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Black-Booker (detail) from Kartinki—voina russkikh s nemtsami (Pictures—The Russian War with the Germans) (Petrograd, 1914). The Getty Research Institute, 92-F293


  Black-Booker from Kartinki—voina russkikh s nemtsami (Pictures—The Russian War with the Germans) (Petrograd, 1914). The Getty Research Institute, 92-F293

World War I: War of Images, Images of War

Through April 19, 2015 | The Getty Center
Throughout the course of World War I, Kaiser Wilhelm II's militarism made him a popular figure in anti-German propaganda. Illustrations of the Kaiser in the current GRI exhibition show him cloaked and surrounded by bats, striding through flowers as his troops are slaughtered in the background, and depicted as a warlock. World War I: War of Images, Images of War examines the representation of war in propaganda and the depiction of war by artists who experienced the brutality firsthand.

Experts lead gallery tours Thursdays at 2:00 p.m. through April 16, 2015.

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  Das Gerücht (The rumor) (detail), Rudolf Herrmann, 1918. From Karl Kraus, ed., Die Fackel 20 (October 15, 1918), 189

"The Mediated War: Karl Kraus's Docudrama The Last Days of Mankind"

World War I Lecture Series | January 25, 2015 | 2:00 p.m. | The Getty Center
Constructed largely out of "found text" from newspaper articles and other documents written during the Great War, Austrian writer Karl Kraus's play The Last Days of Mankind (1922) gives an astonishing picture of life at the Front and back home in Vienna. Professor Marjorie Perloff's lecture focuses on the composition and meaning of this great docudrama. The lecture is presented in conjunction with the current GRI exhibition World War I: War of Images, Images of War.

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  Maya vase featuring a king with shaker. Maya Vase Database no. K2573. © Justin Kerr

Dance of the Maize God

Film Screening and Panel Discussion | February 1, 2015 | 2:00 p.m. | The Getty Center
While thousands of Maya vases have flooded into public and private collections over the last 50 years, the race to obtain them has destroyed other historical artifacts. The documentary Dance of the Maize God (2014, 96 min.) explores Maya life and mythology, as well as the issues involved in the collection and study of looted art. This event is related to the GRI's 2014/2015 Scholar Year theme, Object—Value—Canon, and is made possible in part by the National Endowment for the Humanities.

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  Landscape with Cannon (detail), Albrecht Dürer, 1518. The Getty Research Institute, 2014.PR.73*. Acquired with partial support of the Getty Research Institute Council.

Albrecht Dürer's Landscape with Cannon

Produced at a moment when the Ottoman Empire posed an increasing threat to the West, this masterpiece by German artist Albrecht Dürer has engendered conflicting interpretations. One of only six etchings produced by Dürer, it is considered the sine qua non of the landscape genre. This acquisition supplements the GRI's collection of Dürer prints and books and adds to its materials related to the interaction of the Islamic world and the early modern West.

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Manuscript Cultures of Colonial Mexico and Peru: New Questions and Approaches

Edited by Thomas B. F. Cummins, Emily A. Engel, Barbara Anderson, and Juan M. Ossio
Using state-of-the-art conservation technologies, scholars investigate the creation of four manuscripts—including the Getty Murúa and the Florentine Codex—in order to demonstrate why these objects must be studied in a comparative context. The volume showcases dynamic developments in the field of manuscript research and argues that this type of forensic study provides effective methods for determining authorship, identifying technical innovations, and contextualizing illustrated histories.

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  Telegrams sent between the London and New York offices of M. Knoedler & Co. in February 1931. The Getty Research Institute, 2012.M.54

M. Knoedler & Co. Records
Series VI. Correspondence

Finding Aid
Founded before the establishment of most American museums, the firm M. Knoedler & Co. played a pivotal role in the development of private and public art collections in the United States. One of the larger parts of the archive, Series VI consists of interoffice correspondence, copies of letters sent, and letters received from artists, collectors, and other dealers, including Thomas Agnew & Sons, Henry Clay Frick, Winslow Homer, and Andrew Mellon. This portion of the archive was processed and catalogued with partial support from the National Endowment for the Humanities.

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  Assistant Professor Irene Small at the Getty Center, 2014.

Photography and Sculpture: The Art Object in Reproduction

Video of October 25, 2014, Symposium
How have photographs of sculptures affected art historical narratives? Symposium participants explore the material, procedural, and historical tensions between photography and sculpture, drawing from the fields of art history, architecture, anthropology, film, new media, archaeology, and museum display.

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World War I: War of Images, Images of War Lecture Series

February 22 and March 19, 2015 | The Getty Center


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