Thousands of prints from photographer Robert McElroy capture groundbreaking moments that have come to define postwar performance art. The archive contains some of the best-known images of 1950s and 1960s Happenings and more than 10,000 negatives documenting performances by artists such as Jim Dine, Allan Kaprow, Yvonne Rainer, and Carolee Schneemann.
No Further West: The Story of Los Angeles Union Station
Through August 10, 2014 | Los Angeles Central Library
One of Los Angeles's most iconic buildings, Union Station has been essentially unaltered since it opened in 1939. From the initial planning discussions in 1910 until the groundbreaking in 1933, however, this landmark was the contentious subject of civic and legal battles that went as far as the U.S. Supreme Court. No Further West features drawings, photographs, and other archival material illuminating the station's planning and construction process.
Artist Yvonne Rainer, Getty Research Institute, 2014
Yvonne Rainer: Dances and Films
Through October 12, 2014 | The Getty Center
Dancer, choreographer, and filmmaker Yvonne Rainer is one of the most influential artistic figures of the last 50 years. The exhibition includes an array of photographs, scores, journals, and posters, as well as recordings of selected passages from Rainer's diaries. The recordings reveal a more personal side of the artist and feature topics ranging from dreams to arguments with school teachers.
Portrait of John Pope-Hennessy, 1983. Photo: John Timbers Studio. The Getty Research Institute, 990023
John Pope-Hennessy Papers, 1617–1995
John Pope-Hennessy's work as museum director, curator, professor, and scholar shaped the course of scholarship on Italian sculpture and Sienese painting. This collection provides an overview of Pope-Hennessy's influential career through numerous museum files, study photographs, correspondence, and manuscripts.
The display of art in early modern Roman palaces was finely calibrated to both social and official life, unfolding in a way that created purposeful narratives of rank, honor, privilege, and intimacy. This book explores the principles of this type of display and focuses on how individual parts functioned to convey multiple artistic, social, and political messages.
In conjunction with the exhibition Connecting Seas, these lectures explore aspects of 16th-century Aztec Mexico and the 19th-century Belgian Congo through their representation in books, prints, and photographs. UCLA professor Kevin Terraciano focuses on divergent indigenous and Spanish accounts of Aztec history and the Spanish Conquest, and journalist Adam Hochschild looks at King Leopold II's exploitative practices in Central Africa as seen through satirical cartoons.
Award-winning children's author Cornelia Funke reads her newest story, a pirate's tale inspired by objects in the GRI's and J. Paul Getty Museum's collections. This event was offered in conjunction with the GRI exhibition Connecting Seas: A Visual History of Discoveries and Encounters.