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The Pastry Shop (detail), Abraham Bosse, ca. 1600s. The Getty Research Institute, 2014.PR.63


  The Pastry Shop (detail), Abraham Bosse, ca. 1600s. The Getty Research Institute, 2014.PR.63

The Edible Monument: The Art of Food for Festivals

Opens October 13, 2015 | The Getty Center
In early modern Europe, festivals and celebrations were ornamented with large-scale, edible sculpture. From street feasts for civic occasions to delicate designs of sugar and fruit at court, these decorations were often used as propaganda to convey personal and political messages. Drawn from the GRI's Festival Collection, this exhibition features rare cookbooks and prints depicting the construction and consumption of these feasts and their symbolic place at the table.

Curators will lead gallery tours in October on Tuesdays and Thursdays at 2:00 p.m.

Find out more about the exhibition.

Buy the catalog, The Edible Monument: The Art of Food for Festivals.


  Architect Greta Magnusson Grossman, Julius Shulman, 1959. The Getty Research Institute, 2004.R.10

Women in Architecture Wikipedia
Edit-a-thon at the GRI

October 15, 2015 | 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. | The Getty Center
To expand the online history of women's contribution to the field of architecture, the GRI and East of Borneo will host the Los Angeles meet up of the Guggenheim's Wikipedia edit-a-thon on Wednesday, October 15. All are welcome to help research and share their knowledge about the underrepresented lives and works of women in the field. No previous editing experience is necessary to participate.

To RSVP for this event, contact or sign up through Wikipedia.

Learn more and see a list of suggested articles for editing.


Darra Goldstein and The Oxford Companion to Sugar and Sweets

Conversation and Book Signing | October 21, 2015
2:00 p.m. | The Getty Center
Join editor and Williams College professor Darra Goldstein as she discusses her new book, The Oxford Companion to Sugar and Sweets, with GRI chief curator Marcia Reed. Speaking in conjunction with the exhibition The Edible Monument: The Art of Food for Festivals, Goldstein discusses the connection between our appetite for confectionery and diverse cultural rituals and family traditions, from ancient times to contemporary cuisine.

Reserve a free ticket.

Find out more about the exhibition The Edible Monument.

Darra Goldstein on the art of sculpting with sugar.


  Maurice Tuchman during the installation of the exhibition American Sculpture of the Sixties, 1967 (background sculpture: Goddess of the Golden Thighs, Reuben Nakian, 1964–65). The Getty Research Institute, 2015.M.19

Maurice Tuchman Archive

Curator Maurice Tuchman helped shape the identity of the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA) from his appointment in 1964 as the institution's founding curator of modern art. He is best known for his exhibition Art and Technology (1971), an innovative experiment exploring the convergence of the two disciplines, along with many other cornerstone exhibitions for LACMA. His archive documents his career from 1965–2000 and includes correspondence, personal papers, photographs, and artwork.

Find out more about the archive.

Read more about one of the most important curators to have worked in Los Angeles.


  Oversized art volumes in the GRI Library, 2015

Getty Library Research Grant Applications Due October 15

If you are a scholar with projects related to GRI materials and live more than 80 miles from the Getty Center, you may qualify for a Library Research Grant. Scholars who receive the grant will be offered support of up to $2,500 for travel and living expenses for up to three months while accessing the collections. Applications are due on Thursday, October 15, 2015. Contact Library Reference with any questions.

Learn more and download the application.



The Edible Monument: The Art of Food for Festivals

Edited by Marcia Reed
Elaborate and intricate, sculptures and architecture constructed with edible material were à la mode for celebratory events in early modern Europe. Designs crafted for festivals—including Carnival and Cuccagna—were feasts for the eyes and stomach, but were often left undocumented due to their perishable nature. This volume accompanies the exhibition The Edible Monument: The Art of Food for Festivals, and includes essays and illustrations depicting the methods, materials, and meaning behind these culinary feats.

Buy this catalog.


  An archival box containing files and ephemera from the Lothar Lang Collection, 2015

Lothar Lang Collection of East German Art Ephemera

Finding Aid
Art historian, gallerist, and critic Lothar Lang (1930–2013) collected material documenting over 700 East German artists during the second half of the 20th century. Containing ephemera from institutions and artists—including press clippings, correspondence, leaflets, and six posters for the political cabaret Distel—his collection serves as a visual archive of the art scene and its social underpinnings in Soviet-occupied Germany from 1953–1992.

Browse the finding aid.


  Author Cornelia Funke at the Getty Center, 2015

An Afternoon Adventure with Cornelia Funke

Video of June 21, 2015, Storytelling
Award-winning children's author Cornelia Funke returned to the Getty this spring to read from her latest story, the tale of William Dampier, a ghost tasked with keeping the other spirits haunting the Getty Center at bay. This event was recommended for children ages 8 and older.

Watch the video.

Watch Cornelia Funke's previous storytelling performance at the Getty Center.


Looking East, Looking West: Mughal Painting between Persia and Europe
Lecture | November 19, 2015 | 7:00 p.m. | The Getty Center


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