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The Trench (detail), Félix Vallotton, 1915–16. The Getty Research Institute, 2004.PR.1. Gift of Dr. & Mrs. Richard A. Simms


  The Trench, Félix Vallotton, 1915–16. The Getty Research Institute, 2004.PR.1. Gift of Dr. & Mrs. Richard A. Simms

World War I: War of Images, Images of War

Opens November 18, 2014 | The Getty Center
World War I: War of Images, Images of War examines the art and visual culture of the First World War. The exhibition juxtaposes representations of the war in visual propaganda with its depiction by artists who experienced the brutality firsthand. Drawn primarily from the GRI's special collections, World War I features a range of satirical journals, posters, and photographs, as well as "trench art" made by soldiers.

Curators lead gallery tours Thursdays at 2:00 p.m., starting November 20, 2014.

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Find out more about November film screenings related to the exhibition.


  Poster for Jean Renoir's The Grand Illusion, 1938

World War I Film Screenings at the Aero Theater

November 8 and 9, 2014 | 7:30 p.m. | Aero Theater
World War I was the first war to be captured by the technology of cinema. Join the GRI, the American Cinematheque, and the Goethe Institute for screenings of two classic films about the war: La Grande Illusion (1938) and J'Accuse (1919). Each takes a diffferent approach to the aesthetic, dramatic, and moral challenges of portraying the war on screen. This series complements the GRI exhibition World War I: War of Images, Images of War.

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Nothing but the Clouds Unchanged

Edited by Gordon Hughes and Philipp Blom
By following the lives and works of artists like George Braque, Otto Dix, and Max Ernst before, during, and after World War I, Nothing but the Clouds Unchanged examines how the physical and psychological devastation of World War I altered the course of 20th-century artistic modernism. The volume accompanies the GRI exhibition, World War I: War of Images, Images of War, which opens November 18, 2014.

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The First Treatise on Museums: Samuel Quiccheberg's Inscriptiones, 1565

Now Available in Digital Format
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.

Available in Kindle format.

Available in iBooks.

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  Myra Dickman Orth's notes on an art history class at Cornell University, 1953. The Getty Research Institute, 2004.M.10.

Myra Dickman Orth Research Papers, 1952–2003

Finding Aid
Art historian Myra Dickman Orth was a leading specialist on French Renaissance manuscripts. Orth served as section head of Northern Paintings for the Photo Archive at the Getty Center, and later as acting head. After her retirement in 1995, Orth continued to serve in an advisory capacity. Her research papers consist of manuscript notes, correspondence, drawings, publications, slides, offprints, and photographs.

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  Professor Yukio Lippit at the Getty Center, 2014.

Japanese Zen Buddhism and the Impossible Painting

Video of September 23, 2014, Lecture
Created by 32 Zen monks for the shogun Ashikaga Yoshimochi, the 15th-century painting The Gourd and the Catfish is now considered a Japanese national treasure. Watch Professor Yukio Lippit discuss the painting's relationship to Zen Buddhism, ink painting, and medieval shogunal culture.

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Applications for Scholar Year 2015/2016 due November 3, 2014.


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