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Summer 2010

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Along with our colleagues across the Getty, the Foundation staff was shocked and deeply saddened by the death of Getty Trust President and CEO James N. Wood in June. Jim was a distinguished leader in the arts and a strong advocate for the Getty's philanthropic work, and he is greatly missed by all who knew him at the Getty, in the Los Angeles community, and throughout the international art world. The Getty board of trustees is initiating a search for his successor. In the meantime, Getty Foundation Director Deborah Marrow is serving as interim President and CEO of the J. Paul Getty Trust, and Deputy Director Joan Weinstein is serving as interim Director of the Foundation.

James N. Wood
James N. Wood

In This Issue:

Panel Paintings Initiative

Pacific Standard Time: Art in L.A. 1945–1980

Getty Leadership Institute at Claremont Graduate University

Other News


Panel Paintings Initiative
Grants support training opportunities for future conservators

Foundation grants totaling $630,000 are helping to conserve two panel paintings of extraordinary artistic and historic significance: The Mystic Lamb of 1432 by Hubert and Jan van Eyck (also known as the Ghent Altarpiece) and Giorgio Vasari's The Last Supper of 1546, not seen publicly since it was damaged in the Florence flood of 1966. Both projects provide unparalleled opportunities for international experts to train younger conservators, ensuring a transfer of skills to the next generation of panel specialists.

Hubert and Jan van Eyck, The Ghent Altarpiece (open), completed 1432. Oil on panel. Cathédrale de Saint Bavon. © Lukas-Art in Flanders

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Pacific Standard Time: Art in L.A. 1945–1980
New grant supports re-staging of historic ephemeral art projects

As part of Pacific Standard Time, an unprecedented collaboration of more than 50 cultural institutions across Southern California celebrating the region's vibrant post-war art scene, LAXART will coordinate a week-long Performance and Public Art Festival. Scheduled for January 2012, the festival will feature large-scale installations around Los Angeles, single-event spectacles, and reinventions of famous performance art pieces.

Read more about the festival and the growing number of Pacific Standard Time exhibitions.

Charles Brittin photograph of Mark di Suvero's Peace Tower, a large-scale installation from 1966. Charles Brittin Archive, Research Library, The Getty Research Institute. Used with permission. (2005.M.11) © J. Paul Getty Trust; © Mark di Suvero


Getty Leadership Institute at Claremont Graduate University
2010 Museum Leadership Institute at the Getty Center

The Getty Leadership Institute at Claremont Graduate University, now a grantee of the Getty Foundation, celebrated its 32nd offering of the Museum Leadership Institute (MLI), which was held again at the Getty Center this summer. Designed to enhance the leadership abilities of experienced museum executives and to strengthen their institutions, this year's class included an impressive group of participants from the United States, Australia, China, The Netherlands, Portugal, and the United Kingdom.

MLI 2009 participants, from left: Jane Milosch, Beverly Robertson, and Sheena Wagstaff. Photo: Bart Bartholomew © J. Paul Getty Trust
Other News
Staff Update

Many readers of our e-newsletter have probably worked with senior program officer Nancy Micklewright. We congratulate Nancy as she takes on an exciting new opportunity at the Smithsonian's Freer and Sackler Galleries where she will be the Head of Scholarly Programs and Publications. She was a valued member of the Foundation staff for the past eight years and, at one time or another, had a hand in almost all of our grant making activities. We thank her for her many contributions to the Getty and look forward to working with her in her new position.

Nancy Micklewright
Nancy Micklewright

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