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Villa Savoye, Le Corbusier and Pierre Jeanneret, 1929. Photo Scott Gilchrist

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Conserving Modern Architecture Initiative (CMAI)

On March 21, the Getty Conservation Institute launched its Conserving Modern Architecture Initiative. The goal of the CMAI is to advance the practice of conserving twentieth-century built heritage and modern architecture through research and investigation, the development of practical conservation solutions, training programs, and publications. The initiative will work with both international and local partners.

Learn more about this new initiative.

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L.A. Voices: Perspectives on Conserving Modern Architecture

The GCI welcomes Kyle Normandin, who has joined the Institute as a senior project specialist and project leader of CMAI. Kyle also serves on the executive board of the Association for Preservation Technology International, as Secretary General for the ICOMOS ISC on 20th Century Heritage, and is the chair of the International Scientific Committee on Technology for DOCOMOMO International. He also serves on the editorial board for the Journal of Architectural Conservation.

The Eames House Conservation Project

The CMAI's first major project is a partnership with the Eames Foundation to conserve the 1949 Los Angeles home designed by Charles and Ray Eames—an iconic work of the modern era. The project is funded in part by the generous support of the GCI Council.

Find out more about the Eames House Conservation Project.

Recent Advances in Characterizing Asian Lacquer Workshop

This five-day workshop will take place at the Getty Center in Los Angeles, October 22-26, 2012. It will explore recent developments in the analysis of organic materials in Asian lacquer, including procedures for acquiring detailed compositional information and their implications for the conservation of lacquered objects.

Find out more about the workshop and apply online. Application deadline is May 31, 2012.

Find out more about the GCI's Characterization of Asian and European Lacquers project.

The Middle East Photograph Preservation Initiative (MEPPI)

The first MEPPI training workshop on the preservation of photograph collections took place in November 2011 in Beirut, and a program of distance learning activities is currently ongoing.

Applications for the second workshop, which will take place in Abu Dhabi in November 2012, will be available soon. Look for more information on the MEPPI website.

Learn more about MEPPI.

International Course on Stone Conservation

The 18th International Course on Stone Conservation, co-organized by the GCI and ICCROM, will take place from April 10 to June 28, 2013, in Rome.

For more information about the course and to apply online visit the ICCROM website. Application deadline is August 24, 2012.

The GCI Field Projects department is seeking a project specialist to fill a one-year, limited-term position, beginning August 1, 2012, to manage the GCI's work in relation to the International Course on Stone Conservation organized in partnership with ICCROM. This position will initially be based in Los Angeles, but will require five months of the 12-month period (March-July 2013) in Rome, Italy.

Find out more and apply online.

Out in the Open: Conservation Challenges of Outdoor Public Art

Tuesday, May 15, 7:00 PM
Getty Center: Museum Lecture Hall

Join a panel of professionals charged with the care of public art collections as they explore issues related to the management and conservation of outdoor artworks, including the physical environment, vandalism, funding, and public awareness.

Find out more about this free event and make a reservation online.


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Demonstration of LED Retrofit Lamps at an Exhibit of 19th-Century Photography at the Getty Museum

Final Report prepared in support of the U.S. Department of Energy Solid-State Lighting Technology Demonstration GATEWAY Program.

Study Participants: Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, U.S. Department of Energy, the J. Paul Getty Museum, and the Getty Conservation Institute.

Access a PDF of the final report.

Find out more about Museum Lighting Research at the GCI.

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AATA Online Update

In the latest quarterly update of AATA Online, 829 new abstracts related to preservation and conservation of material cultural heritage were added. We have also improved the database and while it may appear similar, these changes significantly enhance its overall performance and lay the foundation for future upgrades.

Access AATA Online.

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Newly Acquired Titles

Recently acquired titles in the Conservation Collection in the Research Library at the Getty Research Institute are available to readers on site at the Getty Center. Some materials are available through your library's interlibrary loan service.

Access the list of recently acquired titles from the GCI Information Center page.

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2012 Kraszna-Krausz Book Awards

Brush and Shutter: Early Photography in China, edited by the GCI's Jeff Cody and Frances Terpak from the Getty Research Institute, is shortlisted for the prestigious 2012 Kraszna-Krausz Book Award in best photography book category.

Buy the book online at the J. Paul Getty Museum store.

GCI on Facebook

On March 16, GCI celebrated one year on Facebook. Facebook has proven to be an effective tool in reaching our national and international colleagues and in helping the GCI connect with emerging and mid-career professionals. Our Facebook audience resides in 20 different countries, with the United States, Spain, Italy, Portugal, and the United Kingdom at the top of the list.

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