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Coronation feast for James II in Westminster Hall (detail), Samuel Moore, fl.1680–1720. The Getty Research Institute, 85-B15430


  Coronation feast for James II in Westminster Hall (detail), Samuel Moore, fl.1680–1720. The Getty Research Institute, 85-B15430

The Edible Monument: The Art of Food for Festivals

Through March 13, 2016 | The Getty Center
Commemorative books recording civic and court celebrations were rare in early modern Europe. When these festivities were immortalized on paper—such as the coronation feast of King James II of England—every detail was noted, from the arrangement and decoration of the tables and the guest list, to every last item on the menu. James II's festival book lists 1,445 dishes and contains an intricate engraving by Samuel Moore depicting the crowded and bustling banquet hall. This festival book is now on display as part of The Edible Monument.

Gallery tours will resume on January 14 and continue on Thursdays throughout the month at 2:00 p.m.

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  Food service at the papal conclave (detail), Bartolomeo Scappi, 1570. Getty Research Institute, 86-B27679

Playing the Scalco: Serving Meals Directly from Renaissance Banquet Literature

Lecture | January 10, 2016 | 4:00 p.m. | The Getty Center
The culinary arts were considered an artisanal profession in early modern Europe, and those who created elaborate feasts had cookbooks, banquet guides, and carving manuals at their disposal to execute their job. Join Ken Albala, author and professor of history at the University of the Pacific, as he discusses the use of these texts to prepare meals in modern times. This event is part of the Art of Food Lecture Series exploring culinary history and practices, which complements the exhibition The Edible Monument.

Reserve a free ticket and learn about the other lectures in the Art of Food Lecture Series.

Find out more about the exhibition The Edible Monument.

  Confectionary, Candy Making, and Ice Molds, Benoît-Louis Prévost after Louis-Jacques Goussier, 1763. The Getty Research Institute, 84-B31322

Eating the Edifice

Lecture | January 31, 2016 | 4:00 p.m. | The Getty Center
From the early Renaissance to Victorian England, elaborate table sculptures have been a central feature of celebrations. Culinary historian Ivan Day discusses the evolution of edible art works and explains the materials, equipment, and molds used to create the fanciful designs into which sugar paste and other materials could be transformed. This lecture is also part of the Art of Food Lecture Series.

Reserve a free ticket and learn about other upcoming events in the Art of Food Lecture Series.



Man Ray: Writings on Art

Edited by Jennifer Mundy
Man Ray: Writings on Art is the first comprehensive English-language collection of writings by one of the 20th century's most celebrated American artists. Known for his glamorous photography and pioneering work as a Dadaist, Man Ray articulates his ideas about the nature and value of art in the essays, interviews, letters, and visual poems found in the book, many of which are previously unpublished.

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  Santa Monica Canyon, Harry Drinkwater, ca. 1965. The Getty Research Institute, 2011.R.23

Harry Drinkwater Photographs Documenting Los Angeles Art and Architecture

Finding Aid
The collection of 140 prints and 1,200 negatives by photographer Harry Drinkwater (1919–2014) captures the changing cultural landscape of Los Angeles from 1950–2010. Subjects include the mid-century architectural design movement—including shots of sites designed by pioneering African American architects Paul and John Williams, and interior designer John Smith—works by the Southern California artists, and a series of coastal locations. The latter series documents Venice Beach and its revitalization, where Drinkwater lived and worked for over six decades.

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Royal Cavities: The Bitter Implications of Sugar Consumption in Early Modern Europe

Lecture | February 21, 2016 | 4:00 p.m. | The Getty Center

Photo Archives V: The Paradigm of Objectivity

Symposium | February 25–26, 2016 | 10:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m. | The Getty Center


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