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Winter 2011

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Online Scholarly Catalogue Initiative Update

Connecting Art Histories Focuses on Latin America

Graduate Intern Program

Other News

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Online Scholarly Catalogue Initiative Update
Museums tackle technical challenges

In October, the Foundation hosted representatives from the nine museums participating in the Online Scholarly Catalogue Initiative. With most of the museums approaching the final stages of their planning grants, the focus of this meeting was on the technical challenges involved in moving scholarly permanent collection catalogues from print to the Web. On the first day, the group worked with technology experts to tackle the complex process of designing information architecture to aggregate information from multiple sources—such as collections management systems, image data banks, and video and audio files—and deliver it to the Web. On the second day, participants worked with a leading consultant on user interface to develop protocols for user-friendly Web sites. The Foundation will issue an interim report next summer sharing with the field the lessons learned so far.

Piccadilly Circus, Charles Ginner, 1912, oil on canvas, 813 x 660 mm. ©Tate, London 2008
Piccadilly Circus, Charles Ginner, 1912, oil on canvas, 813 x 660 mm. ©Tate, London 2008

A R T   H I S T O R Y

Connecting Art Histories Focuses on Latin America
New grants fund a series of seminars and symposia

Recently the Foundation awarded two grants as part of the Connecting Art Histories Initiative that focus on scholarship in Latin America. A grant to the Universidad Nacional de San Martín in Buenos Aires builds on the Getty's long-standing interest in promoting technical art history—an approach that combines the expertise of art historians, conservators, and conservation scientists to gain new understanding of the making and meaning of artworks. The grant will support four intensive research seminars on three continents that focus on artistic practices under the Spanish in the New World. The second grant, to the Museum of Latin American Art (MoLAA) in Long Beach, will bring together museum directors, curators, and university scholars from 16 countries to discuss new models for interpreting and presenting modern and contemporary Latin American art. The first symposium is scheduled for spring 2011 at MoLAA and the Getty Center, with the second in fall 2011 at the Museo de Arte de Lima in Peru.

Series of Kings and Prophets of Israel, Salomón (Solomon), Marcos Zapata, Cuzco ca. 1764, oil on canvas, Prelature of Humahuaca. Photo by Diego Ortiz Mujica, TAREA

L E A D E R S H I P

Graduate Intern Program
Nearly 200 apply for 2011–2012

Established in 1983, the graduate internship program supports approximately 20 to 25 interns each year in departments across the Getty, from Decorative Arts and Sculpture to Antiquities Conservation, Museum Education and Public Programs.

"During my time as a graduate intern in the Field Projects department of the Getty Conservation Institute," said Will Raynolds, "I had the unique opportunity to travel to Egypt, where I worked on the creation and implementation of a site management plan for the Valley of the Queens." Will also took advantage of the study trip afforded to all graduate interns and traveled to central Kazakhstan to participate in a conservation needs assessment with Kazakh architects. The best part of his internship? "Even when I was sitting at my desk in Los Angeles, the world was at my fingertips in the form of my fellow interns, scholars, and colleagues who came from and had worked in more corners of the planet than one could ever hope to experience in a year!"

2009–2010 Getty Graduate Intern Will Raynolds recording video in the Theban Hills outside of Luxor, Egypt. Photo by Lori Wong
2009–2010 Getty Graduate Intern Will Raynolds recording video in the Theban Hills outside of Luxor, Egypt. Photo by Lori Wong
Other News
Staff Update

Gloria Sutton recently joined the Foundation staff as program officer, working primarily with our Pacific Standard Time grantees. Gloria previously worked at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Los Angeles as Ahmanson Curatorial Fellow and as a curatorial project coordinator. Early in her career Gloria participated in the Whitney Museum Independent Study program, and in 2009 was awarded a Ph.D. in contemporary art history from the University of California, Los Angeles.

Gloria Sutton
Gloria Sutton

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