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Lost in Seconds: Protecting the Getty Museum's Antiquities Collection from Earthquakes (lecture)

Date: Thursday, February 8, 2007
Time: 8:00 p.m.
Location: Getty Villa, Auditorium
Admission: Free; a ticket is required.

Despite its tranquil setting, the Getty Villa sits on ground at risk for some of the most destructive earthquakes in the world. Hear Jerry Podany, head of antiquities conservation at the J. Paul Getty Museum, discuss two decades of groundbreaking behind-the-scenes work at the Getty Villa aimed at protecting the Museum's art treasures from earthquake damage.

Learn how conservators and preparators collaborate with seismologists, engineers, and designers to create and implement measures that safeguard the collections against "the Big One" and discover how the Getty has led the way in devising innovative methods to reduce the risk of seismic destruction, which has claimed countless art treasures the world over. Plus, discover the hidden engineering of the Villa's protective devices and learn why some objects are bolted to the floor while others are allowed to slide freely.

About Jerry Podany
Jerry Podany is head of antiquities conservation at the J. Paul Getty Museum and adjunct professor at the University of Southern California. He has published widely on methodologies for reassembling large-scale sculpture, the history of conservation of ancient materials, and the protection of collections and monuments from seismic risks by the application of engineering principles to conservation practice.

How to Get Here
The Getty Villa is located at 17985 Pacific Coast Highway in Malibu, California, approximately 25 miles west of downtown Los Angeles. See Hours, Directions, Parking for directions and parking information.

Preparator installing Poet and Sirens sculpture in the Getty Villa