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Open (Abre) (detail), Augusto de Campos (b. 1931) and Julio Plaza (1938–2003). From Augusto de Campos and Julio Plaza, Poemobiles (São Paulo, 1974). The Getty Research Institute, 92-B21581. Courtesy Augusto de Campos. Courtesy Anabela Plaza


  Open (Abre), Augusto de Campos (b. 1931) and Julio Plaza (1938–2003). From Augusto de Campos and Julio Plaza, Poemobiles (São Paulo, 1974). The Getty Research Institute, 92-B21581. Courtesy Augusto de Campos. Courtesy Anabela Plaza

Concrete Poetry: Words and Sounds in Graphic Space

March 28–July 30, 2017 | The Getty Center
Concrete Poetry draws on the GRI's collection of prints, artists' books, journals, and manuscripts to showcase the visual, verbal, and sonic experiments of the 1950s, '60s, and '70s. The poetry of international figures Augusto de Campos, Ian Hamilton Finlay, Eugen Gomringer, and other key contemporaries is at the center of this exhibition. Concrete Poetry especially highlights Finlay and de Campos's newly invented poetic forms (poster-poems and standing poems), and their method of reproducing their projects across media, transforming poems into three-dimensional objects and even digital animations.

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  Temple of Bel, cella entrance (detail), Jean Baptiste Réville and Pierre Gabriel Berthault after Louis-François Cassas, 1799. From Voyage pittoresque de la Syrie, de la Phoénicie, de la Palestine, et de la Basse Egypte, The Getty Research Institute, 840011

The Legacy of Ancient Palmyra

Online Exhibition
The Legacy of Ancient Palmyra—the first online exhibition from the GRI—documents the important archeological site of Palmyra, Syria, which has recently undergone devastating changes amid an ongoing war. The exhibition allows visitors to explore Palmyra as it once was through the GRI's collections of rare prints by Louis-François Cassas and photographs by Louis Vignes, and includes an interactive site plan from the late 18th century, and sections investigating Palmyra's influence during ancient times within the context of the city's rediscovery in recent centuries

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  Detail of The Legacy of Ancient Palmyra homepage, 2017

Designing the Getty Research Institute's First Online Exhibition

Facebook Live | March 14, 2017 | 9:00–9:15 a.m. | Online Only
Join Peter Louis Bonfitto, co-curator of The Legacy of Ancient Palmyra, and web designers Masato Nakada and Karen To Nakada as they go behind the scenes to share how the experience of viewing rare 18th-century prints and 19th-century photographs is translated into an immersive online experience. Throughout the broadcast, they will show special collections materials featured in the exhibition and discuss the challenges and insights that came during the design process.

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Art+Feminism Wikipedia Edit-a-thon at the GRI

March 16, 2017 | 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. | The Getty Center
In support of Wikipedia's Art+Feminism campaign, the GRI is hosting an edit-a-thon to help increase the body of knowledge available about feminism and the arts on Wikipedia. This edit-a-thon is open to anyone interested in contributing to this topic; no previous editing experience is necessary to participate and beginners are encouraged to attend.

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  Model posing for The Genius of Summer, Gilles Demarteau after Edme Bouchardon, ca. 1740s–1750s. The Getty Research Institute, 2015.PR.58

Bouchardon and His Contemporaries

Symposium | April 2, 2017 | 10:00 a.m.–5:30 p.m. | The Getty Center
Complementing the exhibition Bouchardon: Royal Artist of the Enlightenment at the J. Paul Getty Museum, this symposium examines the relationship between Edme Bouchardon and his contemporaries, including other artists, patrons, and connoisseurs. This symposium investigates the diffusion and reception of his oeuvre during his productive years from the early to mid-18th century.

Thirteen participants from the following institutions will lead this symposium: the Courtauld Institute of Art; Foundation Custodia; the Getty Research Institute; Harvard Art Museums; Harvard University; the J. Paul Getty Museum; Massachusetts Institute of Technology; Musée du Louvre; University of California, Riverside; and University of California, Los Angeles.

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Gustave Caillebotte: Painting the Paris of Naturalism, 1872–1887

Michael Marrinan
Painter Gustave Caillebotte was not only an artist in his own right, but a patron of the Impressionists, and is perhaps best known for organizing and funding several groundbreaking exhibitions that showcased what would become masterpieces from the movement. Drawing upon new documents, Michael Marrinan, professor emeritus at Stanford University, studies how life in urban, upper-class Paris shaped Caillebotte and his work.

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  Portrait of James Christie (1730–1803), Thomas Gainsborough, 1778. The J. Paul Getty Museum, 70.PA.16

British Sales (1680–1780) Data Now Available in the Getty Provenance Index

The Getty Provenance Index® now includes data for British sales from 1680–1780, a period when London was beginning to establish itself as a hub of the international art trade. This release—which completes Phase II of a larger collaborative research project between the Getty's Project for the Study of Collecting and Provenance and the National Gallery, London—adds a further 137,780 records from 1,085 catalogs to the index, bringing the total number of records in the British Sales database to over 450,000.

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  Photograph of the Baba Wali Kotal (detail), Benjamin Simpson, 1881. The Getty Research Institute, 2013.R.5

British Occupation of Kandahār Album, 1881

The 72 photographs in this album document Kandahār, Afghanistan, and its environs during the British occupation of the city, which lasted from September 1, 1880—the date of the Battle of Kandahār and the subsequent defeat of Afghani leader Ayub Khan—until April 22, 1881. Taken by Dr. Benjamin Simpson, a British army surgeon who later became the Surgeon General of India, the photographs include views of local landmarks, tribal groups, and street scenes. The entirety of this album is digitized and available for free online through the GRI's library catalog.

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Lawrence Alloway Publication Receives Historians of British Art Book Award

The GRI publication Lawrence Alloway: Critic and Curator received the Historians of British Art Book Award for an exemplary multiauthored book. In this volume, editors Lucy Bradnock, Courtney J. Martin, and Rebecca Peabody present the first critical analysis of Alloway's influential life and career, and illuminate his lasting impact on the art world—from his influence on the pedagogy of art history, to his championing feminist artist and coining the term pop art.

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Explore the digitized correspondence between Lawrence Alloway and artist Sylvia Sleigh.


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