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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