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December 2011

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Performance and Public Art Festival
January 19–29, 2012

Southern California will be transformed for 11 days in January with more than 25 performances and large-scale outdoor sculptures. Part of the Pacific Standard Time initiative, the festival features restagings and reinventions of works created and performed by Los Angeles artists between 1945 and 1980.

Join us January 20th at the Getty Center for Kalpa, a major, new site-specific commission by Japanese performance artist Hirokazu Kosaka.

Preview festival highlights.
Eleanor Antin as Eleanora Antinova in Before the Revolution (1979) at the Santa Barbara Museum of Art (detail). This performance will be presented at the Hammer Museum during the festival.


Modern Art in Los Angeles:
Frank Gehry and the Los Angeles Art Scene
Tuesday, December 13, 2011
7:00 p.m.
Harold M. Williams Auditorium, Getty Center

In the 1960s, artists and architects in Los Angeles developed close friendships and shared ideas and inspiration. For this lively event, Frank Gehry reunites with Peter Alexander, Chuck Arnoldi, Larry Bell, Tony Berlant, and Ed Moses to reflect on their formative years in Los Angeles.

This event is currently sold out. There will be a standby line and check-in will open at 5:30 p.m.

Learn more about this event.
Frank Gehry in Greece (detail), 1975. Courtesy of Ed Moses and Frank Gehry

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California Modernism: The Ray Kappe Papers
Finding Aid

Los Angeles architect Ray Kappe is one of Southern California's preeminent designers of modern residential architecture and an educator who founded the Southern California Institute of Architecture (SCI-Arc). Consisting of drawings, documents, photographs, client correspondence, and writings, the archive is an important resource for the study of postwar California modernism.

Browse the finding aid.

Learn more about this archive from the cataloger.
Section drawing for the Kappe residence, Ray Kappe, ca. 1965. The Getty Research Institute, 2008.M.36
Two Modern Art in Los Angeles Conversations

Los Angeles curators Barbara Haskell, Jane Livingston, and Helene Winer describe the L.A. art scene in the 1960s and 1970s.

View excerpts from Women Curators in Los Angeles.

De Wain Valentine discusses challenges he faced in creating a new polyester resin that allowed him to produce luminous large-scale sculptures.

Watch the complete video of An Evening with De Wain Valentine.
Andrew Perchuk with curators Jane Livingston, Barbara Haskell, and Helene Winer at the Getty Center
Emblem Books
Digital Collection

The GRI holds one of the world's leading collections of emblem books. The emblematic artist was encouraged to create the most unusual image possible in order to make the strongest impact on the reader's memory. The interaction of bizarre allegorical imagery with moralizing mottoes and poetry became the source of some of the most creative artistic uses of visual symbolism in early modern Europe.

View over 450 works from the GRI's Emblem Collection.
Lingua quo tendis (Tongue, where are you heading?), Crispijn van de Passe. From Nucleus emblematum selectissimorum (Cologne, 1611). The Getty Research Institute, 93-B10499

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Greetings from L.A.: Artists and Publics, 1950–1980
Exhibition through February 5, 2012

As part of this exhibition, artist Allen Ruppersberg created L.A. in the 70s, a site-specific installation for the title wall. Centered around a vinyl blow-up of the handwritten cover of Ruppersberg's book, Greetings from L.A.—on display in the exhibition—the wall features playful reproductions of city maps that he found at flea markets in the early 1970s and a collage of vintage photos of Los Angeles.

Learn more about this exhibition.

View the making of Ruppersberg's installation L.A. in the 70s.

Banner image: Detail of card to the Herms family dated Christmas Day, 1968, Dean Stockwell. The Getty Research Institute, 2009.M.20. Gift of George Herms. © Dean Stockwell
Allen Ruppersberg with the finished installation L.A. in the 70s

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