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May 18, 2018

Getty Research Institute Announces Scholars in Residence

LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA—The Getty Research Institute in Los Angeles has named Chicago-based artist Theaster Gates as its incoming artist in residence. It also announced that thirty-eight applicants were selected for its 2018/2019 scholars in residence program.

“This year we have challenged our visiting scholars to work on monumentality, an especially timely theme now, as many Americans are passionately debating the roles of monuments in their own communities,” Andrew Perchuk, acting director of the institute, said. In addition, the scholars who will be based at the Getty Villa will address the political, intellectual, religious, and artistic relations between Persia, Greece, and Rome from the ninth century BC to AD 651.

Among the arts professionals participating in the program are art historian Hal Foster, who will conduct research related to American artist Richard Serra; Andrea Bayer, a Metropolitan Museum of Art curator; Sandra Phillips, a former SFMOMA curator of photography; Stanislaus von Moos, professor emeritus at the University of Zürich; and Kavita Singh, a professor of arts and aesthetics at India’s Jawaharlal Nehru University. The full list of Getty scholars can be found on the institution’s website.

“By bringing such a diverse group of researchers together under a broad theme we have found that exciting connections between subjects and researchers can occur,” said Alexa Sekyra, head of the institute’s scholars program. “Often those connections lead to new projects or new ways of thinking about existing projects.”

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