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Ebay to the Rescue
Installation view of The Eternal Frame, 1975–76, installed at the Long Beach Museum of Art

Ebay to the Rescue

The J. Paul Getty Museum has been busy preparing for California Video, a 40-year retrospective that opens in March. Among the works is The Eternal Frame, a notorious piece from Bay Area collectives Ant Farm and T.R. Uthco re-enacting the Zapruder footage of the Kennedy assassination. When the Getty tried to re-create the original 1976 installation, in which the film was played on a television in a Sixties-era living room, curators found that the props were missing. So staffers scoured Ebay and antiques shops to score a vintage console TV and chairs, old photos and all the rest.