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  Batavia: The Capital City, Fortress, and Residence of the Governor General of the Dutch (detail), Berguaïller, ca. 1750. The Getty Research Institute, P970012.2*

Connecting Seas

This exhibition reveals how other cultures were perceived, represented, and transmitted when ocean travel was the primary means by which people and knowledge circulated. Featuring works from the GRI's extensive special collections, including rare books and maps, photographs, and prints, the exhibition traces the fascinating course of scholarly investigation of non-European cultures from the 16th to the 21st century.

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C L O S I N G   T H I S   M O N T H

  Every Building on the Sunset Strip, Ed Ruscha, 1966. The Getty Research Institute, 86-B19486

In Focus: Ed Ruscha

Ed Ruscha's art is characterized by graphic simplicity, playful humor, and a keen interest in the vernacular as it applies to both language and architecture. This exhibition explores his photography, including well-known photo-based book projects, and is part of Pacific Standard Time Presents, an initiative of the Getty.

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Read about Ed Ruscha's Streets of Los Angeles archive.

More about Pacific Standard Time Presents: Modern Architecture in L.A.


  La statue de Venus Aphrodite (detail), Gérard Audran, 1683. The Getty Research Institute, 84-B31091


From Vasari to today, art-historical interpretation has traditionally proceeded from the description of an object, to discussions of its artistic or cultural value, to attempts to place the object in a canon with other works. The movement of art history from a Western-oriented discipline to a global one, along with recent technological developments, presents challenges to this methodology that demand a reevaluation of the practice.

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Applications Now Available for Scholar Year 2014/15

The Scholars Program is now accepting proposals for research projects on the theme Object—Value—Canon.

Apply for a Getty grant.

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

  Cover of the artists' book LA Liber Amicorum, Prime, 2012. The Getty Research Institute, 2013.M.8*

LA Liber Amicorum

LA Liber Amicorum (2012) comprises 143 original works on paper by more than 150 of Los Angeles's leading graffiti and tattoo artists. Inspired by a 400-year-old manuscript, Liber amicorum (1602–12), in the GRI's collections, this one-of-a-kind artists' book emulates the black sketchbooks, or piecebooks, that street artists often carry with them and inscribe for each other.

View images from LA Liber Amicorum.

View images from Johann Heinrich Gruber's Liber amicorum.

Read an interview with the curator.

Read the artists' descriptions of the project.

  Cover of Otto Mühl's sketchbook, 1985. Otto Mühl Papers. The Getty Research Institute, 2011.M.38

Otto Mühl Papers, 1918–1997

The archive of Austrian artist Otto Mühl, co-founder of Viennese Actionism and founder of the Friedrichshof Commune, includes photographic documentation of many of the artist's performances, known as Material Actions; his complete diaries and sketchbooks; legal documents related to court proceedings against him and other participants of Viennese Actionism; and a wealth of his theoretical writings about Actionism and the communal living experiment.

Browse the finding aid.

Learn more about this archive from one of its cataloguers.

  Architect Hitoshi Abe at the Getty Center, 2013.

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

Los Angeles's legacy of architectural experimentation has shaped the region's professional practices and informed the philosophies of its educational institutions. In conjunction with the exhibition Overdrive: L.A. Constructs the Future, renowned leaders in the architecture community reflect on how the city's built environment has affected their work.

Watch the video.

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

  Ada Louise Huxtable in her Park Avenue apartment, New York City, March 7, 1974. Photo: Dorothy Alexander. © Dorothy Alexander

What the Critic Sees: Ada Louise Huxtable and Her Legacy

Los Angeles Times architecture critic Christopher Hawthorne examines the career and legacy of Ada Louise Huxtable, the former New York Times writer and winner of the first Pulitzer Prize for criticism. Huxtable was the author of many books on architecture and helped select the architects for the renovation and expansion of the Getty Villa and Getty Center.

Watch the video.

Read about the Huxtable archive.

Batavia: The Capital City, Fortress, and Residence of the Governor General of the Dutch (detail), Berguaïller, ca. 1750. The Getty Research Institute, P970012.2*


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