The Display of Art


"The Display of Art" continued as the theme for the Getty Research Institute from 2009–2010 into 2010–2011.

Display is a driving force in the art world by bringing together ideas with objects and creating narratives that assign meanings. Our experience of any object and the meaning we take from it change with the social, political, economic, and cultural contexts of its display. In some cases, objects only become works of art by virtue of being displayed.

The modern museum's raison d'être is display, and the study of museums and their history will be of interest during this scholar year, as will the relationship of display to conservation and interpretation. Aspects of display related to antiquity will also form a special focus. Finally, a particular display may itself be an artful endeavor worthy of study.


Getty Scholars


Anthony Barbieri-Low (Villa) is Associate Professor in the Department of History at the University of California, Santa Barbara, where he studies ancient Chinese art and archaeology.
Public Display of Monumental Art in Early Imperial China
(October–December)

Olivier Bonfait is Professor of early modern and Italian art at Univeristé de Provence Aix-Marseille I, France.
The Exhibitions in Bologna in the 17th and 18th Centuries
(January–June)

Barbara Borg (Villa) is Professor of Classical Archaeology in the department of Classics and Ancient History at the University of Exeter, England.
Changing Decorum: Displaying Art and Framing the Living in the Third Century A.D.
(January–June)

Petra Chu is Professor of Art History and Museum Studies and Director of Graduate Studies in the department of Art, Music, and Design at Seton Hall University, where she works on art, design, and the art market of the late 19th century.
Paintings and Sculptures in the Aesthetic Interior: Daniel Cottier: Artist, Designer, Dealer
(January–June)

Jeffrey Collins is Professor of 17th and 18th-century European art at The Bard Graduate Center, New York.
Archeology and Display at the Vatican: Marshaling the Muses
(October–December)

Thomas Demand is an artist based in Berlin, Germany.
(October–June)

Anne Helmreich is Associate Professor of 19th-century European art in the Art History and Art department at Case Western Reserve University.
Strategies of Display and the Commercial Art Market in London, ca. 1860–1930
(January–June)

Peter Heslin (Villa) is Lecturer in Classics and Ancient History at Durham University, England.
The Museum of Augustus: The Porticus Philippi
(October–December)

Michel Hochmann is Professor in the section des sciences historiques et philologiques at Ecole Pratique des Hautes Etudes, Paris.
The Display of Art Works in Venetian Renaissance Interiors
(October–December)

Rachel Kousser (Villa) is Associate Professor in the Department of Art at Brooklyn College and the Graduate Center, City University of New York.
Ancient Iconoclasm: Destroying the Power of Images in Greece, 480–31 B.C.
(January–June)

Olivier Lugon is Professor in the department of the Histoire et esthetique du cinema at the Universite de Lausanne, Switzerland, where he studies the history of photography and exhibition design.
Exhibiting Photography, 1890–1990
(October–June)

Michael Marrinan is Professor in the department of Art and Art History at Stanford University.
A Monograph on Gustave Caillebotte
(January–June)

Saloni Mathur (Consortium Scholar PDF, 538 KB) is Associate Professor in the department of Art History at the University of California, Los Angeles.
Divided Objects: Indian Partition and the Politics of Display
(October–June)

Carole Paul is Lecturer in the Department of History of Art and Architecture at the University of California, Santa Barbara, where she studies eighteenth-century European art and culture.
Display and Civility on the Capitoline Hill
(October–December)

Giles Adrian Waterfield is Associate Lecturer at the Courtauld Institute of Art, London.
The Art Museum in Nineteenth-century Britain
(January–June)

Zhu Qingsheng is Director of the Center of Visual Studies at Peking University, China.
Art History in China
(October–December)



Predoctoral Fellows


Isabelle Flour is a doctoral candidate in the Department of History of Art at Universite Paris 1 (Pantheon-Sorbonne).
The Display of Ornament and the "Reality Effect": Architectural Casts versus Period Rooms–A Transatlantic Perspective.
(October–June)

Atreyee Gupta is a Ph.D. Candidate in the Department of Art History at the University of Minnesota, Minneapolis.
Displaying Modern Art: State, Culture, and Avant-gardism in Post-Independence India
(October–June)

Ksenya Gurshtein is a Ph.D. Candidate in the History of Art at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor.
TransStates: Conceptual Art in Eastern Europe and the Limits of Utopia
(October–June)



Postdoctoral Fellows


Adriano Aymonino is an independent scholar based in London. His research interests include British art, architecture and collecting.
A Mirror of the Enlightenment: The Patronage, Collections and Cultural World of the First Duke and Duchess of Northumberland in Georgian Britain
(October–June)

Weihong Bao is Assistant Professor of Chinese film and media culture in the department of East Asian Languages and Cultures at Columbia University.
The Art of Display: Cinema and Intermedial Culture in China, 1884–1945
(October–June)

Sylvain Cordier received his doctorate from Universite Paris IV (Sorbonne), where he studied European furniture and decorative arts.
Displaying Furniture in Public and Private Spaces in France and Britain (1800–1840): Taste, Aesthetics and Power
(October–June)

John North Hopkins (Villa) received his PhD from the University of Texas at Austin, where he studied the architecture and geography of Archaic Rome.
City on Display: The Creation of a City and the Placement of Monuments in Early Rome
(October–June)

Felipe Rojas (Villa) received his PhD in the Department of Classics at the University of California, Berkeley.
Display of Lydian Realia in Roman Sardis
(October–June)

Alessia Zambon (Villa) is Attaché temporaire d'enseignement et recherché in the Department of Greek Archeology at Universite Paris 1 (Pantheon-Sorbonne).
"Le musee Fauvel": Collecting and Displaying Antiquities in Athens (1792–1824)
(October–June)



Guest Scholars


Richard Julin is Deputy Director of Magasin 3: Stockholm Konsthall, Sweden.
Long Beach Video Archive
(October–December)

Julia Sorokina is a curator based in Kazakhstan and head of the board of the "Asia Art+" Public Foundation.
Archiving Contemporary Art in Central Asia
(October–November)



Pacific Standard Time Fellows


Lucy Bradnock received her PhD from the University of Essex with a dissertation entitled "After Artaud: Art in America, 1949–1965."
Poetics, Politics and Play: Post-war California Assemblage
(October–June)

Jenni Sorkin received her PhD in the History of Art at Yale University where her dissertation focused on craft and gender within the history of American modernism.
Learning from Los Angeles: Gendered Pedagogy and Its Predecessors at the Woman's Building
(October–June)

Anthony Fontenot is a PhD candidate in the School of Architecture at Princeton University.
Non-Design, Architecture, and the American City
(October–June)



Roman Palaces Fellow


Francesco Freddolini received his PhD in 2008 from the Universita di Pisa, Italy, where he studied Italian Baroque sculpture.
Collecting and Displaying Sculpture in Medicean Tuscany, c. 1600–1737
(October–June)



Museum Guest Scholars


George Hein is Professor Emeritus in the Graduate School of Arts and Social Sciences at Lesley University.
Host department: Education
(January–March)

Ann Hoenigswald is Senior Conservator of Paintings at the National Gallery of Art, Washington D.C.
Host department: Painting Conservation
(January–March)

Nora Kennedy is Sherman Fairchild Conservator of Photographs at The Metropolitan Museum of Art.
Host department: Paper Conservation
(April–June)

Robert van Langh is Head of Conservation at the Rijskmuseum in Amsterdam.
Host department: Decorative Arts and Sculpture Conservation
(January–March)

Aleksandra Lipinska is Assistant Professor in the Instytut Historii Sztuki at the Uniwersytet Wroclawski, Poland.
Host department: Sculpture and Decorative Arts
(April–June)

Mark McDonald is Assistant Keeper in the Department of Prints and Drawings at The British Museum.
Host department: Drawings
(October–December)

Lawrence Nichols is William Hutton Curator of European and American Painting and Sculpture before 1900 at the Toledo Museum of Art, Ohio.
Host department: Paintings
(October–December)

Gertrud Platz was Vice-Director (retired) of the Antikensammlung, Staatliche Museen zu Berlin.
Host department: Antiquities
(October–December)

Ann Thomas is Curator of Photographs at the National Gallery of Canada in Ottawa.
Host department: Department of Photographs
(April–June)

Hiltrud Westermann-Angerhausen is Director Emeritus of the Schnütgen Museum in Cologne, Germany.
Host department: Manuscripts
(January–March)

Related Past Events



Taste and the Senses

Exhibiting the Art of India

The Display of Art in Eighteenth-Century Europe

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