the Research Institute has invited scholars, artists, and other cultural figures from around the world to work in residence at the Institute on projects that bear upon its annual research theme. While in residence, they pursue their own research projects, make use of Getty collections, and participate in the intellectual life of the Getty Center and the Getty Villa.

Art and Migration

The theme of migration has remained an inherent subject of art ever since some modern humans began to move across the planet, bringing their objects and technologies with them. Whether in Mesoamerica, the ancient Mediterranean, or medieval Africa, war, invasion, colonialism, enslavement, resettlement, and trade have fundamentally altered cultural production, reception, and rituals. In light of the many recent migration crises throughout the world, artists and scholars have responded to the critical movement of people and artifacts in myriad ways.

This year's theme encompasses questions of memory, destruction of cultural heritage, provenance and repatriation, and the complex lives of movable objects, traditions, and practices. How does art that concerns migration contribute to or detract from ideas about belonging and community; assimilation and isolation; tradition, innovation, and legal or cultural boundaries? How are patterns or processes of movement made visible or invisible through the artworks, objects, and communities that are created, adapted, abandoned, or destroyed? Furthermore, what happens when mobility is brought to a halt?

Getty Scholars

Ana Lucia Araujo is professor of history at Howard University, Washington, DC. Her research focuses on Atlantic world history, slavery, and material culture.
The Gift: How Objects of Prestige Shaped the Atlantic Slave Trade and Colonialism

Lamia Balafrej is associate professor of art history at the University of California, Los Angeles. Her research focuses on Islamic art history, medieval studies, the history of global slavery, and minority and technology studies.
Slavery, Displacement, and the Making of Medieval Islamic Art

Shantel Blakely is assistant professor of architecture at Rice University, Houston. Her research focuses on the history and cultural context of architecture since World War II, with an emphasis on biography.
Charles E. Fleming, Architect: Architecture and the Great Migration

Cecilia Dal Zovo is a freelance researcher and archaeologist affiliated with the Institute of Heritage Sciences, Spanish National Research Council. Her research focuses on mobility, long-distance routes, travel, landscape, ritual, pastoralism, and historical photography in Mongolia and central Eurasia.
Retracing the Northern Silk Road: Explorations, Travel Routes, and Long-Distance Mobility Across Mongolia and Central Eurasia

Owen Doonan (Consortium Scholar) is professor of art history at California State University, Northridge. His research focuses on classical archaeology, landscape archaeology, postcolonial theory, and the material culture of colonial systems.
The Milesian Colonial System in the Contexts of the Black Sea Iron Age

Peyvand Firouzeh is lecturer in Islamic art in the Department of art history at the University of Sydney, Australia. Her research focuses on Islamic art history, arts of the Indian Ocean world, and environmental art history.
Coco-de-Mer, Mysticism, and Material Histories of the Indian Ocean World

Laura G. Gutiérrez is associate professor in the Department of Mexican American and Latina/o at the University of Texas, Austin. Her research focuses on contemporary art, Latinx visual and performance art, race, gender, and migration critical studies.
Binding Intimacies in Contemporary Queer Latinx Performance and Visual Art

Megan O'Neil is assistant professor of art history at Emory University, Atlanta, Georgia. Her research focuses on Pre-Columbian and provenance studies.
Migrating Things: Shifts of Place and Perception in the 20th-Century Pre-Hispanic Art Market

Naomi Pitamber is assistant professor of art history at Eastern Michigan University, Ypsilanti. Her research focuses on Byzantine and Crusader art, architecture, and material culture.
Byzantium and Landscapes of Loss: The Recreation of Constantinople in the Laskarid and Palaiologan Eras

Nasser Rabbat is the Aga Khan professor of Islamic architecture at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge. His research focuses on Islamic architecture, medieval urbanism, and Mamluk history.
Building the Islamic Metropolis: How the Mamluks Shaped Cairo

Tatiana Reinoza is assistant professor of art history at the University of Notre Dame, Indiana. Her research focuses on contemporary art, Latinx art, and photography.
Retorno: Art & Kinship in the Making of a Central American Diaspora

Postdoctoral Fellows

Megan Boomer is an independent scholar. Her research focuses on medieval art and architecture and crusader art.
Reconstructing the Holy Land

Alexander Brey is assistant professor in the Department of Art at Wellesley College, Massachusetts. His research focuses on early Islamic art and architecture.
The Caliph's Prey: Hunting, Migration, and Art in the Umayyad Empire

Abigail Lapin Dardashti is assistant professor of art history and visual studies at the University of California, Irvine. Her research examines modern and contemporary Latin American art, Caribbean art, Latino/a/x art, and African Diasporic art in Latin America and the Caribbean.
Itinerant Modernism: Politics and the International Rise of Afro-Brazilian Art

Nicole Oest is instructor of art history at the City College of San Francisco, California. Her research focuses on the history of photography and history of modern art and architecture.
Los Angeles and the Business of Photography

GRI-NEH Postdoctoral Fellows

Jordan Reznick is visiting faculty at Bennington College, Vermont. Their research focuses on the history of photography, settler colonialism, and Indigenous ecological science.
Landing the Camera: How Indigenous Ecologies Shaped Photographic Technologies in the West

Lindsay Wells is the Ahmanson-Getty Postdoctoral Fellow at the University of California, Los Angeles. Her research focuses on 19th-century British art.
Evergreen Empire: The Horticultural Politics of British Painting, 1848–1910

Predoctoral Fellows

Rebecca Giordano is a PhD candidate in the Department of history of Art and Architecture at the University of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Her research focuses on African American art, Mexican muralism, and modern art of the Americas.
Muralism, Cultural Anthropology, and Racial Identity in US Black Art, 1936–1955

Guest Scholars

Felipe Baeza (Artist in Residence) (b. 1987, Guanajuato, Mexico) is a visual artist who lives and works in Brooklyn, NY. Baeza's practice is equal parts confrontation of violent pasts and tribute to people whose sense of personhood is constantly litigated and defined by those in power. His "fugitive bodies," created over densely layered paintings, appear in different states of becoming and at times are even abstracted to the point of invisibility. Baeza's recent exhibitions include The Milk of Unruly VisDreams, 59th Venice Biennale, Venice (2022); Yesterday we said tomorrow, Prospect 5, New Orleans (2021); Unruly Suspension, Maureen Paley, London (2021); and Desert X, Palm Springs (2020). Baeza received a BFA from the Cooper Union and an MFA from Yale University.
Unruly Forms

Baltazar Brito Guadarrama is director of the National Library of Anthropology and History in Mexico City, Mexico. His research focuses on codices and New Spanish history.
Analysis of the Huexotzingo Codices

Thomas Kirchner is director at the German Center for art history, Paris, France. His research focuses on art history, history, and philosophy.
Migration and the Making of a National Art

Yulia Mylnikova is an independent scholar. She specializes in Chinese history, art history, culture, and society.
New Artistic Practices and Aesthetic Sensibilities in Contemporary China

Connecting Art Histories Scholars

Natalia Majluf is an independent scholar based in Lima, Peru. Her research focuses on Latin American art.
Revolutionary Circuits: Towards a Conceptual History of Latin American Material Culture, 1808–1830

Mirko Sardelić is research associate in the Department of Historical Research at the Croatian Academy of Sciences and Arts, Zagreb, and honorary research fellow at the ARC Centre for the History of Emotions at the University of Western Australia. His research focuses on the history of emotions and cross-cultural exchange.
Renaissance Ships in the Mediterranean: Mobile Cross-Cultural Systems

Museum Scholars

Mecka Baumeister is conservator in the Department of Objects Conservation at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York. Her research focuses on conservation treatments and methods of technical study.
Host Department: Decorative Arts and Sculpture Conservation
Ebony Trade and Use: Investigations into an Early 17th-Century Cabinet on Stand from the Metropolitan Museum

George Bisacca is conservator emeritus in the Department of Painting Conservation at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York. His research focuses on the conservation of panel paintings and the advancement of treatment of works across the world.
Host Department: Painting Conservation
The History of the Conservation of Panel Painting Supports in Europe from the Mid-18th Century to the Present

Georgios Boudalis is head of book and paper conservation in the Department of Conservation at the Museum of Byzantine Culture, Greece. His research focuses on the conservation of Byzantine manuscripts and their historical binding structures.
Host Department: Paper Conservation
Book as Body, Tear as Trauma

Margaret Morgan Grasselli is visiting senior scholar in the Department of Drawings at Harvard Art Museums, Massachusetts. Her research focuses on master drawings, particularly the French school.
Host Department: Drawings
The Art of Looking Closely: An Introductory Guide to the Study of Drawings

Sefy Hendler is senior lecturer of art history at Tel Aviv University, Israel. His research concentrates on 16th-century Italian art with a focus on Florentine painting and sculpture.
Host Department: Painting
"I'll grow ever wiser with my failure": A New Understanding of Renaissance Artistic Failures

Audrey Hudson is the Richard & Elizabeth Currie Chief of the Department of Education & Programming at the Art Gallery of Ontario, Canada. Her research focuses on art education, K-12 critical pedagogies, programming, music, and the virtual experience.
Virtual Programming for K-12 Students at the Art Gallery of Ontario: A Case Study of Impact During a Pandemic

Verena Lepper is curator in the Egyptian Museum and Papyrus Collection, Berlin State Museums, Germany. Her research focuses on ancient Egypt and written texts on papyri.
Host Department: Antiquities
Migration and Diversity in Ancient Egypt

Lori Pauli is curator in the Department of Photographs Collection at the National Gallery of Canada, Ottawa. Her research focuses on the history of photography.
Host Department: Photographs
Oscar Gustaf Rejlander: Catalogue Raisonné

Andreas Scholl is director of the Collection of Classical Antiquities for the Berlin State Museums, Germany.
Host Department: Office of the Museum Director
Ancient Greek Relief Sculpture and Its Reception in European Art

African American Art History (Research Institute) 2022/2023

Two opportunities for nine-month residencies have been created under the Getty's African American Art History Initiative (AAAHI), an ambitious program that aims to address an incomplete version of American art history by increasing the Research Institute's African American—related collections, research, exhibitions, projects, publications, events, and partnerships with local and national institutions. The fellowships will provide financial support and housing to scholars undertaking research projects that speak to the goals of the initiative. As part of the larger scholar year cohort, AAAHI fellows will have opportunities to present their research and receive feedback from an interdisciplinary group of peers.

Our special collections include archival and primary source material related to African American art history—particularly post-World War II, modern, and contemporary—and we are acquiring and processing major collections or collaborating on acquisitions from a range of artists and institutions. We welcome expressions of interest from scholars working at predoctoral, postdoctoral, mid-career, and senior levels who focus on African American art and cultural history in all time periods and media and in a broad range of theoretical and methodological traditions. Applicants should indicate how their project would benefit from our resources, which might include special collections, the Getty Library, or the scholar year cohort, and from alignment with AAAHI's aims and goals.

Getty Scholars for the AAAHI

Meg Onli is an independent scholar based in Los Angeles, California. Her research focuses on the Black experience, language, and construction of power and space.
Revisiting the Identity Politics of the 1990s through the Archives

Bernida Webb-Binder is assistant professor of art history and curatorial studies in the Department of Art and Visual Culture at Spelman College, Atlanta, Georgia. Her research focuses on African American art, Pacific Islands art, and Black Pacific Art.
Generative Blackness in African American and Pacific Art

Phoenicians, Philistines, and Canaanites: The Levant and the Classical World

For a third year, the 2022/2023 term of the Getty Scholars Program at the Villa will focus on the ancient cultures of the Levant and their relations with the classical world. Lying on the eastern seaboard of the Mediterranean, the Levant was a crucial crossroads between the classical world of Greece and Rome and the kingdoms of the Near East. Home to the ancient peoples of Phoenicia, Ugarit, Canaan, Philistia, Jordan, Israel, and Judah, this region participated in a vibrant Bronze-Age network of trade that flourished for many centuries until a combination of warfare, migration and famine around 1200 BCE destroyed these palace societies.

In the first millennium BCE, a Greek-Phoenician rivalry for control of colonies and seaborne trade routes as far west as Spain caused considerable conflict but also bore fruit in the diffusion of alphabetic scripts and cross-influences in literature, mythology, and the arts. The conquest of the Levant by Alexander the Great in 331 BCE and its absorption into Rome in the first century BCE resulted in Greco-Roman style becoming the public face of institutional culture and Greek vying with Aramaic as the vernacular language. Rome, too, was transformed by the encounter, especially through its conflicts with Judaism and the early followers of Christ, which had tumultuous consequences for the Holy Land and the Western world.

Getty Villa Scholars

Julien Chanteau is an archaeologist at the Louvre Museum, Paris. His research focuses on the archaeology and history of the ancient Mediterranean and Near East.
The First Results of the Newly Discovered Middle Bronze Age Necropolis in Byblos

Ahmed El Ferjaoui is a researcher and teaching staff at the National Heritage Institute, Tunisia. His research focuses on Phoenician and Punic studies, as well as Libyan antiquities.
A New Temple in Zama Regia (Tunisia): Identification of Its Typology and Deity before Its Romanization

Giuseppe Garbati is a researcher in the Institute of Heritage Science (ISPC) at the Italian National Research Council (CNR), Italy. His research focuses on Phoenician and Punic archeology, the history of the ancient Mediterranean, ancient religion, and cultural identity.
Gods and Culture: Forms of Social Expression through the Cults and Divine Morphologies in Phoenician Context

Mireia López-Bertran is associate professor in the Department of Art History at the University of Valencia, Spain. Her research focuses on Phoenician and Punic sites of the ancient Mediterranean, with interests in embodiment, rituals, and gender.
Phoenician Artworks and Sensoriality

José Luis López-Castro is professor of ancient history at the Universidad of Almería, Spain. His research addresses the globalization of the Mediterranean basin in the early 1st millennium BCE.
The Origins and Development of Phoenician Colonization in the West

Eleftheria Pappa is an independent scholar affiliated with the Institute for Advanced Study, Princeton University, New Jersey. Her research focuses on the archaeology of the Iron Age Mediterranean and Near East.
Exporting Cultural Landscapes from the Near East to the Atlantic: The Role of the Phoenician Sanctuaries Overseas and the Greek-Phoenician Syncretism of Cults