The Getty Villa
Date: Saturday, October 7, 2017
Time: 2:00 p.m.
Location: Auditorium
Past Event

When floors jolt, walls crack, and buildings sway, what happens to priceless works of art? How can stone sculpture, ancient ceramic vessels, and delicate glass objects survive when the earth shakes violently? While California leads the world in efforts to lessen earthquake damage to its critical infrastructure and buildings—and most importantly its residents—the region is also home to spectacular museums and collections that are at risk. Jerry Podany, former head of antiquities conservation at the J. Paul Getty Museum, discusses the Museum's three decades of investigation and preparation for such events and its championing of seismic damage mitigation for museum collections worldwide. Podany describes the Getty's multidisciplinary approach to protecting its cultural treasures, encompassing both small, common sense efforts and the development of high-tech base isolation systems to reduce the risk of damage and loss.

About Jerry Podany
Jerry Podany served as senior conservator of antiquities at the J. Paul Getty Museum from 1984 to 2016, when he retired. He has published widely on topics such as the conservation of monumental sculpture and the history of restoration, and on seismic damage mitigation, including his recent book When Galleries Shake: Earthquake Damage Mitigation for Museum Collections (Getty Publications, 2017). Jerry served as president of the American Institute for Conservation (AIC) from 1999–2003 and president of the International Institute for Conservation (IIC) from 2007–2013. He was a fellow at the International Centre for the Study of the Preservation and Restoration of Cultural Property (ICCROM/UNESCO) in Rome researching the history of sculpture restoration, received the Earthquake Engineering Research Institute's Heritage Innovation Prize, and was given the AIC's Rutherford John Gettens Merit Award for outstanding service. He now lectures and consults internationally on wide-ranging conservation projects and on seismic risk reduction for collections. He recently joined a scientific committee of the Accademia dei Lincei in Rome for the development of a seismic risk reduction resource for cultural heritage.

Planning your visit
The Getty Villa and its galleries are open to the general public from 10:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m. With your program ticket, you may arrive up to one hour prior to the start time of the program. For earlier arrival, a separate general admission ticket is recommended. The auditorium opens at 1:30 p.m. and seating is on a first-come, first-served basis. The Café is open for lunch service from 11:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m., and the Getty Store is open until 5:00 p.m.

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.