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The Getty Kicks Off an Ambitious New African American Art History Initiative by Acquiring Betye Saar’s Archive

The Getty Research Institute in Los Angeles is launching an African American Art History Initiative, and it has acquired the archive of Betye Saar (1926–) as a first step. With an initial budget of $5 million, the initiative will make new acquisitions and develop research projects, as well as help other museums preserve and digitize their own archives. The Getty is working with the Studio Museum in Harlem, the California African American Museum, Art + Practice in Los Angeles, and Spelman College in Atlanta on the project.

“The Getty is making a strong, long-term commitment of unprecedented breadth to the field of African American art history,” said James Cuno, president and CEO of the J. Paul Getty Trust, in a statement. “The study of African American art history is…

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Getty Research Institute Launches African American Art History Initiative, Acquires Betye Saar’s Archive -ARTnews

Betye Saar.


The Getty Research Institute in Los Angeles has launched a new African American Art History Initiative with $5 million allocated for the creation of what a press release calls “a major center for the study of African American art history.” The initiative’s first big move: the acquisition of the archive of American artist Betye Saar.

The new initiative will fund a dedicated curatorship in African American art history; a bibliographer with a focus on the subject; research fellowships; an oral history project dedicated to recording the stories of African American artists, scholars, critics, collectors, and dealers; and institutional collaborations to digitize archival collections and conceive conferences,…

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Getty Research Institute Establishes $5 Million African American Art History Initiative and Acquires Betye Saar Arc…

The Getty Research Institute (GRI) announced today the establishment of the African American Art History Initiative, with an initial allocation of $5 million to fund two positions—curatorial and bibliographic—dedicated to African American art history; annual graduate and post-graduate research fellowships; oral history projects to preserve notable voices in African American art; acquisition of archives and collections; and additional related programming such as conferences and publications.

The institute also announced its acquisition of artist Betye Saar’s complete archives to mark the founding of the African American Art History Initiative. Though the GRI’s holdings already include the works of African American artists such as Adrian Piper, Lorna Simpson, Kara Walker, and Mark Bradford,…

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The Week in African American Art: LACMA Acquisitions Include Works by Julie Mehretu, Betye Saar & More


ACQUISITIONS | Julie Mehretu, “Epigraph, Damascus,” 2016. | Los Angeles County Museum of Art, gift of Kelvin Davis and Hana Kim through the 2018 Collectors Committee, © Julie Mehretu, Photo by Malcolm Varon


The following review of the past week presents a snapshot of the latest news in African American art and related culture:



The John S. and James L. Knight Foundation has dedicated $970,000 to support technology staff at eight U.S. art museums. The talent “will be chiefly responsible for helping their respective institutions conceive, plan and implement digital strategies that improve the visitor experience and expand audiences.” New positions include Director of Technology Innovation at The Harvey B. Gantt Center for African-American Arts +…

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