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GCI Honored by the American Institute for Conservation (AIC)

At the annual meeting of the AIC, held this year in Los Angeles, May 19-22, 2009, the GCI was honored with the AIC's Distinguished Award for the Advancement of the Field of Conservation.

Read the press release.

Tim Whalen, the director of the GCI, receives AIC award from AIC president Martin Burke. Photo: courtesy of AIC

P R O J E C T S   A N D   A C T I V I T I E S

New Direction for Education at the GCI

The GCI is committed both to the development of conservation professionals and to the learning infrastructure that produces them. While shorter training courses and workshops remain a feature of the Institute's work, they now fit within a broader strategy of advancing conservation education through long-term engagement with learners, the strengthening of existing teaching institutions, and the pedagogy of conservation.

Learn more about the GCI's plans to advance education.

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Course instructor and participants discussing the condition of a photograph during the Fundamentals of the Conservation of Photographs course in Bratislava, Slovakia. Photo: Sean Charette

P U B L I C A T I O N S,   V I D E O S,   A N D   A U D I O

Conservation, The GCI Newsletter, Vol. 24, No. 1, 2009
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This special edition highlights education and training at the GCI.

Read this issue online.

The next edition of the newsletter will be published in October 2009 with a new name—Conservation Perspectives: The GCI Newsletter—and will appear twice a year, in the spring and fall. If you have not done so already, you will need to resubscribe to continue to receive the newsletter.

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Video of Panel Discussion: myhistoricLA - Preserving Los Angeles
Grauman's Chinese Theater, Los Angeles
Grauman's Chinese Theatre, an opulent architectural fantasy, opened in 1927 as the second movie palace located in Hollywood. Photo: Emile Askey

On April 4, 2009, moderator Larry Mantle of KPCC's AirTalk and a panel of city officials, preservationists, community organizers, and developers discussed key issues surrounding the first comprehensive survey of Los Angeles' historic resources. Organized by the GCI; the City of Los Angeles Office of Historic Resources; and the Library Foundation of Los Angeles.

Watch the video online.

Learn more about the GCI's Los Angeles Historic Resource Survey Project.

Video of Panel Discussion: Ethical Dilemmas in the Conservation of Modern and Contemporary Art
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"Untitled" (Golden), Felix Gonzalez-Torres, 1995. Strands of beads and hanging device, dimensions variable. San Francisco Museum of Modern Art; the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York; and the Art Institute of Chicago. © The Felix Gonzalez-Torres Foundation, Courtesy Andrea Rosen Gallery, New York

On April 29, 2009, moderator Edward Goldman of KCRW's Art Talk and a panel of experts, including conservators and curators, discussed the highly complex considerations and ethical dilemmas they face when dealing with the ephemeral and transitory nature of certain works of modern and contemporary art.

Watch the video online.

Learn more about modern and contemporary materials research at the GCI.

Internet Archive Digitization Project
cover of archived recipe book

In 2008, the GCI identified a number of Conservation Collection books to include in the Getty Research Institute's Internet Archive Digitization Project. The materials selected for digitization relate to the history of technology—specifically pre-twentieth-century artists' recipe books. The books describe materials and processes used by early craftsmen and artists and are useful to members of the conservation community working with a wide range of materials, including paper, glass, textiles, wood, and paint. To date, nearly half of the 200 titles selected from the Conservation Collection have been digitized, cataloged, and made available for free online.

Access artists' recipe books online.

Recently acquired titles
GCI Information Center
The Information Center at the Getty Conservation Institute. Photo: Dennis Keeley

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 titles from the GCI Information Center page.

Find out more about the Conservation Collection.

Archive of Photographic Materials from the Predigital Age
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A selection of photographic materials from the Getty Conservation Institute's Reference Collection. Photo: Dennis Keeley

We need your help. Scientists at the Getty Conservation Institute need your old photographic papers, film, negatives, and prints to build an archive of knowledge and materials from the era of classical chemical-based photography. This archive will become a reference collection for future generations of photo conservators and scholars, and will allow them to research and authenticate the treasures of the classical photography era.

Find out how you can help.

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GCI Mission Statement
The Getty Conservation Institute works to advance conservation practice in the visual arts, broadly interpreted to include objects, collections, architecture, and sites. It serves the conservation community through scientific research, education and training, model field projects, and the broad dissemination of the results of both its own work and the work of others in the field. In all its endeavors, the Conservation Institute focuses on the creation and dissemination of knowledge that will benefit the professionals and organizations responsible for the conservation of the world's cultural heritage.

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