Join us and the Sydney Digital Humanities Research Group for a talk about digital art history with Emily Pugh, Getty Research Institute for her talk ‘Images of Technology, Technologies of Imaging: Digital Art History at the Getty Research Institute’.



How has photography shaped art history? How are digital images continuing to shape the discipline even now? Emily Pugh, Principal Research Specialist and head of the Digital Art History department at the Getty Research Institute, will provide an overview of the ways the GRI’s DAH team is exploring the relationships between imaging technologies and art-historical research and scholarship as part of two DAH projects in particular: PhotoTech, which uses emerging technologies such as computer vision and machine learning to discover new research possibilities within the GRI’s Photo Archive, and Ed Ruscha Streets of Los Angeles, an effort to digitize and make accessible 130,000 images of LA streets from an archive Ruscha began compiling in 1965. She will also discuss her own research into the use of 3D imaging of architecture and architectural models.



Emily Pugh is the Digital Humanities Specialist at the Getty Research Institute, where she oversees the scholarly components of GRI digital art history projects, such as the Getty Provenance Index Remodeling project and the Harald Szeemann Digital Seminar. Prior to her time at the GRI, she served as the first Robert H. Smith Postdoctoral Research Associate, with special responsibilities for digital humanities projects, at the Center for Advanced Study in the Visual Arts. She has several years of experience with digital publication in particular, having served from 2001 to 2013 as the lead web developer for the online peer-reviewed journal Nineteenth-Century Art Worldwide. She was also the lead developer for NCAW’s “Digital Humanities and Art History” series and co-authored a report on this series, which was published in the journal in Spring 2016.

Emily received her PhD in Art History from the CUNY Graduate Center in 2008, where her studies focused on modern and contemporary architectural history. She is the author of Architecture, Politics, & Identity in Divided Berlin (University of Pittsburgh Press, 2014), and her essays on the Cold War urban built environment have appeared in the Journal of the Society of Architectural Historians, Centropa, and Space and Culture.



Friday 25 October, 3:00-4:30pm

New Law School Foyer

University of Sydney Law School

Eastern Avenue

Camperdown NSW 2006


Image: Cinerama movie theater, from Sunset Blvd. shoot, Ed Ruscha, 1985. Streets of Los Angeles Archive. The Getty Research Institute 2012.M.2 © Ed Ruscha