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Current Exhibitions


 
Concrete Poetry: Words and Sounds in Graphic Space
March 28–July 30, 2017
Getty Research Institute, Gallery I

Drawn principally from the Getty Research Institute's collection of prints, artists' books, journals, and manuscripts documenting the international concrete poetry movement, this exhibition focuses on the visual, verbal, and sonic experiments of the 1950s, '60s, and '70s. Featuring works by foundational figures Augusto de Campos and Ian Hamilton Finlay, Concrete Poetry explores how these artists invented new forms such as cube poems and standing poems and continuously re-created their projects across media. Poetry by contemporaries including Henri Chopin, Ernst Jandl, Mary Ellen Solt, and Emmett Williams also plays a prominent role.

Image: Open (Abre), Augusto de Campos (b. 1931) and Julio Plaza (1938–2003), 1969. From Poemobiles (São Paulo, 1974). The Getty Research Institute, 92-B21581. Courtesy Augusto de Campos. Courtesy Anabela Plaza


 
Berlin/Los Angeles: Space for Music
April 25–July 30, 2017
Getty Research Institute, Gallery II

This exhibition celebrates the 50th anniversary of the sister-city partnership between Berlin and Los Angeles by exploring two iconic buildings: Hans Scharoun's Berlin Philharmonic (Berliner Philharmonie, built 1960–1963) and Frank Gehry's Walt Disney Concert Hall (built 1999–2003). Both buildings have captured the public's imagination and become signature features of the landscape of each city. Focusing on the buildings' extraordinary interiors and exteriors, Berlin/Los Angeles: Space for Music brings together original drawings, sketches, prints, photographs, and models to convey the architects' design processes. The parallels demonstrate how the Berlin Philharmonic and the Walt Disney Concert Hall were pivotal in fostering a strong resonance between architecture and the city.

Image: Walt Disney Concert Hall, Los Angeles. Frank Gehry, architecture, 2003. Carol M. Highsmith, photograph, n.d. Photographs in the Carol M. Highsmith Archive, Library of Congress, Prints and Photographs Division


Online Exhibition


 
The Legacy of Ancient Palmyra
ONLINE ONLY

War in Syria has irrevocably changed the ancient caravan city of Palmyra, famed as a meeting place of civilizations since its apogee in the mid-2nd to 3rd century CE. The Romans and Parthians knew Palmyra as a wealthy oasis metropolis, a center of culture and trade on the edge of their empires. For centuries, traveling artists and explorers have documented the site in former states of preservation. This online exhibition captures the site as it was photographed for the first time by Louis Vignes in 1864 and illustrated in the 18th century by the architect Louis-François Cassas. Their works contribute to Palmyra's legacy, one that goes far beyond the stones of its once great buildings.

Image: Temple of Bel, cella entrance (detail), Jean Baptiste Réville and Pierre Gabriel Berthault after Louis-François Cassas, 1799. From Voyage pittoresque de la Syrie, de la Phoénicie, de la Palestine, et de la Basse Egypte (Paris, 1799), vol. 1, pl. 46. The Getty Research Institute, 840011


Upcoming Exhibition


 
The Metropolis in Latin America, 1830–1930
September 16, 2017–January 7, 2018
Getty Research Institute, Galleries I and II

Over the course of a century of rapid urban growth, sociopolitical upheavals and cultural transitions reshaped the architectural landscapes of major cities in Latin America. Focusing on six capitals—Buenos Aires, Havana, Lima, Mexico City, Rio de Janeiro, and Santiago de Chile—The Metropolis in Latin America, 1830–1930, presents the colonial city as a terrain shaped by Iberian urban regulations, and the republican city as an arena of negotiation of previously imposed and newly imported models, which were later challenged by waves of indigenous revivals. Photographs, prints, plans, and maps depict the urban impact of key societal and economic transformations, including the emergence of a bourgeois elite, extensive infrastructure projects, rapid industrialization, and commercialization.

This exhibition is organized by the Getty Research Institute in conjunction with Pacific Standard Time: LA/LA and the Getty's four PST: LA/LA exhibitions opening at the Getty Center on September 16, 2017.

Image: The City of the Future: Hundred Story City in Neo-American Style, Francisco Mujica, 1929. From Francisco Mujica, History of the Skyscraper (Paris, 1929), pl. 134. 88-B34645


Events


 
Residential Course
Mellon Summer Institute in Italian Paleography
July 10–28, 2017






 
 
 
Conversation
Masks and the Uncanny, in Africa and Beyond
October 12, 2017