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Trading Game: France—Colonies (detail), O.P.I.M. (French firm, active ca. 1940s), 1941. The Getty Research Institute, 970031


  Paper cut out from Trading Game: France—Colonies, 1941. The Getty Research Institute, 970031

Connecting Seas: A Visual History of Discoveries and Encounters

Exhibition closes April 13, 2014 | The Getty Center
From maps to board games, Connecting Seas offers insight into how adventures on other continents and discoveries of different cultures were perceived, represented, and transmitted during the era of ocean travel. Included is a section on educational tools used to teach children about Europe's colonies, such as a French jeu des échanges, or "trading game," in which the goal was to import the most resources back to France.

Experts lead special gallery tours at 2:00 p.m. on Tuesdays and Thursdays through April 10, 2014.

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  Cornelia Funke © Dressler Verlag Hamburg

Cornelia Funke Storytelling and Book Signing

April 6, 2014 | 2:00 p.m. | The Getty Center
Award-winning children's author Cornelia Funke reads from her newest story, a pirate's tale inspired by the GRI's Connecting Seas exhibition. Recent works by Funke include the Inkworld trilogy and MirrorWorld novels, as well as a kids' guide to Connecting Seas. Families are invited to use the guide to view the exhibition following the event.

This event is recommended for families and kids, ages eight and up.

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Download Cornelia Funke's gallery guide for kids. Copies are also available in the galleries.


  Mural (detail), 1943, Jackson Pollock. Oil and casein on canvas. University of Iowa Museum of Art, Gift of Peggy Guggenheim, 1959.6. Reproduced with permission from The University of Iowa

Jackson Pollock's Mural: Transition, Context, Afterlife

May 6, 2014 | 9:30 a.m.–5:30 p.m. | The Getty Center
Recent study and conservation at the Getty debunks many of the myths surrounding the creation and installation of Jackson Pollock's Mural. Take part in a day of lively conversation among art historians, scientists, and conservators about the context and legacies of this work.

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Art & Architecture Thesaurus® Available as Linked Open Data

The Getty Vocabularies' Art & Architecture Thesaurus (AAT), a reference of over 250,000 terms on art and architecture, is now available as Linked Open Data (LOD). Publishing information as LOD means the data is connected with other information (linked) on the web and freely available (open). A project to publish more of the Getty Vocabularies as LOD is underway.

Read more about Linked Open Data from Getty President and CEO Jim Cuno.

Read more about the GRI's Linked Open Data project.


  Claire Copley Gallery, Los Angeles, 1971. Exterior View. Photo: Gary Krueger. The Getty Research Institute, 2014.M.2

Claire Copley Gallery Records, 1973–1977

Finding Aid
Though open only five years, Los Angeles's Claire Copley Gallery presented some 20 artists now considered pioneers of conceptual art, including Michael Asher, Daniel Buren, Allen Ruppersberg, and Lawrence Weiner, among others. The archive includes more than 400 photographs and 5,000 slides, as well as related ephemera.

Browse the finding aid.

  Tyler Green and Serge Guilbaut at the Getty Center, 2013.

Chatting with Henri Matisse: The Lost 1941 Interview

Video of November 17, 2013, Lecture
In 1941, the Swiss art critic Pierre Courthion traveled through Nazi-controlled France to interview the artist Henri Matisse, who later suppressed publication of the interview. Art journalist Tyler Green of Modern Art Notes and art historian Serge Guilbaut discuss the significance of the lost text, finally available from the GRI after 70 years.

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World Antiquarianism: Comparative Perspectives

Edited by Alain Schnapp with Lothar von Falkenhausen, Peter N. Miller, and Tim Murray
The term antiquarianism refers to an engagement with the material heritage of the past that precedes the modern academic discipline of archaeology. This book is the first to put antiquarianism in a global context, examining its roots in the ancient Near East, its flourishing in early modern Europe and East Asia, and its manifestations in Melanesia and Polynesia.

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