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Getty Research Institute opens Connecting Seas: A Visual History of Discoveries and Ecounters

TheGetty Research Institute, Getty Center presents Connecting Seas: A Visual History of Discoveries and Ecounters on view December 7, 2013–April 13, 2014.

Connecting Seas draws on the Getty Research Institute’s extensive special collections to reveal how adventures on other continents and discoveries of different cultures were perceived, represented, and transmitted in the past, when ocean travel was the primary means by which people and knowledge circulated.

Featuring rare books and maps, photographs and panoramic vues d’optique, prints, and even Napoleon’s monumental folios on Egypt, the exhibition traces the fascinating course of scholarly investigation and comprehension of cultures in Africa, Asia, and the Americas. Intriguing works from around the world, dating from the 16th to the 21st century, chart diverse narratives of discovery, exploration, commerce, and colonization, and illuminate the multiple levels of encounter at the roots of today’s globalization.

Connecting Seas will be the first exhibition in the Research Institute’s newly expanded galleries.