Curator Harald Szeemann included the work of artist James Lee Byars in more than a dozen projects throughout his career, including the 1972 showcase documenta 5: Questioning RealityImage Worlds Today. In his performance, Calling German Names, Byars stood atop the entrance to the Museum Fridericianum in Kassel, Germany, and called German names out through a golden megaphone. Szeemann was also the recipient of hundreds of Byars's mail art works, a number of which are on display in the GRI's exhibition Harald Szeemann: Museum of Obsessions.
In Our Time: An Evening of Film with David Lamelas
Film Screening and Conversation | May 8, 2018 | 7:00 p.m. | The Getty Center
In David Lamelas's In Our Time (2018)partially filmed at the Getty Centertime, location, memory, and love play out in front of artist James Ensor's masterpiece Christ's Entry into Brussels in 1889 (1888). The screening of this film will also include Lamelas's short The Invention of Dr. Morel (2000), and is followed by a discussion between the artist and curators Kristina Newhouse (University Art Museum at California State University Long Beach) and Glenn Phillips (GRI).
Jackson Pollock's renowned 1943 painting Mural is the centerpiece of this special supplement to the Getty Research Journal, no. 9. The painting was originally brought to Los Angeles for extensive conservation in 2009 from the University of Iowa Museum of Art, but it became immediately clear that Mural was ideally suited for cross-disciplinary study during its time at the Getty. Researchers were provided with an unparalleled opportunity to examine Pollock's work from all angles, and the essays in this volume address aspects of Mural's meaning, making, and context as a result of their studies at the Getty.
Documenting Carolee Schneemann's performance work; the development of abstract painting; representations of ink and Asian cultural identity; and the connection between murder, a mummy, and the new identification of a J. Paul Getty Museum sculpture are just a few of the 12 fascinating articles related to the Getty's collections, initiatives, and research projects featured in the latest issue of the Getty Research Journal.
Ouvriers tapissiersbazar de Recht (UpholsterersRecht bazaar) (detail). The Getty Research Institute, 2017.R.25
Antoin Sevruguin Photographs of Persia (1880s1890s)
The 97 photographs in this collection document the monuments, landscapes, and people of Persia through the lens of Antoin Sevruguin, Iran's first commercially successful photographer. Sevruguin made over 7,000 glass plate negatives over the course of his career and his portfolio of work comprises a mixture of studio portraits, scenes depicting every level of societyfrom court officials to tradespeople and street vendorsand landscapes. Notably, Sevruguin captured views of trade routes around Gīlān and other regions north and west of Tehran, showing way stations, bridges to trade centers, and the movement of goods.
The keynote and colloquium lectures in this series explore the mysterious and misunderstood subject of alchemy and its influence on artistic practice and expression from antiquity to the present day. David Brafman, associate curator of rare books at the GRI and curator of the 20162017 exhibition The Art of Alchemy, and experts from seven international cultural and academic institutions weigh in on the subject in this two-part video series.