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Spring 2010

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Celebrating 25 Years

In This Issue:

Online Scholarly Catalogue Initiative Update

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

Connecting Art Histories Update

Grant to California Association of Museums supports Professional Development

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Online Scholarly Catalogue Initiative Update
Museums collaborate on developing online collection catalogues

In recent months, two important meetings have taken place related to the Online Scholarly Catalogue Initiative—a collaboration among nine art museums to create replicable models for scholarly collection catalogues in an online environment. In June 2009 a group of lawyers from museums across the United States met to examine the complex rights and reproductions issues related to publishing images online. More recently, project teams from the nine museums met at the Getty Center and engaged in intensive discussions about the best approaches to presenting a wide array of data in various media online. Questions tackled at the meeting included: What impact will online scholarly catalogues have on the organizational structure of museums? How will online catalogues be maintained and updated once they are launched? Next steps in the initiative include holding a June 2010 working meeting with online publishing experts to test assumptions about database prototypes, sharing updates on what has been learned thus far with the museum field, and offering implementation grants.

Participants, clockwise from back: Arthur Wheelock (National Gallery of Art), Mimi Gardner Gates (Seattle Art Museum), Nancy Thomas (LACMA), Diana Folsom (LACMA), Betsy Carpenter (Walker Art Center), and Gloria Groom (Art Institute of Chicago), in a break-out session at an OSCI meeting in 2009
Participants, clockwise from back: Arthur Wheelock (National Gallery of Art), Mimi Gardner Gates (Seattle Art Museum), Nancy Thomas (LACMA), Diana Folsom (LACMA), Betsy Carpenter (Walker Art Center), and Gloria Groom (Art Institute of Chicago), in a break-out session at the OSCI meeting December 2009 at the Getty Center. Photo: Bart Bartholomew
Pacific Standard Time: Art in L.A. 1945–1980
$3.1 million to 26 Southern California arts institutions

The Getty Foundation awarded $3.1 million in grants to 26 arts institutions as part of the initiative Pacific Standard Time: Art in L.A. 1945–1980. The initiative, launched by the Getty Foundation and the Getty Research Institute, is an unprecedented collaboration of more than forty cultural institutions all across Southern California—mostly in the Los Angeles area, but ranging as far as Santa Barbara, San Diego, and Palm Springs—each presenting thematically linked exhibitions and programs designed to celebrate the region's vibrant postWorld War II art scene. One of the participants in the initiative, director Hugh Davies of the Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego, remarked: "This initiative is going to change the course of Southern California art history by getting arts institutions to collaborate, by emphasizing research and scholarship, and by supporting a critical mass of coinciding exhibitions. People will look back and see that this was the watershed moment." The exhibitions begin fall 2011 and continue through spring 2012.

Read about the Pacific Standard Time initiative and the specific exhibitions.

From left: Hugh Davies (MCASD), John Outterbridge (artist), Betye Saar (artist), Chon Noriega (UCLA Chicano Studies Center), Paul Schimmel (MOCA), Ann Philbin (Hammer), and Deborah Marrow (The Getty Foundation) Photo: Bart Bartholomew
From left: Hugh Davies (MCASD), John Outterbridge (artist), Betye Saar (artist), Chon Noriega (UCLA Chicano Studies Center), Paul Schimmel (MOCA), Ann Philbin (Hammer), and Deborah Marrow (The Getty Foundation) Photo: Bart Bartholomew

A R T   H I S T O R Y

Connecting Art Histories Update
Support for seminar series spanning the Roman Empire

Art history has always been at the heart of the Getty's mission, and what has distinguished the Foundation's commitment in this area has been its international focus. A current initiative, Connecting Art Histories, aims to strengthen the discipline by offering scholars from different parts of the world opportunities to fully engage in sustained intellectual exchange across national and regional borders. A recent grant to Brown University will support an intensive series of seminars, The Arts of Rome's Provinces, that will foster such exchange, blending the expertise of art historians and archaeologists from regions that were part of the Roman world, including the Middle East, North Africa, and Central and Eastern Europe. The seminars will be offered in two sessions, one in Great Britain in May 2011 and the other in Greece in January 2012. Holding the programs at two sites will give participants the opportunity to study the effects of romanization on material culture in two very different provinces of the empire—one in the east and one in the west.

Hadrian's Arch, Athens. © 2006 Vikram Bajaj
Hadrian's Arch, Athens. © 2006 Vikram Bajaj

L E A D E R S H I P

Grant to California Association of Museums supports Professional Development
Former Getty Multicultural Undergraduate Interns receive scholarship to attend CAM conference

The Foundation has begun to develop programs for alumni of the Multicultural Undergraduate Internship program. For 17 years, the Getty Foundation has been providing grants to museums and visual arts organizations in Los Angeles County to allow them to hire college undergraduates of diverse cultural backgrounds as summer interns. The long-term goal has been to encourage diversity among the staffs of these organizations. A survey conducted in 2007 revealed that a significant number of former interns have gone into careers in arts organizations. To further their professional development, the Foundation supported the attendance of former interns at the 2010 California Association of Museums (CAM) annual conference in San Jose, California. One of the scholarship recipients, Alex Capriotti, who interned in 2007 and has continued to be employed at the Skirball Cultural Center, said, "Attending CAM allowed me to meet and network with my peers and gain valuable information that I can take back to my job. Being able to talk with past Getty interns was great, too, since it helps to be surrounded by museum professionals of a similar age who are facing similar professional development questions and issues." If you are an alumnus or alumna of the Multicultural Undergraduate Internship program and would like to make sure we keep in touch, e-mail your contact information to summerinterns@getty.edu.

Learn more about the Multicultural Undergraduate Internship program and the positions available this summer.

Former Getty interns meet with CAM Scholarship Committee Chair Luke Swetland (Autry National Center of the American West) and CAM President Jim DeMersman (Amador-Livermore Valley Historical Society) at the 2010 CAM conference. Photo: Robert Weaver, Weaver Fine Photography
Former Getty interns meet with CAM Scholarship Committee Chair Luke Swetland (Autry National Center of the American West) and CAM President Jim DeMersman (Amador-Livermore Valley Historical Society) at the 2010 CAM conference. Photo: Robert Weaver, Weaver Fine Photography

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