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Forsythia (detail), Mary Ellen Solt, 1965. From Flowers in Concrete (Bloomington, Indiana, 1966). The Getty Research Institute, 94-B19512. Gift of Susan Solt. Courtesy of the Estate of Mary Ellen Solt


  Forsythia, Mary Ellen Solt, 1965. From Flowers in Concrete (Bloomington, Indiana, 1966). The Getty Research Institute, 94-B19512. Gift of Susan Solt. Courtesy of the Estate of Mary Ellen Solt

Concrete Poetry: Words and Sounds in Graphic Space

Through July 30, 2017 | The Getty Center
The poem Forsythia—part of the artist's book Flowers in Concrete (1966) by Mary Ellen Solt—mimics the upward, organic shape of its eponymous plant, with repeated letters of the poem's title reaching into branches from an acrostic at the base. This poem and another titled Zinnia are two of eleven in Solt's book—which is completely devoted to floral species—and are now on display as part of the exhibition Concrete Poetry: Words and Sounds in Graphic Space.

Gallery tours are offered on Tuesdays and Thursdays at 2:00 p.m. in May.

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  Sketch (detail), Hans Scharoun, ca. 1940s. Hans-Scharoun-Archiv, no. 2475. Courtesy Akademie der Künste, Berlin

Berlin/Los Angeles: Space for Music

Through July 30, 2017 | The Getty Center
Architect Hans Scharoun was an active member of the avant-garde movement in his native Germany in the early part of the 20th century. Both an expressionist and a member of Der Ring—a group of modern architecture advocates—Scharoun became known for his watercolors of utopian urban architecture, like this sketch created nearly 20 years before his iconic design for the Berlin Philharmonic was realized. The influence of Scharoun's aesthetic can be seen in the designs for Frank Gehry's Walt Disney Concert Hall more than 50 years later, which is explored in the exhibition Berlin/LA: A Space for Music.

Gallery tours are offered on Tuesdays and Thursdays at 3:00 p.m. in May.

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  Architectural ornaments from Palmyra (detail), Pierre Fourdrinier after Giovanni Battista Borra. From Robert Wood, The ruins of Palmyra, otherwise Tedmor, in the desart (London, 1753), pl. 15. The Getty Research Institute, 85-B25010

The Legacy of Ancient Palmyra

Online Exhibition
In a noble expedition to "rescue from oblivion the magnificence of Palmyra," British antiquarians Robert Wood and James Dawkins reached the site of Palmyra, Syria, in 1751 to record the city's ancient ruin in minutely detailed sketches. When they returned to England, Wood immediately published the findings in a volume of elaborate engravings with supporting text that was quickly snapped up by the upper classes and artists. At the time of the book's publication, architectural ornamentation was en vogue as a design aesthetic, and the influence of Wood's book could soon be seen in building facades, interiors, ceilings, and other decorative arts.

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View a digitized version of Wood's publication The ruins of Palmyra, otherwise Tedmor, in the desart.


  The Niterói Contemporary Art Museum (Museu de Arte Contemporânea de Niterói—MAC) in Niterói, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil (detail), 2011. Photo: Celso Diniz/Alamy Stock Photo

The Birth of the Museum in Latin America

Symposium | May 11–12, 2017 | The Getty Center
Exploring the history of museums across Latin America, this symposium addresses the context in which the region's institutions of art, archaeology, and ethnography were founded and developed. In some countries, national museums were born out of their country's independence from Spain in an effort to define a new national identity; in other instances, museums were built from private collections. This event is held in conjunction with the Pacific Standard Time: LA/LA initiative and the Getty's four PST: LA/LA exhibitions opening at the Getty Center on September 16, 2017.

Tickets for this two-day symposium are free, but separate reservations are required for each day.

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  A reader in the GRI Special Collections Reading Room, 2015

Call for Books, Papers, and Journals that Cite or Feature GRI Collections

To better support the field of art history, the GRI would like to hear from former and current readers about research they have published or publicly shared within the last year that cites or features materials from its vast collections and archives. If you have published a book, journal article, paper, or other resource that makes use of GRI collections, we would like to share this with our scholarly community and on our social media platforms.

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Adolph Menzel: The Quest for Reality

Werner Busch
From the very beginning of his career, the work of painter Adolph Menzel (1815–1905) was widely regarded as the epitome of realist art. From his paintings of the Prussian royal family to his focus on capturing contemporary life in Paris at the end of the 19th century, Menzel captured the beauty and horror of reality. In this vividly illustrated book, art historian Werner Busch examines the "master of atmosphere" Menzel and sheds light on the personal and historical events that shaped his life and the course of his career.

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  Page from Joanie 4 Jackie 4 Ever (detail), Miranda July, ca. 1998. The Getty Research Institute, 2016.M.20. © Miranda July

Archives and Resources for Feminist Research

Research Guide
The GRI's Special Collections hold the archives of eminent artists, writers, and curators—predominantly from the United States—whose work has had an impact on feminist art since the 1960s. These collections offer insight into the development of their practices and are a rich repository of resources for those interested in studying art and feminism. This research guide provides an overview of what's available in the GRI's Special Collections holdings with links to the resources as well as related library and online material.

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  An architectural plan on microfiche mounted on aperture card, n.d. The Getty Research Institute, 2015.M.14

AC Martin Partners Drawings and Records on Microfilm

Finding Aid
The architecture firm AC Martin Partners helped shape the built environment of Southern California over the last 100 years, with projects including some of Los Angeles's most iconic landmarks, such as Los Angeles City Hall, Sid Grauman's Million Dollar Theatre, and the May Company building in the Wilshire district. This archive—comprised of 67,000 microfilm copies of architectural drawings, a small amount of professional correspondence, and articles and essays by Albert C. Martin Sr.—documents the firm's extensive portfolio of civic, commercial, and residential projects, as well as planning and engineering work.

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Film Preservation in Latin America: Pasado, Presente, Futuro

Film Screening and Discussion | May 3, 2017 | 7:00 p.m. | The Getty Center


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