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Hollyhock House, Frank Lloyd Wright, 1919–21 (detail). The Getty Research Institute, 2015.M.16. Photo: Thomas S. Hines, ca. 1970


  Hollyhock House, Frank Lloyd Wright, 1919–21. The Getty Research Institute, 2015.M.16. Photo: Thomas S. Hines, ca. 1970

Thomas S. Hines Archive

The career of architectural historian Thomas S. Hines (b. 1936) has profoundly impacted the discourse surrounding the evolution of Los Angeles's built environment. Included in this archive is Hines's correspondence with influential architects such as Frank Gehry and Richard Meier, as well as Hines's personal photographs of the buildings he visited for his book, Richard Neutra and the Search for Modern Architecture (2006).

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  Schematic Design for Hines L.A. Secession Manse, Charles W. Moore, 1983. Thomas S. Hines Autograph Album. The Getty Research Institute, 2014.M.31

Thomas S. Hines Autograph Album

The autograph album of architectural historian Thomas S. Hines (b. 1936) contains sketches, personal notes, and signatures from architects such as Hitoshi Abe, Frank Gehry, Charles W. Moore, and Álvaro Siza, who were among the many dinner guests Hines hosted at his Los Angeles home between 1979 and 2001. The inscriptions were added to an existing guest book that Hines purchased secondhand at a bookstore, with entries dating from 1907.

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Futurist Painting Sculpture (Plastic Dynamism)

Umberto Boccioni
Introduction by Maria Elena Versari
Translation by Richard Shane Agin and Maria Elena Versari
First published in Italian in 1914, Futurist Painting Sculpture (Plastic Dynamism) has never been available in English—until now. This truly radical book by Italian artist Umberto Boccioni (1882–1916) features Boccioni's analysis of the various principles of the Futurist movement and a large selection of manifestos devoted to the visual arts. A new critical introduction systematically retraces the evolution of Boccioni's arguments and his polemical view of Futurism's role in the development of modern art.

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The Artist and His Critic Stripped Bare: The Correspondence of Marcel Duchamp and Robert Lebel

Bilingual Edition
Edited and translated by Paul B. Franklin
Translated and printed in full together for the first time, the letters, postcards, and telegrams featured in The Artist and His Critic Stripped Bare provide insight into the trials that plagued French art critic Robert Lebel (1901–1986) and artist Marcel Duchamp (1887–1968) as they labored to produce Sur Marcel Duchamp (1959), the first monograph and catalogue raisonné devoted to the artist. These documents, drawn from the GRI's collection, offer valuable information about the men's daily lives and collective projects.

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  Items found in Harald Szeemann's topical files, 2016. The Getty Research Institute, 2011.M.30

Harald Szeemann Archive and Library

Series VI. Topical Files
Finding Aid
Perhaps the most famous curator of the post-World War II era, Harald Szeemann (1933–2005) presented groundbreaking exhibitions that continue to influence the field of contemporary art. Szeemann's topical files contain correspondence, drawings, journals, and other items related to his broader research interests, which he divided into Temi, or themes. Examples of these themes include publishing houses, broadcast media, choreography, and the environment.

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  Professor Ken Albala at the Getty Center in 2016.

Playing the Scalco: Serving Meals Directly from Renaissance Banquet Literature

Video of January 10, 2016, Lecture
The culinary professionals of early modern Europe left behind a large body of cookbooks, carving manuals, and guides to menus and table settings. Watch Ken Albala, author and professor of history at the University of the Pacific, discuss his experience using these texts to organize and serve meals in modern times. Part of the Art of Food Lecture Series, this event was held in conjunction with the exhibitions The Edible Monument at the GRI, and Eat, Drink, and Be Merry at the Getty Museum.

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Cave Temples of Dunhuang: History, Art, and Materiality

Day 1: May 20, 2016 | 9:00 a.m.–5:30 p.m. | The Getty Center
Day 2: May 21, 2016 | 9:00 a.m.–4:00 p.m. | UCLA


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