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  Mounted vase, Kangxi, ca. 1662–1722, French mounts ca. 1745–49. J. Paul Getty Museum, 79.DI.121

Objects in Motion in the Early Modern World

The circulation of objects across regions and cultures from 1500 to 1800, including the diplomatic exchange of gifts among the Ottoman Empire, Europe, and South Asia, led to new meanings, uses, and interpretations for many types of goods. This conference is cosponsored by the Getty Research Institute and the USC-Huntington Early Modern Studies Institute.

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  Kunsthaus Graz, in the historic center of Graz, Austria, 2003. Photo: iStockphoto

Minding the Gap: The Role of Contemporary Architecture in the Historic Environment

How do today's architects insert new buildings into historic, urban environments while respecting the special character of such areas? Minding the Gap explores this question with presentations by architects Rafael Moneo and Denise Scott Brown, among others. Architecture critic Paul Goldberger moderates the final panel discussion. Advance registration is required.

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  Henry E. Huntington in front of the bronze door to the library building of the Henry E. Huntington estate in San Marino, California, ca. 1927. Copyright the Huntington Library, Art Collections, and Botanical Gardens

The Art of Wealth: The Huntingtons in the Gilded Age

Shelley M. Bennett, former curator of European art and senior research associate at the Huntington Library, Art Collections, and Botanical Gardens, speaks about her new book, The Art of Wealth: The Huntingtons in the Gilded Age, which focuses on the art collecting of the Huntington family around the turn of the century and its subsequent influence.

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O V E R D R I V E – R E L A T E D   E V E N T S

  Los Angeles Department of Water and Power Building at night, A. C. Martin and Associates, architects, 1964. Julius Shulman, photographer, 1965. The Getty Research Institute, 2004.R.10

Urban Ambition: Assessing the Evolution of L.A.

Los Angeles is a vibrant urban laboratory for architectural innovation. Symposium participants such as architecture critic Christopher Hawthorne, architect Eric Owen Moss, landscape architect Mia Lehrer, and other artists, scholars, and filmmakers analyze and debate L.A.'s layered architectural history and its future possibilities.

Reserve a free ticket to this event and see the full list of participants.

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  PA and PE, Peter Alexander, 1990. Courtesy of Pacific Enterprises. Copyright Peter Alexander

Why L.A.? A Conversation with L.A. Architects

Join renowned leaders in the architecture community Hitoshi Abe, Neil Denari, Craig Hodgetts, and Peter Noever for a conversation about how Los Angeles's built environment has affected their work. This discussion is moderated by Overdrive exhibition co-curator, Wim de Wit, and is part of the Urban Ambition symposium.

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  Screenshot from Capitol Records: Engineering an Icon, 2013. Photos and video courtesy of Capitol Records Photo Archives and the UCLA Urban Simulation Team. Copyright J. Paul Getty Trust

Overdrive: L.A. Constructs the Future, 1940–1990

More than twenty videos reveal the complex history of Los Angeles's architectural evolution through archival footage and animations, as well as oral history interviews with Los Angeles–based urban planners, architects, and architectural photographers like Julius Shulman. All of these videos can also be seen in the exhibition Overdrive: L.A. Constructs the Future, 1940–1990.

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  Andrew Perchuk and Joan Weinstein with the AICA-USA Special Award.

Pacific Standard Time Initiative Wins Award for Excellence

The Getty received the International Association of Art Critics (AICA-USA) Special Award for its role in organizing Pacific Standard Time: Art in L.A. 1945–1980, a collaboration that included over 60 separate exhibitions and institutions. Andrew Perchuk, deputy director of the Getty Research Institute, and Joan Weinstein, deputy director of the Getty Foundation, accepted the AICA-USA award in New York City in early April.

Read more about the Pacific Standard Time Initiative.

N E W   &   N O T A B L E   O N   T H E   W E B

  Vite de' più eccellenti pittori, scultori e architetti (Florence, 1550), title page, Giorgio Vasari. The Getty Research Institute, 85-B14829

10,000 New Volumes Now Available through the Getty Research Portal™

Four thousand new records, which represent approximately 10,000 new volumes, were recently added to the Getty Research Portal™, the GRI's online search gateway for digitized art history texts in the public domain. This represents a nearly 50% increase in size from the Portal's launch nearly ten months ago. Contributions came from the GRI, the Heidelberg University Library, the Institut national d'histoire de l'art, and the Kunsthistorisches Institut in Florence, among others.

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  Envelope from the International Design Conference in Aspen records, date unknown. The Getty Research Institute, 2007.M.7

International Design Conference in Aspen

Founded in 1951, the International Design Conference in Aspen (IDCA) appropriated Bauhaus philosophy, promoting a close collaboration between modern art, design, and commerce. Early conference topics included "Ideas on the Future of Man and Design" (1956) and "Design and Human Values" (1957). The records of the IDCA include office files and correspondence, printed conference materials, photographs, posters, and audio and video recordings.

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Banner image: Dorothy Chandler Pavilion by Welton Becket & Associates, early 1960s. The Getty Research Institute. Copyright J. Paul Getty Trust


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