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Harald Szeemann in the Fabbrica Rosa, his office and archive in Maggia, Switzerland (detail), ca. 1990s. The Getty Research Institute, 2011.M.30. Photo: Fredo Meyer-Henn, State Archive of Canton Bern


  Harald Szeemann in the Fabbrica Rosa, his office and archive in Maggia, Switzerland, ca. 1990s. The Getty Research Institute, 2011.M.30. Photo: Fredo Meyer-Henn, State Archive of Canton Bern

Harald Szeemann:
Museum of Obsessions

February 6–May 6, 2018 | The Getty Center
Curator Harald Szeemann was a groundbreaking exhibition maker with nearly half a century of curatorial experience, from his explorations of the avant-garde movements in the 1960s and 70s to global contemporary exhibitions in the 1990s and 2000s. Harald Szeemann: Museum of Obsessions examines his prolific life and career by thematic interests—avant-gardes, utopias and visionaries, geographies, and grandfathers—using materials drawn from the Harald Szeemann Archive held by the GRI.

This exhibition also features a satellite presentation, Grandfather: A Pioneer Like Us, on view at the Institute of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles (ICA LA) from February 4 to April 22, 2018.

Find out more about all of the current and upcoming exhibitions at the GRI.


  Mock-up for Every Building on the Sunset Strip, Ed Ruscha, 1966. The Getty Research Institute, 2012.M.1

Ed Ruscha's "Streets of Los Angeles" Call for Proposals

Scholars are invited to submit proposals for research projects investigating Ed Ruscha's "Streets of Los Angeles" Archive, which documents the artist's systematic and ongoing project to capture the architecture and thoroughfares of Los Angeles. The archive, held here at the GRI, spans five decades worth of project ephemera, including half a million images in the form of negatives, digital files, contact sheets, and the production archive of Ruscha's seminal artist book Every Building on the Sunset Strip (1966). Scholars who are selected will collaborate with GRI staff to develop innovative ways to digitize the archive and make it publicly accessible, and will explore how all of Ruscha's images can be used for scholarly purposes.

Applications are due on January 19, 2018.

Read the full call for proposals and apply.


  Ivan Cardoso filming Hélio Oiticica for H.O. (1979). Courtesy of Ivan Cardoso

After Concretism: Audiovisual Experiments in Brazil

Film Screening and Discussion | January 30, 2018 | 7:00 p.m. | The Getty Center
This showcase of music, films, and videos produced by Brazilian artists and filmmakers associated with the Concrete art movement and its aftermath—including Raymundo Amado, Paulo Bruscky, Ivan Cardoso, Augusto de Campos, Willys de Castro, and Ana Sacerdote—explores the interdisciplinary aspects of Concretism and how the moving image served as an outlet for experimentation during the 1960s and 1970s. Christopher Dunn from Tulane University joins the GRI's Zanna Gilbert to examine these films and videos and how they reflect the radical shifts from the concerns of the early days of this artistic movement.

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The Académie Royale de Peinture et de Sculpture: The Birth of the French School, 1648–1793

Christian Michel
This sweeping study of the Académie Royale de Peinture et de Sculpture (Royal Academy of Painting and Sculpture) presents the single most authoritative account of the Académie—considered perhaps the single most influential art institution in history—and its legacy. Christian Michel—professor of art history at the Université de Lausanne—approaches this history free from the prejudices that have colored commentary on the institution in the past and instead considers the nuances and complexities of the Académie along with its goals and relationships with other French academies and guilds.

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  The ruins of the Temple of Cybele in Sardis, photographer unknown, ca. 1875. The Getty Research Institute, 89.R.24

Alascheir Railway, Asia Minor: Constructed by Samuel Bayliss, CE, [circa 1875]

Finding Aid
The 30 photographs in this 19th-century album document the completed extension of the Smyrna Cassaba railroad from Cassaba to Alascheir (Alaşehir), Turkey, built under the direction of British engineer Samuel Bayliss in the late 1800s. The albumen prints, taken by an unknown photographer, include city views along the route, station buildings, two types of bridge construction, locomotives, and railroad cars.

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The Metropolis in Latin America, 1830–1930

Through January 7, 2018 | The Getty Center


Art Dealers, America and the International Art Market, 1880–1930

Symposium | January 18–19, 2018 | The Getty Center


Provenance Research—A Personal Concern

Conversation | March 1, 2018 | The Getty Center

In Conversation: Carolee Schneemann on Her Art and Archive

Conversation | March 20, 2018 | The Getty Center


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