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CALIFORNIACID (detail), Didier Mutel, 2017. From The First Atlas of the United States of Acid. The Getty Research Institute, 2018.PR.12. © Atelier Didier Mutel


  CALIFORNIACID, Didier Mutel, 2017. From The First Atlas of the United States of Acid. The Getty Research Institute, 2018.PR.12. © Atelier Didier Mutel

Artists and Their Books / Books and Their Artists

Through October 28, 2018 | The Getty Center
The 55 prints in Didier Mutel's The First Atlas of the United States of Acid emphasize the significant effects of acid in the process of creating the copper plates used to make the etchings in this artist's book. Mutel has made each state the correct shape and size but with humorous twists such as listing artists, writers, or intellectuals from the past and present as congressional representatives. A selection of prints from this suite is now on display as part of the GRI exhibition Artists and Their Books / Books and Their Artists.

Gallery tours are held Tuesdays and Thursdays at 2:00 p.m., with special viewings of artists' books from GRI collections following the public tours every Tuesday.

Learn more about this exhibition.



Applications Now Open for 2018/2019 Scholar Year Themes

The Getty Scholars Program announces its two research themes for the 2019/2020 scholar year: Art and Ecology (GRI) and The Classical World in Context: Thrace (Getty Villa). The GRI's theme focuses on ecological and environmental concepts for scholars exploring the way artistic practice has sought to understand our relationship to nature. For scholars at the Villa, next year's theme will center on the ancient culture of Thrace, with particular emphasis on its ties to Greece and Rome.

The application deadline for the 2019/2020 scholar year is October 1.

Apply for a Getty Scholar Grant.

Learn more about the two research themes.


  Bookscape (detail), Johanna Drucker, 1986–1988. The Getty Research Institute, 94-B18934. Courtesy Johanna Drucker

Current Perspectives on Books and Art with Johanna Drucker

Conversation | August 17, 2018 | 7:00 p.m. | The Getty Center
In this lecture accompanying the GRI exhibition Artists and Their Books / Books and Their Artists, UCLA's Breslauer Professor of Bibliographical Studies Johanna Drucker discusses the place of books in contemporary culture. Throughout history artists have been essential to the making of books, conveying books' meaning and content through design and materiality. However, with the rise of electronic communications and digital publications, Drucker considers whether books are on the way to becoming art objects.

This program is held in conjunction with the Getty Center's Friday Flights series.

Reserve a free ticket.


  The chancel screen at Dalton Church in Yorkshire, England, William Butterfield, undated. The Getty Research Institute, 850998 bx.5*, f.5

William Butterfield Architectural and Design Drawings, ca. 1838–1892

British architect William Butterfield's extensive collection of drawings has been digitized in its entirety and is now available to researchers. Butterfield was known for his ecclesiastical drawings and promotion of the Gothic Revival style. This collection contains 290 items total, and includes commissions and illustrations for 25 buildings—like Balliol College Chapel at Oxford University and All Saints Church on Margaret Street in London—and 67 designs for ecclesiastical objects, as well as drawings with measurements for buildings that were not designed by Butterfield.

Explore this digitized collection.


  Sheikh Sâleh l'Arnaoute, Félix Bonfils, 1870. The Getty Research Institute, 2008.R.3

Ken and Jenny Jacobson Orientalist Photography Collection, 1809–1960

Finding Aid
Containing over 4,500 photographs by more than 164 photographers and studios, the Ken and Jenny Jacobson Orientalist Photography Collection captures the Middle East and North Africa during a period when the "Orient" was becoming increasingly open and accessible to the West. Taken between 1850 and 1920, these photographs depict Egypt, the Maghreb, and the Levant through an overwhelmingly Western lens and were incredibly alluring to travelers, scholars, and entrepreneurs of the age.

Browse the finding aid.


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