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Getty Research Institute Interviews Regarding Harald Szeemann, 2016-2017
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  • Descriptive Summary
  • Administrative History and Project Background
  • Administrative Information
  • Related Materials
  • Scope and Content of Collection
  • Indexing Terms

  • Descriptive Summary

    Title: Getty Research Institute interviews regarding Harald Szeemann
    Date (inclusive): 2016-2017
    Number: IA60008
    Creator/Collector: Getty Research Institute
    Physical Description: 0 Linear Feet
    Physical Description: 1413.12 GB
    The Getty Research Institute
    Institutional Records and Archives
    1200 Getty Center Drive, Suite 1100
    Los Angeles 90049-1688
    URL: http://hdl.handle.net/10020/askref
    (310) 440-7390
    Abstract: The records comprise oral histories conducted with artists and curators about the Swiss curator Harald Szeemann, whose archive is in the Special Collections of the Getty Research Institute. Records date from 2016 to 2017 and include digital video interviews as well as transcripts and translations for select interviews.
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    Language: Collection material is in English

    Administrative History and Project Background

    The Getty Research Institute (GRI) is an operating program of the J. Paul Getty Trust, a not-for-profit educational, cultural and philanthropic organization dedicated to the visual arts. Originally established in 1983 as the Getty Center for the History of Art and the Humanities (GCHAH), the objective of the GCHAH was to foster advanced research in art, its history, diversity, and meaning in culture by engaging scholars from various disciplines in the humanities. In 1996, in order to avoid confusion with the soon-to-open Getty Center, the GCHAH was renamed the Getty Research Institute for the History of Art and the Humanities and in 2000, the program's name was shortened to the Getty Research Institute (GRI).
    The GRI's mission is to further knowledge and advance understanding of the visual arts and their various histories through advanced research and scholarship, and through its activities and resources, provide a unique environment for research, critical inquiry, and scholarly exchange. The GRI's Research Library, consisting of over one million books, periodicals, study photographs, auction catalogs and special collections of rare and unique materials, as well as its online resources and databases, serve an international community of scholars and the interested public. The GRI also provides intellectual leadership through its research projects, exhibitions, and publication programs and provides service to a wide range of scholars worldwide through residencies, fellowships, hosted lectures and symposia, and its innovative digital reference tools. Through all of its programs and activities, the GRI endeavors to provide resources, expertise, and a collaborative environment for art-historical research and publication.
    Through the GRI's multidisciplinary programming, the GRI works to advance art history scholarship of contemporary art. In 2016, the GRI launched plans for the Szeemann Digital Seminar focused on Swiss curator Harald Szeemann (1933-2005) following the GRI's acquisition of his archive in 2011. The seminar is a collaboration between GRI's Information Systems and Curatorial departments along with the GRI's Digital Art History team, which seeks to study computational approaches to art history. The oral history project, led by Szeemann co-curators Glenn Phillips and Philipp Kaiser, is one component of the Szeemann Digital Seminar. Video interviews were conducted with artists, curators, and collaborators who worked with Szeemann and document unpublished accounts that add narrative context to the archive, as well as interpretive materials for the 2018 Harald Szeemann: Museum of Obsessions exhibition at the GRI.

    Administrative Information

    Access Restrictions

    The records described in accession 2017.IA.34 are available for on-site use by qualified researchers. The following types of records are permanently closed: records containing personal information, records that compromise security or operations, legal communications, legal work product, and records related to donors. The J. Paul Getty Trust reserves the right to restrict access to any records held by the Institutional Archives.

    Publication Rights

    Contact Library Rights and Reproductions  at the Getty Research Institute for copyright information and permission to publish.

    Preferred Citation

    Getty Research Institute Interviews Regarding Harald Szeemann, 2016-2017, Institutional Records and Archives, The Getty Research Institute, Los Angeles, IA60008. http://hdl.handle.net/10020/cifaia60008

    Acquisition Information

    Accession 2017.IA.34 was transferred by staff members at the Getty Research Institute.

    Processing History

    Finding aid was created by Helen Kim in 2017. Accession 2017.IA.34 was processed in 2017.

    Technical Requirements

    The electronic files in accession 2017.IA.34 can only be viewed on-site on computers connected to the Getty network.

    Related Materials

    Harald Szeemann papers, 1800-2011, bulk 1949-2005, The Getty Research Institute, Los Angeles, Accession no. 2011.M.30.

    Scope and Content of Collection

    These records comprise oral history interviews conducted in 2016 and 2017 by Getty Research Institute (GRI) curator Glenn Phillips. The interviews were conducted in association with the Harald Szeemann Digital Seminar organized by the GRI and feature discussions with curators and artists about curator Harald Szeemann, whose archive is housed in GRI Special Collections. Materials include video interviews and select transcripts and translations which may be found at The digital content of the oral histories and transcripts may be found at http://hdl.handle.net/10020/2017ia34 .


    Materials are arranged alphabetically by surname of interviewee.

    Indexing Terms

    Subjects - Names

    Szeemann, Harald

    Subjects - Topics

    Art historians -- United States -- Interviews
    Art museum curators
    Art -- Historiography -- Study and teaching

    Genres and Forms of Material

    Oral histories (document genres)
    Video recordings
    Sound recordings


    Getty Research Institute
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    Curiger, Bice, 1948-
    Heiss, Alanna
    Kohlmeyer, Agnes
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    Laib, Wolfgang, 1950-
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    Rottenberg, Anda
    Sala, Anri, 1974-
    Solakov, Nedko
    Toderi, Grazia, 1963-
    Weiner, Lawrence
    Ai, Weiwei
    Zorio, Gilberto, 1944-
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