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January 2012

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Man Ray Archives

Two new archives offer a fascinating in-depth view into Man Ray's life and interactions with friends and colleagues like Ernest Hemingway and Pablo Picasso. Illustrated datebooks, correspondence, photographs, and publications enhance the existing Man Ray collections at the GRI and the Getty Museum. An embossed portfolio containing photographs of Marcel Duchamp helps bridge the GRI's Duchamp and Man Ray holdings and strengthens its Dada and Surrealist collections.

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Spread from Man Ray's datebook, 1939. The Getty Research Institute, 2011.M.17 © 2011 Man Ray Trust / Artists Rights Society (ARS), NY / ADAGP, Paris


The Introduction of Photography as a Practice in Archaeological Documentation since the Late 19th Century
Thursday, January 12, 2012
5:30 p.m.
GRI Lecture Hall, Getty Center

Ortwin Dally, Secretary-General of the German Archaeological Institute (DAI), discusses the role that photography and reproductions played in the science of archaeology, examining photography's status in the field during the late 19th century and its relationship to other forms of objective or idealized visual representation.

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Theater terrace at Pergamon (in modern-day Turkey), 19th c. From the photo archive of the Athens department at the Deutsches Archäologisches Institut
Ed Bereal and Members of
The Bodacious Buggerrilla
Wednesday, January 18, 2012
7:00 p.m.
Harold M. Williams Auditorium, Getty Center

Artist Ed Bereal was a founding member of the radical street theater group The Bodacious Buggerrilla, which performed around L.A. from the 1960s to the 1980s. Members of the original group will reassemble with Bereal for a reading that revives their politically charged historical performance works.

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Ed Bereal and members of The Bodacious Buggerrilla performing Miss America Piece, ca. 1969–70. Image courtesy of and © The Bodacious Buggerrilla
Kalpa Performance
Friday, January 20, 2012
7:00 p.m.
Entrance Hall Steps, Getty Center

This major new site-specific commission by Hirokazu Kosaka will transform the Getty Center's Arrival Plaza into a sculptural and performative installation. In this event, Kosaka builds a symbolic parallel between kalpa—a Sanskrit word that means "a long period of time"—and how it inevitably transforms our lives, histories, and memories.

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Learn more about the Performance and Public Art Festival.
Oguri performs in Kalpa

C U R R E N T   E X H I B I T I O N

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

In the 1970s, Los Angeles artists found innovative ways of promoting their work and communicating with a broader public. Artists such as Chris Burden and Wolfgang Stoerchle broadcast their work on local television networks to advertise themselves. In Stoerchle's publicly aired Event in 1970, he and a gymnast break through various plaster pieces as part of the artist's MFA thesis project. This performance is one of several provocative video works currently on display in the exhibition.

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Watch an excerpt of Stoerchle's Video Works.
Event performance at UC Santa Barbara, 1970, Wolfgang Stoerchle. The Getty Research Institute, 2009.M.16 © J. Paul Getty Trust

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Art Critic Pierre Courthion's Papers
Finding Aid

The Pierre Courthion papers, 1901–1987, document the scholarly activities of a prolific art historian and critic whose research interests ranged from France to Brazil with particular focus on the art of Paris and Montmartre, Romanticism, Realism, Impressionism, and contemporary art of his time. Among the many artists represented in Courthion's papers are Courbet, Delacroix, Dufy, Ingres, Liotard, Manet, Matisse, Rouault, Rousseau, Schiavi, Seurat, and Soutine.

Browse the finding aid.

See also the GRI's collection of Courthion's correspondence and his interview with Henri Matisse.
Transparency of Chaïm Soutine's Paysage avec figures, 1920–22. The Getty Research Institute, 890007
Felbermeyer's Images of Art Repatriation
Digital Collection

Taken by the Munich-born photographer Johannes Felbermeyer for the Allied Central Collecting Point in Munich, this collection of more than 1,100 prints and negatives records the repatriation of art in the late 1940s. Depicted in the photographs are art-historical and military figures—including Edgar Breitenbach, General Lucius D. Clay, Charles Parkhurst, Rodolfo Siviero, and Craig Hugh Smyth—and approximately 500 European paintings and sculptures.

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Banner image: Detail from 100 Boots, 1971–73, Eleanor Antin. Halftone reproductions on 51 cards. 4 1/2 x 7 in. each. The Getty Research Institute, 2011.M.23, 2006.M.24, 890164, and 2009.M.5 (Gift of Hal Glicksman). © Eleanor Antin. Courtesy Ronald Feldman Fine Arts, New York
Konrad Roethel at the Central Collecting Point in Munich (detail), Johannes Felbermeyer, 1949. The Getty Research Institute, 89.P.4

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