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Craft in America: VISIONARIES
October 20, 2018


Current Exhibition

Artists and Their Books / Books and Their Artists
June 26–October 28, 2018

Artists' books occupy a creative space between traditional books and contemporary works of art, challenging what a book can be. This highly visual and experiential presentation of some of the most lively and surprising works from the Research Institute's extensive collections focuses on artists' books that can be unpacked, unfolded, unfurled, or disassembled. They are made to be displayed on the wall or deployed as sculptures or installations. The exhibition seeks to provoke new inquiry into the nature of art and to highlight the essential role that books play in contemporary culture.

Image: Labor Is Entitled to All It Creates, Andrea Bowers, 2012. The Getty Research Institute, 3023-849. Courtesy Andrea Bowers and Susanne Vielmetter Los Angeles Projects. © Andrea Bowers

Upcoming Exhibition

December 4, 2018–April 21, 2019

Monumentality evokes an aura of greatness, a sense of power and gravity that demands public recognition. As markers of history and repositories of collective memory, monuments can project multiple and sometimes contradictory meanings. Monuments might outlast their original purpose, meet their demise through violent conflict or artistic intervention, or simply become forgotten in the fabric of everyday life. This exhibition investigates various paradigms of monumentality, prompting viewers to consider why certain monuments endure and others fall.

Image: Table 3, The Palace of the Soviets Project, Architect: Boris Iofan with Contributions from Y. F. Popov, A. I. Baransky, D. M. Tsitsirovich, S. A. Gelfeld, and Others, P. Mitkovitser, Sculptor, F. Chelnokov, Model Maker, Mikhail Karasik, 2006. Lithograph from Mikhail Karasik, Palace of the Soviets (Saint Petersburg, 2006), edition of 15. The Getty Research Institute, 2732-729. © Mikhail Karasik, 2006

Online Exhibition

The Legacy of Ancient Palmyra

War in Syria has irrevocably changed the ancient caravan city of Palmyra, famed as a meeting place of civilizations since its apogee in the mid-2nd to 3rd century CE. The Romans and Parthians knew Palmyra as a wealthy oasis metropolis, a center of culture and trade on the edge of their empires. For centuries, traveling artists and explorers have documented the site in former states of preservation. This online exhibition captures the site as it was photographed for the first time by Louis Vignes in 1864 and illustrated in the 18th century by the architect Louis-François Cassas. Their works contribute to Palmyra's legacy, one that goes far beyond the stones of its once great buildings.

Image: Temple of Bel, cella entrance (detail), Jean Baptiste Réville and Pierre Gabriel Berthault after Louis-François Cassas, 1799. From Voyage pittoresque de la Syrie, de la Phoénicie, de la Palestine, et de la Basse Egypte (Paris, 1799), vol. 1, pl. 46. The Getty Research Institute, 840011

Traveling Exhibitions

The Metropolis in Latin America, 1830–1930
Frank Gehry – Hans Scharoun: Strong Resonances
Harald Szeemann: Museum of Obsessions
Grandfather: A Pioneer Like Us