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March 2013

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Farewell to Surrealism: The Dyn Circle in Mexico
Exhibition extended through April 14, 2013

See the show that Los Angeles Times art critic Christopher Knight calls "a small but engaging gem of an exhibition." Now extended through April 14, 2013, with curator gallery tours on Thursdays at 2 p.m.

More about this exhibition.

Watch curator Annette Leddy discuss the show.
Wolfgang Paalen with his portrait of André Breton, photographer unknown, ca. 1942. Courtesy Museo Franz Mayer, Mexico City

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Getty Research Journal, no. 5
New Issue

The Getty Research Journal publishes original scholarship that draws from the Getty's extensive archival, art, and rare book collections. This issue features essays on early modern alchemy, Russian avant-garde book art, Yves Klein at Galerie Schmela, and other groundbreaking research.

Read essay abstracts and buy the journal.

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A Closer Look: Being Harald Szeemann

One of the most significant curators of the 20th century, Harald Szeemann was an ardent advocate of modern and contemporary art. In this short film, Szeemann's family members talk about the importance of finding the right home for his archive and why they chose the GRI. The books, photographs, and archival materials that Szeemann carefully collected over a lifetime of curatorial work and collaboration with artists now occupy nearly 3,000 linear feet at the GRI.

Watch the video.
Una Szeemann shares stories about her father's creativity and leadership.
A "New Friendship between Art and Anthropology": Surrealism in Mexico
Video: Lecture by Dawn Ades
January 31, 2013

Art historian Dawn Ades examines modern art's relationship with archaeology and anthropology, as expressed by an international group of artists working in Mexico in the 1940s. Following the lecture, Annette Leddy, Andrew Perchuk, and Joanne Pillsbury join Ades to discuss surrealists' engagement with pre-Columbian and First Nations art. Complements the GRI's exhibition Farewell to Surrealism: The Dyn Circle in Mexico.

Watch the video.
Joanne Pillsbury, Dawn Ades, and Annette Leddy discuss surrealism in Latin America.
California Architecture: Franklin D. Israel Papers
Finding Aid

Los Angeles–based architect Frank Israel influenced architectural discourse of the 1980s and early 1990s and connected the modernist generation of California architects with the work of current practitioners. The archive's 8,000 original drawings and prints, 38 models, numerous photographs and articles, and extensive office records and correspondence reveal Israel's design process and provide insight into the development of modern architectural business practices.

Browse the finding aid.
Drawing of offices for Propaganda Films in Hollywood, Franklin D. Israel, ca. 1988. The Getty Research Institute, 2009.M.6
Sketches by Sir George Hayter
Digital Collection

English artist Sir George Hayter's Grand Tour album records his first visit to Italy from 1816 to 1818. His illustrations of England—dating from October 1816, when Hayter embarked on his trip—are followed by views of Paris, Lyon, Turin, and Milan. Sketches made in Rome depict important structures, including the Coliseum and the Villa Borghese, and a number of drawings from 1817 record Hayter's travels throughout Italy.

View digitized images.
Views of the countryside, George Hayter, 1816–18, leaf 54. The Getty Research Institute, 2011.M.2*

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Objects in Motion in the Early Modern World
Friday and Saturday, May 10–11, 2013
9:30 a.m.–5:30 p.m.
Museum Lecture Hall, Getty Center

This conference examines the circulation of objects across regions and cultures in the early modern period (1500–1800). Scholarly presentations explore the way mobility led to new meanings, uses, and interpretations. Breakout sessions invite the audience to examine works of art in the Getty's collections. Cosponsored by the Getty Research Institute and the USC-Huntington Early Modern Studies Institute.

Separate reservations are required for each day of the conference.

Reserve a free ticket to this event.

Banner image: Views of the countryside, George Hayter, 1816–18, leaf 14. The Getty Research Institute, 2011.M.2*
Vallard Atlas (detail), 1547. Courtesy the Huntington Library, HM29.f12

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