Convergences: Selected Photographs from the Permanent Collection

July 8–October 19, 2014, The Getty CenterThe Getty Center

The Getty Museum's ever-growing collection of photographs celebrates its 30th anniversary this year. This exhibition gives viewers the opportunity to see new additions that reveal points of intersection with works already owned by the museum.

Convergences is inspired by the book of essays, Everything That Rises: A Book of Convergences, in which author Lawrence Weschler explores visual associations between images of wide-ranging content and uncovers “uncanny moments of convergence…”

By juxtaposing contemporary and historical photographs, this exhibition proposes convergences between disparate works. Whether related by direct influence or visual affinities of a more tenuous nature, these groupings reveal the rich diversity of approaches to subjects that have engaged photographers for more than a century, while underscoring a sense of continuity throughout the history of the medium.

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  • A variety of special programs complement the exhibition Convergences: Selected Photographs from the Permanent Collection. All events are free, unless otherwise noted. Seating reservations are required. For reservations and information, please call (310) 440-7300 or see information on planning a visit.

  • Lecture
    • "Convergences in Photography"
      Lawrence Weschler
      Wednesday, July 9, 2014, 7:00 p.m.
      Getty Center: Harold M. Williams Auditorium

      Lawrence Weschler, author of Everything that Rises: A Book of Convergences, which provides the conceptual backdrop to the exhibition Convergences: Selected Photographs from the Permanent Collection, presents his theory of visual relationships. Following this presentation, he joins curator Virginia Heckert and photographers Vera Lutter and Scott McFarland to discuss photographic convergences.

  • Gallery Talk
    Curator's Gallery Talk
    Virginia Heckert
    Wednesday, July 23, 2014, 2:30 p.m.
    Getty Center: Museum galleries

    Virginia Heckert, curator of photographs, the J. Paul Getty Museum, leads a gallery talk on the exhibition. Meet under the stairs in the Museum Entrance Hall.