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Digital Display: Student Scavenger Hunt on View

"Brightly Colored Shoes" from the Digital Scavenger Hunt

The Getty Museum is full of fabulous furniture, splendid sculpture, and of course, powerful paintings. What if you were asked to hunt for some of the most interesting details and objects in these works of art? Would you be able to look closely, think fast, and snap a cool photo? That was the mission given to students participating in artist John Divola’s “Digital Scavenger Hunt” at the Getty Center.

Students, ranging from second graders at Hooper Avenue Elementary to photography students from Santa Monica College, East Los Angeles College, Pierce College, and College of the Canyons, scoured the Getty collections and site photographing a variety of subjects including skies, brightly colored shoes (yes, they even photographed visitors with colorful kicks), gold and silver, heads with hats and helmets, plates, bowls, vases and doorways. Their goal was to create collaborative works of art made up of many personal, individual views.

After the hunt was over, the images were grouped by subject and printed as large-scale, collective photographs. You can see the resulting works in a new installation located in the Museum Entrance Hall.

The Digital Scavenger Hunt photos on display in the Museum Entrance Hall at the Getty Center

This playful project encouraged students to explore the medium of photography while engaging with works of art in new and creative ways. The “Digital Scavenger Hunt” was developed as part of the Getty Artists Program, an ongoing initiative that engages contemporary artists in collaborative projects at the Getty.

In addition to the work on view, there is also an exciting online component on the Getty Artists Program website. Here, you can see all of the work from the project and zoom in realllly close on each of the collages, to spot the little details that make them so unique.

Visitors can zoom in on details of the artwork, such as this piece that features hat and helmets

Congratulations to all the digital dudes and divas involved in the project! Like some of their favorite artists, students will now be able to say that their work is exhibited at the Getty!

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      #ProvenancePeek: June 30

      Every art object has a story—not only of how it was made, but of how it changed hands over time until it found its current home. That story is provenance.

      This portrait of actress Antonia Zárate by Goya is now part of the collection of the National Gallery of Ireland. The records of famed art dealer M. Knoedler & Co. at the Getty Research Institute reveal its recent provenance: the painting was sold by Knoedler on June 30, 1910, to financier Otto Beit. Part of his collection, including this painting, was later donated to the National Gallery of Ireland in Dublin. To this day the Gallery showcases some of its greatest masterpieces in the Beit Wing. This spread from a digitized Knoedler stock book records the transaction (second entry from top).

      M. Knoedler was one of the most influential dealers in the history of art. He sold European paintings to collectors (such as Henry Clay Frick, the Vanderbilts, and Andrew Mellon) whose collections formed the genesis of great museums such as the National Gallery of Art, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Frick Collection, the Huntington, and more. Knoedler’s stock books have recently been digitized and transformed into a searchable database, which anyone can query for free.

      Portrait of Doña Antonia Zárate, ca. 1805–06, José de Goya y Lucientes. Beit Collection, National Gallery of Ireland. Image courtesy of the National Gallery of Ireland.


      #ProvenancePeek is a monthly series by research assistant Kelly Davis peeking into #onthisday provenance finds from the M. Knoedler & Co. archives at the Getty Research Institute.


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