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2014


World War I Film Series

J'accuse (1919) and Grand Illusion (La grande illusion) (1937) were screened at the Aero Theatre.

Photography and Sculpture: The Art Object in Reproduction

This symposium explored the intersections between sculpture and photography.

Yvonne Rainer Film and Video Screening Schedule

A complete retrospective of Rainer's films screened, including her seven feature films and important shorter works.

Yvonne Rainer: Two Works

Renowned choreographer, dancer, and filmmaker Yvonne Rainer presented two performances that touched on themes of aging, death, play, and the current socioeconomic situation in America.

Japanese Zen Buddhism and the Impossible Painting

This lecture considered the connections between ink paintings, medieval shogunal culture, and Zen Buddhism's doctrinal emphasis on the concept of emptiness.

Mellon Summer Institute in Italian Paleography

A three-week residential course offered an introduction to reading and transcription of handwritten Italian vernacular texts from the late medieval though the early modern periods.

Jackson Pollock's Mural: Transition, Context, Afterlife

A day of lively conversation among art historians, scientists, and conservators about the context and legacies of Jackson Pollock's Mural.

Cornelia Funke Storytelling and Book Signing

Award-winning children's author Cornelia Funke read a selection of her best-selling works and spoke about where she finds inspiration.

Connecting Seas Lecture Series: "Imagining the Conquest of Mexico" and "Object of Plunder: The Congo through the Centuries"

This lecture series documented how people have crossed seas to discover other cultures, from 16th-century Aztec Mexico to the 19th-century Belgian Congo.

Transpacific Engagements: Visual Culture of Global Exchange (1781–1869)

Scholarly presentations addressed cultural and artistic exchange in the Pacific region from the late 18th to the early-to-mid-19th centuries.

2013


Chatting with Henri Matisse: The Lost 1941 Interview

Tyler Green and Serge Guilbaut discussed Swiss art critic Pierre Courthion's wartime interview with Henri Matisse, which the artist suppressed, and explored the significance of its publication today.

The Colors of the New World: Artists, Materials, and the Creation of the Florentine Codex

New research has revealed the complexity of meanings inherent in the selection of pigments used in the manuscript, providing a fascinating glimpse into a previously hidden symbolic language.

Art on Screen: A Conversation with Agnès Varda

Using her personal history, relationships, and travels as inspiration, Agnès Varda expands the documentary genre beyond the screen to the gallery and museum.

Mellon Summer Institute in French Paleography

A four-week residential course examined French manuscripts and archival materials from the 13th to the 17th century

What the Critic Sees: Ada Louise Huxtable and Her Legacy

Christopher Hawthorne, Los Angeles Times architecture critic, examined the career and legacy of Ada Louise Huxtable.

London and the Emergence of a European Art Market (ca. 1780–1820)

This two-day conference examined the role of London in this developing market by shedding new light on the mechanisms of the art trade that connected major European centers around 1800.

Smog

Screening of the laconic and moody film from director Franco Rossi that presents a compelling outsider's perspective through two days in the City of Angels.

The Art of Wealth: The Huntingtons in the Gilded Age

Shelley M. Bennett, former curator and senior research associate at the Huntington Library, Art Collections, and Botanical Gardens, speaks about her new book.

Urban Ambition: Assessing the Evolution of L.A.

This two-day symposium analyzed diverse issues related to L.A.'s layered architectural history, its ongoing evolution, and its future possibilities.

Why L.A.? An Evening with Hitoshi Abe, Neil Denari, Craig Hodgetts, and Peter Noever

Internationally renowned leaders in the architecture community reflected on how the city's built environment has affected their work.
Objects in Motion in the Early Modern World

Objects in Motion in the Early Modern World

This two-day conference examined the circulation of objects across regions and cultures in the early modern period, addressing the ways in which mobility led to new meanings, uses, and interpretations.
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A "New Friendship between Art and Anthropology": Surrealism in Mexico

This lecture explored the relationship between archaeology, anthropology, and modern art in the avant-garde journal Dyn.

2012


Faisandier

Summer Research Academy: Encounters in World Art History

Eight doctoral students from Africa, Asia, and Latin America were invited to research and converse with eight doctoral students and eight senior scholars from the International Consortium on Art History about the theme "Encounters in World Art History."
Arthur Schnitzler and Vienna 1900

Arthur Schnitzler and Vienna 1900

A panel discussion and staged reading of Arthur Schnitzler—Being Jewish focused on the writer's conflicted feelings about his Jewish identity.
Getty Research Portal Launch

Getty Research Portal

This colloquium marked the launch of the Getty Research Portal™ of digitized art history texts. Participants discussed the portal's potential to revolutionize how art historians conduct research and its consequences for the digital humanities.
Grave Relief of Publius Curtilius Agatus / Unknown

Artistic Practice in the Ancient World: Sketches, Models, and Pattern Books

This colloquium explored literary texts and material remains in diverse media.
Fred Zinnemann

Fred Zinnemann: Cinema of Resistance

This film series included screenings and conversations about one of Hollywood's legendary directors.
Still from the film

Thomas Demand's Pacific Sun

This conversation about Thomas Demand's film Pacific Sun explored the intersections of photography and film, art and memory, and aesthetics and technology.
The Bodacious Buggerrilla performs

Pacific Standard Time Performance and Public Art Festival The Bodacious Buggerrilla: A Reprise Performance and Conversation

A provocative evening reunited original members of the radical street theater troupe, which performed around Los Angeles from the 1960s to the early 1980s.
The theater terrace at Pergamon

The Introduction of Photography as a Practice in Archaeological Documentation since the Late 19th Century

Ortwin Dally discussed photography's status in archaeology as well as its relationship to other forms of visual representation.

2011


Ed Moses and Frank Gehry in Greece (detail)

Modern Art in Los Angeles: Frank Gehry and the Los Angeles Art Scene

Frank Gehry united with close collaborators and friends to reflect on their formative years in the Los Angeles art scene.
The Phrenologer's Window /  Saar

Modern Art in Los Angeles: Assemblage and Politics

Symposium participants discussed how the medium of assemblage sculpture emerged and continues to thrive as a tool of social critique and transformation.
In Mourning and In Rage media performance

Artists & Archives: A Pacific Standard Time Symposium

A panel of artists and scholars explored the ways contemporary artists incorporate archives into their work.
Antropologia de la mula / Bustos

Between Theory and Practice: Rethinking Latin American Art in the 21st Century, Part Two

An international group of scholars, curators, museum directors, and artists discussed new approaches to the study and presentation of Latin American art in the 21st century.
De Wain Valentine polishing

Modern Art in Los Angeles: An Evening with De Wain Valentine

Artist De Wain Valentine discussed the production, conservation, and display challenges of his monumental work Gray Column.
(November 2, 2011)

Helene Winer

Modern Art in Los Angeles: Women Curators in Los Angeles

This conversation brought together three pioneering curators to discuss their crucial role in defining West Coast art as well as the paths they followed as gallerists, curators, and art historians.
Digital Art History logo

Digital Art History: Challenges, Tools, Practical Solutions

Invited speakers from several countries who are experts in the burgeoning field of Digital Humanities gave presentations in Málaga, Spain.
Frontispice de l'Encyclopédie / Prévost & Cochin II

Taste and the Senses: Aesthetic Formation and Material Experience in Eighteenth-Century France

This symposium explored how Enlightenment thinking about the senses marked a turning point in the reception of art with the creation of a new aesthetic sensibility.
India no. 4 /  Nash

Exhibiting the Art of India: Dilemmas & Discourses of Display

This roundtable addressed issues surrounding the display of premodern to contemporary Indian art in museums in and outside of the Indian subcontinent.
Drive-In Theater (detail) / Shulman

Questioning the Standard: New Narratives of Art in Los Angeles

This one-day workshop brought together curators, scholars, and educators working on the Pacific Standard Time region-wide research initiative.
Still from <em>Scenes of City Life</em>

Scenes of City Life

A rare screening of Yuan Muzhi's Scenes of City Life, a treasure in early Chinese cinema.
Wu Man

Wu Man in Concert

Wu Man, the world's leading exponent of the pipa—a Chinese lute-like instrument—specially designed this program to complement the exhibition Brush and Shutter: Early Photography in China.
When, if ever, does one draw a line under the horrors of history in the interest of truth and reconciliation? /  Motta

Between Theory and Practice: Rethinking Latin American Art in the 21st Century, Part One

An international group of scholars, curators, museum directors, and artists discussed new approaches to the study and presentation of Latin American art in the 21st century.
View of a Dealer's Picture Gallery/after van Ehrenberg

The Display of Art in Eighteenth-Century Europe 1700–1830

This two-day colloquium focused on the history of the picture gallery in eighteenth-century Europe.
Mesoamericanics

Mesoamerichanics

Artists Einar and Jamex de la Torre explored their approach to reinterpreting the classics of Mesoamerican sculpture.

Modernism's Ruins: Appropriations of Ancient Mesoamerica

Los Angeles-based documentary filmmaker and writer Jesse Lerner discussed the persistence of ancient Mexican visual culture in the modern imagination.

2010

Plan and elevation of the Colonna Gallery main room

Display of Art in Roman Palaces 1550–1750

This conference analyzed patterns of display of art in noble Roman homes from 1550–1750.
Frederic Tuten / Steve Martin

Modern Art in Los Angeles: A Conversation with Frederic Tuten and Steve Martin

New York-based novelist Frederic Tuten and actor and author Steve Martin discussed the interchange between contemporary art and fiction and how visual art influences their work.
Godine/ Publisher

Books that Matter for People Who Care

To celebrate the 40th anniversary of the David R. Godine publishing house, David Godine gave a lecture about the letterpress books made by his company between 1970 and 1985 and collected by the Getty Research Institute.
Lettre d'amour / Moro

Vivísimo Muerto: Debates on Surrealism in Latin America

This two-day symposium explored the history of surrealist ideas and practices in Latin America.
Minority Report / Spielberg

Creating Cinematic Worlds: A Conversation with Alex McDowell, Lisa Jackson, and Boris Hars-Tschachotin

This panel discussion explored the process of production design, and examined the essential role of visual research.
Lucy Bradnock

Avant-garde Antics: The Art of Display in Postwar Los Angeles

Getty Research Institute Pacific Standard Time Scholar Lucy Bradnock discussed some of the ways in which the display of art functioned as a distinctive strategy of the Los Angeles avant-garde.
Untitled / Pashgian

Modern Art in Los Angeles: The Industrialized Gesture

Los Angeles artists Peter Alexander, Helen Pashgian, and De Wain Valentine discussed their pioneering experimentation with industrial processes and materials beginning in the late 1950s and early 1960s.

Zoom Out: The Making and Unmaking of the "Orient" through Photography

This symposium examined how the Middle East and North Africa were represented through photography during the late 19th and early 20th centuries.
William Krisel / Unknown

William Krisel, Architect

This documentary blends a range of film sources, including historical footage of the architect at work, new interviews, and conversations.
Public Art Installations in Philadelphia: Practice and Principle

Public Art Installations in Philadelphia: Practice and Principle

This lecture explored the history and display of public art in Philadelphia.
Still from Heaven and Earth Magic / Smith

Smith on Smith

In celebration of the Getty Research Institute publication Harry Smith: The Avant-Garde in the American Vernacular, Patti Smith and friends gathered at the Hammer Museum for a night of film, live music, and remembrance of filmmaker, musicologist, and bohemian Harry Everett Smith.

2009

Algiers, Taken from the Casbah / Bettinger

Peripheral Visions: Colonization, Resistance, Representation

The University of Southern California's Thirteenth Annual "Expanding the Visual Field" Graduate Student Symposium sought to explore the role of the visual in articulating the relationship between the colonized and the colonizer.
Introduction to Metadata / Baca

Convergence: Where Metadata and Access Meet for Digital Discovery and Delivery

The 2009 OCLC Digital Forum West featured experts from the museum, archival, and library communities discussing current projects and initiatives exploring creation of metadata for digital discovery and delivery.
Receipt for payment of three paintings / Guercino

Mellon Summer Institute in Italian Paleography

This three-week residential course offered intensive training in the accurate reading and transcription of handwritten Italian vernacular texts from the late Medieval though the early modern periods.
Artemis / Unknown

Greek Art/Roman Eyes: The Reception of Greek Art in the Private Sphere in Ancient Italy

This symposium addressed how Romans and other ancient peoples on the Italian peninsula collected, appreciated, emulated, and displayed the art and culture of Greece
Conversations with Frank Gehry / Isenberg

In Conversation: Barbara Isenberg and Frank Gehry

Author Barbara Isenberg and architect Frank Gehry reflected upon over 20 years of conversations.
Still from Double Feature #38 / Adams

Walls of Algiers: Reconsidering the Colonial Archive

This colloquium examined questions raised by the Getty Research Institute's exhibition Walls of Algiers: Narratives of the City.
Ed Ruscha at Gemini G.E.L. /  Felsen

Modern Art in Los Angeles: 40+ Years with Gemini G.E.L.

Cofounders Sidney Felsen and Stanley Grinstein, and artists John Baldessari and Ed Ruscha discussed the pioneering workshop Gemini G.E.L.
Civil Rights and African-American History Memorials in the Contemporary Urban South

Civil Rights and African-American History Memorials in the Contemporary Urban South

Architectural historian Dell Upton explored how monuments have been used as a visual language to celebrate the democratic, nonviolent civil rights movement that began in the American South.
Notebook of designs / Baldi

Curator's Choice: A Collection Built by Design,

Wim de Wit, head of the Department of Architecture and Contemporary Art, discussed his collecting priorities and showed examples from the Research Institute's rich holdings.
Le due città / Rossi

Architecture and Design: Investigating the Collection

This research lab brought together a group of scholars to explore the Getty Research Institute's extensive architecture and design holdings.
Malvina Hoffman measures her model

Malvina Hoffman Papers Research Lab

This research lab explored the Getty Research Institute's Malvina Hoffman papers, a nearly complete archive documenting the life and creative practice of the sculptor Malvina Hoffman.
Adorée au grand air / César Moro

Surrealism in Latin America

This workshop explored the critical reception and dissemination of surrealist ideas in Latin America.
Der Übergang / Penck

German/American Artistic Exchange during the Cold War

This conference examined the cultural and intellectual exchanges that occurred between the United States and Germany from 1945 to 1989.
Collecting African American Art in the 21st Century

Collecting African American Art in the 21st Century

Alvia Wardlaw, professor of art history and director and curator of the University Museum at Texas Southern University, discussed new developments in the history of collecting African American art.
Hermit / Goncharova

The Book as Such in the Russian Avant-Garde

This symposium brought together scholars and artists to explore the Russian avant-garde's revolutionary experiments with book design.
Figure making sound / Larionov, Khlebnikov, Kruchenykh

Explodity: An Evening of Transrational Sound Poetry

Contemporary experimental poets read Russian Futurist zaum' and their own sound poetry.
9 Mojo Secrets / Saar

Modern Art in Los Angeles: Gallery 32

Artist Betye Saar, artist and Gallery 32 founder Suzanne Jackson, and Laband Art Gallery director Carolyn Peter discussed the historic and ongoing impact of Gallery 32.

2008

Bread Puzzle and Inclined Plane Puzzle / Brecht

Fluxus Research Lab

This research lab reevaluated received narratives of Fluxus artists and their production and explored new frameworks for the display, access, and preservation of Fluxus art.
Women in Procession / Smith

The Image of Peru: History and Art, 1550–1880

This two-day symposium focused on the visual representation of Peru from the colonial period through the 19th century.
Arango House / Lautner

Against Reason: John Lautner and Postwar Architecture

This symposium explored the antirationalist trend in architecture during the second half of the 20th century.
Oil vessel / Unknown

Cultural Identity and the Peoples of the Ancient Mediterranean

This two-day conference explored how ancient peoples expressed their identities by establishing, constructing, or inventing links with other societies that crossed traditional ethnic and geographic lines.
Broadside for Land of the Head Hunters / Curtis

Documents of an Encounter

This two-day symposium examined a variety of themes related to Edward Curtis's 1914 silent film In the Land of the Head Hunters.
LA Art Girls recreate Allan Kaprow’s Fluids

A Reinvention of Allan Kaprow's Fluids by the LA Art Girls

The Getty Research Institute commissioned the LA Art Girls to produce Overflow, a project conceived as both a historical homage to Kaprow's Fluids and a contemporary investigation of issues raised by the original work such as environmentalism and participation.
Seated Woman / Moore

Anglo-American Exchange in Postwar Sculpture, 1945–1975

This symposium explored the postwar interaction between British and American sculptors, critics, curators, and teachers, and examined the particular importance of Anglo-American exchange to the history of postwar sculpture.
Libellus Valde / Wyss

Dissertation Workshop

This workshop provided a small group of advanced graduate students with an opportunity for intensive discussion with each other and with senior professors in the field.
Logo for California Video exhibition

California Video Screening Series

Organized in association with the exhibition California Video at the J. Paul Getty Museum, this screening series explored alternate perspectives of the diverse history of video art in California.
Le Corbusier / Toward an Architecture

Le Corbusier's Toward an Architecture: From the Bildungsroman to the Manifesto

Jean-Louis Cohen discussed Le Corbusier's noted work Toward an Architecture (Vers une architecture), first published in 1923 by Le Corbusier and reissued by the Getty Research Institute in 2007 in a new scholarly translation by John Goodman.
Municipio Ex Castello / Hutzel

Art History and the Present

This workshop with the Clark Art Institute addressed what is lost or gained when works of art from the past are interpreted according to present standards and contemporary art according to past precedents.
Bossy Burger / McCarthy

The Object in Transition: Contemporary Voices

Artists Robert Gober, Rachel Harrison, Paul McCarthy, and Doris Salcedo discussed the production and conservation of their work with curator Elisabeth Sussman and conservator Christian Scheidemann.
Yve-Alain Bois and Carol Mancusi-Ungaro

The Object in Transition

This conference aimed to foster increased dialogue between art historians, conservators, and artists via presentations of joint research, intensive examination of case studies, and panel discussions.
Barbara McCullough and Ulysses Jenkins

Modern Art in Los Angeles: African American Avant-Gardes, 1965–1990

This conversation reunited four African American artists, Maren Hassinger, Ulysses Jenkins, Barbara McCullough, and Senga Nengudi, who worked together in the 1970s and 1980s in Los Angeles.

2007

L'empereur Yao / Stanislas after Helman

Papers on China

This symposium explored questions of art and culture in early modern Europe and Ming and Qing China.
book cover for Bernard Picart First Global Vision

At the Interface of Religion and Cosmopolitanism: Bernard Picart's Cérémonies et coutumes religieuses de tous les peoples du monde (1723–1743) and the European Enlightenment

This conference explored the seven-volume folio work that sought to capture the ritual and ceremonial life of all the known religions of the world.
Harry Smith / Graham

Old Weird America: Harry Smith's Anthology of American Folk Music

This documentary tells the story of Harry Smith's 1952 Anthology of American Folk Music, which helped launch the folk music revival of the 1950s and 1960s.
Close Radio

A History of Close Radio

Artists John Duncan, Paul McCarthy, Nancy Buchanan, and Paul Vangelisti discussed the history of Close Radio, a weekly series of experimental radio broadcasts for artists, listeners, and political groups, broadcast on Los Angeles station KPFK from 1976 to 1979.
Sam Maloof

Craft at the Limits

This conference and panel of artists explored the social and artistic place of craft in the postwar period.
Boxing Painting / Shinohara

(Rajikaru!) Experimentations in Japanese Art, 1950–1975

This weekend of free events included a half-day festival, an evening of performances, and a daylong conference that explored critical vanguard art practices in Japan from 1950 to 1975.
Rajikaru Performance

(Rajikaru!) An Evening of Works by Ichiyanagi, Kosugi, Ono, and Shiomi

This program included performances of musical works by Shiomi Mieko, Yoko Ono, Ichiyanagi Toshi, and a special solo appearance by Kosugi Takehisa performing his own works.
TV Drama / Yoshitaka

(Rajikaru!) Radical Communication: Japanese Video Art, 1968–1988

This screening series featured work by 31 media artists active in Japan between 1968 and 1988.
Caught in the Act / Antin

Modern Art in Los Angeles: Feminist Art in Southern California

This panel brought together artists Eleanor Antin, Barbara Carrasco, Maren Hassinger, Rachel Rosenthal, and Faith Wilding—all of whom made significant contributions to feminist art—to consider the origin and legacy of the movement.
Electric Dress / Atsuko

Dissertation Workshop

This workshop provided a small group of advanced graduate students an opportunity for intensive discussion with each other and senior professors in the field.
Joe Goode, Jerry McMillan, Ed Ruscha/McMillan

Modern Art in Los Angeles: Okies Go West

Childhood friends, neighbors, and classmates Jerry McMillan, Ed Ruscha, and Mason Williams discussed their transition from Oklahoma City to the City of Angels, their early careers and the formation of an art scene in Los Angeles.
Jazz Magazine cover from 1955

Côte à Côte–Coast to Coast: Art and Jazz in France and California

By extending the parameters of a traditional scholarly conference, Côte à Côte explored the relationship between jazz and contemporary art.

2006

Conical Intersect / Matta-Clark

Celluloid Structures: The Films of Gordon Matta-Clark

This screening and discussion explored Gordon Matta-Clark's artistic process and his deep engagement with time-based work.
Shelf of books

Art History and the Digital World

This forum brought together a group of scholars, artists, librarians, and experts in technology, publishing, and law to explore issues at the intersection of digital technologies and the study of art.
Martin Kersels performs Hack

An Evening of Short Performances

Several short performances showcased work by leading practitioners of avant-garde performance and dance.
Trisha Brown performs Water Motor / Mangolte

Movement and the Visual Arts

The conference brought together artists and scholars to participate in a day of lectures, dialogues, screenings, and performances that explored moments of intersection between the visual arts, dance, and other forms of performance.
Still from A Family Finds Entertainment / Trecartin

Reckless Behavior

This program featured recent and newly commissioned pieces of video art that look at "reckless behavior" as both a strategy and a theme.
Keyboard Study / Riley

Minimalist Jukebox: From Intonation to Collaboration

This event explored key moments of intersection between Minimalist music and other art forms.
Bass Residence Case Study House #20 / Shulman

Dissertation Workshop

This workshop provided a small group of advanced graduate students an opportunity for intensive discussion with each other and senior professors in the field.
Thomas Crow and Gore Vidal

A Conversation: Gore Vidal and Thomas Crow

Author Gore Vidal and Thomas Crow, director of the Getty Research Institute, discussed contemporary politics and the continued relevance of antiquity.
Space / Mullican

Modern Art in Los Angeles: Lee Mullican

Curator Henry Hopkins, artists Tony Berlant and Lari Pittman, and Greenwood Press founder Jack Stauffacher discussed the art, teaching, and influence of artist Lee Mullican.

2005

Still from Gringo-thon / Berger

Surveying the Border

This program presented some of the best short video works made by artists since the mid-1970s that take the relation between the United States and Mexico as their subject matter.
Idol and Altar at Copan / Catherwood

Dissertation Workshop

This workshop provided a small group of advanced graduate students an opportunity for intensive discussion with each other and senior professors in the field.

2004

Head of a Canal / Unknown

Activity and Repose: Place, Memory, and Sociality in Chinese and Japanese Gardens

This symposium explored how the garden in China and Japan functions as a nexus of creative individual and social energy.
Estructura óptica / Cruz-Diez

Structures and Systems: "An Intercontinental Art World"

Part two of a collaborative conference that examined the radical transformations in art-making practice in the 1960s and 1970s.
Jim Morrison and Pamela Courson, Bronson Caves / Teske

Edmund Teske's Los Angeles

This program of film, spoken word performance, and discussion explored the art of Edmund Teske and his participation in the cultural milieu of Los Angeles.
Building Music concert logo

Building Music

This program of lectures and performances explored the relationship between music and architecture.
Bette and the Giant Jewfish / Bell

Structures and Systems: "Minimal Art in the United States"

Part one of a collaborative conference that examined the radical transformations in art-making practice in the 1960s and 1970s.
Eruption of Vesuvius / Vito

Dissertation Workshop

This workshop provided a small group of advanced graduate students an opportunity for intensive discussion with each other and senior professors in the field.
Duveen Brothers storeroom / Unknown

Beauty and Truth for Sale: The Art of the Dealer

This international conference focused on the role of the dealer in the art market.

2003

The Great Wall of Los Angeles / Baca

Mural Painting and Conservation in the Americas

This symposium addressed the social, artistic, and political dimensions of murals as well as issues of conservation.
Waters / O'Neal; Pickett, Brown, Turner, Franklin / Cantor

Feel Like Going Home: Musicians in Print, on Film, and in Concert

This program explored biography as a mode for understanding art.
Change Over / Hammersley

Modern Art in Los Angeles: The Late Forties

Museum professionals Walter Hopps, Henry Hopkins, and James Byrnes, and artist Frederick Hammersley discussed the postwar art world in Los Angeles.
The Bird Catchers / Boucher

The Invention of Boucher

Thomas Crow, director of the Getty Research Institute, explored the life and work of French Rococo artist François Boucher.

2002

Michael Apted / Hamshere

An Evening with Michael Apted

This event featured clips of the work of filmmaker Michael Apted and a discussion with the director.
Number Seven / Stauffacher

A Conversation with Jack Stauffacher

Renowned printer, typographer, and founder of the Greenwood Press in San Francisco, Jack Stauffacher conversed with award-winning type designer Matthew Carter.
Entrance / Seator

Making Things, Moving Places: The Work of Artist Glen Seator

This symposium examined a decade of the late artist's work realized in the United States and Europe.
still from Film #18 Mahagonny / Smith

Harry Smith's Film #18, Mahagonny

A newly preserved four-projector film work was shown in conjunction with a one-day symposium.
Young Italian Woman at a Table / Cézanne

Artists' Last Thoughts

Three noted art historians talked about the reflections of four visual artists at the end of their careers: Mark Rothko, Piet Mondrian, Paul Cézanne, and Willem de Kooning.
Perspective Pratique / Dubreuil

Visions and Bound-ries

Acclaimed American writers David Antin, Marvin Bell, and Jorie Graham read specially commissioned poems.
Walt Disney concert hall / White

Building Walt Disney Concert Hall

A panel discussion focused on the design and building processes of the Walt Disney Concert Hall.
Jonathan Miller / Unknown

The Gaze: Looking as It Appears in Pictures

Jonathan Miller gave a public lecture in conjunction with the symposium "Frames of Viewing: The Brain, Cognition, and Art."
Beth Kelly / Unknown

Self Portrait of an Other

In this collaborative, mixed-media presentation writer Cees Nooteboom read sections of her new novel while pianist Sarah Rothenberg provided musical accompaniment.
No. 46 [Black, Ochre, Red Over Red] / Rothko

Seeing Rothko

This symposium explored the act of seeing and the conditions under which Mark Rothko's work would face its audience.

2001

Aeneas / Virgil

Heroes Leave Their Shores: Exile, Loss, and the Dynamics of Artistic Creation

This conference included paper sessions, performances, and several related public events that examined various aspects of exile as a creative, social, and psychological phenomenon.
David Tudor / Brown

David Tudor Symposium

Scholars, musicians, and artists discussed the piano performance and live electronic music of the pioneering American composer David Tudor.
Still from Film #1: A Strange Dream / Smith

Harry Smith: The Avant-Garde in the American Vernacular

This multimedia conference, performance, and website explored the life and work of filmmaker, musicologist, and bohemian Harry Everett Smith.

2000

Downtown Los Angeles / Hernandez

Art Matters

Artists and other arts professionals discussed their work and the changing contemporary arts landscape in this series of conversations.
cover of Cultural Inheritance / Research Institute Staff

LA as Subject: The Transformative Culture of Los Angeles Communities

This four-year project, which concluded in 2000, explored the complex issues and challenges inherent in the study of Los Angeles.
Local Libraries / Local Knowledge

Local Libraries / Local Knowledge

This program brought together students, teachers, librarians, urban planners, and community activists to create visual representations of neighborhoods of Los Angeles.

Day of the Dead altar / unknown

Participation Project: Artists, Communities, and Cultural Citizenship

This project explored the connections between community-based art-making and other kinds of civic engagement.