Events presented by the Getty Conservation Institute which explore a broad range of international conservation issues.

Video or audio is available for many of these past events. See event listings below for details.

Past Lectures


From the Field: Conserving Southern California's Modern Architecture
A showcase of six recent projects by Los Angeles-area practitioners, each highlighting a different preservation challenge and building type, and presented by the practitioners themselves. Presented in a "Powered by PechKucha" format. (December 9, 2014)

Buddhist Art: A Fragile Inheritance (film screening)
This screening was followed by a Q&A with David Park, Director of the Robert H. N. Ho Family Foundation Centre for Buddhist Art and Conservation at the Courtauld Institute, London. Watch the film trailer. (November 13, 2014)

Helen Pashgian: Transcending the Material

Scientist Rachel Rivenc spoke with Helen Pashgian about her artwork, materials, and processes, as well as her thoughts on conservation. They were joined by Los Angeles County Museum of Art curator, Carol Eliel. (June 10, 2014)

Exploring Pollock

Tom Learner, head of science at the Getty Conservation Institute, spoke with award-winning actor and filmmaker Ed Harris about his film Pollock and Jackson Pollock's seminal work Mural (1943). Composer Jeff Beal and art historian Pepe Karmel joined them. (May 3, 2013)

Building Seagram

Phyllis Lambert offered a scholarly assessment of the Seagram Building's design and construction process and its legacy. She also addressed stewardship and conservation of this iconic building. (April 8, 2014)

Icons in Plastic

Tom Learner, head of Science at the GCI, led a conversation with experts currently grappling with issues related to the conservation of design objects made with plastic materials. (January 15, 2014)

Everyday Modernism in the California Landscape

An evening of lectures and a panel discussion on conservation strategies for a range of case studies associated with well-known works of California Modernism. (December 10, 2013)

The Villa Savoye

Pierre-Antoine Gatier, architecte en chef de Monuments Historiques, France, discussed the conservation management plan for this Le Corbusier-built house and its site—one of the most recognizable and renowned examples of International Style. (October 24, 2013)

Westminster Abbey: For Ever New
The Very Reverend Dr. John R. Hall, Dean of Westminster, spoke about the architecture, events, and people that are part of the history of this magnificent Abbey. (September 22, 2013)

Found in Translation: An Architectural Dialogue Among Glasgow, Berlin, and Japan
Former Getty Conservation Institute Guest Scholar Neil Jackson argued that Charles Rennie Mackintosh, while never traveling to Japan, was influenced both by the noticeable Japanese presence in the port city of Glasgow and by his close friendship with German architect and writer, Hermann Muthesius. These influences allowed Mackintosh's most famous building, the Glasgow School of Art, to assume an idiosyncratic yet recognizably Japanese appearance. (June 12, 2013)

Attic Pots and Atomic Particles: Modern Science Looks at Ancient Vases

David Saunders, Jeffrey Maish, Marc Walton, and Brendan Foran presented an overview of the research methods and discussed how the study of materials and techniques can provide insight into ancient ceramic technology, artistic expression and workshop practice. (May 3, 2013)

Yale Center for British Art by Louis I. Kahn: A Conservation Plan

Peter Inskip and Stephen Gee, consulting conservation architects, and Constance Clement, deputy director, Yale Center for British Art, discussed their work and experience together in the development of the conservation plan for the Yale Center. (January 17, 2013)

Global, Regional, and Local Efforts in Conserving Modern Architecture

A panel of international experts explored the ways conservation of modern architecture is being addressed by professionals and organizations worldwide. (December 4, 2012)

Continuity and Change: Approaches to Conserving Modern Architecture Internationally

Architect Wessel de Jonge, co-founder of DOCOMOMO International lectured on the restoration and reuse of the Van Nelle Factory in Rotterdam. (November 15, 2012)

Approaches to Conserving Modern Architecture in the USA

A panel of professionals working in the field of historic preservation examined new approaches to balance design and conversation principles in the rehabilitation of modern architecture. (June 7, 2012)

Out in the Open: Conservation Challenges of Outdoor Public Art

A panel of professionals charged with the care of public art collections explored issues related to the management and conservation of outdoor artworks, including the physical environment, vandalism, funding, and public awareness. (May 15, 2012)

Modern Art in Los Angeles: An Evening with De Wain Valentine

This conversation with the artist, moderated by the GCI's Tom Learner, investigated the production, conservation, and display challenges that surround Valentine's work. (November 2, 2011)

Heritage in the 21st Century City: Managing Growth, Obsolescence, and Change

Susan Macdonald, head of field projects at the Getty Conservation Institute, led a panel of experts in a discussion on the preservation of historic cities and towns in the midst of rapid urban growth and change. (June 8, 2011)

The Conservation of the Mosaic of the Transfiguration in the Monastery of Saint Catherine in Sinai

On April 14 conservator and archaeologist Roberto Nardi recounted the steps taken to conserve and safeguard the Transfiguration mosaic, a jewel of early Byzantine art, located in the basilica of the Holy Monastery of Saint Catherine in the Sinai. (April 14, 2011)

Sustainability and Heritage in a World of Change

Susan Macdonald, head of field projects at the Getty Conservation Institute, led a panel of experts in a discussion on climate change, sustainable development, and their relationship to the conservation of cultural heritage. (January 11, 2011)

Finishing Touches: Conserving Wall Paintings and Other Architectural Surfaces

Jeanne Marie Teutonico, associate director of programs at the Getty Conservation Institute, led a panel discussion that examined how decorated architectural surfaces can be preserved in a way that maintains their historic integrity and cultural significance. (April 14, 2010)

Art As Evidence: The Scientific Investigation of Works of Art

A panel of experts, including scientists and conservators, examined the impact of scientific analysis on how we understand, interpret, and care for art. David Bomford, associate director for collections at the Getty Museum, moderated the panel discussion. (December 1, 2009)

The California Missions: History, Art, and Preservation

Organized by the Getty Conservation Institute in partnership with Getty Trust Publications and the National Trust for Historic Preservation, Western Regional Office, this panel discussion examined from multiple perspectives the history, art, and preservation of the California missions. (October 20, 2009)

Leonardo da Vinci's Mona Lisa Uncovered
Michel Menu, head of the research department at the Centre de Recherche et de Restauration des Musées de France took the audience on a journey of exploration below the surface of Leonardo's extraordinary painting, Mona Lisa. (May 19, 2009)

Ethical Dilemmas in the Conservation of Modern and Contemporary Art

Often the difficult decisions being made by conservators for modern and contemporary art are highly complex, ethical dilemmas, and in many cases there are clear disagreements on how to resolve conflicting values. A panel of experts, including conservators, collection managers, and curators discussed the ethical considerations they are faced with when dealing with the ephemeral and transitory nature of many modern and contemporary artworks. (April 29, 2009)

MYhistoricLA: Preserving Los Angeles
This public kickoff of Survey LA, Los Angeles' first-ever citywide survey of its historic resources was held at the Los Angeles Central Library and included a moderated panel discussion and screenings of the SurveyLA video. The event was sponsored by the Office of Historic Resources, City of Los Angeles; the Getty Conservation Institute; and the Library Foundation of Los Angeles. (April 4, 2009)

Conservation of the Ahichhatragarh-Nagaur Fort in India
Architect Minakshi Jain discussed how the previously dilapidated Ahichhatragarh-Nagaur Fort in India was dramatically transformed into a stunning model for the conservation of historic sites. A recipient of UNESCO's Award for Excellence in Cultural Heritage Conservation, the Ahichhatragarh project was recognized for setting new conservation standards by combining modern scientific methods with traditional building techniques. (March 19, 2009)

Climate Change and Preserving Cultural Heritage in the 21st Century

Moderator Frances Anderton, of KCRW's DnA: Design and Architecture, and a panel of cultural heritage experts and environmentalists, discussed the ways climate change impacts the historic built environment and how best to meet this challenge. Organized by the Getty Conservation Institute and the Natural Resources Defense Council. (November 8, 2008)

For a Lasting Landscape: Paradise "Re-found" in the Gardens of Brécy
Eric Haskell, professor of French studies and humanities at Scripps College, and director of the Clark Humanities Museum at Scripps, spoke about the garden at Château de Brécy, located near the coast of Normandy, France. This dazzling, small-scale formal garden, constructed during the second half of the seventeenth century, underwent one of the most successful landscape preservation projects in Europe. (September 11, 2008)

Unimpaired for Future Generations: Preserving Objects, Sites, and Structures in National Parks
Frank McManamon, chief archaeologist for the National Park Service (NPS), discussed the role of the NPS in protecting cultural resources at a wide variety of locations. (May 15, 2008)

Spanning History: The Bridges of the Los Angeles River

Many of the iconic bridges that span the Los Angeles River are slated for retrofit and, in some cases, demolition. Larry Mantle, host of KPCC's Air Talk moderated a panel discussion of experts and preservationists on the status and plans for these landmarks. (April 10, 2008)

The Past in Perspective: A Critical Reflection on the Work of the Getty Conservation Institute
Jeanne Marie Teutonico, the Getty Conservation Institute's Associate Director, Programs, presented a critical reflection on the Institute's work over the last fifteen years and discussed the way changes in approach and emphasis reflect the evolving nature of conservation practice. (March 27, 2008)

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Object in Transition: Contemporary Voices

Artists Robert Gober, Rachel Harrison, Paul McCarthy, and Doris Salcedo joined curator Elisabeth Sussman and conservator Christian Scheidemann in discussing the often complex production process of their art works, the ephemeral nature of some of the modern materials from which they are created, and the implications this may have for the long-term survival of their art. (January 24, 2008)

Past Conferences


Integrating Imaging and Analytical Technologies for Conservation Practice (2013)
This three-day meeting brought together invited experts from art history, conservation, conservation science, imaging, data integration, and data visualization to discuss how disparate types of data currently collected in the study of works of art may be integrated to provide new information.

Minding the Gap (2013)

This one-day public symposium explored the role of contemporary architecture in the historic urban environment.

The Siqueiros Legacy: Challenges of Conserving the Artist's Monumental Murals (2012)

A two-day symposium on different aspects of some of Siqueiros' most important murals.

Facing the Challenges of Panel Paintings Conservation: Trends, Treatments and Training (2009)

The Getty Conservation Institute, the Getty Foundation, and the J. Paul Getty Museum hosted this May 2009 symposium at the Getty Center.

The Object in Transition Conference (2008)

A Cross Disciplinary Conference on the Preservation and Study of Modern and Contemporary Art.

10th International Conference on the Study and Conservation of Earthen Architecture (2008)
This conference—the tenth to be organized by the earthen architecture community under the aegis of ICOMOS and the first to be held in Africa—provided a unique opportunity to discuss and observe firsthand conservation issues particular to sub-Saharan Africa, a region rich in earthen architecture.

Modern Paints Uncovered (2006)
This symposium, co-organized by Tate, the National Gallery of Art, Washington D.C., and the Getty Conservation Institute, was the first to ever focus exclusively on conservation issues surrounding modern paints.

Lessons Learned: Reflecting on the Theory and Practice of Mosaic Conservation (2005)
This ninth triennial meeting of the International Committee for the Conservation of Mosaics (ICCM) was coorganized by the Getty Conservation Institute and the Institut National du Patrimoine of Tunisia.

Second International Conference on the Conservation of Ancient Sites on the Silk Road (2004)
This international gathering—a follow-up to the 1993 conference—provided a forum for the latest ideas, experiences, methods, techniques, and research findings on the conservation and management of grotto sites.

Mural Painting and Conservation in the Americas (2003)
This conference examined current research and practice in art history and conservation of 20th century mural painting in the Americas.

Mortality Immortality: The Legacy of 20th-Century Art (1998)
This conference explored issues related to the preservation of contemporary art.

Symposium on Historical Painting Techniques, Materials, and Studio Practice (1995)
The study of painting techniques and materials used throughout history in various cultures was the focus of this conference.

The Conservation of Archaeological Sites in the Mediterranean Region (1995)
This conference sought to define more fully the values that archaeological sites hold for humanity, and to develop processes to manage and present these sites.

The Future of Asia's Past: Preservation of the Architectural Heritage of Asia (1995)
The goal of this conference was to bring together scholars, policymakers, developers, and tourism officials to exchange ideas and to begin creating a framework for more coordinated preservation efforts in the region.

National Summit on Emergency Response: Safeguarding Our Cultural Heritage (1994)
The purpose of this meeting was to initiate the development of a national emergency infrastructure for cultural institutions.

International Conference on the Conservation of Ancient Sites on the Silk Road (1993)
The purpose of this conference was to exchange ideas, experiences, methods, techniques, and research findings on the conservation and management of grotto sites.

International Colloquium on Seismic Protection of Historic Buildings and Monuments (1993)
This colloquium reviewed the seismic stabilization of historic buildings and monuments.

28th International Archaeometry Symposium (1992)
A variety of topics related to archaeometry (the application of scientific techniques of investigation and analysis to archaeology) were addressed at this symposium.

Ancient and Historic Metals: Conservation and Scientific Research (1991)
This international symposium addressed the technology, history, structure, and corrosion of ancient and historic metalwork.

Symposium on the Conservation of Cultural Property in Asia and the Pacific (1991)
Conservation issues in Asia and the Pacific, with particular attention to policies and conditions specific to the region, were the focus of this symposium.

International Seminar on the Conservation of Cultural Property within the Urban Environment (1990)
Participants at this seminar exchanged information and discussed strategies for preserving historic districts while respecting social, political, and economic realities.

6th International Conference on the Conservation of Earthen Architecture (Adobe 90)(1990)
This conference served as a forum for the exchange of ideas, methods, techniques, and research findings among scientists and practitioners specializing in the preservation of earthen architecture.

In Situ Archaeological Conservation (1986)
At this conference, archaeologists and conservators discussed the problems associated with conserving archaeological materials.

An International Meeting on the Study of Oriental Lacquerware (1985)
This meeting was the first opportunity for urushi specialists to exchange knowledge of historical, technical, and scientific issues.

Last updated: December 2014

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