This article was originally published in Getty magazine
Getty head gardener Arturo Cuevas considers himself an artist when it comes to caring for the Getty Center’s vibrant landscape. But he isn’t often consulted about the art inside the buildings. So, when Getty Research Institute (GRI) curator Idurre Alonso asked him to share his opinions on works of art for an upcoming exhibition, he eagerly agreed. It was the first time his department had been included in a show.
“Being invited to collaborate on this, it makes me feel good,” Cuevas says.
Alonso not only welcomed his perspective, she also felt that without it, the presentation wouldn’t be complete.
Called Reinventing the Américas: Construct. Erase. Repeat., the upcoming exhibition offers representations of the Americas found in books and prints from the 15th to 19th centuries. As Alonso had envisioned it, the show would question the mythologies, utopian visions, and stereotypical ideologies Europeans spread after “discovering” the continents. But there was a problem: the works only represented the European point of view, so how would contrasting perspectives be offered?Continue reading