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Ennis House, Los Angeles (detail). Frank Lloyd Wright, architect, 1924. Julius Shulman, photographer, 1954.
The Getty Research Institute, 2004.R.10 (Job 7671)


  Ennis House, Los Angeles (detail). Frank Lloyd Wright, architect, 1924. Julius Shulman, photographer, 1954. The Getty Research Institute, 2004.R.10 (Job 7671)

The Metropolis in Latin America,

Through January 7, 2018 | The Getty Center
At the turn of the 20th century, architectural motifs native to Latin American countries became increasingly popular outside of Latin America following well-received showcases at multiple world's expositions which sparked an uptick in interest in archaeology of pre-Columbian cultures. In Southern California, architects Frank Lloyd Wright, his son Lloyd Wright, and Robert Stacy-Judd, among others, idealized the historical past with revival-style motifs, including Frank Lloyd Wright's Ennis House in Los Angeles. As explored further in The Metropolis in Latin America, visuals of these en vogue styles appeared in magazines and films, which increased their popularity among Latin American societies and across Southern California.

This exhibition is part of the Pacific Standard Time: LA/LA initiative.

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  Serpent Labret with Articulated Tongue (detail), Aztec culture, 1300–1521. The Metropolitan Museum of Art, purchase, 2015 Benefit Fund and Lila Acheson Wallace Gift, 2016 (2016.64). Image © The Metropolitan Museum of Art

Golden Kingdoms: Luxury and Legacy in the Ancient Americas

Through January 28, 2018 | The Getty Center
The culmination of a multiyear research project at the GRI, Golden Kingdoms: Luxury and Legacy in the Ancient Americas brings together newly discovered archaeological finds and rarely seen artifacts highlighting the development of luxury arts in the Americas prior to the arrival of Europeans in the 1500s. Over 300 objects made of shimmering metals, vibrant stones, and iridescent feathers are on display in this Pacific Standard Time: LA/LA exhibition, which was co-curated by the Metropolitan Museum of Art's Joanne Pillsbury (former Associate Director of the GRI), the Getty Museum's Timothy Potts, and the GRI's Kim Richter.

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  Cornelia Funke at the Getty Center, June 2016

Cornelia Funke's Journey through the Ancient Americas

Storytelling and Book Signing | December 3, 2017 | 2:00 p.m. | The Getty Center
This latest installment of Cornelia Funke's children's adventure story follows ghost and pirate William Dampier as he encounters supernatural visitors from the ancient Americas on the occasion of the exhibition Golden Kingdoms: Luxury and Legacy in the Ancient Americas. This afternoon storytelling adventure is followed by a reception with the author and a tour of the exhibition.

This event is recommended for families and kids ages 8 and up.

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  Mexica fathers passing down their artistic knowledge to their sons (detail). From the Codex Mendoza (Mexico City, 1542), attributed to Francisco Gualpuyogualcal and Juan González, fol. 70r. Paper and pigment. The Bodleian Libraries, the University of Oxford, MS. Arch. Selden A. 1

Indigenous Knowledge and the Making of the Colonial Latin America

Symposium | December 8–9, 2017 | The Getty Center
Twelve scholars from around the world will explore the ways in which indigenous knowledge contributed to the making of colonial Latin America at this two-day symposium co-organized by the GRI and the USC-Huntington Early Modern Studies Institute. Interdisciplinary talks will examine practices related to art, architecture, science, medicine, governance, and the study of the past. This event is held in conjunction with the Getty Museum's Golden Kingdoms: Luxury and Legacy in the Ancient Americas and the Huntington Library's Visual Voyages: Images of Latin American Nature from Columbus to Darwin, which are part of the Pacific Standard Time: LA/LA initiative.

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  Guitar with pull-out song sheet, H.F. Muüller, ca. 1790–1820. The Getty Research Institute, 93.R.118

Beidermeier Greeting Cards from the Nekes Collection, ca. 1790–1820

Fashionable from the mid-18th century through the early 19th century, Beidermeier greeting cards are characterized by moving elements that illustrate the written sentiments of the card. Featuring simple pull-out designs that reveal charming and humorous scenes, the cards were popular amongst bourgeois circles in France, Germany, and Austria. All 28 of these cards—which are part of the Werner Nekes Collection of Optical Devices, Prints, and Games—have been digitized and animated, and are now available through Primo Search.

View all of the digitized Beidermeier cards.


  The town of Aspinwall on the sea front, photographer unknown, ca. 1870. The Getty Research Institute, 95.R.20

Views on the Isthmus Album, Approximately 1870

Finding Aid
Following the route of the Panama Railroad down the Isthmus of Panama, the photographs in this collection capture the area where the famed canal was later built. The 21 photographs in the album—taken by an unknown photographer around 1870—include views of Aspinwall (now known as Colón, which was the starting point of the railroad), stations along the route, cathedrals, Panama City, and the entrances to the canal.

Browse the finding aid.


  Author Simon Goodman at the Getty Center, 2017

Provenance: Exposing the Spoils of War

Video of March 1, 2017 Lecture
To track down his family's lost art and possessions—looted by the Nazi's during World War II—Simon Goodman painstakingly researched the provenance of the items across two continents, with the help of the Getty Provenance Index® databases and archival collections. His efforts helped change international policy regarding art restitution, led to the first Nazi looting case to be settled in the United States, and contributed to the first major restitution in The Netherlands since the 1950s.

Goodman discusses his book detailing his efforts, The Orpheus Clock: The Search for My Family's Art Treasures Stolen by the Nazis (2015), as well as the advantages of researching in the digital age, compared to the inaccessibility of the art world immediately following the war.

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Encounters, Utopias, and Experimentation: From Pre-Columbian Tenochtitlan to Contemporary Buenos Aires

Symposium | November 3–5, 2017 | The Getty Center


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