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RECENT GRANTS, HIGHLIGHTS FROM 20 YEARS OF PHILANTHROPY, AND SPECIAL INITIATIVES

January 24, 2005

LOS ANGELES—As part of its 20th anniversary celebration, the Getty Foundation announces highlights of its most recent awards, which continue support for projects in research, conservation, and education and professional development around the world. These newest grants will help fund a range of projects, including work on the archives of the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA), curriculum development on moving image preservation at New York University, conservation of Sir Ernest Shackleton's hut in Antarctica, and a research program involving German and Russian scholars.

Over the past two decades, the Getty Foundation has awarded nearly $220 million to over 3,600 projects in more than 175 countries. The following is a list of the Getty's most recent grants, highlights of awards given out over the past 20 years, and a list of the Foundation's special initiatives.

HIGHLIGHTS OF RECENT GRANTS

RESEARCH

Archives of LACMA, Los Angeles
The vast archival collections of the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA) are of tremendous significance to the history of art in LosAngeles since 1940, but remain inaccessible to scholars or the public. As part of the "On the Record: Art in L.A. 1945–1980" initiative, the Getty is supporting a team that will inventory the archives and plan how to make them available.

Survey of Materials on Postwar American Women Artists
Rutgers University, New Jersey

The fact that women's art was key to the development of artistic movements of the 20th century, such as Minimalism and Conceptual Art, is now recognized, but lack of accessible documentary material has hampered research. Aided by a Getty grant, Rutgers University will remedy this situation by conducting a national survey of primary source materials in the U.S. on post-World War II American women artists.

National Portrait Gallery, London
The National Portrait Gallery, established in 1856, houses more than 10,000 portraits, as well as an archive and a photographic collection. Funded by a Getty grant, curators are researching, cataloguing, and publishing this spectacular collection, focusing on the cultural history and context of portraiture.

German/Russian Research Program, Dresden/St. Petersburg/Moscow
Dresden has a long history of artistic exchange with Russia. A grant to the Staatliche Kunstsammlungen Dresden (SKD) is supporting a research and exchange program that brings together museum and university scholars in Dresden and St. Petersburg/Moscow working on the history of German-Russian cultural relations since the 17th century.

CONSERVATION

"Curating the City: Wilshire Boulevard," Los Angeles
"Curating the City: Wilshire Boulevard," the major new education initiative of the Los Angeles Conservancy, will trace the development of this symbolic backbone of the city. Funded by the Getty, the project is intended to raise awareness about preservation issues by including youth outreach, a trilingual map-guide, a lecture series, and partnerships with organizations along Wilshire.

Freer and Sackler Galleries/National Museum of Cambodia
The National Museum of Cambodia is a major repository of ancient bronzes from the Khmer Empire. The Freer Gallery of Art and the Arthur M. Sackler Gallery of the Smithsonian Institution, aided by Getty funds, will guide the first-ever condition survey of the National Museum's 6,800-object bronze collection, provide conservation training for Museum staff, and assist with treatment of the most at-risk objects.

Le Corbusier's La Maison Blanche
Le Corbusier designed La Maison Blanche at age 24 as a home for his parents. A Getty grant will support the preservation of the house, which was Le Corbusier's first independent architectural project. Following conservation, the building will be used as a center for architecture and design exhibitions, seminars, and concerts.

Shackleton's Hut, Antarctica
The hut built by explorer Sir Ernest Shackleton for his 1907–1909 expedition to Cape Royds is one of the last intact wooden buildings on Antarctica. A Getty grant to the Antarctic Heritage Trust in New Zealand is supporting a conservation plan for Shackleton's Hut and its thousands of historic artifacts, as well as educational programs at the University of Canterbury, New Zealand.

EDUCATION AND PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT

Interpretive Programs at the Fowler Museum, UCLA
A dramatic, first-ever installation of key objects from the Fowler Museum's permanent collection, which contains more than 150,000 objects, will include a variety of new interpretive materials. Getty funds are assisting with the development of video kiosks, an audio guide, and a family gallery.

New Programs at the Seattle Art Museum, Washington
Concurrent with the expansion of its Robert Venturi-designed flagship building, the Seattle Art Museum is reinterpreting key objects in their collection using innovative educational programs and installations. A Getty grant will support the development of interactive learning tools and theme-based interpretive materials for their new installations.

Moving Image Archiving and Preservation Training Program, New York University
The newly proposed Moving Image Archiving and Preservation program at NYU's Tisch School of the Arts intends to address the urgent need for training in the preservation of film, video, and digital materials. Curriculum development, evaluation, and Web dissemination for the new program will be funded by the Getty.

"Constructing the Past in the Middle East" Summer Institute, Istanbul, Turkey
Twenty-four distinguished scholars from nine countries came together in Istanbul to examine approaches to national patrimony, cultural memory, and preserving and interpreting the past. The July 2004 summer institute "Constructing the Past" was one of a series of Getty-funded summer institutes focusing on art historical issues.

HIGHLIGHTS FROM 20 YEARS OF GRANTMAKING

RESEARCH

"The World From Here," Los Angeles
Grants awarded in 1998 and 2001

Nearly 30 Los Angeles libraries displayed highlights of their collections at an exhibition at the UCLA Hammer Museum in 2001–2002 and collaborated on a publication about their materials. Two Getty grants enabled the curators to plan, research, and carry out the exhibition, attracting substantial support from other funders.

Museum of Fine Arts, Houston
Grant Awarded in 2004

To support the study of Latin American and Latino art, a Getty grant was awarded to the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, for the initial three-year phase of a multi-year research and publications project at the museum's new International Center for the Arts of the Americas. The ambitious effort will collect, translate into English, and publish in both digital and print formats primary source materials on key artists and movements in modern and contemporary Latin American/Latino art, creating the first comprehensive resource for the field.

Italian Paintings at the Philadelphia Museum of Art
Grants awarded in 1989 and 2001

A Getty grant funded the publication of Early Italian Paintings in the John G. Johnson Collection at the Philadelphia Museum of Art, the first complete study of the dazzling late medieval and early Renaissance Italian paintings in the museum's collection. The book was the culmination of work begun in 1989 with a Getty research grant that informed the conservation, interpretation, and gallery installation of these paintings.

Maya Murals of Bonampak, Chiapas, Mexico
Grant awarded in 1995

A team of scholars from Mexico and the United States used a Getty grant to study the eighth-century Maya murals of Bonampak in Chiapas, Mexico. The team combined both computer-enhanced and more traditional images to reveal the murals' beauty and clarity without harming the original works of art, thereby yielding exciting new information on Maya rituals, politics, and society.

Columbus Print Collection, London
Grants awarded in 1999 and 2002

Ferdinand Columbus (1488–1539), an international diplomat and the son of Christopher Columbus, amassed the largest print collection in early 16th-century Europe. Getty grants enabled scholars at the British Museum to piece his collection back together using a recently discovered manuscript describing his print holdings. The resulting publication is an important resource for the understanding of Renaissance printmaking and history.

Florence Cathedral, Italy
Grant awarded in 2000

A three-year grant supported the creation of a database of documentary sources on the planning and construction of the famed dome of the Cathedral of Florence, designed by Filippo Brunelleschi in the early 15th century. The cupola's advanced vaulted construction opened a new era of architectural innovation in the early Italian Renaissance. The database includes thousands of documents on architecture and on Florentine society and culture.

CONSERVATION

Gamble House, Pasadena
Grants awarded in 1998, 2001, and 2003

Since 1998 the Getty has funded the conservation of the Gamble House, a masterpiece of the American Arts and Crafts movement and the finest surviving example of the work of local architects Charles and Henry Greene. A first grant assisted with research and a conservation plan. Subsequent grants supported study and treatment of the house's distinctive green shingles and other outstanding architectural features.

Bronx Community College, New York
Grant awarded in 2004

Bronx Community College, designed by McKim, Mead, & White as the original campus of New York University, is one of the grandest 19th-century American college campuses. As part of the Campus Heritage initiative, a Getty grant is assisting in the creation of a conservation master plan to address the buildings' deterioration from water, air pollution, and materials collapse.

European Old Master Paintings at the Dulwich Picture Gallery, United Kingdom
Grants awarded in 1988, 1991, 1994, and 2001

Founded in 1811, the Dulwich Picture Gallery was the first public art gallery in England. A series of Getty grants has supported the conservation of the collection of 17th- and 18th-century European old master paintings at Dulwich.

Basilica of Santa Maria Maggiore, Rome, Italy
Grants awarded in 1995 and 1997

The Getty supported the study and conservation of 5th- and 13th-century mosaics in the Basilica of Santa Maria Maggiore, one of Christianity's most important religious landmarks. The extraordinarily beautiful mosaics had been damaged by water infiltration, but have now been restored.

Monastery of St. Catherine, Mount Sinai, Egypt
Grant awarded in 1999

The sixth-century Church of the Monastery of St. Catherine, located at the foot of Mount Sinai in Egypt, known as the site where Moses received the Ten Commandments, has suffered from damage by water and earthquakes. A Getty grant enabled a team of architects, conservators, and engineers to develop a conservation plan for the monastery.

Ahhichatragarh-Nagaur Fort, India
Grants awarded in 1992, 1997, and 2003

The breathtaking 35-acre complex, located on a cliff in northwest India, encompasses temples, six palaces, elaborate gardens and water systems, and a mosque. A 1992 planning grant enabled the Mehrangarh Museum Trust to guide conservation work at the fort; a current Getty grant is helping to preserve the fort's walls, bastions, and water system.

EDUCATION AND PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT

Multicultural Undergraduate Internships, Los Angeles, CA
Grants awarded since 1993, ongoing

Over the past 12 years this program has supported more than 1,500 paid summer internships for undergraduate students in Los Angeles county. The internships prepare students from diverse cultural backgrounds for careers in the visual arts and provide needed support to dozens of L.A.-area arts organizations, ranging from the Huntington, to MOCA, the Japanese American National Museum, Self-Help Graphics, and the Center for the Study of Political Graphics.

Educational Programs at the Denver Art Museum
Grants awarded in 1985, 1996, and 2004

The Denver Art Museum is recognized internationally for its visitor-friendly, object-oriented approach to learning. The museum has received three grants for interpretive programs, most recently to design interpretive materials for the reinstallation of its permanent collections in its new building designed by Daniel Libeskind.

Conservation Training for African Museum Professionals, Africa
Grants awarded in 1986, 1987, 1988, 1990, 2001, and 2004

Since 1986 six Getty grants have been awarded to the International Center for the Study of the Preservation and Restoration of Cultural Property in Rome (ICCROM) to support a series of conservation courses, first in Italy and then throughout sub-Saharan Africa. The program Prevention for Museums in Africa (PREMA) has recently led to the creation of two new African institutions, the École du Patrimoine Africain in Benin and the Programme for Museum Development in Kenya—both dedicated to the conservation of cultural heritage in Africa. All of the courses together have trained over 400 museum professionals in more than 40 African countries, including the directors of most major museums in sub-Saharan Africa, on the preventative conservation of their collections.

GETTY FOUNDATION SPECIAL INITIATIVES

Preserve L.A. Three-Year Initiative from 2001 through 2003
This three-year initiative provided nearly $4 million in grants to help preserve 51 historic buildings in Los Angeles county, including museums, places of worship, theaters, and historic homes. Grantees ranged from the Far East Building in Little Tokyo to the storied buildings on the KCET lot. Support for the conservation of historic buildings in our home region is now incorporated into the Getty's international architectural conservation grants.

Los Angeles Electronic Cataloguing Initiative
Launched in 1997, this project helped 24 Los Angeles museums and cultural organizations make information about their collections available online. It supported electronic cataloguing, the creation of digital images, and public access to information. An important outgrowth of the initiative is On the Record: Art in L.A. 1945–1980, which aimsto uncover and archive documents that tell the story of modern art in Southern California.

On the Record: Art in L.A. 1945–1980/Los Angeles Archives
The "On the Record" initiativewas created in 2002 to identify and preserve records of artists, collectors, museums, curators, dealers, critics, and journalists involved in L.A.'s avant-garde postwar art scene. Grants are allowing museums, libraries, and universities such as the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA) and the Art Center College of Design, to organize and catalog their archival holdings.

Campus Heritage
Since 2002 the Getty has given more than $7 million to nearly 50 colleges and universities across the nation to preserve historic buildings, sites, and landscapes. California grantees include Scripps College, UC Berkeley, and UC Santa Cruz.

Central and Eastern European Initiative
Following the fall of the Berlin Wall, the Getty Foundation maintained a special focus on Central and Eastern Europe from 1991 to 2000. Fellowships enabled scholars from Central and Eastern Europe and the former Soviet Union to conduct art historical research outside their home countries. Grants also helped art historical libraries enhance their collections, funded the conservation of important buildings, and enabled scholars, conservators, and museum professionals to attend international conferences. Support for projects in the region continues through our regular grant areas.

MEDIA CONTACT:
Maureen McGlynn
Getty Communications Dept.
(310) 440-6671
mmcglynn@getty.edu

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