Since 2009, the Foundation has been supporting visiting faculty and research seminar projects as part of the Connecting Art Histories initiative. Our current areas of focus are Latin America and the Greater Mediterranean, with occasional demonstration projects in other parts of the world. Below is a list of active and recent projects, organized by geographic region.



LATIN AMERICA


Fundação de Desenvolvimento da UNICAMP
State University of Campinas (UNICAMP), located just outside São Paulo, Brazil, received Getty grant funds for a series of visiting professorships and related workshops dedicated to the study of non-Western art. UNICAMP is the first graduate-level art history program in Brazil to offer courses in this area, and the project is cementing their leadership by supporting up to ten visiting faculty in Pre-Columbian, African, and Japanese art during a two-year period.
Grant awarded: $245,000 (2013)


Fundación ArtNexus para la Promolgación y Divulgación del arte
Fundación ArtNexus hosted Intellectual Networks: Art and Politics in Latin America, a project that brought together scholars from across Latin America to study intellectual and artistic networks in the region during the 1920s and the 1970s. A project team of international scholars met in two research seminars—one at the Universidad Nacional de Colombia in Bogotá and one at the Getty Center—to address these important decades in Latin American social and artistic history. The team presented its research findings through papers at a public conference and through an exhibition of archival material at the Universidad Nacional Tres de Febrero de Buenos Aires in 2013. The exhibition travels to the Museum Leopoldo Rother at the Universidad Nacional de Colombia in May 2014.
Grant awarded: $127,500 (2011)


Museum of Latin American Art
The Museum of Latin American Art in Long Beach, the only museum in the Western United States exclusively focused on contemporary Latin American art, organized two linked international symposia, Between Museum and Practice: Rethinking Latin American Art in the 21st Century. Academics, curators and museum directors from 16 countries came together to discuss new models for interpreting and presenting modern and contemporary Latin American art. The first gathering was held in Los Angeles, hosted jointly at MoLAA and the Getty Center in March 2011; the second seminar took place at the Museo de Arte de Lima in Peru in November 2011. The seminars are available online as webcasts, expanding the discussion beyond Los Angeles and Lima.
Grant awarded: $160,000 (2010)


Universidade do Estado do Rio de Janeiro
In partnership with other universities across Latin America, the Universidade do Estado do Rio de Janeiro is undertaking a series of faculty and student exchanges and a related research project to examine the complex history of Latin American art in the long 19th century. Three intensive study courses held in Buenos Aires, Mexico City, and Rio de Janeiro will focus on the following topics: the persistence of the classical tradition; the origins of Latin American modernism; and the appropriation of art and artifacts from indigenous cultures and trade networks with Africa and Asia.
Grant awarded: $310,000 (2012)


University of Texas at Austin
A team led by scholars at the University of Texas at Austin is organizing a series of research seminars on Latin American and Latino art from 1960-1990 that brings together art historians from the region with their counterparts in the United States. The project involves senior scholars and advanced graduate students working together to analyze the history of Latin American avant-garde and neo-vanguard art. The group held their first meeting in Bogotá, Columbia in June 2013, and upcoming meetings will take place in Sao Paulo, Brazil; Buenos Aires, Argentina; and Austin, Texas in the U.S.
Grant awarded: $224,000 (2012)


Universidade Federal de São Paulo
Forging an innovative alliance, the art history departments at Federal University of São Paulo (UNIFESP) and the University of Zurich, Switzerland established a teaching exchange focused on the topics of The Global Baroque, The Notion of the Renaissance, and Practices in the Expanded Field of Art History. These courses featured residencies by visiting faculty from the respective programs in São Paulo and Zurich as well as field trips, allowing students first-hand study of objects and monuments in Brazil and Europe. This pedagogical project was complemented by a sequence of research seminars that focus on the challenges posed for art history by globalization, with a particular emphasis on Latin American art history. The project received a second round of Foundation grant support in 2013 for both partners to undertake additional visiting professorships and research seminars.
Grant awarded: $240,000 (2013), $185,000 (2013, to Universität Zurich), and $214,000 (2011)


Universidad Nacional de San Martín
Universidad Nacional de San Martín in Buenos Aires, home of one of the leading conservation centers in Latin America, has organized a series of research seminars entitled Materiality between Art, Science and Culture in the Viceroyalties. Art historians, conservators, and conservation scientists are collaborating to gain new understandings of the making and meaning of artworks. Seminar organizers will also develop a database of pigments, dyes, resins, and other materials present in viceregal works of art, which promises to become a key resource for the field. The grant supports three convenings on three different continents—including one at the Getty Center—focusing on artistic practices in colonial Hispanic America from the 16th through the 18th centuries.
Grant awarded: $214,000 (2010)


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GREATER MEDITERRANEAN


American Academy in Rome
The American Academy in Rome is organizing a series of seminars on medieval art and architecture across the Mediterranean, including North Africa, the Middle East, and the Balkan coast. While this region has been characterized by divisive religious and ethnic tensions, new art historical research is producing a more integrated history of the medieval period and uncovering a distinctive blend of Judaism, Christianity and Islam that shaped the region's art and culture during the period of study. The project also has an interdisciplinary dimension, bringing together leading scholars who work in diverse contexts ranging from museums and academia to archaeology and cultural heritage.
Grant awarded: $222,000 (2013)


Brown University
Distinguished scholars Susan E. Alcock and Natalie Kampen organized a research seminar exploring The Arts of Rome's Provinces. The seminar brought together twenty art historians and archaeologists from the Middle East, North Africa, the republics of the Caucasus and Central Asia, and Western, Central, and Eastern Europe to study "romanization" and material culture in these regions. Through on-site research of historical monuments and important collections in Greece and Great Britain, the seminars encouraged collaboration between art historians and archaeologists, creating a model for future interdisciplinary exchange. A final seminar held at the Getty Villa cemented the research findings, leading to a publication.
Grants awarded: $235,000 (2010) and $180,000 (2009)


Charitable Foundation of Boğaziçi University
Boğaziçi University (Istanbul, Turkey), a highly regarded program in art history, architecture and visual culture in Turkey, organized a Distinguished Visiting Professorship program that brought renowned art historians from a variety of fields to the university to teach graduate courses and thereby strengthen training of its graduate students. Visiting professors taught courses in topics ranging from contemporary art to South Asian photography and Near Eastern art.
Grants awarded: $200,000 (2011) and $175,000 (2010)


Max-Planck-Gesellschaft zur Förderung der Wissenschaftern E.V. / Kunsthistorisches Institut in Florenz
The Kunsthistorisches Institut in Florence has developed a multi-year research project, Space and Mobility in the Early Ages of Globalization, to examine how the visual arts have shaped and strengthened connections among cultures in the Mediterranean, Middle East, Central Asia, and the Indian subcontinent from late antiquity to early modernity. To date the project has successfully brought together almost 100 junior scholars from around the world with more than 20 distinguished senior scholars for seminars, workshops, summer programs, and research trips to important historical sites. With the project now in its final phase, organizers are consolidating their research for a publication on the early modern period.
Grants awarded: $100,000 (2012), $236,000 (2011), $200,000 (2010), and $200,000 (2009)


President and Fellows of Harvard College / Villa I Tatti
Villa I Tatti - The Harvard University Center for Italian Renaissance Studies received support for a 2013 research seminar in Florence for scholars from China who teach Western art and architecture to study Renaissance works firsthand. The three-week program offered Chinese art and architectural historians the unique opportunity to study major works in situ, and to share ideas about art historical scholarship with colleagues from the U.S. and Italy. Building on the success of this first program, Harvard is now organizing similar institutes for 2014 and 2015. Entitled Understanding Space in Renaissance Italy, the intensive summer sessions will again study the close integration of art and architecture that is characteristic of Renaissance Florence.
Grants awarded: $215,000 (2014) and $108,000 (2012)


President and Fellows of Harvard College
Distinguished scholar Alina Payne (Professor of the History of Art and Architecture at Harvard University) is leading a series of seminars that propose a new intellectual direction for early modern studies by focusing on the artistic ties that developed along the complex network of waterways connecting Eastern Europe to the Dalmatian Coast, the Mediterranean, and the Black Sea. This region was a critical meeting point for assimilating, translating, and linking the cultures of Central Asia with Western Europe, and Christianity with Islam. Aimed at fostering dialogue among younger scholars from the former Soviet Bloc, as well as fruitful exchange with scholars in the United States, the program includes an intensive field study of regional monuments and collections, a follow-up residency at Harvard, and a final seminar in Eastern Europe.
Grant awarded: $360,000


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ASIA


Jawaharlal Nehru University
One of India's leading post-graduate universities, Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) in New Delhi conducted a Distinguished Visiting Professorship program in the School of Art and Aesthetics to expand its range of art history graduate courses. Established in 1969, the School has become the country's premier center for interdisciplinary study in the visual arts. Headed by JNU Professor Kavita Singh, the three-year program is bringing distinguished scholars to the university each year to teach courses in diverse areas such as gender and identity in Roman art, contemporary art theory, and the history of art in Jerusalem.
Grants awarded: $145,000 (2010) and $145,000 (2009)


Ruprecht-Karls-Universität
Ruprecht-Karls-Universität, more commonly known as Heidelberg University, received support for a series of research seminars on Chinese art during the Republican era (1912-1949), when art-making practices shifted away from Western models of modernism towards indigenous Chinese themes and pictorial styles. The Heidelberg-based project team is collaborating with scholars from the Central Academy of Fine Arts, Beijing, and the Institute of Fine Arts, Sichuan University, Chengdu, as well as a larger group of 15 younger scholars based largely in China.
Grant awarded: $245,000 (2013)


Seton Hall University
Seton Hall University, in collaboration with Peking University, received Getty support to organize and implement an international seminar on the subject of "Chinoiserie" and artistic encounters between China and the West during the Qing dynasty. The meeting was held in October 2012 in Beijing and brought together emerging scholars with senior specialists.
Grants awarded: $64,500 (2012) and $23,000 (2011)


University of Sydney
The Power Institute, based at the University of Sydney, organized a a series of regional meetings in collaboration with colleagues in Southeast Asia to assess the current state of art history in the region. The project focused on modern and contemporary art, subfields that have historically offered the most opportunities for professional support and advancement in the region, and addressed the challenge of developing an art history that might better account for and interpret the diversity of Southeast Asian art practices and historiographies.
Grant awarded: 94,000 AUD (2012)


Top Image: Participants in the Universidade do Estado do Rio de Janeiro's faculty exchange program visit TAREA (Taller argentino de restauro en arte) at the Instituto de Investigaciones sobre el Patrimonio Cultural of the Universidad San Martín in Argentina, 2012.
Middle Image: Research team led by the Kunsthistorisches Institut in Florence visits the Shah-i-Zinda complex in Samarqand. ©2012 Mirela Ljevakovic.
Bottom Image: The Qianlong Emperor in Ceremonial Armour on Horseback (detail), Giuseppe Castiglione, 1758. Ink and color on silk, 127 x 91.3 inches. The Palace Museum.

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