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April 2011

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Brush & Shutter: Early Photography in China
February 8–May 1, 2011

Described by Arts of Asia as making a
". . . significant contribution in blazing the trails that will come from discovering new examples . . ." this exhibition explores photography's introduction to China in the mid-19th century and demonstrates how Chinese artists adapted this new medium, grafting it onto traditional aesthetic conventions.

Curators lead a gallery talk of the exhibition on April 21 at 2:30 p.m.

Learn more about this exhibition.

Related publication.
Li Hong Chang
Portrait of Li Hong Chang, 1890. The Getty Research Institute, 2006.R.1
Closing this Sunday, March 27
Obsidian Mirror-Travels: Refracting Ancient Mexican Art and Archaeology

View images of ancient Maya and Aztec ruins, depictions of the Aztec Calendar Stone and other Mexican antiquities, and panoramic visions of Mexico.

Learn more about the exhibition.

Watch a video of the exhibition.
Section of the Vienna Codex, anonymous Mixtec artist, pl. 47. The Getty Research Institute, 85-B1535


Scenes of City Life 都市風光
Sunday, April 17, 2011
2:00 p.m.
Harold M. Williams Auditorium, The Getty Center

Never before shown outside China, director Yuan Muzhi's innovative fantasy uses live action, still photographs, animation, and even a peep show to depict the love triangle between a pawnshop owner's daughter and two young men in the bustling metropolis of 1930s Shanghai.

Subtitled in English, this presentation is made possible through the assistance of the China Film Archive.

Make a reservation and learn more about this film.
Stills from Scenes of City Life, 1935, directed by Yuan Muzhi

N E W   O N   T H E   W E B

Between Theory and Practice: Rethinking Latin American Art in the 21st Century

An international group of scholars, curators, museum directors, and artists discuss new approaches to the study and presentation of Latin American art in the 21st century. This symposium was held at the Getty Center and the Museum of Latin American Art (MOLAA) March 11–13, 2011.

Watch the video.
Mapa quemado/Burned Map, Horacio Zabala, 1974, mixed media on printed map. Courtesy of the artist and Henrique Faria Fine Art, New York
Finding Aid
High Performance Magazine Records, 1953–2003

These records document the publication's content, editorial process, and administrative history during its quarterly run from 1978 through 1997. Founded to cover performance art, the publication gradually shifted to include new and experimental art, and later activism and community-based art. With an extensive compilation of artist files, the archive also provides comprehensive documentation of the progressive art world from the late 1970s to the late 1990s.

Browse the finding aid.
Poster for Art/Life One Year Performance, from High Performance magazine records, 1978–97. The Getty Research Institute, 2006.M.8


2011 AAUP Book, Jacket and Journal Show
Getty Research Institute Publications Honored

Three Getty Research Institute publications will be featured in the 2011 AAUP Book, Jacket and Journal Show:

G: An Avant-Garde Journal of Art, Architecture, Design, and Film, 1923–1926

Printing the Grand Manner: Charles Le Brun and Monumental Prints in the Age of Louis XIV

Visual Planning and the Picturesque

Selected from among nearly 300 entries, they represent the very best in jacket and cover design.

L O O K I N G   A H E A D

Questioning the Standard: New Narratives of Art in Los Angeles
Friday, May 13, 2011
9:30 a.m.–5:00 p.m.
Museum Lecture Hall, The Getty Center

Curators, scholars, and educators working on the Pacific Standard Time region-wide research initiative address some of the myths and stereotypes that still pervade accounts of Los Angeles art in the postwar period.

Make a reservation.

Banner image: Collage of Many Photographs (detail), ca. 1860–ca. 1900, albumen print. The Getty Research Institute, 2006.R.17.2
Drive-in Theater, Julius Shulman, 1948. Julius Shulman Photography Archive, the Getty Research Institute, 2004.R.10 © J. Paul Getty Trust

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