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La Habana: Panorama general de la ciudad y su bahía (Havana: Panorama of the City and Bay) (detail), Eduardo Laplante, lithographer, Luis Marquier, printer, ca. mid-1850s. The Getty Research Institute, P840001


  La Habana: Panorama general de la ciudad y su bahía (Havana: Panorama of the City and Bay) (detail), Eduardo Laplante, lithographer, Luis Marquier, printer, ca. mid-1850s. The Getty Research Institute, P840001

The Metropolis in Latin America,

September 16, 2017–January 7, 2018 | The Getty Center
Sociopolitical upheavals and cultural shifts reshaped the architectural landscapes of major Latin American cities from 1830 to 1930. Following liberation from Iberian powers, urban transformations changed key cities from colonial outposts to bustling metropolises. During a century of rapid growth, capitals such as Buenos Aires, Havana, and Mexico City saw an emergence of a bourgeois elite, extensive infrastructure projects, and industrialization. These subjects are explored through photographs, prints, plans, and maps on display in The Metropolis in Latin America.

This exhibition is part of the Pacific Standard Time: LA/LA initiative.

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Applications Now Open for 2018/2019 Scholar Year Themes

The Getty Scholars Program announces its two research themes for the 2018/2019 scholar year: MONUMENTALITY (GRI) and The Classical World in Context: Persia (Getty Villa). The GRI's theme explores monumentality in all of its distinct forms, and addresses the role of monumentality in nation building, the subversive potential of monument making, and the monumental in art and architecture. At the Villa, the theme investigates the political, intellectual, religious, and artistic relations between Persia, Greece, and Rome from the ninth century BC to AD 651.

Applications for the 2018/2019 scholar year are due
October 2, 2017.

Apply for a Getty Scholar Grant.

Learn more about the two research themes.

  Reader in the GRI Library, 2015

Applications Now Available for Getty Library Research Grants

Getty Library Research Grants provide partial support to researchers requiring the use of specific collection materials housed in the Research Library, and whose place of residence is more than 80 miles from the Getty Center. Supporting grants from $800 up to $3,000 are available, and can be used for research lasting several days to a maximum of three months. The funding for these grants at the GRI have been generously supplemented by donations from Getty Research Institute Council members and the Getty Conservation Institute.

Applications are now available and are due October 16, 2017.

Contact Library Reference with any questions.

Learn more and download the application.


  Cover of Escuela del Sur (October 1958), Joaquín Torres-García, Montevideo. Courtesy of the Estate of Joaquín Torres-García

Teaching and Writing the Art Histories of Latin American Los Angeles

Symposium | October 6, 2017 | The Getty Center
In conjunction with this year's Pacific Standard Time: LA/LA initiative, this symposium considers the abundance of new knowledge generated by the initiative's exhibitions and its impact on curricula, pedagogy, and future scholarship on the topics explored at 70 institutions across Los Angeles. Charlene Villaseñor Black, professor of art history and Chicana/o studies at University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), and associate director of the UCLA Chicano Studies Research Center, leads the conversation with a keynote lecture.

This symposium is organized by the Art Historians of Southern California and the Getty Research Institute.

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  Various Estudio Actual exhibition brochures, ca. 1968–1980. Gift of Clara Diament Sujo

Latin American Dealer Archives

The correspondence and gallery records of the Stendahl Art Galleries archive and the papers of gallerist and critic Clara Diament Sujo provide invaluable insight into the Latin American art market over the last century. Earl Stendahl was a pioneering art dealer in Los Angeles in the first half of the 20th century, whose gallery represented Latin American modern and abstract artists as well as pre-Columbian objects. After moving to New York from Caracas, Venezuela in 1981, Clara Diament Sujo was instrumental in establishing the Latin American art market in the US as the founder and director of the CDS Gallery, and organized the first-ever auction of Latin American art at Sotheby's in 1979.

Learn more about these archives.


  A letter from Alloway to Sleigh featuring a sketch of his cartoon alter ego, Dandylion, dated October 6, 1948. The Getty Research Institute, 2004.M.4. Gift of Sylvia Sleigh and the Estate of Sylvia Sleigh Alloway

Mutual Muses: Lawrence Alloway and Sylvia Sleigh Correspondence

Crowdsourced Transcription Project
Six years of correspondence between critic and curator Lawrence Alloway and realist painter Sylvia Sleigh are being transcribed as part of the GRI crowdsourcing project "Mutual Muses." Utilizing the online research platform Zooniverse, volunteers can log on and help transcribe letters from 1948 to 1953. As lovers and confidants, Alloway and Sleigh wrote letters to each other for over six decades that feature poetry, whimsical sketches, and document their thoughts about the art world.

Read the letters and begin transcribing.

Explore the Lawrence Alloway and Sylvia Sleigh correspondence.



Making Art Concrete: Works from Argentina and Brazil in the Colección Patricia Phelps de Cisneros

Pia Gottschaller and Aleca Le Blanc
Edited by Pia Gottschaller, Aleca Le Blanc, Zanna Gilbert, Tom Learner, and Andrew Perchuk
Accompanying the Pacific Standard Time: LA/LA exhibition Making Art Concrete, this richly illustrated catalog presents the works of Argentine and Brazilian concrete and neo-concrete artists in a new light using detailed photography and technical images. The result of a collaborative analysis between the GRI and the Getty Conservation Institute, Making Art Concrete aims to capture the materiality of each work of art and provides a closer look at the formal strategies and material decisions of artists experimenting with geometric abstraction from the 1940s to the 1960s, including Lygia Clark, Willys de Castro, Judith Lauand, Raúl Lozza, Hélio Oiticica, and Rhod Rothfuss.

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  Vue Prise de Sta. Thereza (View from Santa Theresa) (detail), Marc Ferrez, ca. late-19th century, Getty Research Institute, 92.R.14

Gilberto Ferrez Collection of Photographs of Nineteenth-Century Brazil

Finding Aid
Comprising almost 1,000 photographic prints from the oeuvre of Brazilian photographer Marc Ferrez, this collection encompasses a photographic history of imperial and early modern Brazil through Ferrez's lens. Collected by Ferrez's grandson, Gilberto Ferrez, holdings also include approximately 775 photographic prints by other Brazilian photographers active from 1860 to 1940. The younger Ferrez—a businessman, historian, curator, photographer, and collector—made the first serious study of the history of photography in Brazil.

Browse the finding aid.


Masks and the Uncanny, in Africa and Beyond

GRI Council Lecture | October 12, 2017 | 7:00 p.m. | The Getty Center

The "Concrete" in Poetry and Art

Conversation | October 17, 2017 | 7:00 p.m. | The Getty Center


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