The J. Paul Getty Trust 2016 Report

Getty Councils

Two new councils were inaugurated in October 2016

President’s International Council

Created in 2016, the President’s International Council is an independent, nonpartisan group of individuals committed to better understanding the global context within which the Getty works. The council will help support the Getty’s international initiatives, including the conservation of archaeological and historical sites, the training of museum and conservation professionals, capacity building among museum staff, promotion of transnational scholarly activities, and frank and open discussions about the complexity of cultural property initiatives and legislation. This year, the council supported a joint Getty and American Academy of Arts and Sciences meeting hosted at the British Academy in London to explore the development of an international legal framework for protecting cultural heritage in conflict zones. The President’s International Council is also supporting a joint exhibition organized by the Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Vastu Sangrahalaya Museum (CSMVS) in Mumbai and the British Museum in London titled India and the World, which will serve as a prototype for other exhibitions exploring the world’s cultures. The council is also exploring, in partnership with Yo-Yo Ma and the Silk Road Ensemble, the development of a program to address the quality of life among at-risk populations in Los Angeles.

  • Maria D. Hummer-Tuttle (Chair)
  • Robert Holmes Tuttle
  • Gregory Annenberg Weingarten
  • Louise H. and John Bryson
  • Jane and Michael Eisner
  • Berta and Frank Gehry (Honorary Co-Chair)
  • Agnes Gund
  • Joanne Kozberg
  • Judith and Leonard A. Lauder
  • Jo-Carole and Ronald S. Lauder
  • Ellen and David Lee
  • Anand and Anuradha Mahindra
  • Nancy and Howard Marks
  • Lynda and Stewart Resnick
  • Anne Rothenberg
  • Lord and Lady Rothschild (Honorary Co-Chair)
  • Jill Shaw Ruddock and Paul Ruddock
  • Elizabeth Faraut and Mark Siegel
  • Georgia and Ronald P. Spogli
  • John J. Studzinski

J. Paul Getty Museum Director’s Council

Founded in the fall of 2016, the Getty Museum Director’s Council supports innovative activities that build upon and complement the Museum’s core activities, and thereby enhance its stature within the national and international museum community. Such projects may include exhibitions, research, conferences, lectures, and educational initiatives. Membership in the council is by invitation, and will focus on collectors and supporters of the visual arts, especially those whose interests align with the Getty Museum’s holdings of European art from antiquity to the early twentieth century (and up to the present day for photographs), and who consider the Getty one of their most important and passionate philanthropic priorities.

  • Jeffrey P. Cunard
  • Olivier and Zoe de Givenchy
  • Ivan and Diane Hoffman
  • Rob Lovelace and Alicia Miñana
  • Mark Nelson
  • Brian and Eva Sweeney
  • Michael G. and C. Jane Wilson


For July 1, 2015 through June 30, 2016

Getty Conservation Institute Council

Members of the Getty Conservation Institute (GCI) Council recognize the importance of cultural heritage and, with the GCI, work to advance its preservation. In FY16, the GCI Council convened with GCI professional staff and traveled to Spain to meet Getty partners and to visit heritage places that represent models of best practice in conservation.

  • Louise H. Bryson (Co-Chair) and John Bryson
  • Robin and Peter Barker
  • Carole Black
  • Barbara Bollenbach
  • Lynn A. Booth
  • Peggy and Andrew Cherng
  • Nancy and Patrick Forster
  • Karen Mack Goldsmith and Russell Goldsmith
  • Joanne Corday Kozberg
  • Ellen and David Lee
  • Jenny and Luis Li
  • Caryll and Bill Mingst
  • Wendy Munger and Leonard L. Gumport
  • Anne Rothenberg
  • Laura and R. Carlton Seaver
  • Mark Siegel
  • Georgia Spogli and Ambassador Ronald P. Spogli
  • Maureen Kassel Stockton and Bryan G. Stockton
  • John J. Studzinski
  • Marilyn and Tom Sutton
  • Maria D. Hummer-Tuttle and Robert Holmes. Tuttle
  • Luanne Wells

J. Paul Getty Museum Disegno Group (Friends of Drawings)

Created in fiscal year 2013, the Disegno Group unites passionate collectors to support the Getty Museum’s Drawings Department. The council’s primary focus is on new acquisitions for the Museum’s collection and the shared enthusiasm for works on paper. Recent acquisitions by the Disegno Group include two drawings by Charles Le Brun, designs for etchings of the times of the day, and a sheet by Gerard ter Borch the Elder. On June 30, 2016, Department Head and Senior Curator, Lee Hendrix celebrated her retirement after thirty-two years at the Getty Museum. In her honor, Disegno Group members donated works by Joseph Benoît Suvée, Rosa Bonheur, Ferdinand-Victor-Eugène Delacroix, Adolph Appian, and Adolph Menzel.

  • Fiona Chalom (Chair)
  • Alex Bouzari
  • Elizabeth Byrne Debreu
  • Raj and Grace Dhawan
  • Katrin Henkel / Tavalozza Foundation
  • Tania N. Norris
  • Lionel Sauvage
  • Richard Simms
  • Brian and Eva Sweeney
  • Daniel Thierry
  • Alfredo and Robin Trento

J. Paul Getty Museum Paintings Council

Since 2002, the Paintings Council has supported the Paintings Conservation Department and the study and restoration of major works of art from an array of international cultural institutions. The collaborative conservation and study are provided free of charge in exchange for the opportunity to exhibit the paintings after treatment. The council also continued its provision for two essential positions in the department (assistant and associate conservators).

The projects supported by the council this year include conservation of Giovanni di Paolo’s The Adoration of the Magi (KrÖller-Müller Museum, Otterlo, The Netherlands) as well as the study of Giovanni di Paolo’s Branchini Madonna (Norton Simon Museum, Pasadena). Both paintings are parts of the same altarpiece and are reunited in the council-supported exhibition, The Shimmer of Gold: Giovanni di Paolo in Renaissance Siena (October 11, 2016–January 8, 2017). In the Conservation Studios, ongoing treatment continues on two wings of an altarpiece by Gerard David (Koninklijk Museum voor Schone Kunsten, Antwerp, Belgium) and Giovanni Francesco Barbieri’s (Il Guercino) Jacob Blessing the Sons of Joseph (National Gallery of Ireland, Dublin). The Paintings Council, in collaboration with the GCI and the Getty Trust, purchased a Macro XRF Scanner, a remarkable instrument that provides detailed information about artists’ materials and techniques.

  • Carolyn Wellisz (Chair)
  • John I. and Toni Bloomberg
  • Juan Carrillo and Dominique Mielle
  • Elizabeth Byrne Debreu
  • Lois Erburu
  • Deborah P. Gage
  • Arthur Greenberg and Elaine Hoffman
  • Thomas Kaplan
  • Richard Kelton
  • David and Sarah Kowitz
  • Ted and Denise Latty
  • Robert and Judi Newman
  • Stewart and Lynda Resnick
  • Louis Stern
  • Brian and Eva Sweeney
  • Peter J. Taylor
  • Barbera Hale Thornhill
  • George Wachter
  • Tadeusz Wellisz
  • Richard and Noelle Wolf

J. Paul Getty Museum Photographs Council

Established in 2005, the Photographs Council (GMPC) assists the Museum in acquiring works made after 1945 by artists who are underrepresented in the collection. In FY16, GMPC members voted to acquire fifty-three works by six Argentine photographers—Ananké Asseff, Gustavo Di Mario, Leandro Katz, Julio Pantoja, Santiago Porter, and Graciela Sacco—that will be included in an exhibition organized for the 2017 initiative Pacific Standard Time: LA/LA. The Photographs Council also organized travel to Berlin, San Francisco, Tokyo, and, most recently last fall, London.

  • Jan de Bont (Chair)
  • Alan Berro
  • Emily Bierman (Sotheby’s)
  • Michael and Sharon Blasgen
  • Kenneth Carlson
  • Harry B. Chandler
  • Alison Bryan Crowell
  • Trish de Bont
  • Nancy Dubois
  • David Fahey
  • Steven B. Fink
  • Diane Frankel
  • Daniel Greenberg
  • Michael Hawley
  • Manfred Heiting
  • Gloria Katz and Willard Huyck
  • Judy Glickman Lauder
  • Leonard Lauder
  • Christopher Mahoney (Sotheby’s)
  • Bowen H. “Buzz” McCoy
  • Anthony E. Nicholas
  • Marjorie Ornston
  • Leo and Nina Pircher
  • Lisi Rona Poncher
  • Lyle Poncher
  • Stephen Purvis and Devon Susholtz
  • Stephen I. Reinstein
  • Kristin Rey
  • Richard and Strawn Rosenthal
  • Anne Cohen Ruderman
  • Susan Steinhauser
  • Alessandro F. Uzielli
  • Jane Wilson
  • Michael Wilson
  • Bruce Worster
  • Susan Worster

J. Paul Getty Museum Villa Council

The Villa Council supports the Getty Villa by helping to fund acquisitions and activities, including exhibitions, conservation work, education, lectures, and research. Key projects this year included the ninth annual Villa Council Presents lecture, which featured Professor Eric Cline of George Washington University, speaking on “1177 BC: the Year Civilization Collapsed.” The council also contributed funds to the purchase of an important Geometric Greek amphora dating to around 720 BC (2016.35) and the conservation of a large Apulian vase from the Museo Archeologico Nazionale in Naples as part of our continuing collaboration with that important institution.

  • Kirsten Grimstad (Chair)
  • Patricia R. Anawalt
  • Paul and Anissa Balson
  • Dimitri and Leah Bizoumis
  • Lloyd E. Cotsen
  • Jeffrey P. Cunard
  • Daniel Donahue
  • Lois Erburu
  • James and Elizabeth Ferrell
  • Susana de Sola Funsten
  • Robert Hindley
  • Jonathan Kagan and Ute Wartenberg Kagan
  • Lawrence R. McNamee
  • Michael and Miriam Miller
  • Jorge Silvetti (Honorary)
  • Charles and Ellen Steinmetz
  • Malcolm H. Wiener
  • Harold M. Williams (Honorary)

Getty Research Institute Council

The Getty Research Institute (GRI) Council supports the GRI’s collections, programs, and scholarly initiatives. Since its inception in 2006, the GRI Council has used its annual dues to make important acquisitions of rare books, prints, drawings, photographs, and archival collections. The council can also choose to provide support for library research grants, special projects, or to establish endowments. Recent acquisitions by the GRI Council include the Norberto Gramaccini print collection, which features more than 1,500 engravings, etchings, woodcuts, lithographs, and mezzotints from the sixteenth to the nineteenth century.

In November, the GRI Council lecture series New Directions in Art History presented “Looking East, Looking West: Mughal Painting Between Persia and Europe” by Kavita Singh, associate professor of art history at the School of Arts and Aesthetics of Jawaharlal Nehru University. The council will sponsor Dr. Singh’s related publication, which is scheduled for release in Spring 2017. The council is also supporting the publication of special limited-edition artists’ books by renowned contemporary artists Richard Tuttle and Matthew Ritchie, who were formally in residence at the GRI.

  • Brian Sweeney (Chair)
  • Joel A. Aronowitz
  • Catherine Benkaim and Barbara Timmer
  • Denise and Tom Decker
  • Florence Fearrington
  • Cornelia Funke
  • Arthur N. Greenberg and Elaine Hoffman
  • Richard Kelton
  • Kin Hing Lee and Christina Hsiao
  • Wynnsan Moore
  • Tania N. Norris
  • Stewart and Lynda Resnick
  • Richard and Strawn Rosenthal
  • Richard A. Simms
  • Brian and Eva Sweeney
  • Tadeusz and Carolyn Wellisz
  • Jim Williams