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Summer 2009

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Director's Message

Welcome to Getty Foundation News, a quarterly newsletter with information on the latest activities of the Getty Foundation. In each issue you can expect stories highlighting our current initiatives and recent grants around the world.

In this inaugural issue we focus on several of our newly launched initiatives. I draw particular attention to Pacific Standard Time, an ambitious region-wide event that will introduce thousands to the unique and dynamic art scene that flourished in Los Angeles from 1945 to 1980. Pacific Standard Time will culminate in a series of simultaneous exhibitions at more than 20 museums throughout Southern California beginning in fall 2011.

You can find more information on all of our current initiatives by visiting our newly redesigned Web site, We hope you enjoy reading the newsletter.

Deborah Marrow
Director, The Getty Foundation

In This Issue:

Pacific Standard Time: Art in LA 1945–1980

New training for panel paintings conservators

Recently launched: Art in Translation

Multicultural Undergraduate Internship Program

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Pacific Standard Time: Art in LA 1945–1980
Southern California prepares for region-wide exhibitions in 2011–2012

Modern art in Los Angeles has an exciting and dynamic history, but its unique trajectory has never been fully appreciated. Since 2002, the Foundation and the Getty Research Institute have been working to recover the historical record of the art of this period and to bring attention to its richness and diversity.

Now, through the Getty Foundation's Pacific Standard Time initiative, a series of simultaneous exhibitions throughout Southern California in 2011–2012 will bring new interpretations of this era to a wide public. With Getty support for exhibition planning and research totaling $3.5 million to date, preparation is underway at more than 20 area museums, including the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, the Museum of Contemporary Art, the Hammer Museum, the Fowler Museum, the California African American Museum, and the J. Paul Getty Museum, to name only a few.

Read more about the history of the initiative and learn about exhibitions at the participating venues.

Reenactment of Allan Kaprows Fluids (1967) at LACMA, 2008 in association with the exhibition Allan Kaprow: Art as Life at MOCA. Photo:  2008 Museum Associates/LACMA
Reenactment of Allan Kaprow's Fluids (1967) at LACMA, 2008 in association with the exhibition Allan Kaprow: Art as Life at MOCA. Photo: © 2008 Museum Associates/LACMA


New training for panel paintings conservators
Initiative aims to increase the number of expert conservators

Paintings created on wood supports—known as panel paintings—form a major part of American, European, and Russian museum collections. When they remained on the walls of the buildings for which they were originally created (in the Middle Ages, Renaissance or later periods), these paintings existed in relative stability for centuries. However, many of them were removed from churches or other buildings, dismantled, and cut into sections, damaging the paint and leaving the wood structures vulnerable to moisture, mold, pests, and temperature changes. There are only a few individuals worldwide who have fully mastered the diverse skills necessary to conserve panel paintings, but many of these master conservators will soon retire.

The Panel Paintings Initiative—a collaboration among the Getty Foundation, the Getty Conservation Institute, and the J. Paul Getty Museum—will allow current experts to train the next generation of conservators, and provide improved access to the accumulated knowledge of the field.

Read more about the Panel Paintings Initiative and a recent symposium at the Getty.

<i>Adam and Eve</i>, Albrecht Dürer, 1507 ©  Museo del Prado (España)
Adam and Eve, Albrecht Dürer, 1507 © Museo del Prado (España)

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Recently launched: Art in Translation
Online translation journal is the new platform for key art history texts

Launched in March 2009 with Getty Foundation support, Art in Translation is a new online journal that publishes English-language translations of current and classic art historical essays from around the world. Seminal works currently accessible only in their author's native tongue can often take years to appear in translation, if at all.

This electronic journal, which will be published three times per year and includes research from all areas of the visual arts, allows for more global dialogue. The launch of the journal was accompanied by a two-day international symposium at the University of Edinburgh on the practical and theoretical issues related to the translation of art history texts.

Symposium abstracts and subscription information are available on the Art in Translation Web site.

Art in Translation card


Multicultural Undergraduate Internship Program
Recent evaluation highlights alumni interest

Each summer since 1993, the Getty's Multicultural Undergraduate Internship program has introduced 120-150 outstanding college students of culturally diverse backgrounds to career possibilities in more than 80 museums and visual arts organizations in Los Angeles County.

A recent evaluation of the program confirmed its success and highlighted the need for more engagement with former interns. As a result, we are developing an alumni program to improve professional development opportunities for past interns. The first workshop, "Leading from Where You Stand: An Interactive Workshop," gave alumni some tools with which to navigate their institution's culture, improve their communication skills, and increase their level of responsibility.

Read the executive summary from the evaluation (PDF, 51KB).

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