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Drawing of set design for August Strindberg's stage production of Kristina (detail), Vlastislav Hofman, 1922. The Getty Research Institute, 900189


  Cow shoulder bone painted by a German soldier on the eastern front, 1916. Lent by Jane A. Kimball, Trench Art Collection

World War I: War of Images, Images of War

Through April 19, 2015 | The Getty Center
Coping with the stress and boredom of time spent in the trenches, World War I soldiers created art from found objects and combat wreckage. The current GRI exhibition World War I: War of Images, Images of War features multiple examples of trench art, including this hand-painted memorial, which uses a cow's shoulder bone for its canvas. As a whole, the show 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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  An Unforgetting L.A. Wikipedia edit-a-thon at 356 S. Mission Road, June 2014.

Wikipedia Edit-a-Thon at the GRI

February 21, 2015 | 11:00 a.m.–4 p.m. | The Getty Center
Join the GRI and East of Borneo for Unforgetting L.A. #8, the next in a series of Wikipedia edit-a-thons organized to build a better online history of art in Southern California. This edit-a-thon focuses on Los Angeles architecture and design, one of the GRI's major collecting areas. Training and refreshments will be provided. No experience necessary, but an RSVP is required.

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  Massacre, Henry de Groux, 1914–16. The Getty Research Institute, 2004.PR.34

Representing Trauma: World War I

Film Screening and Lectures | February 22, 2015 | 2:00 p.m. | The Getty Center
Following a screening of Fernand Léger and Dudley Murphy's avant-garde film Ballet mécanique (1924, 16 minutes), art historian Gordon Hughes discusses Léger's experience as a soldier in World War I, and historian Paul Lerner situates the traumatic effects of war within the context of competing early 20th-century psychiatric theories. The lecture is presented in conjunction with the current GRI exhibition World War I: War of Images, Images of War.

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  Taylor Mead in New York City, 1966. Photo: Shunk-Kender. The Getty Research Institute, 2014.R.20.

Harry Shunk and Shunk-Kender Archive

The German photographer Harry Shunk, alongside his Hungarian partner, János Kender, produced some of the most iconic images of European and American art of the postwar era. This archive, donated by the Roy Lichtenstein Foundation to a consortium of five institutions, contains a near-complete set of Shunk's 19,000 prints, 12,000 contact sheets, 126,000 negatives, and 26,000 color transparencies and slides.

Find out more about the archive.


  Drawing of set design for August Strindberg's stage production of Kristina, Vlastislav Hofman, 1922. The Getty Research Institute, 900189

Vlastislav Hofman Papers and Drawings, 1904–1984

Finding Aid
A leading member of the Czech modernist movement, the architect, painter, and set designer Vlastislav Hofman worked on nearly 300 stage productions over the course of his career, including K.H. Hilar's version of Dvořák's Husité. This archive contains letters and postcards; business correspondence; several volumes of photographs of set designs, costume designs, and production designs; architectural sketches; and early drawings of projects in the decorative arts.

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  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

Video of May 6, 2014, Symposium
Commissioned in 1943 by art collector Peggy Guggenheim for the entry to her New York City apartment, Jackson Pollock's Mural is considered one of the 20th century's iconic paintings. A collaborative research project between the GRI, the Getty Conservation Institute, and the Getty Museum, this symposium featured a full day of conversation about the painting's history, its conservation, and its legacy.

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