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Overdrive: L.A. Constructs the Future, 1940–1990
National Building Museum, Washington, D.C.
October 20, 2013–March 10, 2014

The first major museum exhibition to survey Los Angeles's built environment, Overdrive brings a new perspective on Los Angeles to the East Coast by showcasing the region's diverse and underappreciated urban landscape, including its ambitious freeway network and refined steel-and-glass residences. This exhibition was co-organized by the Getty Research Institute and the J. Paul Getty Museum as part of Pacific Standard Time Presents: Modern Architecture in L.A.

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Learn more about Overdrive: L.A. Constructs the Future, 1940–1990.

LAX Theme Building by Pereira & Luckman, Welton Becket & Associates, and Paul R. Williams. Alan E. Leib Collection. Image courtesy and copyright Luckman Salas O'Brien


The Colors of the New World: Artists, Materials, and the Creation of the Florentine Codex
Thursday, November 7, 2013
7:00 p.m.
Harold M. Williams Auditorium, The Getty Center

In August 1576, the Spanish Franciscan friar Bernardino de Sahagún and 22 indigenous Mexican artists created the first illustrated encyclopedia of the New World: the Florentine Codex. Diana Magaloni Kerpel discusses how new research on the selection of pigments in the manuscript reveals a previously hidden symbolic language. Sponsored by the Getty Research Institute Council.

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Detail of the Florentine Codex. Biblioteca Medicea Laurenziana. Med Palat. 220, c. 214V
Chatting with Henri Matisse: The Lost 1941 Interview
Sunday, November 17, 2013
3:00 p.m.
Harold M. Williams Auditorium, The Getty Center

In 1941, the Swiss art critic Pierre Courthion traveled through Nazi-controlled France to interview the artist Henri Matisse, who suppressed publication at the last minute. Join art journalist Tyler Green of Modern Art Notes and art historian Serge Guilbaut as they discuss the significance of the lost text, finally available from the GRI after 70 years.

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Getty Open Content Program Adds 5,400 Images

In October, 5,400 high-resolution images from the GRI's collections were made available without fees or restriction through the Getty's Open Content Program. Images include drawings and watercolors, artists' sketchbooks, rare 16th- through 18th-century prints, 19th-century architectural drawings of cultural landmarks, and 19th-century photographs of the Middle East and Asia.

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Lantern detail in Kangxi dengtu, China, ca. 1790–1830. The Getty Research Institute, 2003.M.25

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Tania Norris Collection of Rare Botanical Books

The 41 rare books in this collection provide insight into the impact of natural science on visual arts in Europe from the 16th to the 19th century. Highlights include Johann Christoph Volkamer's Nürnbergische Hesperides (1708), which documents the shift in German urban planning as private orchards began to serve as semipublic parks, and Maria Sibylla Merian's Der rupsen begin, the first book to depict the metamorphosis of the butterfly.

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Cedro grosso Bondolotto, Johann Christoph Volkamer, 1708. The Getty Research Institute, 2885-927
Frederick Hammersley Archive

Cofounder of Southern California's first homegrown postwar artistic movement, hard-edge abstractionism, Frederick Hammersley (1919–2009) considered intuition a guiding principle for art making. This collection includes sketchbooks, notebooks, lithographs, and prints, as well as a small canvas considered to be Hammersley's first "Hunch" painting.

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Find out more about Frederick Hammersley.

Listen to Frederick Hammersley speak about his work.

Frederick Hammersley's studio in March 2012. Painting and notebooks: © Frederick Hammersley Foundation

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Photographs of the Ottoman Empire and the Republic of Turkey, 1850–1958
Finding Aid

The Pierre de Gigord Collection of over 6,000 photographic images, taken by more than 165 photographers, presents a visual record of the late years of the Ottoman Empire and the formation and early years of the Republic of Turkey. The collection focuses mainly on cultural and urban experiences in Constantinople (Istanbul).

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Old man sitting on base of fountain, James Robertson, ca. 1853–55. The Getty Research Institute, 96.R.14
Photograph Album of Constantinople, 1880
Digital Collections

More than 137 photographic prints by various photographers of Constantinople, including its people, monuments, plazas, mosques, and the Walls of Constantinople, left over from the Byzantine Empire. The album is part of the GRI's Pierre de Gigord Collection.

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Browse the finding aid for the Pierre de Gigord Collection.

Detail of the Florentine Codex. Biblioteca Medicea Laurenziana. Med Palat. 220, c. 214V
Constantinople–Kiosque des anciens Sultans, Abdullah Frères, 1880. The Getty Research Institute, 96.R.14

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