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Now Available to Download

We have added to our website ten publications previously only available for purchase. Download your favorites:

Management Planning for Archaeological Sites
Managing Change: Sustainable Approaches to the Conservation of the Built Environment
Modern Paints Uncovered
The Conservation of Decorated Surfaces on Earthen Architecture
The Craftsman Revealed: Adriaen de Vries, Sculptor in Bronze
Alkoxysilanes and the Consolidation of Stone
Personal Viewpoints: Thoughts about Paintings Conservation
Conservation of the Last Judgment Mosaic: St. Vitus Cathedral, Prague
Conservation and Seismic Stabilization of Byzantine Churches in Macedonia
The Unbroken Thread: Conserving the Textile Traditions of Oaxaca

Also see the Getty's Virtual Library for more free digital backlist titles from the Getty Publications Archives.


Conservation Collection

The Conservation Collection in the Research Library at the Getty Research Institute has recently reached more than 50,000 titles. This is one of the largest collections of publications dedicated to the conservation of art and architecture in the world.

Learn more about this important collection from Sheila Cummins, GCI research associate for collection development.

These materials are available to readers on site at the Getty Center. Some titles are available through the library's interlibrary loan service.

Read the list of recently acquired titles.

Workshops, Meetings, Symposia


Cleaning of Acrylic Painted Surfaces (CAPS 2016)

July 12–15, 2016 | John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art, Sarasota, Florida

We are pleased to announce CAPS 2016, part of an ongoing series of GCI workshops that aim to directly engage conservators with the current research on identifying a broader range of cleaning systems and methodologies for acrylic painted surfaces.

Find out more and apply online. Application deadline is March 25, 2016.

  Tim Hawkinson, Octopus, 2007. This work was commissioned by the J. Paul Getty Museum © Tim Hawkinson

The Digital Print: Contemporary Practice, Identification, and Preservation

July 25–29, 2016 | Getty Villa, Malibu, California

There is till time to apply for this workshop that will provide participants with the theoretical and practical basis to correctly identify digital prints and their processes and understand their preservation needs.

Find out more and apply online today. Application deadline is February 29, 2016.


Analytical Methodologies & Research Partnerships at the Interface of Chemistry & Art/Archeology

March 14–15, 2016 | San Diego, California

This two day symposium, organized by the GCI and the University of Santa Barbara will take place during the 251st American Chemical Society National Meeting & Exposition in San Diego. If you are already attending the meeting, no additional registration is required.

Find out more.

  David Boriani, Ambiente stroboscopico n° 4, 1967 (2005), Museo del Novecento, Milano. © Comune di Milano–all rights reserved. Photo: Carrà

Keep it moving? Conserving Kinetic Art

June 30–July 1, 2016 | Palazzo Reale, Milan, Italy

Registration is now open for this conference, which will look at the history of kinetic art and its preservation, take into consideration the artists' point of view, and discuss the ethical dilemma and practical challenges of conserving and documenting kinetic works. Organized by the GCI, the Museo del Novecento and the Modern Materials and Contemporary Art (MMCA) working group of ICOM-CC, in partnership with INCCA.

Find out more and register online.

Public Program


The Iconic Building and the Historic City

March 22, 2016
7:00 PM, Getty Center

Join Charles Jencks, world-renowned cultural theorist, landscape designer, architectural critic and historian, as he examines the iconic building trend and looks at the role of these new constructions in historic cities.

This event is presented in conjunction with the GCI's Contemporary Architecture in the Historic Environment project, which is developing methodologies and tools to guide the design of new buildings in historic environments and assess their impacts.

Free: Advance ticket required. Find out more and make a reservation online.

Other News


Conservation Guest Scholars

We welcome three new Conservation Guest Scholars who will be in residence at the GCI through the end of March.

Colm Murray is architecture officer at The Heritage Council of Ireland. Thea Van Oosten and David Saunders are both independent scholars. Their research topics encompass built environment cultural heritage values, plastics in modern and contemporary art and design, and museum lighting for conservators and curators.


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