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Upcoming Exhibition

World War I: War of Images, Images of War
November 18, 2014–April 19, 2015
Getty Research Institute Galleries I and II

World War I: War of Images, Images of War examines the art and visual culture of the First World War—a conflict of unprecedented mechanized slaughter as well as a struggle over the cultural dominance and direction of Europe.

The exhibition juxtaposes the representation of the war in visual propaganda with its depiction by artists who experienced the brutality firsthand. Drawing principally from the Getty Research Institute's special collections, the exhibition features a range of satirical journals, prints, posters, and photographs as well as accounts from the front, including a war diary, correspondence, and "trench art" made by soldiers. Through such archival and graphic material, World War I: War of Images, Images of War captures the trauma of this first modern war.


Film Series
World War I Film Series
Showing at the Aero Theatre, Santa Monica

J'accuse (1919)
November 8, 2014
7:30 p.m.

Grand Illusion (La grande illusion) (1937)
November 9, 2014
7:30 p.m.

Traveling Exhibition

Brush and Shutter: Early Photography in China
August 15–November 16, 2014
Stavanger Art Museum, Norway

Brought to Asia by Europeans in the early 1840s, photography was both a witness to the dramatic cultural changes taking place in China and a catalyst to further modernization. Employing both ink brush and camera, Chinese painters adapted the new medium, grafting it onto traditional aesthetic conventions. Brush and Shutter: Early Photography in China features works by largely unknown Chinese photographers, hand-painted photographs, expansive panoramas, and rare gouache and oil paintings made for export.

This exhibition is on view at the Stavanger Art Museum in Norway.