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Getty Fellowship for Monica Juneja

Feb 19, 2015

Prof. Dr. Monica Juneja will research at the Getty Research Institute from April to June. The Getty is one of the world's leading institutions dedicated to the visual arts. During her residency Prof. Juneja will work on her book "Can Art History be made global? A Discipline in transition", based on the Heinrich Wölfflin lectures which she delivered at the University of Zürich in Spring 2014.

Every fall the Getty Research Institute brings cultural scholars and artists from around the world to live and work in Los Angeles as part of the Scholars Program, which supports rigorous research under an annual research theme. This year, 44 scholars, including Prof. Juneja, will come to the Getty for projects within the theme “Object–Value –Canon,” which explores the way that traditional art historical methodologies can be challenged and reinvented.

The visiting scholars, working at both the Getty Center in Brentwood and the Getty Villa in Malibu, will use the significant resources of the Getty to conduct their research, including the GRI’s library and special collections; the collections at the J. Paul Getty Museum; the laboratories at the Getty Conservation Institute; and the expertise of the many curators, scientists, scholars and other experts who are part of the Getty, as well as the local academic community.

"Object–Value –Canon" refers to the traditional trajectory of art-historical interpretation: from the description of an object; to discussions about its artistic, cultural, or commercial value; and then to attempts to place the object in a canon with other works. This interpretive process comes into question as art history moves from a Western-oriented discipline to a global one because the concepts object, value and canon have different significances in other social and historical contexts. Moreover, the rapidly changing technologies that researchers have access to presents new opportunities and challenges to traditional art historical methods. In inviting the 2014-15 scholars to work under this theme, the GRI is encouraging an interdisciplinary approach that allows for new possibilities and methods in cultural research.

The J. Paul Getty Trust is the world's largest cultural and philanthropic organization dedicated to the visual arts. Through ambitious projects in Los Angeles and around the world — including conservation work, publications, exhibitions, grant initiatives, and training programs — it aims to make a lasting difference in conservation practice, art historical research, and museology and to promote knowledge and appreciation of art among audiences of all ages.

The Getty Research Institute is dedicated to furthering knowledge and advancing understanding of the visual arts and their various histories through its expertise, active collecting program, public programs, institutional collaborations, exhibitions, publications, digital services, and residential scholars programs. Its Research Library and Special Collections of rare materials and digital resources serve an international community of scholars and the interested public. The Institute's activities and scholarly resources guide and sustain each other and together provide a unique environment for research, critical inquiry, and scholarly exchange.

Prof. Monica Juneja holds the HCTS Chair of Global Art History, coordinates several research projects, speaks for research area D "Historicities and Heritage" and is a member of the Cluster's Steering Committee.

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