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  Syrian technicians and the conserved mosaic of, Quardraro, as part of the CCA training workshop outside of Rome. Photo courtesy of CCA-Roma. Syrian technicians and the conserved mosaic of "Quardraro" as part of the CCA training workshop outside of Rome. Photo © CCA-Roma.


Two successful training campaigns were recently completed as part of MOSAIKON. A five-year conservation initiative of the Foundation and the Getty Conservation Institute (GCI) in partnership with the International Center for the Study and the Preservation and Restoration of Cultural Property (ICCROM) in Rome and the International Committee for the Conservation of Mosaics (ICCM), MOSAIKON is improving the care and preservation of mosaic pavements of classical antiquity in museums and in situ in the Middle East and North Africa.

The first training program for Syrian mosaic technicians was funded by a Foundation grant to the Centro di Conservazione Archaeologica (CCA) in Rome. Originally planned to take place in Syria, the project was successfully relocated to CCA's headquarters in Italy as a result of events in the region. As a culmination of their work, the Syrian technicians conserved a 4th-century Roman mosaic (pictured right) now in the Museo delle Terme in Rome. A second training program for regional museum professionals took place in Jordan in June. Supported by a Foundation grant to MOSAIKON partner ICCROM, the program was held at the Jordan Museum in Amman, where trainees met for an intensive course on mosaics conservation and organized a culminating exhibition on the care of mosaics. Participants celebrated their achievements with a special guest, Her Royal Highness Princess Sumaya bint El Hassan of Jordan, who attended a ribbon-cutting at the museum and received a special tour of the MOSAIKON trainees' exhibition.

Learn more about Mosaikon.

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Pacific Standard Time Presents: Modern Architecture in L.A.

The Getty recently announced Pacific Standard Time Presents: Modern Architecture in L.A. Smaller in scope than Pacific Standard Time: Art in L.A. 1945–1980 but similarly collaborative in spirit, this initiative will present a wide-ranging look at the region's modern architectural heritage and the significant contributions of L.A. architects to national and global developments in architecture. Nine exhibitions and accompanying programs and events are slated for April–July 2013. Topics range from pioneering modernists like Richard Neutra to Pritzker Prize winners such as Frank Gehry and Thom Mayne, as well as other visionary architects who have shaped the region’s distinctive profile, including A. Quincy Jones, Whitney Rowland Smith and Eric Owen Moss. The Foundation has provided grant support to 15 partners for exhibitions, publications, and programming.

Read more on Pacific Standard Time Presents.

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  Members of the Materiality research team view a manuscript at the J. Paul Getty Museum. Team members examine Martín de Murúa's Historia general del Piru, 1616, an illustrated chronicle of Peru. The J. Paul Getty Museum, Ms. Ludwig XIII 16.

Connecting Art Histories

This summer the Foundation had the opportunity to observe firsthand the growing impact of our Connecting Art Histories initiative, as several grant project teams brought their research to the Getty. Begun in 2009, this initiative is strengthening art history in regions of the world where the discipline is still emerging or where its development has been interrupted.

In July the Art Nexus research team comprised of a dozen scholars from five Latin American countries came together at the Getty to investigate intellectual and artistic networks in Latin American art in the 1920s and 1970s. The team consulted GRI Special Collections materials, visited Siqueiros' América Tropical mural with GCI staff, and presented an open session of their research to the Getty community.

In August a second research team—supported by a Getty grant to the Universidad Nacional de San Martin and comprised of 20 scholars from across Latin America, Europe, and the United States—assembled at the Getty for a week-long seminar on artistic practices, materials, and techniques under the Spanish rule in territories of the New World from the 16th-18th centuries. Like the Art Nexus team, the group held an open session on their research and studied objects at the Getty, as well as related materials at LACMA.

Learn more about Connecting Art Histories.


  2012 Intern Celebration at the Getty Center for alumni of the Multicultural Undergraduate Internship program. 2012 Intern Celebration at the Getty Center for alumni of the Multicultural Undergraduate Internship program.

Multicultural Undergraduate Internships

The Foundation's Multicultural Undergraduate Internship program celebrated its 20th anniversary this year. With the 2012 class, the Foundation has supported 2,700 interns at 150 museums and visual arts nonprofits in Los Angeles County. To commemorate the occasion, the Foundation held a reunion at the Getty Center attended by over 300 alumni. We also took the opportunity to conduct interviews with former interns now advancing their careers for a series of posts on the Getty's Iris blog and produced a special short video on the program. Through the interviews and the intern celebration, we discovered new alumni who are pursuing careers in the arts.

We will soon follow up on our last intern survey from six years ago and obtain updated information from alumni. Foundation staff are developing a short questionnaire that will be sent out this fall.

Learn more about the Multicultural Undergraduate Internship program.


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  The Ghent Altarpiece Closed, overview of the closed altarpiece, completed 1432, Hubert and Jan van Eyck. Saint Bavo Cathedral. © Lukas - Art in Flanders


Don't miss a lecture with art historian Ron Spronk at the Getty Center on October 4 at 7:00 p.m. Dr. Spronk will discuss the 2010 expert examination and urgent conservation treatment of the Ghent Altarpiece, a project supported by the Getty Foundation that resulted in an innovative new Web site presenting this masterpiece in over 100 billion pixels.


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