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February 2014

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Connecting Seas: A Visual History of Discoveries and Encounters
Exhibition through April 13, 2014
GRI Galleries I and II

To encourage exploration of the Connecting Seas exhibition, children's book author Cornelia Funke created a gallery guide for kids. Written from the point of view of the ghost of the late-17th-century adventurer and pirate William Dampier, the guide provides imaginative context for the maps, globes, board games, and other rare objects on view.

Experts lead special gallery tours Tuesdays and Thursdays at 2:00 p.m.

Download the kids' gallery guide. Copies are also available in the galleries.

Schedule a visit for middle- and high-school classes.

Learn more about the exhibition.

Pirate illustration © 2013 Mirada Studios


Transpacific Engagements: Visual Culture of Global Exchange (1781–1869)
February 28–March 2, 2014
Ayala Museum, Makati City, Philippines

Scholarly presentations trace the movements of images and manufactured items (such as ivories and ceramics) as they circulated through Manila, crossing the Pacific Ocean to final destinations in the Americas and Europe. This symposium explores interregional exchange, local sites of artistic production, and how these cultural engagements shaped collective notions of self and others.

Learn more about the symposium.

(Altar) Retablo, ca. 1700s. Ayala Museum Collection
(Statue) Virgin Mary and child, ca. 1600s. Mr. and Mrs. Pauline Que Collection. Photograph courtesy of the Asian Civilizations Museum


Digitized Backlist of GRI Publications

A selection of out-of-print GRI publications, including Kevin Salatino's Incendiary Art (1997) and Alois Riegl's The Group Portraiture of Holland (1999), are now available for download, free of charge, as fully searchable PDFs through the Getty Publications Virtual Library. Additional titles will follow.

Browse GRI titles and download the books.

Browse all titles in the Virtual Library.

Read more about the Getty Publications Virtual Library.

Deadline Extended for the Mellon Institute in Italian Paleography
July 14–August 1, 2014
The Getty Center

The new application deadline for the Mellon Summer Institute in Italian Paleography is March 3, 2014. This course provides an introduction to the reading and transcription of handwritten Italian vernacular texts. Taught by Professor Maddalena Signorini of the University of Rome, the class focuses on texts from the late-medieval through the early modern period and is funded by a grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

Learn more and apply.

Receipt acknowledging payment for three paintings commissioned for the Principe di Massa, Guercino, 1663. The Getty Research Institute, 850655


The First Treatise on Museums: Samuel Quiccheberg's Inscriptiones, 1565
Introduction by Mark A. Meadow

Originally published in Latin in 1565, Samuel Quiccheberg's Inscriptiones is an ambitious effort to demonstrate the pragmatic value of curiosity cabinets, or Wunderkammern, to princely collectors in 16th-century Europe. Quiccheberg shows how a collection of objects can tell a story that enhances the value of any single item, providing a point of origin for today's museums as well as an implicit critique of their aims.

Buy the book.

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The Kitchen Archive, ca. 1971–1999

This archive of New York City's leading alternative art space provides the foremost record of the intersections of avant-garde performance, music, dance, and video from the 1970s through the 1990s. Over 6,000 videos and audiotapes document performances by artists such as Laurie Anderson and Philip Glass. The archive also includes 130 linear feet of photographs and other material, including a series of event posters designed by Barbara Kruger and Sol LeWitt, among others.

Find out more about the archive.

Poster promoting the Tenth Anniversary Benefit for The Kitchen, Robert Longo, 1981. The Kitchen Archive, ca. 1971–1999. The Getty Research Institute

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Art on Screen: A Conversation with Agnès Varda
Video of November 3, 2013, Event

For over 50 years Agnès Varda, considered the grandmother of the French New Wave, has reimagined the possibilities of cinema. During a conversation at the Getty Center, Varda discusses her trajectory from a still photographer to a filmmaker and installation artist, and screens rare footage of her recent work.

Watch the video.

The Getty Research Institute's Rani Singh and filmmaker Agnès Varda.
Maps and Images of the Americas, 1523–1904
Finding Aid

The Tonatiúh and Electra Gutiérrez Collection of Maps and Images of the Americas spans more than three centuries, with an emphasis on depictions of Mexico and Mesoamerica. The maps were published by cartographers and geographers from around the world, including Willem Janszoon Blaeu (1571–1638) and Antonio García Cubas (1832–1912). In addition, the archive includes images of life, fauna, landscapes, cities, historical scenes, and rituals in the Americas.

Browse the finding aid.

Banner image: A Map of South America (detail), Richard William Seale, ca. 1780. The Getty Research Institute, P840001
A Map of South America, Richard William Seale, ca. 1780. The Getty Research Institute, P840001

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