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Yvonne Rainer in the "Bach" section of Terrain (1963), Yvonne Rainer. Judson Memorial Church, New York, 1963. Photo: Al Giese. The Getty Research Institute, 2006.M.24


  Still from Film About a Woman Who . . . (detail), Yvonne Rainer, 1974. The Getty Research Institute, 2006.M.24

Yvonne Rainer: Dances and Films

May 27–October 12, 2014 | The Getty Center
One of the most influential artistic figures of the last 50 years, dancer, choreographer, and filmmaker Yvonne Rainer impacted multiple movements: minimalism, conceptual art, feminist art, and postmodernism. This exhibition surveys Rainer's major performance and film works and includes an array of photographs, scores, journals, and posters, as well as a complete retrospective of Rainer's avant-garde films.

Find out more about the exhibition.

Download the film schedule.

Browse the finding aid for the Yvonne Rainer Papers.

  Installation view of SCRATCH at ESMoA, El Segundo, CA, 2014.


June 8–September 21, 2014 | ESMoA, El Segundo
This exhibition grew out of the 2013 Getty Black Book project, in which more than 150 of LA's leading graffiti and tattoo artists were invited to respond to a 16th-century liber amicorum (book of friends) by contributing works on paper that were bound into a single book, the LA Liber Amicorum. Co-curated by the GRI's David Brafman and several of the original artists, the exhibition features a full-gallery "open black book" installation, as well as several of the GRI's rare books and manuscripts.

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View the LA Liber Amicorum.

View the digitized version of Johann Joachim Prack von Asch's liber amicorum.


  Leaf from Liber amicorum (Book of friends), Johann Joachim Prack von Asch, 1587–1612. The Getty Research Institute, 2013.M.24

Newly Acquired Liber Amicorum

Compiled between 1587 and 1612, this liber amicorum (book of friends) includes allegorical, emblematic, and armorial paintings, poetry, and mottoes written in calligraphy, and figural watercolors based on Ottoman miniature paintings. The decorative papers in the manuscript reveal a far wider range of the Islamic papermaking arts than can be found in any contemporary European liber amicorum.

View the manuscript.

The manuscript will also be on view at ESMoA starting
June 8.


GRI Publications Receive Awards

Overdrive: LA Constructs the Future, 1940–1990 and Chatting with Henri Matisse: The Lost 1941 Interview each received a 2014 IPPY from the Independent Publisher Book Awards. Overdrive was awarded a gold medal for Best Regional Non-Fiction in the Pacific West and Chatting with Henri Matisse received a bronze medal in the National Fine Art category.

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  Portrait of Ada Louise Huxtable, 1970s. Photograph: L. Garth Huxtable. The Getty Research Institute, 2013.M.9

Ada Louise Huxtable Papers, 1859–2013

Finding Aid
Documenting one of the most important voices in architectural criticism over the last 50 years, this archive contains a rich range of materials that detail Ada Louise Huxtable's powerful influence on the fields of architecture, construction, and city politics. This collection includes Huxtable's correspondence, manuscripts, reports, and research files as well as original photographs of architecture and design by photographers such as Balthazar Korab and Ezra Stoller.

Browse the finding aid.

Read the cataloger's description of the archive.

Read more about Ada Louise Huxtable's career.

  Erich and Luise Mendelsohn, ca. 1938. Erich and Luise Mendelsohn Papers. The Getty Research Institute, 880406

Erich and Luise Mendelsohn Letters, 1910–1953

Digital Archive
This archive makes available online more than 11,000 pages of digitized, transcribed, and searchable correspondence between world-renowned architect Erich Mendelsohn and his wife, Luise Mendelsohn. The project is a collaboration between the GRI and the Kunstbibliothek—Staatliche Museen zu Berlin, with 1,410 letters from Erich Mendelsohn contributed by the Kunstbibliothek and 1,328 letters from Luise Mendelsohn, part of the Erich and Luise Mendelsohn Papers, contributed by the GRI.

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Browse the archive.



The Catholic Rubens: Saints and Martyrs

Willibald Sauerländer
The art of Peter Paul Rubens is rooted in an era darkened by the long shadow of devastating wars between Protestants and Catholics. In contrast to recent secular interpretations, this fresh consideration of Rubens argues that the artist sought to elicit devout emotions with his religious images and to persuade his spectators to return to Catholicism through the beauty of his art.

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Read the New York Review of Books review.


No Further West: The Story of Los Angeles Union Station

Through August 10, 2014 | Los Angeles Public Library, Central Library


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