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Winter 2015
  iPad screen capture Art Institute of Chicago's online scholarly catalogue Monet Paintings and Drawings displayed on an iPad. Work pictured: The Beach at Sainte-Adresse, 1867. Oil on canvas, 29-13/16 x 40-5/16 in. Mr. and Mrs. Lewis Larned Coburn Memorial Collection. 1933.439. Image courtesy Art Institute of Chicago

OSCI Recognized in Improved Online Presence of Museums

In a recent New York Times article, the Foundation's Online Scholarly Catalogue Initiative (OSCI) is cited as an example of how museum websites are increasingly relevant repositiories for useful information. The National Gallery of Art's OSCI catalogue Dutch Paintings of the Seventeenth Century and the Art Institute of Chicago's Ensor catalogue, which was published using the OSCI Toolkit first developed for their Getty-supported Monet and Renoir collection catalogues, are highlighted as exemplary online publications. The story comes on the heels of a final convening for the eight OSCI museums held at the Getty in January, in which partners discussed remaining challenges and their future plans now that their OSCI publications are live. Stay tuned for more on OSCI later this year when the Foundation will release a final report of the initiative. (Illustration above of interactive image interface from the National Gallery's OSCI publication).

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  Astronomer by Candlelight Image derived from: Astronomer by Candlelight, Gerrit Dou, Dutch, late 1650s. Oil on panel. The J. Paul Getty Museum

New Summer Institutes for Digital Art History

The Foundation has awarded grants to support a second year of summer institutes for art historians to explore the opportunities and challenges presented by new digital technologies. With funding through the Digital Art History initiative, George Mason University's Roy Rosenzweig Center for History and New Media, Harvard's metaLAB, and UCLA's Digital Humanities program will host intensive training workshops to prepare participants to work with these new technologies and to plan for innovative research and publication projects. Applications will open soon for all three institutes, which will be held in July.

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  MOSAIKON trainees Roberto Nardi (left) with MOSAIKON trainees at CCA headquarters outside of Rome.

Conserving Mosaics in the Middle East, A Trainer's Account

The results of the MOSAIKON initiative, a joint program of the Foundation and the Getty Conservation Institute, were in evidence at the triennial conference of ICCM (the International Committee for the Conservation of Mosaics) in Sardinia this past fall. Not only did Foundation support allow more than sixty individuals from North Africa and the Middle East to attend the conference, but it also facilitated a workshop for alumni of training programs funded by the Getty. A total of eighteen professionals from Jordan, Libya, Syria, and Tunisia, who had successfully completed courses on lifted mosaics through Foundation grants, delivered presentations on how they have implemented their newly acquired conservation skills back home. These activities are described in a recent interview on the Getty's Iris blog with MOSAIKON trainer Roberto Nardi, one of the foremost mosaics conservators in the world.

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  Lanka Tattersall Portrait by Will Star, courtesy of The Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles.

Getty Intern Alumna to Join MOCA Curatorial Ranks

The Museum of Contemporary Art recently announced the appointment of Lanka Tattersall, an alumna of the Foundation's Multicultural Undergraduate Internship program, as assistant curator. In an article in the Los Angeles Times, Tattersall stated that her Getty internship "was really the experience that made me want to be a curator and work at museums." Tattersall joins a growing group of internship alumni who are assuming key positions in arts organizations. The Foundation's program is gearing up for its 23rd summer of providing internships to undergraduates from diverse cultural backgrounds that have been traditionally underrepresented in the arts.

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