Getty Launches African American Art History Initiative, Acquires Betye Saar Archive
|Betye Saar in her Los Angeles studio, 2015. Photo: Ashley Walker. Courtesy of the artist and Roberts Projects, Los Angeles|
|Pages of Betye Saar’s exhibition ledger from 1973. Getty Research Institute|
As to the GRI, it already holds some papers of Ed Bereal, Mark Bradford, Melvin Edwards, Adrian Piper, Lorna Simpson, and Kara Walker. The new initiative starts with a $5 million endowment, indicating a long-term commitment, and the Getty promises further fund-raising. Plans call for a full-time bibliographer and two research fellowships each year.
Incidentally, the Getty press release mentions that the LACMA-organized Betye Saar retrospective will be traveling to New York—to the prestigious if unlikely venue of the Morgan Library & Museum.
|Betye Saar, The Liberation of Aunt Jemima, 1972. Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive|