The Getty Research Institute offers an unusual and exciting look at monumentality- how power is envisioned through the planning of cities and their monuments, both real and imagined. Scale and size have figured prominently in efforts to mark cosmic and geological time, from land patterns etched in ancient rituals to earthworks created in the 1970s. Through photography, video, conceptual art, and books, this exhibition investigates various paradigms of monumentality, how they are generated through systems of belief and structures of power, and why certain monuments endure and others fall. As markers of history and repositories of collective memory, monuments can project multiple and sometimes contradictory meanings.
Jane Friedman, a scholar on the subject, will give us a personal tour of the show. Following the walkthrough we will all meet for a no-host lunch at the Getty Cafe.
Maximum attendance of 15 so please register now.