Since 2009, the Foundation has been supporting visiting faculty and research seminar projects as part of the Connecting Art Histories initiative. Our current areas of focus are Latin America and the Greater Mediterranean, with occasional demonstration projects in other parts of the world. Below is a list of active and recent projects, organized by geographic region.


Fundação de Desenvolvimento da UNICAMP
State University of Campinas (UNICAMP), located just outside São Paulo, Brazil, received Getty grant funds for a series of visiting professorships and related workshops dedicated to the study of non-Western art. UNICAMP is the first graduate-level art history program in Brazil to offer courses in this area, and the project is cementing their leadership by supporting up to ten visiting faculty in Pre-Columbian, African, and Japanese art during a two-year period.
Grant awarded: $245,000 (2013)

Fundación ArtNexus para la Promolgación y Divulgación del arte
Fundación ArtNexus hosted Intellectual Networks: Art and Politics in Latin America, a project that brought together scholars from across Latin America to study intellectual and artistic networks in the region during the 1920s and the 1970s. A project team of international scholars met in two research seminars—one at the Universidad Nacional de Colombia in Bogotá and one at the Getty Center—to address these important decades in Latin American social and artistic history. The team presented its research findings through papers at a public conference and through an exhibition of archival material at the Universidad Nacional Tres de Febrero de Buenos Aires in 2013. The exhibition travels to the Museum Leopoldo Rother at the Universidad Nacional de Colombia in May 2014.
Grant awarded: $127,500 (2011)

Museum of Latin American Art
The Museum of Latin American Art in Long Beach, the only museum in the Western United States exclusively focused on contemporary Latin American art, organized two linked international symposia, Between Museum and Practice: Rethinking Latin American Art in the 21st Century. Academics, curators and museum directors from 16 countries came together to discuss new models for interpreting and presenting modern and contemporary Latin American art. The first gathering was held in Los Angeles, hosted jointly at MoLAA and the Getty Center in March 2011; the second seminar took place at the Museo de Arte de Lima in Peru in November 2011. The seminars are available online as webcasts, expanding the discussion beyond Los Angeles and Lima.
Grant awarded: $160,000 (2010)

Trustees of Columbia University
Scholars based at Columbia University received Getty support for a series of international research seminars examining the cultural interactions between Spanish Italy and the Iberian Americas in the 16th century. Despite the extension of Spanish Habsburg rule to the Low Countries, southern Italy, and Latin America during this time, scholarship tends to treat the art of each region separately. Spanish Italy and the Iberian Americas is bringing together younger scholars from Italy and Latin America with a group of distinguished faculty to study the artistic ties that developed between these two regions during the so-called "Golden Age." Together the team is identifying a common corpus of key objects to be studied, developing a shared historical narrative, and exploring new models for conceiving and analyzing artistic influence.
Grant awarded: $247,000 (2015)

Universidade do Estado do Rio de Janeiro
In partnership with other universities across Latin America, the Universidade do Estado do Rio de Janeiro is undertaking a series of faculty and student exchanges and a related research project to examine the complex history of Latin American art in the long 19th century. Three intensive study courses held in Buenos Aires, Mexico City, and Rio de Janeiro focus on the following topics: the persistence of the classical tradition; the origins of Latin American modernism; and the appropriation of art and artifacts from indigenous cultures and trade networks with Africa and Asia. The resulting research is available in the online publication 19&20.
Grant awarded: $310,000 (2012)

Universidade Federal de São Paulo
Forging an innovative alliance, the art history departments at Federal University of São Paulo (UNIFESP) and the University of Zurich, Switzerland established a teaching exchange focused on the topics of The Global Baroque, The Notion of the Renaissance, and Practices in the Expanded Field of Art History. These courses featured residencies by visiting faculty from the respective programs in São Paulo and Zurich as well as field trips, allowing students first-hand study of objects and monuments in Brazil and Europe. This pedagogical project was complemented by a sequence of research seminars that focus on the challenges posed for art history by globalization, with a particular emphasis on Latin American art history. The project received a second round of Foundation grant support in 2013 for both partners to undertake additional visiting professorships and research seminars.
Grant awarded: $240,000 (2013), $185,000 (2013, to Universität Zurich), and $214,000 (2011)

Universidad Nacional de San Martín
Universidad Nacional de San Martín in Buenos Aires, home of one of the leading conservation centers in Latin America, organized a series of research seminars entitled Materiality between Art, Science and Culture in the Viceroyalties. Art historians, conservators, and conservation scientists from eight different countries across Latin America and Europe worked together to advance "technical art history" concerning colonial Latin American art. The grant supported three convenings on three different continents—including one at the Getty Center—focusing on artistic practices and materials in colonial Hispanic America from the 16th through the 18th centuries.
Grant awarded: $214,000 (2010)

Universidad Nacional de Tres de Febrero (UNTREF)
This grant to UNTREF supports the final phase of the Materiality between Art, Science and Culture in the Viceroyalties project described above that originated at the Universidad Nacional de San Martín. The initial research seminars created an interdisciplinary team that examined in-depth the artistic practices and materials of colonial Latin American art. This follow-up grant is expanding the intellectual network through a culminating seminar and two-volume publication in English and Spanish that promises to have a significant impact on studies in the field.
Grant awarded: $110,000 (2015)

University of Texas at Austin
A team led by scholars at the University of Texas at Austin is organizing a series of research seminars on Latin American and Latino art from 1960-1990 that brings together art historians from the region with their counterparts in the United States. The project involves senior scholars and advanced graduate students working together to analyze the history of Latin American avant-garde and neo-vanguard art. The group held their first meeting in Bogotá, Columbia in June 2013, and upcoming meetings will take place in Sao Paulo, Brazil; Buenos Aires, Argentina; and Austin, Texas in the U.S.
Grant awarded: $224,000 (2012)

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American Academy in Rome
The American Academy in Rome is organizing a series of seminars on medieval art and architecture across the Mediterranean, including North Africa, the Middle East, and the Balkan coast. While this region has been characterized by divisive religious and ethnic tensions, new art historical research is producing a more integrated history of the medieval period and uncovering a distinctive blend of Judaism, Christianity and Islam that shaped the region's art and culture during the period of study. The project also has an interdisciplinary dimension, bringing together leading scholars who work in diverse contexts ranging from museums and academia to archaeology and cultural heritage.
Grant awarded: $222,000 (2013)

Brown University
Distinguished scholars Susan E. Alcock and Natalie Kampen organized a research seminar exploring The Arts of Rome's Provinces. The seminar brought together twenty art historians and archaeologists from the Middle East, North Africa, the republics of the Caucasus and Central Asia, and Western, Central, and Eastern Europe to study "romanization" and material culture in these regions. Through on-site research of historical monuments and important collections in Greece and Great Britain, the seminars encouraged collaboration between art historians and archaeologists, creating a model for future interdisciplinary exchange. A final seminar held at the Getty Villa cemented the research findings, leading to a publication.
Grants awarded: $235,000 (2010) and $180,000 (2009)

Charitable Foundation of Boğaziçi University
Boğaziçi University (Istanbul, Turkey), a highly regarded program in art history, architecture and visual culture in Turkey, organized a Distinguished Visiting Professorship program that brought renowned art historians from a variety of fields to the university to teach graduate courses and thereby strengthen training of its graduate students. Visiting professors taught courses in topics ranging from contemporary art to South Asian photography and Near Eastern art.
Grants awarded: $200,000 (2011) and $175,000 (2010)

Courtauld Institute of Art
Crossing Frontiers: Christians and Muslims and their Art in Eastern Anatolia and the Caucasus is a series of research seminars examining the cultural complexity of art and artifacts of the Caucasus and eastern Anatolia from the late 12th through the 14th centuries. The research team includes senior experts, as well as emerging scholars from the region, who are working together to uncover this area's history as a hub of dynamic artistic exchange at the crossroads of Europe and Asia. The project includes site visits to major monuments and collections in Turkey and Armenia and will lead to a new interpretation of medieval art and architecture.
Grant awarded: $215,000 (2014)

Max-Planck-Gesellschaft zur Förderung der Wissenschaftern E.V. / Kunsthistorisches Institut in Florenz
The Kunsthistorisches Institut in Florence has developed a multi-year research project, Space and Mobility in the Early Ages of Globalization, to examine how the visual arts have shaped and strengthened connections among cultures in the Mediterranean, Middle East, Central Asia, and the Indian subcontinent from late antiquity to early modernity. To date the project has successfully brought together almost 100 junior scholars from around the world with more than 20 distinguished senior scholars for seminars, workshops, summer programs, and research trips to important historical sites. With the project now in its final phase, organizers are consolidating their research for a publication on the early modern period.
Grants awarded: $100,000 (2012), $236,000 (2011), $200,000 (2010), and $200,000 (2009)

President and Fellows of Harvard College / Villa I Tatti
Villa I Tatti - The Harvard University Center for Italian Renaissance Studies received support for a 2013 research seminar in Florence for scholars from China who teach Western art and architecture to study Renaissance works firsthand. The three-week program offered Chinese art and architectural historians the unique opportunity to study major works in situ, and to share ideas about art historical scholarship with colleagues from the U.S. and Italy. Building on the success of this first program, Harvard is now organizing similar institutes for 2014 and 2015. Entitled Understanding Space in Renaissance Italy, the intensive summer sessions will again study the close integration of art and architecture that is characteristic of Renaissance Florence.
Grants awarded: $215,000 (2014) and $108,000 (2012)

President and Fellows of Harvard College
Distinguished scholar Alina Payne (Professor of the History of Art and Architecture at Harvard University) is leading a series of seminars that propose a new intellectual direction for early modern studies by focusing on the artistic ties that developed along the complex network of waterways connecting Eastern Europe to the Dalmatian Coast, the Mediterranean, and the Black Sea. This region was a critical meeting point for assimilating, translating, and linking the cultures of Central Asia with Western Europe, and Christianity with Islam. Aimed at fostering dialogue among younger scholars from the former Soviet Bloc, as well as fruitful exchange with scholars in the United States, the program includes an intensive field study of regional monuments and collections, a follow-up residency at Harvard, and a final seminar in Eastern Europe.
Grant awarded: $360,000 (2013)

School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS)
The School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), an affiliate of the University of London, received support to host a research seminar on the art and archaeology of the Crusades in the Eastern Mediterranean. While older histories characterize the Crusader States as a strict boundary between Christianity and Islam, this seminar will take a fresh look at the visual legacy that resulted from the complex intersection of Judaism, Islam, and different Christian sects in the region. The project brings together senior and younger scholars from the disciplines of art history and archaeology for four workshops in historically significant cities: Istanbul, Acre, Amman, and Athens. Field work will include visits to museum collections and historic sites, and the team expects to publish their research findings in an edited volume.
Grant Awarded: $335,000 (2014)

University of California, Berkeley
The Many Lives of Ancient Monuments is a research seminar that examines the long and multifaceted histories of ancient cities of Turkey. The seminar brings together younger art historians and archaeologists from the Greater Mediterranean with a group of distinguished scholars to renegotiate art history's relationship to "periodization," or the tendency to isolate objects and sites of study as exemplary of just one period. Based at the newly-inscribed UNESCO world heritage site Aphrodisias, the project includes visits to several other archaeological sites throughout Turkey and will lead to a new interpretation of the study of ancient art in the Greater Mediterranean.
Grant Awarded: $60,000 (2017)

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Jawaharlal Nehru University
One of India's leading post-graduate universities, Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) in New Delhi conducted a Distinguished Visiting Professorship program in the School of Art and Aesthetics to expand its range of art history graduate courses. Established in 1969, the School has become the country's premier center for interdisciplinary study in the visual arts. Headed by JNU Professor Kavita Singh, the three-year program is bringing distinguished scholars to the university each year to teach courses in diverse areas such as gender and identity in Roman art, contemporary art theory, and the history of art in Jerusalem.
Grants awarded: $145,000 (2010) and $145,000 (2009)

Max Weber Stiftung—Deutsche Geisteswissenschaftliche Institute im Ausland / Deutsches Forum für Kunstgeschichte
In the spring of 2017, a group of young Chinese scholars whose research focuses on European art will convene at the German Research Center for Art History in Paris (Deutsches Forum für Kunstgeschichte) for a three-week seminar devoted to the French avant-garde. Direct study of artworks in the Musée d'Orsay, Musée de l'Orangerie, Petit Palais, Centre Georges Pompidou, and Musée Gustave Moreau will complement lectures given by distinguished scholars of modernism. The city of Paris itself will also be a focus of study, especially the neighborhoods of Montmartre and Montparnasse and the site of the 1889 and 1900s world's fairs, where the historic integration of art and architecture characteristic of modernism remains evident.
Grant awarded: $135,000 (2016)

Ruprecht-Karls-Universität, more commonly known as Heidelberg University, received support for a series of research seminars on modern Chinese art. The first series of seminars focused on the Republican era (1912-1949), when art-making practices shifted away from Western models of modernism towards indigenous Chinese themes and pictorial styles. A second suite of seminars will address Chinese artists' encounters with European modernism starting in the late Qing period, from roughly 1890 until 1939. The Heidelberg-based project team is collaborating with scholars from the Central Academy of Fine Arts, Beijing, and the Institute of Fine Arts, Sichuan University, Chengdu, as well as a larger group of 15 younger scholars based largely in China.
Grants awarded: $245,000 (2013) and $225,000 (2016)

Seton Hall University
Seton Hall University, in collaboration with Peking University, received Getty support to organize and implement an international seminar on the subject of "Chinoiserie" and artistic encounters between China and the West during the Qing dynasty. The meeting was held in October 2012 in Beijing and brought together emerging scholars with senior specialists.
Grants awarded: $64,500 (2012) and $23,000 (2011)

University of Sydney
In 2010, the Power Institute based at the University of Sydney, received a planning grant to organize a series of regional meetings in collaboration with colleagues in Southeast Asia to assess the current state of art history in the region. A key priority that emerged from these meetings was the need for additional training opportunities in art historical research methods and analysis for modern art, a field that historically has offered the most opportunities for professional support and advancement in the region. In 2014, the Power Institute received a second grant to support a series of seminars led by senior specialists that offered research training for emerging scholars from across Southeast Asia. Developed in collaboration with the National Gallery Singapore and Institute of Technology, Bandung, the project brought together scholars and curators to rethink histories of art in the region. Building on the success of these programs, the University of Sydney is now organizing Site and Space in Southeast Asia, a series of site-based seminars that engage with colonial and post-independence visual culture in key cities across Southeast Asia.
Grant awarded: 94,000 AUD (2012), $246,000 (2014), and $240,000 (2017)

University of Toronto
The University of Toronto (UT) and the Guangzhou Academy of Fine Art (GAFA), a leading art history department in China, are organizing a series of faculty and student exchanges focused on the study of medieval and early modern art. Faculty from UT and GAFA will participate in teaching exchanges, and students from both institutions will be selected through a competitive application process to engage in field study in Dunhuang and Sicily. The two-year curricular program exposes Chinese students to Western art and art-historical methodologies and deepens North American students' understanding of Chinese art and art-historical approaches.
Grant awarded: $245,000 (2014)

Top Image: Participants in the Universidade do Estado do Rio de Janeiro's faculty exchange program visit TAREA (Taller argentino de restauro en arte) at the Instituto de Investigaciones sobre el Patrimonio Cultural of the Universidad San Martín in Argentina, 2012.
Middle Image: Research team led by the Kunsthistorisches Institut in Florence visits the Shah-i-Zinda complex in Samarqand. ©2012 Mirela Ljevakovic.
Bottom Image: The Qianlong Emperor in Ceremonial Armour on Horseback (detail), Giuseppe Castiglione, 1758. Ink and color on silk, 127 x 91.3 inches. The Palace Museum.

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